NEW VENUE PUTS "It's a Wonderful Life"

New Orleans' SEVENTH annual fund-raising production of "It's a Wonderful Life" hits the big-time, having been adopted by the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as part of the center's NOLA ChristmasFest program.

"This marks a huge leap in the development of this hugely-popular event in the New Orleans Christmas calendar," remarked Stephen James, Executive Producer of the show and Founder and Chief Executive of The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, producers of the event since its inception in 2009 to raise funds for New Orleans and Region non-profit organizations.

The production will be presented in conjunction with the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Sunday December 20th (7.00pm). Tickets are only $25.00 and proceeds go to New Orleans and Region non-profit organizations in the New Orleans region. Tickets are only $25.00 and proceeds go to New Orleans and Region non-profit organizations in the New Orleans region.

PLEASE NOTE: Ticket purchases for "It's A Wonderful Life" also include general admission to all NOLA ChristmasFest activities (except ice-rink or other events) at the venue on Sunday 20th December 2015.

"NOLA Voice Talent was formed to provide educational opportunities for performers in the region and to provide a showcase for the amazing professional talent we have in the region," explained Stephen, who added: "To be recognized by NOLA ChristmasFest is a remarkable acknowledgement of the talent and dedication which has been invested in the production by all who have been involved with it since its inception."

"We have a new Director and Producer in Vatican Lokey, who has taken the production to a new level under his direction, and now for locals and visitors to be able to see local professional talent perform in this prestigious arena is a fantastic opportunity for all concerned," Stephen concluded.

Guest stars who have committed to this year's production include New Orleans theater celebrity Michael Sullivan, local comedic actor Johnny Rock, and broadcaster Mike Hoss. Local voice talent and two-time NVT Award winner Bill Lee will play George Bailey for his seventh successive year, with local actress Leah Richards as Mary Bailey for her second year running.

"Wonderful Life Production Sponsors": Hurricane Promotions

Angels, 1st Class: TBA

Harry Bailey sponsors: TBA

Violet Bick supporters: NOCCA,

NOLA ChristmasFest, WGSO

ABOVE: Flashback to 2014: Bill Lee as Harry Bailey, and local actress Lorraine LeBlanc as Mary Bailey, on stage in the 2014 production.


For information about NOLA ChristmasFest 2015, please go to

To join the "It's a Wonderful Life" 2015 FB Event page, please go to


Above: Local actress Leah RIchards will play Mary Bailey for the second year running.

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