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It's A Wonderful Life: A Play adapted from the film by Frank Capra

It's A Wonderful Life: A Play adapted from the film by Frank Capra
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: James W. Rodgers
Publisher: The Dramatic Publishing Company
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 70
Pub. Date: 1994
ISBN-10: 087129432X
ISBN-13: 9780871294326

About the Play:

It's a Wonderful Life is a full-length holiday drama adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers; based on the film by Frank Capra. The story of George Bailey, the man who sacrificed his own personal dreams for the good of his community, is just as relevant today as it was in the 1940s. This timeless classic has become almost as familiar as Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a beloved holiday tradition that translates powerfully to the stage.

It's a Wonderful Life is the heart-warming saga of George Bailey, the every-man from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been repeatedly quashed by the notion of family obligation and civic duty. It is Christmas eve, and George's guardian angel Clarence descends to save him from despair, and 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 sparkling and magical play has all your favourite characters: George and Mary, Mother Bailey, Uncle Billy, Violet, and of course, the Scrooge-like villain Mr. Potter. It's a Wonderful Life not only celebrates the season, it also celebrates the American philosophy of life: that hard work, fair play, and the love and support of family and community will be rewarded.

It's a Wonderful Life premiered in 1993 at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky. This fine dramatization has become a popular holiday choice for school and community theatre productions.

Cast: 10 women, 12 men (2 boys, 2 girls, doubling possible.)

About the Playwright:

Dr. James W. Rodgers, Ph.D., is an American teacher, director, author and playwright. He taught for more than 35 years and directed more than 100 productions for professional, community, university and high-school theaters, several with professional actors. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre. He has also written a number of plays including several commissioned works for both the stage and television, including the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life. With his wife, Wanda, he is co-author of Play Director's Survival Kit.