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a live radio play

DECEMBER 4-12

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presents

Back by popular demand, Americana Theatre Company presents It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.  This beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a 1940's radio broadcast. 10 actors bring dozens of characters to life in this timeless holiday classic.  Recommended for ages 5 and up. 

Create lasting holiday memories with friends and family by securing your tickets today! Seating is limited. Advance purchase recommended. 


$35.00 adults    $30.00 seniors | students                      Plymouth Center for the Arts 

December 4-12, 2021                                                            11 North Street, Plymouth, Mass.

 

Marianne works as a freelance Director, Actor, teacher & coach.  American Theatre Company directing credits:  Grease, The Three Musketeers, An Inspector Calls, Moonlight and Magnolias and The Gifts of the Magi.   Other professional directing credits include: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Victory Gardens, Chicago), A Christmas Carol, (Virginia Stage Company), The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (B Street, Sacramento), Psychopathia Sexualis (Olympia, WA), Shadowlands (American Coast Theatre Company); Lady Windemere’s Fan and Arsenic and Old Lace (Taproot Theatre); at Actors Co-op Hollywood: A Long Day's Journey into Night, Yours, Isabel (American Premiere), King Lear, Wit (Best Revival LA Weekly award, Best Director nominee LA Drama Critics Circle), The Crucible (Best Director nominee LA Weekly), Hamlet, Gulf View Drive (World Premiere, Best Ensemble LA Weekly award), Angel Street, Translations, As It Is In Heaven (West Coast Premiere), It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (West Coast Premiere), Yours, Isabel, (workshop) God & Shakespeare (Original), Molly Sweeney (Los Angeles).  

 

Marianne has taught at Azusa Pacific University, Biola University and Vanguard University where she directed The Lion in Winter, As It Is In Heaven, Saint Joan, America’s Broadway and Three Sisters. She taught in the teen conservatory at South Coast Repertory and served as head of the MFA Acting Program at Regent University and the BFA Acting Program at Belhaven University.  In 2008 she directed Margaret Hunt’s and the Ravens Feed Us at the New Harmony Project and is passionate about new play and musical development.  Marianne is an alumnus and participant of Directors Lab West, an associate artist with Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle, served on the Advisory Board of Provision Theater Company in Chicago and was the Producing Director of Actors Co-op Hollywood. Training: MFA Acting, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Guest Artist Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Marianne is a member of Actors Equity and SAG/Aftra and SDC (the stage directors union).

Returning Artist  |  Director
Washington

Marianne Savell

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Americana Theatre Company is comprised of professionals who have worked from the highest quality regional theaters across the country from L.A. to NYC  We are proud to present you actors of the highest professional caliber.

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Company Member  | Artistic Director  |  Jake Laurent  
George Bailey

Massachusetts

JESSE SULLIVAN

Americana: Clue (Professor Plum),Boeing Boeing (Bernard), Man of La Mancha (Dr. Carrasco), Parfumerie (Mr.Horvath), It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (George Bailey), The Three Musketeers (Athos), Moonlight and Magnolias (Selznick), The Cottage (Richard /William), Redeeming Love (Michael Hosea), An Inspector Calls (Inspector). National Tours: Miss Saigon and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Coupeau/Fight Captain). NY credits include Scandalous People, NY Fridge (Clarence), Battleship Potempkin with the York Theatre Co. (Gregory), Moonlight and Magnolias (Ben Hecht), and Map to Buddha with Remote Theatre Co. (Jeff). Training: BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Hartford, The Hartt School.

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Guest Artist  |  Sally Applewhite 
Mary Hatch

Massachusetts

TRINA VARGAS

Trina is thrilled to be making her debut at the Americana Theatre with the holiday classic, ‘It’s A Wonderful Life!’ She is also happy to be back in MA, her home state - GO PATS! Feel free to visit her website: trinavargas.com or follow her on instagram @misstrinavargas - she is always up to something in the entertainment world and you never know what’s next! Big thanks to God, family, and friends for your constant love and support. NEVER GIVE UP!

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Company Member  |  Managing Director  |  Freddie Filmore
Announcer, Gower, Potter, Billy, Joseph, Ernie, Old Man Collins, Ed, Pete, Man at Martini’s, Nick, Bridge keeper, Binky, Cop

Massachusetts

DAVID FRIDAY

As a company member David has enjoyed roles as Col. Mustard in Clue, Governor in Man of La Mancha, Mr. Sipos in Parfumerie, Vince Fontaine in Grease, Porthos in The Three Musketeers, Watson in Hound of the Baskervilles and many parts in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. A graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, David has performed on stage, television, radio and film, in NYC, New Jersey, Indiana, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and is happy to have settled down in Carver with his wonderful wife, Erin and 2 beautiful girls, Karly and Lexi. In the past, David has served as Technical Director for The Company of Pittsburgh and appeared in productions of Oklahoma!, Man of La Mancha, Passion, and many others. He can also be seen in the film Love the Coopers. “Autism awareness rocks!”

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Company Member  |  Educational Director  |  Lana Sherwood
Violet, Rose Bailey, Matilda, Ruth, Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Thompson, Shultz, Sadie Vance

Massachusetts

ERIN FRIDAY

Erin is thrilled to serve on Americana Theatre Company’s executive team as the Director of Education. Erin has a degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Fine and Theatre Arts from Stonehill College. ATC credits include Mrs. Peacock (Clue), Berthe (Boeing Boeing), all of the female roles (It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play), Ilona Ritter (Parfumerie), Housekeeper (Man of La Mancha), Ms. Lynch (Grease), Woman 1 (Lucky Stiff). Regionally, she has performed with companies such as The Round Barn Theatre, The Comtra Theatre, McKeesport Little Theatre, Gemini Children’s Theater and others. Erin

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Returning Artist Harry "Jazbo" Haywood  
Harry, Bert, Clarence, Sam Wainwright, Martini, Dr. Campbell, Charlie, Man at the run on the bank, Mr. Welch, Sheriff, Horace the Teller

New Jersey

JOSHUA NICHOLSON

Joshua has been a professional VO artist for over a decade, doing everything from commercials to cartoons to audiobooks to video games to anything else that might need a voice. Most recently, he voiced some Pokémon and John Deere commercials for Australian TV. He also narrated and produced Purgatorio and The D.O.D.O. Files for the audiobook app Bound (getbound.io). He has worked with RadioTheatre NYC for many years, performing the likes of King Kong, The War of the Worlds, H.P. Lovecraft stories, Frankenstein, and the stories that inspired many of Alfred Hitchcock's films. Favorite Americana Theatre roles include Clown 1 in The 39 Steps and Rochefort in The Three Musketeers. Other favorite roles: Mr. Howell in Gilligan's Island: The Musical, The Baker in Into the Woods, Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Bud Turpin in Dearly Departed. Joshua has recently married and now lives with his wife in New Jersey. JoshuaNicholson.com

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Returning Artist Foley Artist
Massachusetts

JOHAN WOODS

Johan s thrilled to be returning to Americana Theatre Company reprising his 2017 and 2019 role as Foley Artist. He has previously appeared in Parfumerie as the Detective with Americana Theatre Company, and From The Sea, To Somewhere Else with Bay Colony Shakespeare Company and the indie film Back 2 One with Lasit Studio. Johan lives in Plymouth and simply cannot get enough of, or stay away from, the stage in any capacity. Having taken classes by Americana Studio, he is excited to share the stage with this talented bunch. As always, couldn't be possible without the love and support of his wife, Heather.

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Guest Artist Young George Pete
Massachusetts

DAVID SAVASTANO

David (13) joined Americana Theatre Company in 1st grade and has performed in several productions with both their Junior and Professional groups since then. In addition to acting David is a talented multi-instrument musician, plays baseball and recently received the Presidential Academic Award for outstanding academic performance.

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Guest Artist  |  Young Mary
Massachusetts

EVELYN HUAMANI

Evelyn is excited to be playing the part of young Mary in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play this year. Evelyn is 10 years old and attends 4th grade at Cold Spring Elementary School. Evelyn has been taking classes with Americana Studios for 3 years. Her most recent role was as Mama in the Studio’s production of Hansel & Gretel. Evelyn would like to thank her parents and aunts and uncles for their love and support. She wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.

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Guest Artist  |   Young Violet Janey
Massachusetts

LEXI FRIDAY

Lexi is thrilled to be making her Americana Theatre Company debut as Young Violet/Janie in It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Lexi is 10 years old and in the 5th grade at Carver Elementary School. Lexi has been involved in various Studio Americana productions. Some of her favorite roles include The Princess in Rumpelstiltskin, The Coroner in The Wizard of Oz, Sneezy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Abu in Aladdin, Archimedes in Sword in the Stone, and many others. Lexi would like to thank her parents and grandparents for their support, and her sister, Karly, who has also been in Wonderful Life with ATC in years past. I hope you enjoy the show!

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Guest Artist  |   Young Harry Tommy
Massachusetts

JUDE SULLIVAN

Jude is so excited to join the cast of It’s a Wonderful Life for his professional debut. Jude has participated in Studio Americana’s Production of Treasure Island and Beauty and the Beast. He is 7 years old and currently in 2nd grade at Carver Elementary school. Jude would like to thank his family and Spiderman.

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Guest Artist  |   Zuzu
Massachusetts

SADIE METRANO

Sadie is thrilled to be making her professional debut! Sadie takes Dance (Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Hip Hop) and has been in Studio Americana shows Beauty and the Beast and Wizard of Oz. She is 8 years old, grade 3 at Carver Elementary School. She is so thankful for all of her family’s support!

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Returning Artist  |   Stage Manager  Lighting Designer
New York

CIERA MILLER

Ciera is a recent graduate with a B.A in Theatre and a specialization in Tech and Design from William Jessup University. She is Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Curious Theatre Works. She lives in New York where she continues to stage manage, direct and produce. When she's not doing theatre, she is usually getting lost in the mountains and trying to find all the magic the world has to offer. cieramiller.com

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