This Wonderful Life at Syracuse Stage

Leaming will be featured in the Syracuse Stage production. He notes, "This Wonderful Life reminds us that the world is full of Heroes and most of them go unnoticed; that we change the world right here, where we touch it. And we can never take that for granted."

Frank Capra's film classic It's a Wonderful Life was released in 1946. Featuring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, the film received five Academy Award nominations. It has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made, and placed number one on their list of the most inspirational American films of all time.

"Why a one-man show of It's a Wonderful Life?" asks Director Peter Amster. "Well, of course it gives a very talented actor a chance for virtuosity. But more deeply, it gives us a chance to fall under the spell of the storyteller, the single voice of the community, the bard, the rhapsodist, who brings the story up from a shared past and bodies it forth, so that we may taste again, as we do almost every year, the sweetness of the holiday dish, and its savory, if paradoxical message: we can only find our best selves in selflessness."


Seneca Falls -- Is Seneca Falls, NY the real Bedford Falls, the fictional town where This Wonderful Life takes place? The many similarities suggest it's quite possible--the traditional New England main street, a steel truss bridge, many Second Empire Victorian homes, globe street lamps, both towns have a canal, both main streets are 300 yards long with a median, and history as a mill town. Visit HYPERLINK "http://www.therealbedfordfalls.com" www.therealbedfordfalls.com for more information.


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