Friday, November 23, 2012

Catch The Donna Reed Show On MeTV

The Donna Reed Show can now be seen on MeTV and is part of the new line-up launched in September. Check out the network's promo which features Paul Peterson (all grown up) reprising his role as Jeff Stone. Watch it here.

MeTV (Memorable Entertainment Television) is an American broadcast television network owned by Weigel Broadcasting and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The network airs classic television sitcoms, dramas and classic commercials from the 1950s through the 1980s. Its library includes series from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and CBS Television Distribution as well as independent series owners and producers.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Free screenings of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Donna Reed Theatre, December 16

See It's a Wonderful Life as it was meant to be viewed – on the big screen. 
On Sunday, December 16, the classic holiday movie, starring Denison native Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart, will be screened twice – at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Donna Reed Theatre. Free admission.

Bedford Falls display returns.
A miniature replica of Bedford Falls returns to the front window of the Donna Reed Heritage Museum for a winter showing. The HO scale replica was built by model building enthusiast from the Quad Cities area and, for several years, was displayed by the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Davenport, Ia. before being donated to the Donna Reed Foundation.

Exhibit on the making of It's a Wonderful Life continues inside.
Step inside the museum and view an expanded exhibit that features a variety of items from the Donna Reed Collection relating to the making of the movie. It includes a letter to pen pal Violet Lindsey mentioning the upcoming filming of the movie; daily call sheets detailing the daily shoot schedule; daily production reports tracking expenses and progress of the filming of a various scenes; Donna Reed's invitation to a screening of the movie from director Frank Capra; and the review of the movie which appeared in Variety. Of particular interest are photos of the new snow-making process developed especially for this film that replaced the practice of using painted cornflakes for falling snow.

Local Actors Return With Old-Time Radio Play For The Holidays

Clarence needs his wings and George Bailey needs… well George needs Clarence. Live out a holiday classic as a part of our "live studio audience" as The Donna Reed Foundation brings back by popular demand, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, November 30 and December 1. Written by Joe Landry and set in 1946 as a radio broadcast, this heartwarming tale will remind you and yours of the important things in life and send you home laughing, loving and living the magic of Christmas.

Last year's ensemble of eight local actors returns to bring more than three dozen characters to life, employing an array of radio sound effects from on-stage. Audience members will step back in time and experience what it might have been like as part of a live studio audience, as the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds, and he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

The production is part of the American Icon Series: Focus on Iowa and features Troy Gehlsen, Al Hazelton, Steven Holt, Braeden Irvine, David Loeschen, Mell Malkey, Kerri Miller and Donna Walker, with Steven Fitzgerald and Darly Philipp doing sound effects and Diane Furne playing piano. Pat Fleshner is the director.

Each performance will begin at 7 p.m. November 30 and December 1 at the historic Donna Reed Theatre, 1305 Broadway, in downtown Denison, Iowa, home of The Donna Reed Foundation and Museum. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students (K - 12th grade) and can be obtained by calling The Donna Reed Foundation at 712-263-3334, by e-mail at or by downloading and mailing the ticket order form.