Augustana Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life

Event Details

Date: November 17 - November 21, 2009

Times: November 18-21 at 7:30 p.m. and November 21-22 at 2:30 p.m.

Location: Edith Mortenson Center Theatre, Augustana College campus

Ticket Info: Tickets are available online at or by calling the Augustana Box Office at 605.274.5320.

SIOUX FALLS – Augustana Theatre continues the 2009-10 season with James W. Rogers’ adaptation of the Frank Capra film, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Directed by Dan Workman, visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Augustana, It’s a Wonderful Life is a story that has been touching people for years.

George Bailey has dreamed of traveling and seeing the world since he was young, but has never been able to fulfill the dream. One Christmas Eve, he is in despair and unable to see the light in his life.

He is miserable, dejected, and contemplating suicide. Divine intervention is required to show him the worth and power of his life. His guardian angel, Patience (played in the Augustana production by a woman), has been sent to save George and earn her wings as a first-class angel.

Patience and all the residents of Bedford Falls work to remind George of his virtues, show him what life would be without him, and make him realize that even though he does not live the life he dreamed of when he was younger, it’s a wonderful life after all.

Leading the cast is Casey Ring (North Saint Paul, MN) as George Bailey, Kayla Straub (Ashland, MO) as Mary Hatch, Glynnis Kunkel (North Mankato, MN) as Patience Odbody, and Nate Hults (Glencoe, MN) as Henry F. Potter.

The cast also includes Bob Wendland (Arlington, SD), Evan Livermore (Pierre, SD), Will Dietzler (Fargo, ND), Valerie Scott (Gettysburg, SD), Shelly Hubbling (St. Paul, MN), Ellen Kress (Los Alamos, NM), Jared Mitchell (Fulda, MN), Bryan Okerlund (Sauk Centre, MN), Matt Cook (Adrian, MN), Ryan Zobel (Arlington, SD), Megan McDonald (Sioux Falls), Martha Stai (Inwood, IA), Gentry Pletts (Chanhassen, MN), Carli Ellwein (Frederick, SD), Brianna Gallicchio (Somerville, NJ), Grant Hooyer (Sioux Falls), Leah Hilsabeck (Milford, IA), Keanna Cassanova (Sioux Falls), Caleb Ruppert (Marshall, MN). Mackenzie Fuller (Sioux Falls), Noah Bunger (Sioux Falls), and Emily Worden (Sioux Falls).

Performances are November 18-21 at 7:30 p.m. and November 21-22 at 2:30 p.m. all at the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre. The performance on Thursday, November 19, will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Tickets are available by calling the Augustana Box Office at 605.274.5320 or online at

Bruce Conely
Director, News Information
Phone: 605.274.5526
Fax: 605.274.4903