Explore George Bailey’s life as CALS Ron Robinson Theater shows IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE tonight

It's a Wonderful Life PosterBefore or after seeing It’s a Wonderful Life on stage at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre (now through December 29), you can see the movie on the big screen tonight at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

Produced and directed by Frank Capra, It’s A Wonderful Life is based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1943.

The 1946 film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched, and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be if he had never been born.

Joining Oscar winner Stewart in the film are Oscar winners Lionel Barrymore and Thomas Mitchell, future Oscar winners Donna Reed and Gloria Grahame, along with Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, future TV executive Sheldon Leonard (who inspired the names of the two leading characters in TV’s BIG BANG THEORY), and H. B. Warner.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available!

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE for the Community Theatre of Little Rock

Little Rock’s oldest theatre organization The Community Theatre of Little Rock presents It’s a Wonderful Life.  The show opened on Thursday, November 17 and runs through Sunday, November 27.

The cast includes Harold Dean, Jerry Woods, Jim Troillet, Mary Ann Hansen, Terry Harrison, Brian Polansky, Jeffrey Lewellen, Kathy Bartholmey, John Thomas Nicolai, Katie McManners, Danny Troillett, Brandy Allen, and Ginny Greer.  Troillett and Andrews serve as co-directors of this play adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers.

Performances are at the Public Theatre, located at 616 Center Street in downtown. Reservations can be made by calling 410-ACT3 or (410-2283).