By Jessica Pietrosanti
Herstory Theater, in partnership with Good Company Theater of Granby, presents the holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life with a twist! It’s a Wonderful Life; a Live Radio Show by Joe Landry, is performed in the style of old-time radio theater, including a sound effects artist.
This cozy, heartwarming production will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at South Congregational Church Hall in Granby.
George Bailey, Zuzu, Clarence the Angel and grumpy old Mr. Potter are turning our hall into Bedford Falls this December. After wishing he had never been born, George comes to realize that his life has made a great impact on the world and in the lives of the people around him. The themes that run through this story are as applicable today as they were over seventy years ago.
When the film It’s A Wonderful Life was released in 1946, it was not immediately popular nor a financial success, but its reputation grew over time. A clerical error resulted in the loss of copyright protection allowing the film to be shown widely during the Christmas season in subsequent years. The film has become a phenomenon and the holiday is not complete without it.
This is a unique opportunity to enjoy this wonderful story in a fun, live radio-show performance, complete with a foley (sound effects) artist!
The Connecticut cast and crew includes Bill Arnold of East Windsor, Chris Berrien of East Granby, Chris Bushey of Bloomfield, Marisa Clement of West Hartford, Steve O’Brien of Simsbury, Jomarie Pipolo of West Hartford, and Virginia Wolf of Farmington.
The performance is 90 minutes with no intermission, and is produced by special arrangement by Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com). Seasonal refreshments will be available for purchase before the performance.
Bring the whole family on Saturday, Dec. 16, to enjoy this classic story. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets available at Granby Pharmacy, at the door and online at goodcompanytheaterct.org. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children under 17. Tickets sold at the door will be $12 for adults and $10 for students and children.
Hundreds of student dancers will perform with the Albany Berkshire Ballet (ABB) this season on the 43rd annual tour of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. The coveted role of Clara will be performed by 11-year-old Granby native, Emily Rickis for the one o’clock matinee performance on Dec. 16 at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass.
This will be Emily’s sixth year performing in ABB’s Nutcracker. Her past roles include reindeer, mini mouse, clown and first act party child. Emily is excited to share this experience with friends from her dance studio that have been cast in the same show. Emily is in sixth grade at Granby Memorial Middle School and has been dancing at New England Dance and Gymnastics Center for nine years.
When asked what advice Emily would give to a young dancer dreaming of a role like Clara, she responded, “Never give up on your dreams. Keep working hard and practice every day. Hard work pays off.” Emily feels honored to be chosen for this role. “It’s an amazing opportunity to dance the main part on the big stage with professional dancers. I can’t pick just one thing I’m excited about because there are so many great things about this role. It really is a dream come true for me.”
Emily was recently featured on WWLP’s Mass Appeal and performed with fellow cast members at The Nutcracker Tea Party at Storrowton Tavern in West Springfield, Mass.
Tickets can be purchased through the Symphony Hall box office in Springfield at www.symphonyhall.com for the Dec. 16, 1 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. show (student cast will vary).
The celebration of the publication of Heather A. Lagace’s latest book, I Am in My Life for Keeps: A Course in Thriving will be held at F.H. Cossitt Library on Friday, Nov. 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Join us on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 7-9 p.m., for a fun, casual and free event, where we will discuss a number of the works of art that are part of this year’s Granby Land Trust Juried Art Show, Celebrating New England’s Natural Beauty. Complimentary light refreshments will be served and Lost Acres Vineyard wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
Artists Laura Eden and Bill Simpson will lead an interactive discussion with a number of artists who are in the show, giving you an opportunity to hear the artists’ perspectives on what inspires them and on the artistic process.
The event will be held at Lost Acres Vineyard Art Gallery, 80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby. Space is limited so PLEASE REGISTER with Laurie Schock at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 860-989-3430.
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