It’s a Wonderful Life







Showdown with the bad guys. George Bailey (right), played by David Hollis, confronts villain Potter, seated in wheelchair and played by Lavoid Pyke, as Potter tries to take over the savings and loan, the only business in town he doesn’t already own. Potter’s henchmen (from left) bodyguard (Skyler Faulkner), Dr. Campbell (David Craft), Potter’s laywer (Marty Hulsey), and George’s sole supporter Uncle Billy, (patially hidden) played by Paul Kelly, look on. Potter fails; George assumes control of the business from his deceased father, and the citizens of Bedford Falls are saved from mass foreclosures by the heartless Potter. But George must give up his bright dreams to go to college and build skyscrapers in New York City to plod along grubbing nickels and dimes in Bedford Falls, setting himself up to be saved from suicide by the realization that it’s a wonderful life, anyway. Neely Theater’s maiden performance of the American classic debuts Friday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Oneonta High School’s Eris Horton Auditorium, with performances Saturday night at 7:30, and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5, available at the door before performances. Directed by Chase Moore, starring an all-Blount County cast. – Ron Gholson

Showdown with the bad guys. George Bailey (right), played by David Hollis, confronts villain Potter, seated in wheelchair and played by Lavoid Pyke, as Potter tries to take over the savings and loan, the only business in town he doesn’t already own. Potter’s henchmen (from left) bodyguard (Skyler Faulkner), Dr. Campbell (David Craft), Potter’s laywer (Marty Hulsey), and George’s sole supporter Uncle Billy, (patially hidden) played by Paul Kelly, look on. Potter fails; George assumes control of the business from his deceased father, and the citizens of Bedford Falls are saved from mass foreclosures by the heartless Potter. But George must give up his bright dreams to go to college and build skyscrapers in New York City to plod along grubbing nickels and dimes in Bedford Falls, setting himself up to be saved from suicide by the realization that it’s a wonderful life, anyway. Neely Theater’s maiden performance of the American classic debuts Friday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Oneonta High School’s Eris Horton Auditorium, with performances Saturday night at 7:30, and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5, available at the door before performances. Directed by Chase Moore, starring an all-Blount County cast. – Ron Gholson