Jimmy Stewart brought to life at the Covey Center

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Actors William McCallister and Kate Forsythe portray Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in Jimmy Stewart Goes to Hollywood. The show runs March 28 through March 29 at Provo's Covey Center for the Arts.  (Photo courtesy of Greg Deakins.)
Actors William McCallister and Kate Forsythe portray Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in “Jimmy Stewart Goes to Hollywood.” The show runs March 28–March 29 at Provo’s Covey Center for the Arts. (Photo courtesy of Greg Deakins)

Local actors portray the classic life of Jimmy Stewart this weekend at the Covey Center for the Arts.

Possibly best known for his role as George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), James “Jimmy” Stewart is an actor from the Golden Age, and his life story will be told through the play “Jimmy Stewart Goes to Hollywood.” 

Written by award-winning Mahonri Stewart and directed by Utah’s Scott Bronson, the play will be produced by Zion Theatre Company and will feature William McCallister as Jimmy Stewart.

“Playing this part has been a dream come true,” McCallister said. “I get to attempt to do this man justice in telling a part of his rich story. I get to study more and more about him as a person, his history, learn about his hopes and dreams and loves. It has been a remarkable experience. I’ve learned that he was human. He had weaknesses and flaws like we all do. But that never changed the fact that he had a great heart and that he was a good man. He cared about people deeply and did his best to be his best. I love him even more now that I did before.”

The play will detail significant parts of Stewart’s life including his trials, successes and friendship with Hollywood actress Margaret Sullavan, who is portrayed by local actress Kaye Forsythe.

The show runs Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Covey Center for the Arts at (801) 852-7007 or on the Covey Center’s website.

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