I was asked by an ACAP member to think about doing a show about baseball, which is her favorite pastime. I was initially reluctant to consider a baseball show because sports movements are a bit tricky on stage. But before I dismissed the idea I researched some baseball productions and only found Damn Yankees as something usable. Mix that with a little A League Of Their Own and some baseball history of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal and you get Darn Yankees.
Baseball is as American as it gets. And when gangsters try to corrupt it, you have the makings of a Frank Capra-style production. Capra was a lover of America and its institutions; all his films depicted the power-mongers gobbling up America until a humble, all-American boy (usually Jimmy Stewart) stops them in their tracks with nothing more than honesty and heart.
Our story follows that theme. It shows what happens when good meets bad, power meets virtue, and sophisticated-greed meets good old-fashioned honesty.
Many thanks to the wonderful cast and technical crew who turn written pages of text into a living breathing experience of love and joy before our very eyes. You gotta have heart and they all have miles and miles of it! So let’s play ball!
“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” – Zuzu Bailey
It’s A Wonderful Life has become synonymous with the holiday season in America, but when the movie premiered in 1946, it was met with a lukewarm reception. It wasn’t until the 1960s, when there was some confusion over rights and the film entered the public domain. TV stations began to air the film regularly, because they didn’t have to pay for it. By the time the rights paperwork was corrected, it had found its place as a holiday tradition.
The message of the film resonates as much among the Greatest Generation, immediately post-WWII, as it does today: Your life matters. Your contribution is important. You can, and do, make a difference. Nestled among the brilliant acting of Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, that’s what really endears the film to viewers and why so many of us keep coming back, year after year.
The December PIX Flix film has become a holiday tradition for us here at WCT, too. Even though the title differs year to year, it’s a way for our community to come together, enjoy each other, and experience quality entertainment in a historic theatre. For only $5 a ticket, on a Monday night, there’s no better way to get family and friends together for an evening.
It’s A Wonderful Life is one of John Cramer’s very favorite films and both he and I hope to see you here at the PIX on Monday, December 18th, at 6:30 pm.