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presents

select dates DECEMBER 9-17

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. 


$40.00 adults    $35.00 seniors | students                      Plymouth Center for the Arts 

December 9-17, 2023                                                            11 North Street, Plymouth, Mass.

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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), Big Fish (Carl the Giant), 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). Regional: Gateway Playhouse, Barrington Stage Co., The Majestic Theatre.

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Guest Artist  |  Sally Applewhite 
Mary Hatch

Massachusetts

TRINA VARGAS

Trina is thrilled to be returning to 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 has been a board member of ATC since 2011. Enjoy the show!

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

California

NICK HANCOCK

Nick is happy to be returning to Americana. Nick is a Sacramento-based performer, director, choreographer, writer, and teaching artist with a Musical Theatre BA from William Jessup University. Credits include Long John Silver (TREASURE ISLAND), Lee (TRUE WEST), and Bob Cratchit (A CHRISTMAS CAROL). He can also be found teaching Music, Dance, and performance classes and camps both here in Plymouth and on the West Coast. He is beyond thrilled to be able to join this cast after playing Edward in Big Fish this summer.

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Returning Artist Foley Artist
Massachusetts

JOHAN WOODS

Johan is 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

JUDE SULLIVAN

Jude is so excited to return to the cast of It’s a Wonderful Life. Jude has participated in Studio Americana’s Production of Treasure Island and Beauty and the Beast, as well as playing Young Will in Big Fish this summer. He is 10 years old and currently in 4th grade at Carver Elementary school. Jude would like to thank his family and Spiderman.

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Guest Artist  |  Young Mary  Janie
Massachusetts

AMARACHI OKECHUKWU

Amarachi is thrilled to be making her ATC debut . She is a 4th grade student at Sacred Heart School in Weymouth. Her favorite roles include Moa (The Jungle Book) and Wendy (Peter Pan). When not on stage, Amarachi enjoys singing, playing basketball, and playing ukulele.

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Guest Artist  |   Young Violet  |  Zuzu
Massachusetts

MACIE POTTER

Macie is a 2nd grade student at Sacred Heart School and is thrilled to be returning to perform in another show with ATC. Macie had a blast this past summer playing Will's Son in Big Fish, just finished playing Sally Brown in Charlie Brown's Christmas, and can't wait to bring Young Violet/Zuzu to life in this show. She would like to thank her family for their love and support in her pursuing acting. Enjoy the show!

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Guest Artist  |   Young Harry Tommy
Massachusetts

MAX SULLIVAN

Max is so excited to join the cast of It’s a Wonderful Life for his professional debut. Max has participated in Studio Americana’s Production of Jungle Book, Treasure Island and Beauty and the Beast. He is 7 years old and currently in 2nd grade at Carver Elementary school. Max would like to thank his family for their support and constant cleaning up after him.

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Returning Artist  |   Stage Manager
Massachusetts

ABBY KRAMER

Abby is a graduate of Stonehill College with a degree in Theatre Arts, Dance, and Entrepreneurship. Her theatre credits include “Audrey” in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, “Heather Duke” in HEATHERS, “#25” in THE WOLVES, “Hunyak” in CHICAGO, and many more. She currently works for the educational theatre company Chamber Theatre Productions in Boston, MA. Abby is ecstatic and grateful to be returning to Americana Theatre Company after her debut this summer in Big Fish. She would like to thank her loved ones for their undivided support!

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