‘Wonderful Life’ A ‘Family’ Project

OSWEGO, NY – Troy Pepper loves a challenge and the classics.

He will get both with the Oswego Players’ upcoming production of, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Mariah and Troy Pepper work together in Pepper’s, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Mariah and Troy Pepper work together in Pepper’s, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

With a cast of 25 and multiple members from five families, including his own, his work is cut out for him.

Pepper has grown and developed as a director from his first show, “Blithe Spirit.”

He has a soft spot for the classics and increasingly honed his skills on the great ones like “Born Yesterday,” “Frankenstein,” and “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

In keeping in the spirit of the holiday season, Pepper has cast groups of families in the show.

These include Kevin and Matt Caracciolli, Michael and Nolan Callahan, Carmella, Alex, Emma, Jacob and Olivia Smith, Kelly, Peter and Stephen Mahan, and offstage, Sharon, Dennis, Seamus and Seardan Darrow.

These families will be featured in future articles.

Pepper’s daughter, Mariah, will have her stage debut as Zuzu Bailey (a part shared with Brooklyn Saternow).

Mariah has been longing to work with her daddy in one of his shows and is excited to have this opportunity.

She loves Girl Scouts, her friends and her cat named, “Kody.”

But most of all, she says, she loves her mommy, Patti Torbitt and her director dad.

We’re sure she will do her daddy proud.

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, 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: 315-343-5138.