The Norman Transcript

November 27, 2013

Sooner Theatre presents musical ‘A Wonderful Life’

By Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Christmas film classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” comes to life during the Sooner Theatre’s musical adaptation, “A Wonderful Life,” opening 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main St.

The tale takes the audience on a tour of Bailey’s life, exploring what could have been had he never existed. Though he dreams of seeing the world, his hopes are interrupted when he is thrust into saving the town of Bedford Falls from the greedy financier Henry Potter. As Bailey’s world unravels, an apprentice angel, Clarence, is sent to answer the community’s prayers for George’s well-being.

Director Lisa Fox said the production has something for everyone in the family.

“I just hope they go away feeling that everyone’s life is important, which is basically what George wants,” Fox said. “He just thinks he’s a failure, and it doesn’t matter about status or power, it’s how you touch someone else’s life. I think that’s a great message. And just to have an enjoyable evening enjoying the arts.”

Additional performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15.

Tickets are $25 and $20. Discounts are available for seniors 65 and older, children age 12 and under, and groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 321-9600 or in person at the theater box office, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, as well as one hour prior to show time.

“A Wonderful Life” features community actors from across the metro, including Bryan Partridge, Laura Bartlett, Michael Gibbons, Jon-Philip Olson, James Briggs, Jackson Ewing, Evan Robison, Grace Anne Marcum, Cindy Hanska, James Tyra, Conor Austin, Ryan Blagg, Marles Bradley, John Cargal, Leslie Hindman, Gianna Hoffman, David Hopper, Rachael Jewell, Jack Jungman, Katherine McLaughlin, Devon Moseley, Jake Musgrove, Harper Orr, Miranda Owens, Shane Pruitt, Craig Rice, Tate Robison, George Schroeder, Paula Sullivan, Jon R. Vittitow, Heidi Sue Wallace, Sutton Willis, Jay Winfrey and Biz Young.

Sooner Stage Presents productions are made possible in part by the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Norman Arts Council, Republic Bank and Trust, and the city of Norman.

For more information, visit or call 321-9600.

Hannah Cruz


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