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november 2018 | Volume 173


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A New Musical Adaptation by Peter Jorgensen
Arrangements & Orchestrations by Nico Rhodes
Based on the Frank Capra film and the original story by Philip Van Doren Stern
With the support of Patrick Street Productions
Gateway Theatre, Richmond 
Dec. 6-31
From $29
www.gatewaytheatre.com or 604-270-1812

Get into the Holiday Spirit with a Timeless Classic at the Gateway Theatre

On Christmas eve, a man wishes he'd never been born, and a wayward angel gets a chance to finally earn his wings. Just in time for the season comes the musical adaptation of the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life. Based on Frank Capra's beloved timeless story, the Gateway Theatre production features a 10-piece orchestra interpreting holiday favourites and Broadway classics from the 1920s, '30s, and '40s by some of the greatest songwriters of the period, from George and Ira Gershwin to Kurt Weill. 

"Growing up, Christmas meant two things: boxes and boxes of Clementine oranges and watching It's a Wonderful Life," says Artistic Director Jovanni Sy (this year playing Mr. Potter). "Frank Capra doesn't shy away from showing us how dire circumstances can crush even the most resilient soul. I think Capra knew that we had to witness George at his absolute lowest point in order to make George's spiritual renewal so profoundly uplifting. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the unceasing torrent of discouraging news, divisive rhetoric, and outrage, and then Clarence reminds me (as he reminds George) that loving friends can help us weather the darkest of times!"

Declared one of the 100 greatest films ever made, this adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life brings new musical and theatrical life to the beloved story. A beautiful experience for the entire family, and an important reminder that, "no man is a failure, who has friends." Travel with us to Bedford Falls for a joyous journey that will have you checking for Zuzu's petals in your own pockets and make you believe that every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.

"If you like old-fashioned charm, the kind that makes you feel all warm and runny inside, this one's for you." - Hamilton Spectator

Erin Aberle-Palm, Greg Armstrong-Morris*, Dave Campbell, Michelle Collier, Nathan Cottell, Cameron Dunster, Nick Fontaine*, Kenzie Fraser, Imelda Gabborno, Jim Hibbard*, Vanessa Merenda, Nick Preston, Braeden Saucy, Alexander Sheppard-Reid, and Jovanni Sy*

Stage Director: Peter Jorgensen* / Associate Stage Director: Kayla Dunbar 
Music Director: Angus Kellett
Set Design: Brian Ball / Lighting Design: Craig Alfredson
Sound Design: Bradley Danyluk / Properties Design: Chris Hall
Costume Design: Christopher David Gauthier / Assistant Costume Design: Julianna Franchini
Stage Manager: Yvonne Yip* / Assistant Stage Manager: Michelle Harrison*
Technical Director: Theodore Sherman / Production Manager: Josef Chung
*With the generous support of Canadian Actors' Equity Association

Preview: Thursday, December 6 @ 8pm / Opening: Friday, December 7 @ 8pm
Times: 8pm nightly (except Sunday and Monday, and December 11, 25, 26)
Matinees: Saturday, December 8 @ 2pm / Sunday, December 9, 16, 23 & 30 @ 2pm
Tuesday, December 11 @ 1pm / Wednesday, December 26 @ 2pm

Special Performances/Events:
Tuesday, December 11 @ 1pm - Tea Matinee
Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee, and cake before the show
Thursday, December 13 – Talkback Thursday
Join us for an intimate conversation with the cast and/or creative team
Wednesday, December 12 & Friday, December 14 – Afterplay
Share your thoughts and experience with fellow audience members during this facilitated, informal, post-show discussion
Wednesday, December 19 & Sunday, December 23 – VocalEye Described Performances
Performances are described live and audible only to audience members who are blind or partially sighted

About Gateway Theatre
Gateway Theatre enriches the quality of life in Richmond and surrounding communities by creating outstanding professional theatre and serving as a dynamic hub for the performing arts. Incorporated in 1982, Gateway is a vital member of the professional theatre scene in the Lower Mainland and is led by Artistic Director Jovanni Sy. Gateway's professional activity includes a six-show English-language Signature Series, the Pacific Festival of contemporary theatre in Chinese, and a play development program. We also provide theatre education and performance training classes for youth aged 6-18 via Gateway Theatre Academy. As a venue, Gateway Theatre also provides a much-needed rental space for professional and community producers.



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