The story of George Bailey’s life unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve – can a stranger help him make the right choice?
In a radio play version of the holiday classic, a small ensemble plays dozens of roles. Live sound effects enhance the performance.
SATURDAY, December 16 at 10:00AM & 2:00PM
SUNDAY, December 17 at 2:00PM
Shanis Auditorium at the Upper Dublin Public Library
520 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA
This is a FREE EVENT!
KEITH BEECHAM has been a frequent participant in ETC productions, most recently as Father in Children of Eden and as a performer in February’s Miscast Cabaret. He has also appeared in ETC’s productions of Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), Freaky Friday (Dr. Ehrin/Officer Kowalsky), and the virtual performance of A Christmas Carol Radio Play (Narrator/Fezziwig). In addition to his work with ETC, Keith has performed in several other regional theater productions and cabarets. He would like to thank his wife Darlene and family for their patience and support.
BRANDON BELL is excited about his debut performance with ETC! Trained at Playhouse West, he explores his craft diligently. Beyond his artistic pursuits, catch Brandon conducting intriguing interviews on the streets of Philadelphia. Anticipate more collaborations with ETC in the future. Enjoy the show!
LYNDSEY BENTHAM is excited to be working with ETC for a second time, having debuted in their company with First Flights: A New Works Showcase in May. Her first feature film, a Covid thriller-romance called Seclusion, is coming out in early 2024. She won Best Actress at the Stockholm City Film Festival for her work in this role, and is eager for the world to see it. Other credits include SNL, Gilly & Keeves: The Special, and A Parcel from America with the Irish Theatre of Chicago. She holds a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
HOWARD BLUM has made multiple appearances with ETC since its inception, and most recently held three roles in last year’s radio show, A Christmas Carol, as well as singing in the A Cappella quartet Honorable Menschen during ETC Cabarets. Howard has appeared in numerous theatrical productions throughout the Township, Philadelphia and greater New York areas. He also sings with the A Cappella choral group The North Pennsmen. His day-job is chemical industry consulting.
Howard wanted to share a dramaturgical note: unbeknownst to most people, the film The Graduate was not the first to describe plastics as an important story theme, rather it was this show written 20 years before. The “plastics Industry” is an important theme in this play and film because it enables George Bailey to be saved from bank failure.
MAGGIE LITZENBERG is thrilled to be part of her first ETC production! A recent stint with improv comedy called her back to the acting stage. She looks forward to many more performances to come and would like to thank her friends and family for their endless love and support.
JULES MERMELSTEIN is thrilled to be performing with ETC again, and with my fellow cast members. He is happy to be challenging himself playing 7 different characters and in a live radio play, neither of which he has done before. While a student in the Upper Dublin School District many years ago, he performed as Marryin’ Sam in Lil Abner, Lord Hubert Brockhurst in The Boy Friend, Col. Wainwright Purdy III in Teahouse of the August Moon, directed and was a player in If You Don’t Like It; Leave, King Creon in Antigone, The Judge in The Hairy Falsetto, Shipuchin in The Anniversary.
More recently, his performances have been in an original play by Debbie Thompson, improv performances with The Teachers’ Lounge, and many Purimspiels at Or Hadash. His “performances” playing himself include his being a trial and appellate attorney, ten political campaigns as a candidate for local and statewide offices, approximately 30 years of teaching experience, 19 years as a local elected official, a volunteer speaker for the ACLU, and some online discussions of his novel.
MARIO PINEIROS prefers to remain a performer of mystery!
MARK SHELLENBERGER is excited to be in his first ETC production! He comes back to theater after a long hiatus, 34 years to be exact. While not performing, Mark works as a government contractor and enjoys spending time with his family.