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Sleepy Eye High School presents:

It’s A Wonderful Life

November 15, 2009
Story, photos by Fritz Busch

George Bailey's guardian angel must descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and 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.

The dramatization from the film by Frank Capra and the story by Philip Van Doren Stern, adapted for stage by James W. Rogers celebrates the faith of the season.

The American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play and the love and support of one's family and community will be rewarded.

Article Photos

From left, Mary Hatch/Bailey (Leah Siefkes), George Bailey (George Hirschboeck), Miss Andrews (Savannah Garcia), Aunt Tilly (Paige Walter), Harry Bailey (Michael Sprenger), and Uncle Billy (Nathan McMullen).

George Bailey (George Hirschboeck), talked about what the play means to him.

"It's important to get the lesson that every life is important," said Hirschboeck. "No matter how bad it gets, there is always something right with life."

Leah Siefkes (Mary Hatch/Bailey) talked about it.

Fact Box

If you go...

What: Sleepy Eye High School Fall Play "It's A Wonderful Life"

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Monday, Nov. 20, 21, 23

Where: Sleepy Eye High School Auditorium

Tickets: Available at the door, one hour prior to curtain.

Cost: Adults $7, students $6, children 12 and under $5.

Cast list

George BaileyGeorge Hirschboeck

Clarence OdbodyChris Seifert

Mr. GowerGenaro Roman

Young GeorgeSam Hirschboeck

Harry BaileyMichael Sprenger

Mother BaileyShelby Wells

Aunt TillyPaige Walter

Violet PetersonCarissa Hillmer

BeatriceJessica Busch

EstherRachel Schroeder

Uncle BillyNathan McMullen

Mary Hatch/BaileyLeah Siefkes

Henry PotterAndrew Geiger

Mr. Potter's SecretaryKristina Busch

Mr. Potter's Goon/AssistantDavid Martinez

Mrs. HatchSamantha McMullen

Miss AndrewsSavannah Garcia

Mrs. ThompsonSamantha Augustin

Mr. MartiniNathan Miller

Mrs. MartiniLauren Kosmatka

Miss CarterRebeccah Ahlrich

Newspaper boyMatt Miller

Mr. WelchSantos Jasso

Pete BaileyBrandon Roiger

Theresa BaileyBrianna Polesky

Zuzu BaileyMartina Neinhaus

Janie BaileyBethany Seifert

Townspeople: Sydney Remus, Emily Curtis, Alejandra Briones, Emily Johnson, Courtney Schmidt, Maurissa Montemayor, Ashley Streich, Jocelyn Mora

Stagecrew: Cassie Cselovszki, Emily Kjelshus, Maria Steffl, Donovan Wells.

Director: Sandy Brinkman

Technical Director: Mary VanRoekel

"Even though you don't feel your life makes an impact on people, it does and how special it really is," she added.

Chris Seifert (Clarence Odbody) described what the play means to him.

"Generosity. Every life can contribute to society," he said. "Celebrate living for creating a better life."

Director Sandy Brinkman described what the play means to her.

"I grew up watching this movie. I loved it as a kid and still do today," Brinkman added. "It's message is so relevant today. It's about the things we should be thankful for. Things that are meaningful and will attribute to our own legacy."

Brinkman said the production should get everyone in the Christmas spirit and demonstrate what brings us joy before presents are opened.

"The cast and crew are very dedicated. I'm very proud of them," said Brinkman.



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