THEATRE GROUP CAN’T MUSTER THE TROOPS FOR HOLIDAY PLAY

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BY JENNIFER AMY MYERS, Valley Dispatch Staff

PELHAM — Life hasn’t been so wonderful for members of the Pelham Community Theatre and Arts this fall, as they were recently forced to cancel this year’s production of the Frank Capra holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.

“It just got cancelled — for a lot of reasons,” was all PCTA co-founder Janet Daigle would say about the cancellation.

PCTA Assistant Chairperson Ben Harrison added that the group had been experiencing casting problems, and had only been holding one weekly rehearsal in an effort to curb costs, as they were renting rehearsal space at the New England Pentecostal Church on Route 38.

Since being formed two years ago, the group has put on seven successful shows including: Peter Pan, You Have the Right to Remain Dead, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Toys Take Over Christmas, Death by Chocolate, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Dracula.

The production was scheduled to take placed on Dec. 8 and Dec. 10 at the Pentecostal Church.

The Penguin Players, the children’s arm of the group, will go ahead with their scheduled production of It’s Christmas, Carol, on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at the trolley barn at St. Patrick Church. Tickets are $5.

“The adult troupe will go forward and we will be putting on a new performance in the spring,” Harrison said. “We are going to attempt to do plays with somewhat smaller casts in the future so we don’t end up with unfilled roles again.”

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