The Drama Club Presents "It's A Wonderful Life"

Published on November 14th, 2011

By MIRIAM GOLDFIELD

The drama club’s fall play is the stage adaption of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Not only is this a famous Christmas movie that contains a powerful message, but the plot should tug the heartstrings of any American affected by the current economic crisis.

George Bailey (Autore) consoles his son Billy (Purcell).

The storyline takes place in Bedford Falls and follows George Bailey, played by senior Steve Autore, who had to put off his plans to travel the world to take over as manager of his father’s business. Bailey constantly lends out loans to people who he knows will, most likely, not be able to pay them back.

After the stock market crash, Bailey struggles to keep his business afloat, while the antagonist, Mr. Potter (played by junior Brett Leiter), tries his best to gain control of Bailey’s business as well as all of Bedford Falls. As Bailey contemplates suicide, an angel, played by senior Amir Naeem, intervenes to show him just how lost the people of Bedford Falls would be without his presence.

Much like previous FLHS productions, the fall play teaches the audience an important lesson.

“The message is saying that everybody’s life is important, whether you see it or not,” said director Frances Kondziela. “As you go through life, you’re touching people’s lives and that’s a powerful message.”

Three cast members memorize their lines in the black box during rehearsal.

Sometimes people miss the effect that they have on others and hopefully this play will cause both the audience members and the actors to realize how important they are to the world around them. This idea appears to be resonating well with many of the actors.

“I feel like the play is going very well. Everyone is getting the moral and the message of the story,” said Autore.

There are certainly parallels between Bedford Fall’s economic situation and that of the nation at present. This was one of several reasons why Kondziela chose “It’s a Wonderful Life” for this year’s play.

Tricia Soresso stands in for Heather Hayes to help Brett Leiter rehearse a scene.

“I think George Bailey is facing an economic crisis, especially the run on the bank scene. It really shows the economic crisis George Bailey is in and the brink he’s on,” she said.

The drama club hopes that the powerful message “It’s a Wonderful Life” contains and the continuing popularity of the movie will draw in a considerably larger audience than did last year’s ‘Our Town.”

“I’ve talked to a bunch of people and they seem more excited about this year’s show than last year’s,” said sophomore Katie Lamontagne, the assistant director.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” also seems to be a more recognized title within the community.

“I wasn’t very familiar with ‘Our Town,’ but ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is such a well-known movie that I’ll be curious to see how the FLHS drama club performs it,” said senior Matt Maresca.

With the holidays around the corner, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a quintessential Christmas story, is a must-see for anyone ready to get into the holiday spirit. The drama club will perform “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Friday, December 2nd, and Saturday, December 3rd in the Nancy Larsen Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door.

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