Henderson County High School and Henderson Community Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play on Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Preston Arts Center. 

This beloved American holiday classic is performed as a live 1940s radio broadcast with the addition of sound effects occurring live, as they did in radio shows of the past. 

The cast includes both HCHS students and Henderson community theatre members. 

“Partnering the HCHS theatre students with members of the Henderson Community Theatre and the Preston Arts Center has been a great mentorship program for our students to work alongside community theatre veterans. The message of the play is the importance of relationships and friendships.  Our hope is to get everyone in the holiday spirit this weekend so everyone is invited,” affirms A.J. Casey, play director and HCHS theatre teacher. 

Pre-show activities will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the foyer with live music, kids games, a photo booth, and concessions.

Tickets are $10.00 each and may be purchased at the door. 

WSON radio will broadcast the play live on on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  Additionally, it will rebroadcast on the radio on Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m. and again on Christmas Day at noon.

The Cast

Stage Manager - Olivia Roy

Freddie Filmore - Bill Stephens Starks

George- Steve Wylie

Clarence - Steve Casey

Joseph - RoMauni Edwards

Mary Hatch Bailey - Megan Mortis 

Violet Bick - Danielle Anguish

Rose Bailey - Robyn Galloway 

Harry Bailey Jesse Pepple

Old Man Gower - Bill Stephens Starks

Bert - Rick Chandler

Henry Potter - Frank Furbush

Billy Bailey~ Rick Chandler

Pete - Brady Galloway

Zuzu - Addie Kahre 

Janie - Avery Sheffer

Tommy - Ashleigh Mrdalj

Young George - Brady Galloway

Young Harry - Jesse Pepple

Young Violet - Keyanna Sweatt

Young Mary - Avery Sheffer

Peter Bailey - Bill Stephens Starks

Ernie - Jesse Pepple

Sam Wainwright - Collin Mayes

Old Man Collins - Collin Mayes

Dr. Campbell - Collin Mayes

Matilda - Jordan Bryant

Ruth Dakin Bailey - Ashleigh Mrdalj

Mrs. Hatch - Robyn Galloway

Ed - Collin Mayes

Charlie - Brady Galloway

Mrs. Thompson - Jordan Bryant

Schultz - Jesse Pepple

Martini - Brady Galloway

Bridge Keeper - Rick Chandler

Horace - Collin Mayes

Mr. Welch - Jesse Pepple

Nick - Collin Mayes

Cop - Rick Chandler 

Sheriff - Collin Mayes