The Canadian premier of a new musical telling of the popular Christmas story, It’s a Wonderful Life, is being presented at Theatre in the Country in Whonnock.
The story opens on Christmas Eve in Bedford Falls, where the guardian angel, Clarence, is assigned to convince the desperate George Bailey not to commit suicide. George is a good man, who sacrificed his dreams and his youth on behalf of the citizens of his small town. He inherited the loan business of his father and he gave up travelling the world and joining university as scheduled. Later he resisted the proposals of the evil banker Mr. Potter.
George married his beloved Mary Hatch and had four children with her and a tough life with his family. When his uncle Billy loses $8,000, which is found and stolen by Mr. Potter, George decides to commit suicide. Clarence decides to show the life in town if George had never existed. George concludes that life is wonderful.
Theatre in the Country has taken over the former Whonnock elementary school on 272nd Street and 100th Avenue, halfway between downtown Mission and downtown Maple Ridge.
It’s a Wonderful Life is on now and runs until Dec. 20 with both dinner tickets and show-only tickets still available.
For more information, call 604-259-9737 or visit theatreinthecountry.com.