The Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department will present an interesting twist on the classic holiday story of George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” directed by Fine Arts Professor Zachary Bloomfield, on Nov. 12-13 and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.; and Nov. 14-15 and 21-22 at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre on the JJC Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The public is invited.
The play will be unique because the characters will be talking through radio microphones and several will be playing different roles in different voices. The classic story follows George Bailey from the time he is a little boy until well into adulthood. One Christmas Eve, George wishes he would have never been born – and gets the opportunity to see what the lives of those around him would have been like without him.
JJC’s cast includes Martin Urba of Joliet as Freddie Filmore, Mr. Potter, and Uncle Billy; Evan Cook of Minooka as Jake Laurents and George Bailey; Elizabeth Cronin of Braidwood as Sally Applewhite and Mary Hatch; Abasi Kelley as Frank Lovejoy and Joseph, Peter Bailey, and Ernie; Carlos Chaves of Plainfield as Harry “Jazbo” Heywood, Clarence, and Harry; Hope Taylor of Channahon as Lana Sherwood, Violet, Zuzu, Sadie, and Mrs. Hatch; Shawntiqua Cowan of Bolingbrook as Lurene Tuttle, Rose, Janie, and Ruth; Cameron Nau of Manhattan as Valentine Dyall and Nick; and Kailey Norton of Minooka as Leone Ledoux and Matilda.
Natalie Kopec of New Lenox is the stage manager and Jordan Willner of Joliet is the assistant stage manager.
Ticket prices are $8 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for students. To purchase tickets for any show, call the box office at 815-280-2200.
For more information about the JJC Fine Arts Department, visit www.jjc.edu/info/fine-arts or call 815-280-2223.