Meet the Cast
It's a Wonderful Life benefit radio-play on stage 2012
- We are grateful to the performers who generously donate their time and expertise to help raise funds for the community through this production -
Proceeds to New Orleans and region non-profit organizations in support of the Performing Arts
William (Bill) Lee George Bailey
It was Bill Lee's ambition to perform in a radio-play of "It's a Wonderful Life" that set the wheels in motion for this annual production. Bill is the only cast member allowed to impersonate any of the characters from the movie; Bill's vocal impression as George Bailey has been said to be "better than James Stewart himself..!"
Bill has been an ever-present as George Bailey in this production since its inception in 2009. This native New Orleanian voice talent is also a long-time Federal Government Public Affairs officer and has been invovolved many radio commercials as well as being a member of the New Orleans comedy troupe The GooNOLAs.
Lorraine LeBlanc Mary Hatch Bailey
Lorraine is a prolific actress and voice talent from New Orleans. She is a graduate of UNO and holds an MA in Theater from Penn State. Her extensive theater credits in Minnesota include leading roles in Twelfth Night, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Threepenny Opera, and Under Milk Wood. She has been a movement and voice instructor and worked for many years as a theater executive and producer. Since returning to New Orleans she played the lead in Rivka, a 12-episode DVD series, and various shorter films. A long-time union member, Lorraine is honored to serve on the New Orleans local board of SAG-AFTRA.
Lorraine is an active member of NOLA Voice Talent and we are delighted to have her on board, in her second year as Mary Hatch Bailey in this NVT production.
Stephen James Clarence Oddbody (Angel 2nd Class)
British-born Stephen James, who resides in New Orleans, is an experienced and prolific professional voice talent, coach, director and producer. His credits include radio commercials, narrations, and video games. Stephen is also director and producer of the IAWL annual benefit radio-play, which he launched through NOLA Voice Talent in 2009; and he is director and comedic actor in the New Orleans comedy troupe The GooNOLAs. Stephen is also a keen wordsmith and is currently editing a novel for a New Orleans-based author.
Richard Louis Superintendent of Angels
Richard steps up to this role having appeared in the previous two productions of IAWL. RIchard has developed a new career as a professional voice talent over recent years; he has been a narrator for Louisiana Public Broadcasting as well as working on a number of commercials and narrations for educational videos.
Richard has also been an active member of the Foundation having recently served on the board of directors.
Eric "Shoeless" Pollard Henry Potter and other roles
John Wettermark Narrator/Radio Announcer
John Wettermark is a Mobile-born, New Orleans-based architect and voice talent who is still trying to decide what he wants to be when he grows up; other possibilities include developer, film actor, artist, and gospel singer. This is John's second year in the production.
Shirley Tregre Violet Bick and other roles
We welcome Shirley to her debut role in It's a Wonderful Life for NOLA Voice Talent. Shirley is a Cajun-born Louisianan, and a principal actress and voice talent. Originally from Galliano, Shirley now resides in Denham Springs, La, and has appeared in several movies and TV commercials.
Donald Wagner Pop Bailey and other roles
John Tran Harry Bailey and other roles
John has been a stalwart for NOLA Voice Talent, having appeared in all three previous NOLA Voice Talent productions of It's a Wonderful Life.
Paul Watson Sam Wainright and other roles
A native Louisianan and former radio announcer/producer for WSHO-AM , Paul is one of the original cast members and we are delighted to welcome him back after a two year absence.
Dylan De Paula Young George Bailey and Petey Bailey
Dylan is one of NOLA Voice Talent's biggest success stories. He realized that he really wanted to pursue acting as a career when he signed up for the 2011 production of It's a Wonderful Life. His first screen role came with the 2012 movie The Campaign starring Will Ferrell, where he plays the role of Will Ferrell as a child; while Dylan also stars in the movie Christmas Angel (2012). With a number of further movies upcoming, Dylan is destined for a great acting future and we are delighted that NOLA Voice Talent has been able to play a small part in the launch that career!
Aeryn Dixon Janey Bailey and Zuzu Bailey
This is also Aeryn's second appearance in this production of It's a Wonderful Life as she gets to deliver that immortal phrase, "Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings". Aeryn is another success story for NOLA Voice Talent, as her love of performing has developed since her debut last year and she is already lined up for a number of screen roles, as well as developing a career as a voice-over talent.
Marti Dumas Dr Campbell and other roles
Marti, another debutante of the production this year, is a professional voice actor who has worked on a number of audio-books and commercials. Marti is also a bel canto-trained mezzo soprano who has had the privilege of performing the title role in a production of Carmen.
Artemis Preeshl Mrs Hatch and other roles
.Professor Preeshl was one of two American actors out of 10 actors selected in 2007 as International Acting Fellows at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, and selected as one of 14 actors for New York’s Actors Center Teacher Development Program this year.
Professor Preeshl has performed half of Shakespeare’s canon and directed 17 Shakespeare plays. As a New York film actor, Artemis played the lead in the feature Rolarz and supporting roles Pigeonholed, Déjà Vu and Marbles; she co-starred on the daytime drama, Diary. and directed, choreographed and performed with the Blue Collar Babes on the monthly Blue Collar Comedy Show at Caroline's Comedy Club, and a staged reading of The Demolition of the Eiffel Tower in French for Les Causeries du Lundí this month. The Sonambulist featured Artemis’ voiceover in its premiere at the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival.
Artemis has designed and coached accents for six shows including Nine Parts of Desire, Laramie Project, A Christmas Carol, Bug, Wait Until Dark, Sylvia, Blithe Spirit, and Godspell, which won the 2011 Best University Production Big Easy Award. She is directing the world premiere of Dr. Karen Rosenbecker’s translation and adaptation of Aristophanes’ dark Greek comedy, Wealth, at Loyola University New Orleans in early 2013
Ronni Brant Musical Director and Sound Engineer
Ronni is an accomplished musician and an expert in sound production and engineering. He has been involved in both playing for and sound engineering for a number of bands and joins It's a Wonderful Life having worked as sound engineer for New Orleans comedy troupe The GooNOLAs.