2014 It’s a Wonderful Life Holiday Celebration


George Bailey of the Week

GeorgeSTC collected nominations to recognize an outstanding male or female member of our community each week throughout the run of It’s a Wonderful Life. Recipients were given 10 tickets to It’s a Wonderful Life and honored before the show. Winners also enjoyed a backstage tour and were presented with a certificate recognizing their compassion and generosity.

December 6, 2014, Dr. David Roper

“Dr. Roper is an exemplary member of the community. Every Friday night, he is out on the river feeding and talking with members of the homeless community. Through his consistent, non-threatening, and encouraging presence, he brings light to a dismal situation. More than one individual has left that life behind to, once again, become a contributing part of the community due, in no small part, to Dr. Roper’s efforts. For example, a few years ago, a new student at the college we both teach at approached Dr. Roper and asked if he remembered him from the river. This student had left behind his life of homelessness, addiction, and hopelessness and gotten into a recovery program. Since then, this student has earned his AA degree and is pursuing his BA.” -Tana Colburn, Nominator

December 13, 2014, David Lichtman

David Lichtman

David Lichtman

David was recently named Publisher of the Sacramento Business Journal and has spent over three decades in media with stints in Radio at 96.9 The Eagle, 98 Rock, and KWOD, as well as cable TV, digital marketing, and print.

David has lived in the Sacramento area for  over a decade. His biological daughters graduated from Folsom High and now live in Studio City and San Francisco.  His “daughters”, who are not blood-related but call him “Dad” and his wife Gloryvette “Mom”, live in Santa Rosa, Folsom, and San Francisco.

David chairs a golf tournament that raises funds for The Girl Scouts and a Youth Golf Foundation.  He has done work with Habitat for Humanity, Make A Wish, Powerhouse Ministries, and others.   He has also helped build dozens of sets for Folsom High Theater where all of his “girls” performed through the years.

“David inspires, empowers, and leads by example. You’ll frequently find him giving back to the community… He’s a hero to me too: He has been like a father to me, helping me apply to college, helping me buy my first car, and being a pillar of support in more ways than I could say.” -Rachel Smith, Nominator

December 20, 2014, Rev. Dr. Georgia Prescott

Rev. Georgia

Rev. Dr. Georgia Prescott

“From being an educator and teacher at Women’s Empowerment to insuring the homeless community gets fed, clothed, and sheltered, Rev. Dr. Georgia Prescott tirelessly serves both young and old alike. She is the Founding Minister of the Center for Spiritual Awareness of West Sacramento and has nurtured and developed a caring and active membership who are committed to serving under her leadership. Her commitment to youth is unparalleled in the Greater Sacramento area, and, prior to founding CSA, she spent 20 years administering to the aged. Those who have received her continued kindness and care are as fortunate as those in Bedford Falls who were touched by George Bailey.” -Jodie George, Nominator

December 27, 2014 Heidi & Paul Matlack

Heidi & Paul Matlack

“Heidi & Paul are volunteer team managers for Special Olympics Team Folsom Hills. They create rewarding experiences for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) in our community. Their year-round, decades-long leadership of sports training and competitions has improved the lives of, literally, thousands of individuals. Hours volunteered, miles driven, events attended, or any other measure of their level of involvement is so large that it is incalculable. In their roles as community leaders, Heidi and Paul provide encouragement and advocacy to individuals with disabilities and their families. They maintain high expectations for individuals to pursue education, work, and healthy lifestyles. Parents of two adult daughters with IDD, they model that having family members with disability need not disable the family. Heidi and Paul also demonstrate resiliency  and compassion: When their charming and accomplished 30-year-old daughter, Emily, passes away from a previously undiagnosed medical condition, the Matlacks consistently supported Emily’s husband, Douglass, and sister, Holley. They are gentle and generous in spirit and action.” -Kathleen Masterson, Nominator


Food Drive to Benefit River City Food Bank

144 pounds donated!

144 pounds donated!

STC partnered with River City Food Bank, whose mission is to alleviate hunger in Sacramento County by providing healthy emergency food and other assistance, because no one should be hungry. Patrons who brought a non-perishable food item to the STC Box Office received $5 off per item on a full-price adult ticket to STC’s 2014 production of It’s A Wonderful Life – The Musical.

Restrictions: Up to 4 donated items per ticket (for a total discount of up to $20) off a $40 regularly-priced ticket. Limit 4 tickets per customer. Discount not available online and cannot be combined with any other promotion. Non-perishable food items must be donated at the time of ticket purchase. Specific needs include peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, ramen, canned soups, and canned tuna.

Click Here to See River City’s Wish List


STC Member Appreciation Holiday Party

Sun, Dec 14, 2014, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Main Stage Lobby

The evening featured a carol singalong with STC company members.

The evening featured a carol singalong with STC company members.

STC members at the Supporting Cast Member level or higher joined us for an exclusive holiday gathering. The evening featured food, drink, holiday cheer, and performances by:

  • Tyler Wipfli (Mary Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life)
  • Amanda Goldrick (Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense)
  • Meghan Greene (Young Professionals Conservatory Student)
  • Ryan Blanning (It’s a Wonderful Life & Hello, Jerry!)
  • Plus, a carol sing-a-long!

There were also door prizes, including It’s a Wonderful Life & Kate tickets and Mikuni & The Melting Pot gift certificates.

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It’s a Wonderful Life  Discussion with Aux. Bishop Myron J. Cotta

Bishop Cotta & Executive Producing Director Michael Laun

Bishop Cotta & Executive Producing Director Michael Laun

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Main Stage Lobby

The Most Reverend Myron J. Cotta, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, gave a talk and answered questions on the themes of It’s a Wonderful Life and how they relate to our community today.

The talk was free and open to the public.


Screening of the 1946 Motion Picture It’s a Wonderful Life

& Panel Discussion

It's a Wonderful Life was Screened in STC's Main Stage

It’s a Wonderful Life was Screened in STC’s Main Stage

Mon, Dec 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Main Stage Theatre

STC is hosted a screening of the Frank Capra film It’s a Wonderful Life. General admission was $10 and included popcorn and a panel discussion immediately following the screening regarding the film-to-stage adaptation and the story’s various themes.

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