This December, Howard Community College’s (HCC) Arts Collective (AC) proudly presents the timeless holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life, a play by James W. Rodgers based on the film by Frank Capra and the story by Philip Van Doren Stern, directed by Gareth Kelly and Anthony Scimonelli – and performed by Howard Community College students, alumni and guest artists of all ages!
‘Tis the season to revisit the classic, heart-warming story of the small town of Bedford Falls and George Bailey’s journey – and dire choices – with the help of an unexpected angel! A play which reminds us all of what truly matters in life; that hard work, fair play, and the love and support of family and community will be rewarded. Celebrate this joyful season with AC’s production which honors this 1940’s beloved film in magical ways you and your family will treasure for years to come!
“It’s a Wonderful Life” runs December 4 – 14 in HCC’s Smith Theatre, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
Individual tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors (60+) and military, and $10 for all students with identification.
Tickets may be purchased through the Box Office at 443-518-1500 or online.
Howard Community College, Horowitz Center
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044.
Here are driving directions.
Parental guidance suggested.
George Bailey – Noah Bird
Clara Odbody – Emma K. McDonnell
Mr. Gower – Bruce Leipold
Young George – Graham Rifkin
Harry Bailey – Josh Huff-Edsall
Mother Bailey – Terri Laurino
Aunt Tilly – Ilene Chalmers
Violet Peterson – Meghan Abdo
Bert – Brandon W. Love
Ernie – Scott Lichtor
Uncle Billy – William Stanley III
Mary Hatch – Rachel Bailey
Henry F. Potter – Gary Grabau
Mr. Potter’s Body Guard – Adam Czarnecki
Mr. Potter’s Secretary – Abigail Pervaiz
Mrs. Hatch – Kathryn Marshall
Sam Wainwright – Hudson Mohler
Miss Andrews – T. Naomi Muwowo
Mrs. Thompson – Catherine Milligan
Mr. Martini – Diego Esmolo
Mrs. Martini – Ivonne Aparicio
Miss Carter – Taylor Purnell
Peter Bailey – Bennett Horvath
Tommy Bailey – Nicholas Dimitriades
Zuzu Bailey – Madeleine McComb
Mr. Welch – Shawn Fournier
Janie Bailey – Madeleine Kelly
Directors: Gareth Kelly and Anthony Scimonelli
Set Design: Jeff Harrison
Light Design: Lynn Joslin
Digital Scenography: Riki Kim
Costume Design: Shannon Maddox
Sound Design: Kevin Hill
Props Design: Mollie Singer
Stage Manager: Nick Genna
About the Directors – Gareth Kelly and Anthony Scimonelli
Gareth Kelly (Co-Director) is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on the stage version of one of his favorite films! Having first met and worked with co-director Anthony Scimonelli in the early 90s as student actors in HCC’s Arts Collective’s first production, The American Dream, he feels as though fate has brought him full circle somehow. He caught the acting bug in 1987, as a student at Centennial High School and went on to act, direct, and produce in area theaters for the past 20 years. While most of his free time these days is spent as a devoted father and husband, he did get the opportunity to creak the boards somewhat recently as Roy Cohn in Arts Collective’s 2010 production of Angels in America.
Anthony Scimonelli (Co-Director) loves Arts Collective’s artistic community and is thrilled to be co-directing It’s a Wonderful Life with Gareth! He’s performed in many AC productions from 1994-2014. Most recent AC appearances include Coffee House Under the Stars as co-emcee, WIG’s Hallow Scream Improv Show as well as last season’s Why Am I Not Famous? Currently, he is an artistic associate with Pumpkin Theatre in Baltimore. He has worked as a designer, musician and actor with Spotlight UB at the University of Baltimore from 2008-2014 where he is currently pursuing his MA – his thesis concentration combines the healing arts with the performing arts through a one-man show; Learning to Let Go. This production marks his return to directing with AC after 15 years (Nobody in Particular) an original work by Matt Roberts. Anthony and Gareth performed onstage together in Arts Collective’s first production twenty years ago with The American Dream, directed by S.G. Kramer.
About HCC’s Arts Collective
Now in its 20th Season, Arts Collective (AC) is a creative force, entirely committed to offering diverse, awe-inspiring works across several genres, including plays, musicals, improvisation, dance and more! Established in 1994, AC is a professionally run organization all about supporting, nurturing and fusing collaborative relationships between all artists, from students to professionals, on and off the stage, to Howard County and beyond. View AC’s 20th Season line-up
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Howard Community College’s ARTS COLLECTIVE
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, in the Horowitz Center, HPVA 125, Columbia, MD 21044