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The Clan Na Gael Players perform the live radio play of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Audience members toast the 30th anniversary of the Clan Na Gael Players after their performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Brad Baldwin of Bridgeport, who played the role of Nick the Bartender, waits for his cue at the Clan Na Gael Players performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Brad Baldwin of Bridgeport, who played the role of Nick the Bartender, waits for his cue at the Clan Na Gael Players performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Cast perform the closing scene at the Clan Na Gael Players performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Joseph Dias, left, as George Bailey, joins his stage family to realize he's the richest man in town at the Clan Na Gael Players performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. Joseph Dias, left, as George Bailey, joins his stage family to realize he's the richest man in town at the Clan Na Gael Players performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Maximilian Plomin, 7, of Fairfield, has a snack following his performance as young Harry Bailey at the Clan Na Gael Players performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. 17, Maximilian Plomin, 7, of Fairfield, has a snack following his performance as young Harry Bailey at the Clan Na Gael Players performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Mike Burke of Fairfield readies for his role as Freddie Filmore in the Clan Na Gael Players performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Talking about the script after their performance are, from left, Patrick Lane, Dan O'Callaghan, and Eamon Speer, at the Clan Na Gael Players performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Talking about the script after their performance are, from left, Patrick Lane, Dan O'Callaghan, and Eamon Speer, at the Clan Na Gael Players performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Patrick Plomin, 9, of Fairfield, and his mom, Jillian Shaw Plomin, chat during intermission at the Clan Na Gael Players performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, Patrick Plomin, 9, of Fairfield, and his mom, Jillian Shaw Plomin, chat during intermission at the Clan Na Gael Players performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.
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Actors raise glasses in celebration of the company's 30th year at the Clan Na Gael Players performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Gaelic American Club, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn.

FAIRFIELD — Thanks to the Gaelic American Club’s Clan Na Gael Players, audiences got a holiday gift of seeing what life would be like with George Bailey and the classic residents of Bedford Falls in their midst.

The Players performed a radio version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on stage this weekend, with actors in costumes delivering performances at stand-up microphones, accompanied by re-enactments of old-time commercials and a spirit of the past.

“This is just fun to perform,” said Brad Baldwin of Bridgeport, who played the part of Nick the Bartender.

He said the Players are celebrating their 30th anniversary, having started with a play called “Spreading the News” back in 1988, in which he was a performer.

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