Performances November 9-12, 16-19, 2017
Book and lyrics by James W. Rodgers. Music by John Higgins.
Based on the film by Frank Capra.
In our American culture
It’s a Wonderful Life
has become almost as familiar as Dickens’
A Christmas Carol
. The story is a natural for a stage adaptation: the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. This faithful adaptation has all your favorite characters: George and Mary Hatch, Clarence, Uncle Billy, Violet, and, of course, the Scrooge-like villain, Mr. Potter. This musical adaptation of the film not only celebrates the faith of the season, it also celebrates the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play and the love and support of one’s family and community will be rewarded.