Father and son to play George Bailey in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

George Bailey

Kevin Caraccioli and his son, Matthew, will both play the role of George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Matthew will portray George Bailey as a youngster.

The Oswego Players and Director Troy Pepper are welcoming Kevin C. Caraccioli back to the Frances Marion Brown stage in the upcoming holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Caraccioli will play the lead role of George Bailey, made famous by the film’s star, James Stewart. It has been 25 years since he last “trod the boards,” and he said he is thrilled to be playing this particular part.

Apparently, acting talent runs in the Caraccioli family. His son, Matthew, will portray George Bailey as a youngster. Matthew has a leg-up on his dad as a seasoned performer in school and community productions.

At the age of five, he appeared in his first theatrical role in the Minetto School’s kindergarten production of “Little Red Riding Hood.” His other acting credits include the blanket-toting “Linus” in Fulton Community Theatre’s “You’re a Good Man Charley Brown” and a summer Children’s Theatre production of “High School Musical, Jr.”

The Caraccioli family is one of five family groups in this family-oriented holiday presentation.

Performances will take place on the Frances Marion Brown theatre stage in the Oswego Civic Arts Center, Fort Ontario Complex. Production dates are Friday & Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8 and 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. Amatinee will be performed Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Players’ box office number at 343-5138.

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