In Marisol Liliana O’Brien's memory, the Lexington Players are putting on an encore performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” with part of the proceeds going to a charity set up in Marisol’s name.
Anyone who’s ever been involved in a stage production knows one thing: No matter what, the show must go on.
Showing a strength beyond his 13 years, Lucas O’Brien adhered to that maxim when he took the stage Saturday, Dec. 20, to perform as George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” His youngest sister, Marisol, had died earlier in the day, but O’Brien was determined to fulfill his theatrical duties.
Producer Sal Jones of the Lexington Players, which put on the show, said O’Brien’s decision to carry on was impressive.
“He was such a trooper about it, it was unbelievable,” said Jones.
In her memory, the Lexington Players are putting on an encore performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” with part of the proceeds going to a charity set up in Marisol’s name.
Marisol Liliana O’Brien was 8 years old when she died from a form of leukodystrophy, a degenerative disorder, surrounded by her family at home Dec. 20.
When he heard the news about Marisol, Jones said he was surprised to see O’Brien show up in time to perform on Saturday. He didn’t have to go on stage, said Jones, but O’Brien said he would do it.
“I’m proud of you, because of how you handled this whole situation,” Jones said he told O’Brien. The young teen’s reaction and decision surpassed that of adults he’s met, he said..
O’Brien’s decision to carry on was, in retrospect, not terribly surprising. O’Brien, ferried by his parents, showed up for all his rehearsals three times a week, even though during this time Marisol was in and out of the hospital, said Jones.
The encore performance will also allow those who missed the play to see it, as one of the performances was canceled in the snowstorm of Dec. 19 and 20, said Jones.
To further honor Marisol, the state Legislature adjourned in her honor last week, calling her a “beautiful, spirited and courageous girl.”
“It’s a Wonderful Life” will be performed Saturday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. at Hancock Church in Lexington Center. Tickets will be available for reservation by calling 781-862-2866 or for purchase at the door, at Crafty Yankee and at Wales Copy Center.