Zimmerman play ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ tugged at heart

An excited George Bailey (Parker Sturlaugson) talks about his upcoming honeymoon with Mary (Melissa Luing) which it turns out will not take place due to a crisis at his business. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

An excited George Bailey (Parker Sturlaugson) talks about his upcoming honeymoon with Mary (Melissa Luing) which it turns out will not take place due to a crisis at his business. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

Zimmerman High School actors were challenged to present a long-beloved American story last weekend. The youngsters succeeded in eliciting an emotional response from the audience with their rendition of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” directed by Jon Palashewski. Audience members were seen craning their necks to intently follow pivotal scenes that were acted out in the middle of the floor, under a new seating arrangement tried this year. Parker Sturlaugson as anguished George Bailey, Marissa Luing as his patient, devoted wife Mary, Carlie Nelson as the comically saintly Clara in 1890’s thrift-shop garments, Vince Snyder as the clever, dastardly Mr. Potter, and all the rest did a nice job bringing forth the story’s  emotions of anger, sorrow, joy and redemption. Here are three scenes from the play which had three performances.

George gets encouragment from Angel Second Class Clara (Carly Nelson).

George gets encouragment from Angel Second Class Clara (Carly Nelson).

Young George (Josh Freeman) tearfully reveals to druggist Harry (Chase Laxdal) that Harry made a serious mistake in a prescription, but George caught it.

Young George (Josh Freeman) tearfully reveals to druggist Harry (Chase Laxdal) that Harry made a serious mistake in a prescription, but George caught it.

Uncle Billy (Ryan Olson and Aunt Tilly (Alexa Muylaert) dab tears at the funeral of George's father.

Uncle Billy (Ryan Olson and Aunt Tilly (Alexa Muylaert) dab tears at the funeral of George’s father.

Hard-hearted Mr. Potter (Vince Snyder) has an argument with George. His assistant is played by Abbi Wisness.

Hard-hearted Mr. Potter (Vince Snyder) has an argument with George. His assistant is played by Abbi Wisness.

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