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Park Players to Present Holiday Classic

‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ Set This Weekend

Cast members rehearse a scene from the Park Players’ production that puts a unique twist on a holiday classic -- “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” This fall play will be broadcasted on-demand on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15, via links on the Wheeling Park High School and Ohio County Schools social media pages.

WHEELING — It’s not only a joyful Christmas tale — it’s the gorgeous love story of George and Mary Bailey, a vivid portrait of the Greatest Generation, a descent into the darkest hour of a man trapped by circumstance and a powerful meditation on what makes a meaningful life.

From the comfort of their own homes, lucky audience members will get the chance to witness this classic holiday play when the Park Players of Wheeling Park High School present their fall play, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the play will be broadcasted on-demand via ShowShare. The link to performance will be made available to the public on Wheeling Park High School and Ohio County Schools official social media pages.

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Kayla Kreitzer Nelson, one of the theater directors and alumna of Wheeling Park High School, leads the production.

The cast for this year’s play is made up of 13 of Park’s most talented students. Leading the cast as Jake Laurents — who portrays George Bailey — is Dailey Ward, and Eliza Aulick plays Sally Apple white — who portrays Mary Bailey. Actor Freddie Filmore — who portrays Mr. Potter and others — is played by Ryan Quickel. Tyler Faulstick — as Harry “Jazzbo” Heyward — portrays Clarence Oddbody and others. Actress Lana Sherwood — who portrays Violet Bick and others — is played by Amanda McGovern.

Rounding out the cast playing various characters are Jacob Glenz, Ethan Bartsch, Charlie Mattingly, Adeline Barbour, Lucia Perry and Towne Moores. Harper Aulick portrays the announcer and Amelia Bell plays the stage manager. Both Aulick and Bell also serve as Foley Artists, bringing to life the countless sound effects from the script.

Assisting Mrs. Nelson in the capacity of production assistants for the play are Mr. Bill Cornforth, Mrs. Isabella Droginske, Ms. Jennifer Mathieu, Mr. Scott Hedrick and Mr. Mike Harris.

Senior Collin Connor acts as a student leader and Mrs. Nelson’s assistant director for the production. The stage manager for the show is Lauren Marquart, and the assistant stage manager is Laken Faulstick. Other Park Player crew heads include Jacqueline Heil, Joey Carter, Harper Aulick, Amanda McGovern, Sophie White, Hailey Lewis and Spencer Romanek.

Park Player performances bring hundreds of people from the community together to experience the creative spirit of their talented actors and technical crews. It is their hope that they can count on your support. OnDemand performances may be purchased and viewed via ShowShare.

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