It’s a wonderful life:
A live Radio drama
November 26, 2020-January 1, 2021
Adapted by Joe Landry
Directed by Carl Jordan
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast.
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is based on the classic holiday movie with a clever twist thrown in: the story is staged as a live radio broadcast. Actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are done through Foley artists. It’s a Wonderful Life is about the life of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast and tired to continue living. It will take help from a lovable angel to show George what life would be like if he wasn’t born for George to have a change of heart and understand the true spirit of the holidays.
JENNIFER COTÉ as Sally Applewhite
Jenifer is delighted to be back at 6th Street Playhouse and applauds the effort to revive live performance, especially under the challenging circumstances that theaters are facing all over the globe. Jenifer has appeared in many 6th street productions, including Maggie in Cat on A Hot Tin Roof and most recently Stage Kiss in 2017. Jenifer is the Director of Theatre at Sonoma Academy, where she directs productions and teaches acting, inspired by the work of her amazing student actors. She is very delighted to play Jeff Coté’s wife in this production. Jenifer has a BFA in acting from Southern Oregon University, and an MFA in acting from Temple University.
SERENA ELIZE FLORES as Lana Sherwood
Serena Elize has been performing in the Bay Area for the past 5 years. Favorite roles include Marianne (The Revolutionists), Morticia (The Addams Family), Rita (The Naked Truth – US premiere), Yaz (Water by the Spoonful), Columbia (The Rocky Horror Show), Jenny Diver (The Threepenny Opera), Nickie (Sweet Charity), and Francine/Lena (Clybourne Park – TBA Best Actress nom/Best Ensemble win).
ELLEN PATTERSON as “Ladyfingers” The Piano Player
Ellen received her Master’s degree in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. A board-certified Music Therapist, Ellen retired in 2013 after 27 years at the Veteran’s Home in Yountville; she was subsequently inducted into their Hall of Fame. As an accompanist, she plays for PUC music department and Sing! Napa Valley; she has played in musical theater productions and concerts at Napa Valley College, and the White Barn. Her own CD Simply Ellen is a collection of original compositions and arrangements of Vet’s Home members’ original songs. She teaches piano and voice, enjoying each opportunity to share her passion for music.
JEFF COTÉ as Jake Laurents
Jeff Coté, theater actor and Board President of 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, has performed in numerous productions in Sonoma County venues, such as 6th Street Playhouse, Lincoln Arts Center and Spreckles Performing Arts Center with roles including Rooster Hannigan in Annie and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. In addition, Coté narrated Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill at the Cinnabar Theater.
TREVOR HOFFMANN as Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood
Trevor is thrilled to connect with you through this production of It’s A Wonderful Life! A veteran of over 10 6th Street shows, Trevor has been seen on this stage in Singin’ in the Rain (Cosmo), The Full Monty (Jerry), and recently in the ensemble of Buddy Holly. A professional voice actor and stage performer, Trevor has worked for companies throughout the bay area, including DMTC, DTC, Spreckels, Cinnabar, and SAL. He voiced the characters Ben and Justin on Telltale Games’ award winning game The Walking Dead. Trevor lives in Petaluma where he spends his non-performing time as an acting coach and academic tutor.
SCOTTIE WOODARD as Freddie Filmore
Scottie is very excited to be returning to 6th Street Playhouse after having the pleasure of playing Buck in Bonnie and Clyde. Other favorite roles include 9 to 5 (Dwayne), Forever Paid (Sparky), Scrooge in Love (Christmas Present), Andrews Brothers (Lawrence), The Secret Garden (Neville), Christmas Trailer Park Musical (Rufus), Billy Elliot (Mr. Braithwaite), Hairspray (Corny Collins), Tarzan (Terk), Titanic (Charles Clark), It Shoulda Been You (Albert), and Les Miserables (Marius). He has also been choreographing and directing shows around the Bay Area.