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FMS Drama presents ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

By Vicki Tillis, Ledger lifestyles editor | Mar 13, 2018
VICKI TILLIS/Ledger photo George Bailey and Mary Hatch (Max Weaton and Erin Epperson) share the phone in Fairfield Middle School’s production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” set for 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the FMS Cafetorium.

The Fairfield Middle School Drama Department is presenting “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the school’s cafetorium.

Yes, the fifth- through eighth-graders, under the guidance of teacher and director Tena Edlin, are staging the story that has become an annual holiday television tradition. True, we are a few months past Christmas, but “It’s a Wonderful Life” is not just a holiday story. It’s a story about the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play, and the love and support of family and friends will be rewarded.

The play is about George Bailey — just a regular nice guy from Bedford Falls, who has set aside his dreams of escape and adventure and stepped up to fulfill family obligations and help others. But when thousands of dollars go missing from the Bedford Building and Loan on Christmas Eve, George’s thoughts of jumping off a bridge bring Angel 2nd Class Clarence to his side.

Clarence, who will earn his angel wings for saving George, shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life would be for everyone if he had never been born.

The cast includes: present day George Bailey played by Grant Ward, the young George Bailey played by Max Weaton and the child George Bailey played by Wyatt Whitham. Clarence is played by Charity Trent, and Mary Hatch Bailey is played by Erin Epperson.

Jacob Carlson takes on the role of the mean, scheming old Mr. Potter. Sophia Fritz is Mother Bailey. Spencer Hilger is Uncle Billy and Carley Seeley is Aunt Tilly.

Alma White plays Violet. Alison Megrath plays Ernie the cabdriver. T.J. Miller and Viola Welsh are Mr. and Mrs. Martini. Evie Messer is Miss Carter, and Olivia Sandbothe is Bertie the cop.

Connor Hawkins plays Mr. Welch. Andrew Titze is Mr. Gower, the drugstore owner. Cade Campbell, Makenzie Kraemer, Alison Hunger and Ruby Phelps play George and Mary Bailey’s children Pete, Janie, Tommie and Zuzu.

Marcus Trent plays George’s brother Harry. Logan Johnson is Sam. Tess Paton is Miss Andrews. Ana Carminato is Mary’s mother Mrs. Hatch, and Gerda Fiske is Mrs. Thompson. Ethan Parker is the newspaper boy. Elizabeth Hootman is Potter’s secretary and Kaylee Pringle is Potter’s goon.

The cast is rounded out with carolers Samuel Weaton, Emma Winkelman and Sara Polietti. The townspeople are Samu Shrestha, Brandon Brinkschroeder, Tobias McBride, Leah Weaver, Ailinn Kaufman, Cooper Polonsky, Ophelia Greenfield, Abigail Ford, Rylan Anderson, Paige Bisgard, Andrea Shenault, Ashlynne Alexander and Gabby Ford.

The crew includes student director Delaney Breen. Tristin McBride, Dallen Rippey and Dumo Dube make up the light and sound crew. Josh Cardis, Dillan Post and Drew Twohill are the stage crew, and Ellie Anderson, Kylie Martin and Lillie Sage are the set/props/publicity crew.

Admission to the show is $2 for both adults and children. Activity Tickets will be accepted. Tickets will be available in the FMS lobby before each show.

During the 10-minute intermission halfway through the performance, refreshments will be available in the lobby.

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