Merry Christmas, George Bailey! is adapted from the popular Frank Capra movie It’s a Wonderful Life. The play will be presented as a live radio show set in the 1940s, with much of the action taking place through voice acting.
“Through my involvement in Anathan shows I have been able to work with a variety of talented people. With each show I have learned more about theatre, myself, and my faith. As I near the end of my senior year, I hope to carry along with me all that I have learned, go make the most of my experiences, and go make all of my mentors proud.”
The play explores Christian themes as it examines a society based on outward appearance and social status rather than the worth of each individual soul. Ultimately, it reinforces the core of Catholic social teaching, which is to respect the dignity of each human life regardless of appearance.
Set in the early 1960s on a Caribbean island that is loosely based on the legends of Princess Margaret's island getaway of Mustique, the story follows a set of twins who are separated when they wash ashore after a shipwreck.
The romantic heroine, Raina Petkoff, is engaged to marry the gallant Major Sergius Saranoff, but then her life is turned upside-down late one night when a war-ravaged soldier breaks into her room seeking shelter. Raina is faced with the harsh reality of war and the meaning of true love.