Escondido, CA

“It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol,” opens Dec. 8 in Escondido



Travel back to a simpler time, America’s mid-twentieth century, as the award-winning North County Players ( brings its newest show, “It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol,” to the Women’s Club of Escondido theater December 8-18.

The club will be transformed into the idyllic post-WW II town of Bedford Falls, made famous by the Frank Capra Christmas classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a long-suffering America businessman struggling against powerful forces with a little bit of heavenly help from his guardian angel, Clarence.

North County Players’ previous holiday offering, “Mr. Scrooge & Mr. Dickens” has played to full-houses and thousands of attendees throughout So Cal for nearly the past decade.

“It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol” is a faithful adaptation of the 1945 movie with twists and surprises straight from the mind of Charles Dickens” — the author of what is likely the other most-beloved holiday tale of all time, “A Christmas Carol.”

The show features period costumes and sets, caroling, dancers, 1940’s Big Band holiday tunes, along with powerful music, sound, and visual effects.

The venue features comfortable seating, wrapping nearly 3/4 of the way around the stage, giving every audience member excellent viewability. Enjoy a wide variety of delicious before-the-show and intermission goodies at reasonable prices. Thirsty? Sip a glass of wine or a refreshing beer while you enjoy the show in addition to sodas, coffee, and tea. Parking is easy and ample.

One-hundred-percent of your ticket price will be donated to local North County non-profits, primarily to Women’s Club family-oriented charities. It’s a fantastic way to make a donation that really counts for something and enjoy a fantastic evening out as well.

In the show’s final few minutes the show will welcome audience members right up on stage to be impromptu ‘citizens of Bedford Falls. As an added treat, they’ll also be videoing those last couple of minutes and making the recordings available free-of-charge to anyone who wants them, just by clicking on a simple YouTube link.

“It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol” stars many of San Diego’s favorite stage actors: Fred Gaines as George Bailey, Amber Stroyer as Mary Bailey (played by Donna Reed in the movie), Ford Neha Curtiss as Henry Potter (played by Lionel Barrymore in the film), along with David Ross (Clarence), Marsi Carr (Aunt Billie), Peter Bunn, Betsy Toker, John Aviles, Jacob James, Andrew and Mike Janusek, Donald Hall, Audrey Linder, Valerie and Kendra Carlson, Jeff Makey, and Milburn Stevens.

Shows take place December 8-18 at the Women’s Club of Escondido, on the corner of Mission and Rose, just behind the House of Prayer church.

Tickets cost $12 general, $9 children, seniors, military. Go to North- for easy tickets, info, and directions. Tickets will also be available at the door (subject to seating).

Call 760-933-9174 to inquire about special pricing for your club or group.

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