Classic Christmas movie hits Cheyenne stage

    By Jordan Jacknitsky

     Nancy Stange had many things to say about “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a play currently being produced by the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players, which she is directing.

      “There’s a lot of love,” Stange said of the cast. For those who have not seen this classic and seasonal play, Stange described it, “In a nutshell, it’s about an everyman George Bailey, who has spent his life essentially giving; a very, very generous person much to his detriment. Then when something terrible happens to him, it doesn’t occur to him to then ask for help. Which I think is a pretty, maybe not as dramatic, but pretty classic story for all of us.”

       After the hardship he faces, George is pushed to his breaking point and this is where his guardian angel appears to provide him perspective. He is then shown a world in which he was never born.

      Stange also mentioned how it’s a fairly rough process to play the role of George Bailey, due to the movie. “Anybody who plays George Bailey, it’s very challenging because anybody who has seen ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ knows Jimmy Stewart. Jimmy Stewart crushes it, and doing it in film and doing it on stage are completely different,” she said.

Whether you’re looking for something festive to see this December or it’s been a long time favorite of yours, “It’s a Wonderful Life” may be the solution. It debuts at 7:30 p.m Nov. 30 at the Atlas Theater, 211 E. Lincolnway. This play will continue weekly each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until Dec. 16.

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