Pickerington High School North will present its take next month on the Christmas story Jimmy Stewart helped make into a classic, "It's A Wonderful Life."

Pickerington High School North will present its take next month on the Christmas story Jimmy Stewart helped make into a classic, "It's A Wonderful Life."

A cast of 32 PHS North students and a 20-person crew will perform "It's A Wonderful Life" at 8 p.m. Dec. 2-4, at the PHS North Performing Arts Center, 7800 Refugee Road, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 5.

The performances, which also will include a free preview for local senior citizens at the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Dec. 1, will mark the first time North students have taken on the show.

"We've never done it before, but we're trying to get people to come because it's Christmas time, it fits the season and it's got a message about family and friendship," theatre director Margaret Lawson said.

Tickets for each show are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children. Reserve seats can be purchased prior to the shows by calling the PHS North Theatre Department at (614) 830-2750.

General admission tickets also will be available for purchase at the door the day of each performance.

"This is a straight play, and it's not a (musical)," Lawson said. "It has a beautiful set with many locations. There will be a lot of snow coming down."

The story involves main character George Bailey, played by North senior Spencer Wetmore, who receives a visit from guardian angel Clarence (North senior Jordan Tolford) on Christmas Eve.

Clarence attempts to save Bailey from despair and to remind him by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born that his has been, after all, a wonderful life, Lawson said.

"We think this will be a great way for people to start their holiday season," she said. "I know people every year sit down and watch this movie with their kids.

"It's very touching and I've enjoyed working with these kids very much."

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