This Wonderful Life at Syracuse Stage

This Wonderful Life

1 Actor. 32 Characters. An Acclaimed Tour de Force of a Holiday Classic.

Written by Steve Murray

Conceived by Mark Setlock

Directed by Peter Amster

Featuring James Leaming


Running Dates: Dec 9 -- Jan 3

Press Opening: Saturday, Dec 12 at 8:00 p.m.

Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings. Visit Bedford Falls this holiday season for a charming stage telling of Frank Capra's Hollywood classic. One brave actor plays 32 characters including George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, Mary, Martini and Zuzu and brings everyone's favorite family holiday charmer to wonderful life. Hee-haw.

This Wonderful Life runs December 9-January 3 at Syracuse Stage. Tickets can be purchased online at HYPERLINK "http://www.SyracuseStage.org" www.SyracuseStage.org, by phone at 315-443-3275 or in person at 820 East Genesee Street. This Wonderful Life is sponsored by Phoebe's Restaurant and Coffee Lounge. The media sponsor is WAER 88.3. Syracuse Stage season sponsors are The Post-Standard and Time Warner Cable.

"The story of George Bailey's journey from frustration to despair to understanding and happiness is one that celebrates the American ideal of community. The way to find value in this world as individuals is by looking more closely at the people who pass through our lives: our family, our friends, our town," said Director Peter Amster.

Amster returns to Syracuse after having directed Stage's production of The Fantasticks in spring 2008. Previously he directed This Wonderful Life for Florida's Asolo Repertory Theatre, where the production received the Sarasota Magazine Awards for Best Show and Best Actor.

Sarasota Magazine called the production "a tour-de force for its one-man cast and a real holiday treat for the audience." Actor James Leaming was praised for "bringing to life not just George Bailey, but all the main characters of the film classic He was utterly convincing, enthusiastic and impressive "

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