IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE PROFILES: LENNY BART, THERESA HAUENSTEIN, MICHAEL METTERS, MICHAEL HYNES

Lenny Bart- Director

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What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale?

It deals with the impact we can have on others in our lives.  It deals with the spirit of “Giving” of the self, and not of commercial endeavors.  It is the common man Vs. the Rich moneyed folks.

Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life?

Well, George is so incredible, but I just love Clarence, and his wide-eyed optimism and desire to do good and help his common man.

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with?

I’m directing, and just looking forward to working with such a talented group of people.

What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life?

This is such a heart-warming holiday tale, and has been a big part of my family’s life during the holiday season, that I just love the opportunity to share with my new community, something that ushers in the holidays and makes us all feel good about ourselves and our fellow human beings.

Theresa Hauenstein-Producer

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What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale? 

I love how this story reminds us that we need each other. Every life is connected to another. I also love the reminder it gives that if we can change our perspective just a little, even the darkest and most frustrating bits of life have meaning and value beyond anything we could imagine. 

Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life

Clarence! He’s an angel after my own heart… He is a reminder that in order to help someone you have to get to know them. You can’t just look at someone’s situation and assume you know how to fix their problem. It’s important to know someone’s story and meet them where they are at. 

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with? 

As a producer I don’t get to perform, but I am excited to see this cast share this beautiful tale! It’s such an important story to share in our world today, and I know they are going to do a great job. 

 What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life 

This is such a classic tale that anyone can enjoy and be enriched by. It is an honor to share this holiday season and the message of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ with this cast and crew – and you!

Michael Metters-Horace/Mr Welch/Ensemble

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What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale?

Selflessness coupled with the power of hope & community.

 Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life?

TOUGH QUESTION! Aspire to be like George, and love Mary for her steadfastness through the storms. 

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with?

Been a looong time since I’ve done a show at the civic so don’t know anyone…but so look forward to working with everyone:)

 What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life

To be involved with theater community again, and playing in such a feel good holiday classic is an honor.

Michael Hynes-Old Man Gower/Billy Bailey/Ensemble

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So what do I think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing Tale?

I think it’s because it shows us that everyone’s life is important. And even though we might think we don’t matter much in this world… so many things that we touch or that we come in contact with might change the world as we know it if it weren’t for us. Sometimes we might not think that we make a difference…or that something we say or do is of any great significant and yet it might make all the difference in the world to the outcome of our own or someone else’s life. 

Who is my favorite character?

Why George Bailey of course!

Who am I looking forward to performing with?

Well for me it’s everyone on the cast list! Singing in a band, I don’t get much chance to do theater. So any opportunity I get is a real joy and I cherish the moments when I do get to be on stage! I’ve had the honor of working with several people that are in the show already. So I look forward to working with those that I haven’t.

What makes me excited about being part of It’s a Wonderful Life?

Well mostly for the reasons stated above. I don’t get the opportunity very often to do live theater so when I can it’s a real privilege. And I haven’t had the joy of working with Lenny yet and so I’m looking forward to that. Plus I took my mom to see this last year and we absolutely enjoyed the show so much that I thought… it sure would be great to be a part of a show like this where it’s a live radio broadcast as well as being performed in front of a live audience. And so now I get my chance!

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