Fourth annual NOLA benefit production of It’s a Wonderful Life "exceptional"
Guest stars, the award-winning chorus The Crescent City Sound Chorus provided a rousing opening this year's annual New Orleans benefit radio-play of the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life at Deutsches Haus, Metairie, in December.
The radio-on-stage production of It's a Wonderful Life is presented annually by the not-for-profit arts-supporting organization The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, and features experienced New Orleans performers who donate their time and expertise to the production to raise funds for the community in and around the New Orleans region.
Crescent City Sound Chorus (pictured above) is a membership organization of female singers who “get out and sing for our community”, with over 45 singers of all ages, all walks of life, and from all parts of the South Louisiana area.
The chorus was a medal winner at the 2012 Sweet Adelines Region 10 Competition held in Houston, TX, where they were awarded 2nd Place in Mid-Size Chorus, 3rd Place Overall out of 17 choruses, Audience Choice Award, and the Marketing Award.
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As in previous years' productions of It's a Wonderful Life by NOLA Voice Talent, this version is written by Los Angeles writer Tony Palermo with musical score by Jonathan Green, both of whom donate the use of their works for this annual production at no charge to support the New Orleans community and the region.
The benefit performances, inaugurated in 2009, have now raised around $7,000 from ticket sales and sponsorships, and these funds have been donated to Common Ground Relief, for greater New Orleans re-generation; to The Tipitina’s Foundation Instruments A Comin' program to increase youth participation in the Greater New Orleans area school music programs by providing new instruments; and to The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation to provide affordable opportunities for performers throughout southern Louisiana.
Stephen James, founder and executive director of NOLA Voice Talent and the show's Producer and Director, was delighted with the support of businesses and organizations throughout the regionwho provided sponsorship and support servies for the production.
“This annual benefit performance has established a permanent niche in the entertainment scene in New Orleans and has provided significant support to the community in the region."
Above: Clarence, Angel Second-class (Stephen James, left) receives his orders from the Superintendent of Angels (Richard Louis).
Right: Mary Bailey (Lorraine Le Blanc) tries her pursuasive powers on George Bailey (Bill Lee)