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Holy Cross Student Theatre to Present It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

The Holy Cross Student Theatre will present the beloved holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Tony Palermo as its first production for the 2018-2019 school year. Performances run at Holy Cross High School (HCHS) on 587 Oronoke Road on November 30th and December 1st at 7:30p.m. and December 2nd at 2:00p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at the door or online. Seniors will be admitted free for the Sunday, December 2nd matinee only. The production is under the direction of Sean Lewis.

"As old as the show is, you identify with the characters and the humanity of the story," said Mr. Lewis. "It is a story that translates to the present day."

This beloved American holiday classic is brought to 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 (Nick Pietrorazio '19 of Watertown) unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Other Holy Cross cast members include: Kingston Zenick '19, Matthew Keating '21, Billy D'Avino '20, Eileen Xue '20, Grace Persaud '22 (all from Waterbury), Christina Failla '21, Jenna Hulstrunk '21, Bryn DeFoe '21 (all from Watertown), Casuarina Arute '20 (Cheshire), Jenna Hulstrunk '21, Galvin Brayton '19, Tanner Linhard '21 (all from Bethlehem), Jack Boushie '20 (Woodbury) and Cassidy McNeil '21 (Ansonia).

The production will be presented as a radio play with some cast members playing multiple characters and others executing live sound effects on stage. "Rehearsals have been great," said Mr. Lewis. "The cast is grasping the concept of a live radio play. It is very different from your standard drama production."