Feel the Warmth of the Holiday Season with Avon Players’ ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Classic film brought to life will remind you and yours of the power one person has to do so much good

The Jimmy Stewart masterpiece so many generations grew up with springs to life with Avon Players’ latest offering.  Relive the beauty of director Frank Capra’s enduring cinematic Christmas gift with It’s a Wonderful Life, running Friday, November 27 through Saturday, December 12.

Audrey Brown as Mary Bailey, Mark Misch as George Bailey and Julia Polet as Zuzu. Photo Credit: Bryan Clifford

Audrey Brown as Mary Bailey, Mark Misch as George Bailey and Julia Polet as Zuzu.
Photo Credit: Bryan Clifford

George Bailey (Mark Misch) has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. Forsaking his longing for world travel, he has instead settled for a provincial life building a family with his beloved wife Mary (Audrey Brown) and running the modest building and loan company founded by his father, a company that prevents the rich Mr. Potter (Chuck Daugherty) from taking over the entire town.  When a mistake by George’s Uncle Billy (Kevin Curtis) puts the business in jeopardy one Christmas Eve, a desperate George contemplates suicide, but an as-yet-wingless Angel named Clarence (Bill Dixon) intervenes and shows George what life would have been like for his loved ones and his community if he had never been born.

As an added holiday treat, audiences will feast on the performance of legendary radio personality Chuck Daugherty in the role of Mr. Potter. Mr. Daughterty is a Michigan native whose credits include work as an actor on the Detroit-produced The Lone Ranger, and DJ on The All Night Satellite and Hi Fi Club.   A friend of Barry Gordy and a frequent visitor to Hitsville, USA, Mr. Daughtery has the distinction of having subbed for Dick Clark on American Bandstand, and having been among the first to promote surfing music, including The Beach Boys.

Tickets for all shows are $16 ($14 on Sundays for students and Seniors). Call 248.608.9077 for tickets or order online at www.AvonPlayers.org. Group rates are available by calling the box office. “Like” Avon Players Theatre on Facebook for special offers on tickets. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. All seats are reserved. Show dates and times follow:

Friday, Nov 27                      8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Nov 28                 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov 29                   2:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec 4                        8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 5                   8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec 6                     2:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec 11                      8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 12                 8:00 p.m

Founded in 1947, Avon Players is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit community theatre located along the winding banks of Stoney Creek in the quaint Historic District of Rochester Hills, only about two miles from the heart of downtown Rochester. Avon Players has been performing shows in its unique A-frame theater since 1965. With ticket prices set at a fraction of those at professional theatre (plus free parking and concessions on a donation basis) a family of four can experience a sensational live theatrical event for about the cost of one ticket at a “downtown” venue.  And for regular theatre-goers, an affordable outing can be an even better bargain by taking advantage of Avon Players’ season ticket packages, which yield discounts of up to 24% per ticket.  Additionally, season ticket holders enjoy priority seating selection and voting privileges in Avon’s annual “Stoney Awards.” Additional information regarding tickets and productions is available by calling the Avon Players box office at 248.608.9077 or by visiting the website: www.AvonPlayers.org.

Cast and Production Staff by Community:

Auburn Hills

Doris Boris (Costume Design)

Clayton Hargrave (“Goon”)


Dean Vanderkolk (Director)

Lake Orion

Noelle Holth (“Young Mary Hatch”)

Macomb Township

Richard Marcil (“Bert/Mr. Welch”)

Madison Heights

Bill Dixon (“Clarence Odbody”)


Kathy (Canu) Katz (“Ma Bailey/Miss Andrews”)

Oakland Township

Ayden Makar (“Pete Bailey/Young Boy”)

John Paul Stephens (“Young George Bailey/Tommy Bailey”)

Ray Township

Kevin Curtis (“Uncle Billy/Mr. Gower”)


Betsy Labick (“Mrs. Thompson/Secretary”)

Mark Misch (“George Bailey”)

Chloe Schultz (“Young Violet”)

Rochester Hills

Brooke Candella (“Janie Bailey”)

Jim Canu (“Mr. Martini”)

Brad Holoday (Hair and Make-Up Design)

Louise Holoday (Hair and Make-Up Design)

Emily Jacobs (“Zuzu Bailey”)

Kathy Kade (“Aunt Tilly”)

John (JD) Deierlein (Stage Manager)

Peggy Deierlein (Props Design)

Shelby Township

Chuck Daugherty (“Mr. Potter”)

Emily Polet-Monterosso (Assistant Director)

Lori Smith (Producer)

Sterling Heights

Steve Grady (“Harry Bailey/Sam Wainwright/Ernie Bishop”)

Tiffany Stano (“Violet Peterson/Ruth Bailey”)


Julia Polet (“Zuzu Bailey”)


Audrey Brown (“Mary Bailey”)

Sharon Jourdan (Props Design)

White Lake

Carol Taylor (“Miss Carter/Mrs. Hatch”)


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