Dorcas Keating and Denny Boynton rehearse a scene from the Stage Coach Players production of "It's a Wonderful Life." The show opens Dec. 5 and runs through Dec. 15.
Dorcas Keating and Denny Boynton rehearse a scene from the Stage Coach Players production of "It's a Wonderful Life." The show opens Dec. 5 and runs through Dec. 15.

DeKALB – Given the opportunity to see what life was like had you not been born, would you take it? Frank Capra’s everyman, George Bailey, does so, only to find out that those he cares about have vastly different lives.

This holiday season, Stage Coach Players in DeKalb will close its 2019 season with the classic holiday tale “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Adapted from the original movie script by Doug Rand, the play closely follows the plot of the movie.

Based on the short story, “The Greatest Gift,” by Philip Van Doren Stern, “It’s A Wonderful Life” is one of Capra’s best-loved films. Directed by Tim Ball, the play opens Dec. 5 and runs through Dec. 15. It is sponsored by Illinois Community Credit Union.

The play opens as angel second class, Clarence Oddbody, is given the task of stopping George Bailey from throwing away his life. His superiors, Frankie and Jo, offer small, but important glimpses into George’s life and his failed attempts to shake the dust off the small town life of Bedford Falls and do something big.

Life, however, has different plans for him. This stage version includes all of the classic characters and scenes from the 1947 film, including the romance with Mary Hatch, that blooms without George being fully aware of it, and the greedy Henry Potter who wants nothing more than to own the whole town but can’t because George Bailey and his uncle, Billy, stand in the way.

Performances for “It’s A Wonderful Life” will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 to 7 and 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. Additional Christmas music will begin 20 minutes before the curtain.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and ages 13 and younger. They are available online at www.stagecoachplayers.com or at the box office at 126 S. Fifth St. in DeKalb. The phone number is 815-758-1940.

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