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Holiday classic coming to Oakhurst

The classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” is coming to Sierra Pines Church in Oakhurst for six performances as a stage musical in December.

This musical is based on the beloved 1946 film starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, and faithfully follows George Bailey’s life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond, as everyone takes a journey to discover whether his life has mattered at all.

Directed by Heather Sconce, assisted by Ken Marks, this cinematically scored and theatrically staged adaptation breathes musical life into a familiar story, while retaining the warmth, and humor of the original. It’s a holiday classic for devotees and newcomers alike.

The lead role of George Bailey is played by Jordan Michel, who has been singing and acting most his life. He studied classical and jazz music as well as musical theater at Cuesta College. His past roles include Claude from “Hair,”and Roger from “Rent.”

Sconce is not only directing, but taking on the female lead of Mary (Hatch) Bailey. She is so inspired by this role and is loves being able to act alongside the actors she has directed for so many years.

Her past roles include Laurey Williams in “Oklahoma,” Jack’s Mother in “Into the Woods,” and was also a cast member of Les Miserables in the summer of 2013 with Stageworks Fresno. Her husband Matt and two children will share the stage with her in this show.

“With a cast of 50 people, an incredible set designed and built by Craig Friesen and Gary Talley, inspiring music and theme, this show is one you will not want to miss,” Sconce aid. “I pray it brings hope to those during this time of year, especially with all that our town has been hit with over the last few months. This is an amazing Christmas musical. If you’ve never seen the movie or if it’s a staple Christmas tradition in your household, you do not want to miss it.”

Dates and showtimes for “It’s a Wonderful Life,” are 7 p.m., Dec. 5 and 6, 2 p.m. Dec. 7, and 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13, with the finale show at 2 p.m. on Dec. 14.

Santa will be in the lobby before each show, starting an hour before curtain.

The play is based on the book and lyrics of Keith Ferguson, music by Bruce Greer, and is being produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under. Tickets available at: itsawonderfullifetickets.com

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