Family Rehearses for Christmas Show

The holiday family spirit is alive and well on the Oswego Players’ stage with multiple members of five families having roles in director Troy Pepper’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Two involved are Michael and Nolan Callahan.

Michael was seen in last summer’s featured fundraiser, “Caught in the Net” as the main character and comes to the group with an interesting resume. He was a Christian recording artist for many years, opening for top name performers like Amy Grant, David Meece, Twila Paris, Petra, Larnelle and others in venues all around New York, such as the Syracuse Landmark Theater.

For the Oswego Players, Michael appeared as the male lead in “I Remember Mama” and in “Twelve Angry Men” as juror #10. He was one of a cast of four, each actor doing seven to eight roles each, in “John, His Story.” It was performed locally at various venues over a one-year period. Michael has also enjoyed performing with his sons, Nolan and Aaron, in a number of Oswego Children’s Theater plays.
Nolan is a 12-year-old, seventh-grader with experience beyond his years with the Oswego Children’s Theater.

Some of his credits include, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” “Peter Pan,” “Flying Colors, “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” This is his first show with the Players. Nolan is a credit to the arts community, including acting and All-County Orchestra and Band.

He is a second-degree Black Belt and also participates in cross country, baseball and track and field. He belongs to several school clubs, and amazingly, has a photographic memory for memorizing lines – a talent to be envied by all actors.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” will be performed on the Frances Marion Brown theater stage in the Oswego Civic Arts Center, Fort Ontario Complex.

Production dates are 8 p.m., today (Dec. 8), and Dec. 14, 15.

A matinee will be performed at 2 p.m., Dec. 16.

Tickets are $10/adults, $8/seniors and $7/students.

Reservations are recommended, and available at the Players’ box office number: 315-343-5138.

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