Performer’s Perspective: It’s a Wonderful Life


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Performer’s Perspective is a series of articles written by Weddington High School actor, singer, dancer, and performer Kaleb Dufrene. The articles give Kaleb’s perspective of performing on stage at Weddington High in events such as Show Choir/Chorus, Unscripted, NCTC, the fall play, and the spring musical, among other special events.

The theatre is a gift to society. It gives the arts a space to express challenging ideas and to remind people of their importance. Two months ago, I was cast in Weddington High School’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life. For those unaware, the story consists of a man named George Bailey and his struggles in the small town of Bedford Falls. The kindhearted George rescues his father’s loan business, which helps people satisfy the “fundamental urge” of having a decent home. In a terribly unfortunate accident, George’s company loses $8,000 (equivalent to over $100,000 today) and is wanted for fraud. Clarence, an angel trained to rescue George by two veteran angels, Frankie and Jo, saves George’s life and reminds him of his importance. I was cast as Jo, a sarcastic, yet caring, angel who helps to train Clarence along with Frankie. On and offstage, this production has been a special one. I have done many shows throughout my acting career, and I have to say that I have always wanted to do It’s a Wonderful Life, so I was very happy when I was cast. Jo has been an amazing character to portray, and I think I vouch for the entire cast when I say that this show has been something special. Believe me, this production has everything a person could want. There is action, suspense, drama, love, and humor. This is a show that you do not want to miss, and a show that I know I will miss after it’s over and will remember forever. The cast is incredibly talented, the tech is magnificent, and the director, Mrs. Moore, has supported us through this work of magic with her own spectacular talent. This timeless Christmas tale will open your heart as I ask you to please come to support your peers through their telling of this “wonderful” story. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.


Thursday – 7 PM

Saturday – 2 PM and 7 PM


“You see, George, you’ve really had a wonderful life.”

– Clarence Oddbody, AS2