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  • The Portland Civic Players

“It’s A Wonderful Life” in Portland, MI

The Portland Civic Players are at it again, bringing wonderful family entertainment to the community with their fall musical. This year, just in time for the holidays, they will be presenting “It’s a Wonderful Life, the Musical”. Many have grown up with this Christmas classic. Based on the beloved 1946 film, this musical faithfully follows George Bailey's life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond, as we all take a journey to discover whether his life has mattered at all.

The Portland Civic Players production, directed by Sherry Miller and Tom Little, features a large cast with George Hilton as George Bailey, Lydia Wilson as Mary, and Joe Christian as Clarence the angel. Rounding out the cast is Bob Logan, Aiden Pung, Bryson Krieger, Abe Chadwick, Richard Hans, Amy Leachman, Eric Proctor, Donna Sines, Chuck Dibean, Chris Horvath, Nancy Bedenbender, Tom Little, Deb Hattis, Roger Miller, Bob Stevens, Antonius Watkins, James Wohlfert, Tiffany Barron, Laurie Reeves, Dawn Dancer, Mariah Lawler, Iggy Arleth, Emerson Dibean, Ryan Watkins, Joyce Christian, Kristi Dibean, Tyler Tichvon, Betty Hanson, Amy Huss, Anna Latham, Katlyn Shaw, Quinn Volk, Sophie Griffes, Keagan Krieger, Abby Rice, Calliope Miller, Wade Dibean, Faith Smith, Logan Reeves, Mary Timmer, Leah Wilson, Mary-Beth Wohlfert, Isabell Nelson, Cecelia Little, Natalie Bengel, Emma McKinney, Preston Dibean, Clayton Rice, Jake Olson, Danny Little, Sam Thelen, Jack Thelen, Rory Miller, and Terry Austen.

With book and lyrics by Keith Ferguson and music by Bruce Greer, this show is from the screenplay by Francis Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Joe Swirling. It is produced by special arrangement with Play Scripts, Inc. Show dates are December 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 and December 3 and 10 at 2:30. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Tickets will be able to be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 647-4041. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, November 2.

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