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Young Fairfield Actors to Stage Holiday Classic

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Steve Autore and Miriam Goldfield will step into the legendary shoes of Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed this December. The Fairfield Ludlowe High School drama students will play the leads in the school’s adaptation of the Frank Capra film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

The holiday classic was adapted for the stage by Fairfield High grad Joe Landry. Ludlowe drama director Frances Kondziela said that she mentioned to her former student that she’d always wanted to put on a production of the story, but realized there was no stage version available. Landry wrote one up, and it premiered at Fairfield High. Landry has since taken the play national.

Autore plays George Bailey, a businessman in the small New England town of Bedford Falls. He gets into financial trouble because of the dishonest Mr. Potter (played by Brett Leiter) and Sadie Vance (Heather Hayes). When he contemplates suicide, his late father Peter (Grey Walker) sends down a guardian angel, Clarence (Amir Naeem), to help.

Clarence shows George what life would be like, if he’d never been born, for his wife, Mary (Goldfield), his Uncle Billy (James Purcell), his children (Sara Goldring and Robert Gigliotti), as well as his friends Violet (Cassie Carroll), Gower (Adrian Tudor), Bert (Will Powers) and Ruth (Tessa Duke).

The Ludlowe Drama Club’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” will go live Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 and 8 p.m. in the school’s auditorium, 685 Unquowa Road. Tickets are $8 at the door. Contact Kondziela at fkondziela@fairfieldschools.org or 203-255-7201 for information or reservations.

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