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Mater Dei drama students to perform “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Cast members (left to right) John Hund (George Bailey), Abby Brandenburger (Mr. Potter’s secretary), Joseph Petermeyer (Mr. Potter) and Emma Timmermann (Mr. Potter’s Assistant) rehearse for their performances of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Nov. 4, 5 and 6.
Cast members (left to right) John Hund (George Bailey), Abby Brandenburger (Mr. Potter’s secretary), Joseph Petermeyer (Mr. Potter) and Emma Timmermann (Mr. Potter’s Assistant) rehearse for their performances of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Nov. 4, 5 and 6. Courtesy photo

Mater Dei Catholic High School in Breese will put on its fall play, It’s a Wonderful Life, on Nov. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m., and on Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

Based on the classic film by Frank Capra, the story by Philip Van Doren Stern, and adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers, this play is sure to delight theatergoers of all ages. The story tells the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty. His guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life.

This faithful adaptation has all your favorite characters: George and Mary Hatch, Clarence, Uncle Billy, Violet, and, of course, the Scrooge-like villain, Mr. Potter. This fine dramatization not only celebrates the faith of the season, but also celebrates the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play, and the love and support of one's family and community will be rewarded.

It’s a Wonderful Life features John Hund of New Baden as the erstwhile George Bailey and Maria Kreke of Bartelso as his wife, Mary. Anthony Lepore of Breese graces the stage with his portrayal of the hopeful angel, Clarence. The villain Potter is brought to life by Joseph Petermeyer of Aviston, and John Hilmes of Breese and Kendall Bowman of Salem delightfully play Uncle Billy and Aunt Tilly. Rounding out the supporting cast are seniors Keegan Spirek, Becca Moss, Sarah Maller, Alex Norris, and Margo Lampe; junior Katya Hoffmann; sophomores Ben Wilke, Will Schleper, Abby Brandenburger, Taylor Foster, and Caleb Horstmann; and freshman newcomers Elizabeth Rommerskirchen, Emma Timmermann, Hunter Lee, Anna Klostermann and Valerie Hund. The cast also features All Saints Academy students AJ Mueth, Garett Zurliene, and Kayla Zurliene as the Bailey children.

The technical crew consists of Ethan Guillot, Alex Mueth, Craig Gross, Savannah Wesselmann, Mason McElhose, Abby McElhose, Colby Litteken, Andrew Boyer, Banco Lo, and Calvin Hintz. The creative team of director Mrs. Donna Goetz, student director Taylor Foster, technical director Alex Mueth, and artistic director Mrs. Vicki Moylan collaborated to bring the story to life.

This show is produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing. Tickets ($5 each) for the general public are available in the school office and must be paid for at the time of reservation. Knight Club members may phone the office at 526-7216 for will call tickets.

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