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Main Street Theater plans ‘Wonderful Night’



Published: Thu, December 9, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.

If you go

What: “It’s a Wonderful Night”

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Dec. 17 and 18; and 2 p.m. Dec. 19

Where: Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana

Tickets: To purchase in advance, call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006

Place:Main Street Theater

5 N. Main St., Columbiana

By GUY D’ASTOLFO

dastolfo@vindy.com

COLUMBIANA

After making its regional debut last December in Sharon, Pa., “It’s A Wonderful Night,” written by Canton native Luke Cowles, will find a new holiday home at Main Street Theater.

The play, directed by John Miller, opens Friday and will run for two weekends at the downtown Columbiana venue.

“It’s a Wonderful Night” is set in a department store on Christmas Eve. Seven unlikely people find themselves locked inside due to a sudden snowstorm. Each character has lost his Christmas spirit but has it rekindled by a mysterious homeless man who stumbles in out of the cold.

The show includes plenty of popular Christmas music, including renditions of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Where Are You Christmas?” “Santa Baby,” “Nuttin’ For Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride.”

The cast includes stage veteran Attila Samu as the homeless man; Brittany Best as dark and brooding checkout girl Morgana; Greg Sprouse as the romantically driven security guard Stan; Erich Offenberg as Carl, the department-store Santa; Julie Benner as the materialistic Janet; Olivia Sukosd as Ellen, the uptight store manager; and Chloe Housteau as Priscilla, Janet’s spoiled and bratty child.

Samu has worked professionally in theater for more than 20 years and serves as a music teacher at Salem High School. Sprouse is a past winner of the Main Street Theater’s annual vocal competition, and Offenburg grabbed the first-runner-up award. Chloe just finished a stint playing the title role in “Annie” at The New Castle Playhouse.

Director John Miller has dir-ected more than 75 stage pro-ductions in his career. The former general manager of the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin, Pa., he presented “Wonderful Night” last December dinner-theater style at First Methodist Church in downtown Sharon.

The playwright, Luke Cowles, titled it as a tribute to the classic Frank Capra film “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Cowles has worked as a professional actor at the former Carousel Dinner Theater in Akron and now works as an actor and writer in Los Angeles.


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