Arts Alive to present ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

Michaela Cox (Mary) and Jeremy Peterson (George Bailey) star in Arts Alive Studio's production of "It's A Wonderful Life." / Rylie Van Wingerden, Times-News correspondent

Commentary by Rylie Van Wingerden
Times-News correspondent

   With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to start the holiday season than with classic holiday show, “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
Performed by the Arts Alive Theatre Department and based on the story by Philip Van Doren Stern and the 1946 film of the same name, the live theater production follows the life of George Bailey, a selfless man, who in a moment of despair is given a glimpse of his life as if he had never been born.
“There’s something to teach all ages,” said Ivey Archer, who along with Dale Johnson is directing the show.
“I’m most excited about the opportunity to play new challenging roles,” said    Rebekah Davidson, “and to play these roles alongside such talented actors and actresses. I’ve been blown away by their effort and dedication, joyful spirits and their desire to honor and glorify the Lord.”
With more than 20 students in the production and 30 roles to play, this show is bound to make you fall in love with each character.
“I like for the students to see that no role is more important than the other,” Archer said.
One of these memorable characters is Mary, played by Michaela Cox.
“Mary has certainly been a very fun character to develop. Through the rehearsal process, I’ve grown to see a little bit of myself in her. It’s that sentimental and endearingly innocent part of her character that I think the audience really gravitates toward, and the part that I find I can relate to in some ways. She’s always willing and ready to help someone in need, much like George — whom, of course, Mary has become fond of.”
From the classic and wonderful story to the hard work and dedication of the people involved in it, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is sure to bring a smile to your face, tears to your eyes and warmth your heart.
Show dates are 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2 p.m. Dec. 7, 2014, in the Arts Alive Studio, 335 S. Main St., Burlington. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, call (336) 226-9700 or for more information, visit

 Rylie Van Wingerden is a freshman home-schooler and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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