Angels First Class - William & Wynonia Lazaro Metairie, LA

Angel Clarence sponsors - Dunkin' Donuts, New Orleans; The Muralles family, New Orleans

Violet Bick donors and services - H&H Printing, Metairie; Deutsches Haus, Metairie; Elmwood Fitness Center, Metairie; WGSO-990am New Orleans; Mark Fowler, New Orleans

Audience bedazzled by
"It's a Wonderful Life" 2014
Regional Fundraiser


A New Orleans theater audience as well as listeners across the nation and around the world were enthralled by an amazing performance by local voice actors in the sixth annual radio-play on-stage of "It's a Wonderful Life", produced by Stephen James, directed by Vatican Lokey, and presented by The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation to raise funds for the performing arts in the region.

The Annual New Orleans and Region Benefit Production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” has become etched into the calendar of annual New Orleans “unmissables” for the New Orleans Christmas Holiday season - and this year's production bedazzled the audience.

WWL-TV news anchor Eric Paulsen, theatrical icon "Uncle Wayne" Daigrepont, and jazz vocalist Debbie Davis, were among the guest stars in this year's production, alongside ever-presents Bill Lee and Stephen James, as George Bailey and Henry Potter respectively.

The show, presented by New Orleans non-profit organization The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation,  has become etched into the calendar of annual New Orleans' “unmissables” as the Christmas season commences.

Above: Eric Paulsen of WWL-TV, narrator in this year's New Orleans fund-raising production of "It's a Wonderful Life".

The script is an adaptation for radio written by L.A. producer and SFX specialist Tony Palermo, with music by Jonathan Green.

A live Foley table of sound effects was introduced in this year's production, which as a whole provided a fascinating insight into the way radio-plays were produced in the days before recorded shows.
And the whole cast of voice-actors - who had donated their time and skills in support of the fund-raiser - provided a strong performance throughout, right down to the famous line "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings", presented by five year-old Margaret Lob, who wasn't even born when the first production in the series was performed, in 2009.

ABOVE: "Uncle Wayne" Daigrepont, a New Orleans theater icon, brought a different interpretation to the role of Clarence, following five years of Stephen James playing the goofy Cockney character James developed.

Above: Producer Stephen James as the evil Henry Potter in the 2014 production of "It's a Wonderful Life"

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