Second Street Players (SSP) will proudly present the Holiday Classic It’s A Wonderful Life November 28, 29, 30 and December 5, 6, and 7. Performances will be held 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 3pm on Sundays. All performances will be held at the Riverfront Theatre on Walnut Street in downtown Milford.
This timeless story of dreams, disillusionment and the power of love is an uplifting chronicle of the importance of the individual. On Christmas Eve, when George Bailey feels despondent and alone, his guardian angel appears to show him how many lives he has touched and how different the world would be had he never been born. One of today’s most beloved Christmas stories, It’s a Wonderful Life celebrates the faith of the season and the virtues of hard work, fair play and the love and support of family. Based on the classic 1946, Academy Award nominated Frank Capra film starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, this adaptation by Doug Rand truly is warm and wholesome holiday entertainment for the entire family.
Directors Steven Haber and Linda Killion bring this classic holiday tale to the Riverfront Theater Stage with a cast of wonderful actors of all ages. This show is a part of Americana and a big part of most families holiday traditions.
Jon Williams plays the lead role of George Bailey in the SSP performance. Williams began performing with the Delaware Comedy Theatre in Rehoboth at the age of 21 and will be acting in his first performance with Second Street Players. He states that he enjoys the alternate reality that Bailey moves through as the performance proceeds.
“It is a classic role and George goes through the whole range of emotions from extreme joy to giving up when he tries to commit suicide,” commented Williams. Williams hopes that the audience at the Riverfront Theatre takes away the importance that the production places on family and friends during the holidays. “It is all about family, friends and relationships and steering the importance of the season away from material things. [The performance] embodies what the holidays are all about.”
Thom Harris, a retired actor, singer and director of over 30 years in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia area, will be playing the role of Bailey’s Guardian Angel, Clarence. This will be his second performance with Second Street players, after playing the role of Adolfo Pirelli in the SSP’s production of Sweeney Todd. For Harris this role as Clarence in It’s A Wonderful Life is a very personal role as he plays the character who stops George Bailey from committing suicide. During rehearsals for Sweeney Todd last year, Harris’ partner Brian committed suicide and Harris attributes his own perseverance to the cast of Sweeney Todd as they never let him feel alone. Harris continued to study for the part of Pirelli and performed the role on opening night in honor of Brian.
“I had to play the role of Clarence for Brian, this show is more personal than any I have every been in,” said Harris. “[Clarence] is trying to show George how his life has affected so many others and what a mistake it would be to throw it all away.” Harris states that this role has also been cathartic for him as he remembers his late partner.
Directors Steven Haber and Linda Killion encourage families to come see this show and relive past holiday memories. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased at brownpapaertickets.com or at secondstreetplayers.com. All performances are held at the Riverfront Theater 2 South Walnut Street, Milford, DE.