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Pepper To Stage ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Players director Troy Pepper, is preparing his multitude of actors for the Players’ Christmas show, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

It is best known for its incarnation in the 1946 movie release starring James Stewart and Donna Reed with iconic director Frank Capra.

The film version is considered one of the most inspirational and best loved movies in American cinema, despite poor attendance on its opening and being considered a box office flop.

The idea for the film was based on a short story, “The Greatest Gift,” written by Philip VonDoren Stern in 1939.

The making of this classic and the copyright complications is quite an interesting story in itself and well worth a “Google.”

The movie was eventually adapted into a two-act play by James W. Rodgers, and first performed in a high school on December 15, 1993.

Although based on the film, the limitations of a live show preempt an on-stage duplication of some of the scenes, which are still alluded to in the play.

This show is not often done and should add greatly to the coming Yuletide season.

Performances will take place on the Frances Marion Brown theatre stage in the Oswego Civic Arts Center, Fort Ontario Complex.

Production dates are December 7 and 8 and 14 and 15 at 8 p.m.

As usual, a matinee will be performed on December 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10/adults, $8/seniors and 7/students.

Reservations are recommended and available at the Players’ box office number: 343-5138.

Oswego Players is grateful to Constellation Energy for its grant toward production expenses.