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Denton Community Theatre brings classic film to stage

Denton Community Theatre brings classic film to stage

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Denton Community Theatre brings classic film to stage
November 27
23:34 2012

Melissa Wylie/Staff Writer

George Bailey said the world would be better off without him. George Bailey was wrong.
Denton Community Theatre is bringing the iconic holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” to the stage.

The play chronicles the life of George Bailey, an affluent but depressed community man. As he contemplates suicide, an angel shows Bailey what the world would be like had he never been born.
Bailey realizes his importance to family and friends and decides that life truly is wonderful.

The play will open at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Campus Theatre.

DCT production board members John Evarts and Pete Kelley are co-directing the production and said that although this stage adaptation closely follows the 1946 film, necessary changes to the script were made.

Evarts said many of the action scenes from the movie were translated strictly into dialogue, due to the restrictions of a stage.

Instead of a character falling into an icy lake as he does in the movie, the incident is explained during a conversation, Evarts said.

Bryan Patrick plays the lead role and said audiences should expect a fresh take on the beloved characters and storyline.

“To not be Jimmy Stewart and to create my own George Bailey has been a treat,” Patrick said. “I want to create something different for an audience, hence my mustache.”

Patrick said that because the film was released right after the end of World War II, the heartwarming tale was initially unpopular among somber Americans.

He said that current social attitudes are similar to those in the late 1940s, but the play has the potential to lift spirits.

“Nobody’s really in the mood for feel-good anything right now,” Patrick said. “But the fact that they can have something like this at the theater that will bring back memories and express the true meaning of Christmas, that’s something I’m glad I’m involved in.”

Theater junior Danica Bergeron is playing the supporting role of Miss Carter. Bergeron said that in comparison to the professional atmosphere of theater at UNT, working on a community show is a welcome change of pace.

“There’s definitely a lot of talent, and so many people are willing to put their time in and willing to work,” Bergeron said. “It’s nice to see so many people enthusiastic about wanting to do theater. You don’t necessarily see that anywhere else.”

Evarts said he has enjoyed working with the several cast members that double as students.

“I am grateful for their participation,” Evarts said. “Being in the college situation, they don’t get many opportunities to perform because of all the competition. So, many students choose to do community theater.”

“It’s a Wonderful Life” was chosen as DCT’s annual holiday production because of the sheer popularity of the story, he said.

“People love this movie in a very intense way,” he said. “It amuses me. Not only will people love [the play], we’re going to have quite a big turnout.”

Tiffany Meade, who plays the character Violet, said the play has drama, romance, intrigue and most especially humor.

“We have a few surprises for the audience,” Meade said. “We have ways of getting them involved. There’s something for everyone.”

The play, which runs through Dec. 16, is part of the theater’s Christmas fundraiser.

Tickets are $10 for students and children, $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Campus Theatre box office.

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  1. John Evarts
    John Evarts November 29, 22:24

    Melissa, Thank you for a well written article. I appreciate the thoughtful way you spoke with the cast and crew, as well your accuracy in recording what people shared with you. Many thanks.

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