Wonderful Life
Actors get ready to present “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Bradley, starting Dec. 4: Left to right: Walter Wright (Uncle Billy), Val Cooke (Aunt Tilly), Marian Marchesseault (Mrs. Martini), Jim Weigel (Mr. Martini), Lacey Melanson (Mary) and Mark Scribner (George). Courtesy photo.
Life' on tap
PUTNAM — “I suppose it would have been better if I had never been born at all,” laments George Bailey in the American Christmas classic production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” opening Dec. 4  at The Bradley Playhouse downtown and running through Dec. 20.
Performances for this timeless and magical production are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20. Tickets are $19 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. All seats are reserved and reservations may be made with a major credit card online at or by calling 860-928-7887. Tickets may be purchased at the theatre box office, either before the performance or at the door.
Donate to the “mitten tree” in the Bradley’s annual holiday drive to collect hats, scarves, mittens and gloves, or by bringing a non-perishable food item for TEEG’s food pantry. Lastly, take a chance to win a gift certificate from 85 Main, and dedicate an angel or bell ornament to hang in our lobby.  
This quintessential Christmas story tells the saga of George Bailey, “the everyman from small town Bedford Falls” whose dreams of escape and adventure are repeatedly quashed by his family obligations and civic duty.
We find George on Christmas Eve, in serious trouble, and with the whole town praying for him, Clarence Oddbody, AS2, his guardian angel, is sent down from the heavens to save him. Clarence, who still needs to earn his wings, must save George and sets out to show him what the world would be like “had he never been born.”
Directed by Carol Alderson and Carole Hayes, It’s A Wonderful Life celebrates not only the season, but also the American philosophy of life: that hard work, fair play, and the love and support of family and community will be rewarded. A cast of 28, newcomers and veterans alike join together to fill the stage in this heartwarming tale for the holidays.
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