ABOUT THE SHOW
Inspired by the beloved 1946 Frank Capra film, this home-grown musical brings the heartwarming holiday tale to life in a unique online theatrical production. Despite years of hard work and self-sacrifice, George Bailey is faced with financial ruin. That fateful night, as he stands on a bridge contemplating suicide, he wishes he had never been born. When Clarence (guardian angel in training) overhears George’s bitter cry, he grants the wish, and opens his eyes to all that would have been lost…both large and small…in a life without him. Featuring an original score by the award-winning local artist Janis Dunson Wilson, this charming show is a ray of hope in our tumultuous times.
JOHN SHILLINGTON (Adaptor and Director) has taught and directed theatre at SRJC for 20 years. He has joyously collaborated with Janis Wilson on numerous productions over the years including In the Heights, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Carousel, The Music Man, The Little Mermaid, original underscoring for Macbeth, and our original musical Half Life.
JANIS DUNSUN WILSON (Composer and Music Director) has musically directed numerous shows in the theater arts department at SRJC since 1999, as well as at Spreckels, 6th Street Playhouse, and Cinnabar. Her original theatrical productions include The Tailor of Gloucester, The Winter Rose, and the opera, The Wedding.
1 hour 50 minutes including one 10 minute intermission.
JANIS DUNSUN WILSON
TINA LLOYD MEALS
AIMÉE LE ROI
MORGAN HAMILTON LEE
Composer and Music Director
Adaptor and Director
Vocal Direction by
Scenic Projection Designer
Costume Designer and Coordinator
Hair and Makeup Designer/Coordinator
Costume Design Mentor
Makeup/Hair Design Mentor
Additional Video Editing by
FROM THE DIRECTOR
I’ve always been lifted up by Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life and the central theme that in spite of the challenges in life, “it has always been and always will be a wonderful life.” What better message could we share with our community this holiday season?
The summer of 2019 I had just finished an original musical with composer Janis Dunsun Wilson and we talked about other possible projects we could write. Through the years Janis and I worked out a collaborative working relationship with music and lyrics but we have always had an underlying competition – who could have the most Angel statues surrounding our homes? So It’s a Wonderful Life with an Angel Second Class named Clarence seemed like an obvious choice for our next production.
I had seen Janis’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life at 6th Street Playhouse eight years earlier. She had actually done five youth productions of the musical at Cinnabar Theatre. I suggested reworking some of the songs, writing new songs, and creating a new framing device for the story. We decided to have Clarence narrating the story about helping George Bailey understand the miracle of his life. So we made Clarence a Motivational Speaker in 2020 for Angels Second Class.
When we found out the show was not going to be on the newly remodeled Burbank stage, we cut a number of songs to keep the story streamlined for an online audience. Heartbreakingly we had to cut George’s boyhood adventures and various other scenes. However, Janis and I hope to do a full production next year somewhere in the county and have you all in the audience soon! December 2021??? Until then, the cast and crew “virtually” celebrate this wonderful life that we all live in the extraordinarily difficult year of 2020.
We dedicate this show to Gene Wright who tragically had to drop out of the musical,
and to all who are going through difficult times during these challenging days.
ALINA KINGWILL PETERSON
EMMA ROSE ETHINGTON
PERI ZOE YILDIRIM-STANLEY
Brett & Neighbor
Miss Fortuna & Angel Choir
Ruth & Mildred
Mrs. Martini & Angel Choir
Mrs. Campbell & Mrs. Thompsen
Angel Choir & Ellen
Special Guest Appearance by Dr. Frank Chong Ed.D., Superintendent/President.
In the role of Mr. Gower
CAYLA BAUER (Mr. Rainman/Ensemble) graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Dance. Since then, they have taught dance and performed solo work in the Bay Area. Cayla is working as a movement therapist and is thrilled to be a part of this production.
MARYANNE BOAZ (Mary Hatch-Bailey) is thrilled to be involved with another SRJC production before attending Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University next fall. She has studied dance (ballet, jazz, tap, character, ballroom) and performed with different theatres, including SRJC Theatre Arts, 6th Street Playhouse, Cinnabar Theatre, and Roustabout Theatre.
ZACKARY BRAUNER (Harry Bailey) first became involved with theatre in Rancho Cotate High School's drama program. This is his fifth year at Santa Rosa Junior College where he is majoring in Theatre Arts with a goal to earn his Associates for Transfer in Theatre. This is Zackary's first production at SRJC.
CECILIA BRENNER (Angel Choir) is extremely excited to make her debut at SRJC. She has performed as Oliver in Oliver! and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, both at 6th Street Playhouse. She is thankful for all the members of the audience supporting the arts today and hopes that we will be able to get back to being together in the theatre soon.
FRANK CHONG (Mr. Gower) debuted as Robin in Batman Bops the Bookworm at P.S. 1 in Manhattan, New York in 1965. A true character actor, it has been his lifelong dream to perform with the SRJC Theatre Arts Program.
JOHN CIONCI (Brett/Neighbor) attended Windsor High School and performed in several productions including Nueva Productions such as The Laramie Project, Emerald City and Our Town. This is his first year at SRJC and he is honored to be performing in a Theatre Arts’ production.
LILY DEARMORE (Zuzu) has performed in over a dozen local plays throughout Sonoma County. Her most recent roles include Marta Von Trapp in SRJC’s The Sound of Music and Ariel in The Little Mermaid at Young Actors Studio. She also enjoys recording local radio commercials and can be heard in the opening scene of SRJC’s Murder on the Orient Express.
ALEX DELZELL (Sam Wainwright/Ensemble) attended Santa Rosa Junior College after high school before transferring to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he attained a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. He’s currently taking Intro to Acting with Theatre Arts. This is his first ever production and he’s just really happy to be here.
EMMA ROSE ETHINGTON (Miss Fortuna/Angel Choir) attended Santa Rosa High School and now resides at SRJC as a sophomore and is majoring in Studio Arts. She has been in two past SRJC productions, The Little Mermaid and The Wedding Singer. She loves the JC theatre community and sharing her love of performing.
PATRICE EVANS (Mrs. Hatch) is pleased to be part of this "Wonderful" production of the beautiful holiday classic. She has had the privilege of participating in various productions in Sonoma County for the past 25 years, including most recently SRJC’s The Sound of Music. It is a rewarding challenge to be a part of this new, all-digital frontier of theatre!
STELLA FINLEY (Janey Bailey) is a seventh grader at Hillcrest Middle School in Sebastopol. In addition to performing in multiple school plays, she has also participated in Transcendence Theatre Company's Broadway Under the Stars Fantastical Family Night. She is excited to be a part of her first production with SRJC Theatre Arts.
TOMASSO GHIGLIAZZA (Burt) is 19 years old and graduated from Maria Carrillo High School in 2019. He plans on acting at the JC to get his name out there so he can eventually land a job as a voice actor.
ALEJANDRO GUTIERREZ (Mr. Martini) has been attending SRJC for three years. While he is a Business and Marketing major, he has also taken several Theatre Arts classes. It's a Wonderful Life is his first musical.
KRISTIN ISAACS (Mrs. Davis/Ensemble) found her way to the stage a few years ago when her daughter asked her audition for Music to My Ears’ production of Grease. Other MTME productions include Les Miserable and Mary Poppins. Last summer she joined the Raven Players in Young Frankenstein. It has been a dream of hers to perform with Theatre Arts.
STEPHEN LEANDER (Mr. Welch/Ensemble) studied vocal performance at San Francisco State University but never dreamed he would be doing shows later in his life. He made his re-debut at Main Stage West in Sebastopol in Half Life last year. He has always kept up singing and currently sings with the Fog City Singers men’s ensemble in San Francisco.
ALINA KINGWILL PETERSON (Chris Bailey) has been performing since she was 5 years old. She played the title role in Annie and was a cast member in Oliver! both at Sixth Street Playhouse. She won the Sebastopol Virtual Talent Show this year and is excited to be in this online production of It’s a Wonderful Life.
MADISON LEWIS (Mrs. Martini/Angel Choir) is delighted to be in this SRJC production. She has also appeared in shows at Spreckels, 6th Street Playhouse, Broadway Under the Stars, Cinnabar, SAL, MTME, San Francisco CMT, and Disneyland. She has also trained at The School of Drama and the American Conservatory Theatre.
KAELA MARIANO (Violet Bick) is a Junior at Technology High School. This is her first SRJC production. She has been seen in the Spreckels Youth in Arts Programs as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls Jr. and Paulette in Legally Blonde Jr. She also is a choreographer for her school.
CRYSTAL MCDOUGALL-PURDY (Ma Bailey) has been singing and performing locally since she was very young. A graduate from SRJC, she recently had the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream by playing the role of Mother Abbess in SRJC's production of The Sound of Music. She is lucky enough to be able to share her enthusiasm for music with her talented husband, who directs two local choirs.
GWENDOLYN PHAIR (Ruth/Mildred) has been in many local productions at Cinnabar Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse, The Ross Valley Players, and Novato Theatre Company. A favorite role is Young Mona in Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. This is her first production at SRJC. She is honored to be a part of this online production.
DENI RATTERREE (Ensemble) attended Saint Helena High School where she had the opportunity to be in the cast and crew for many productions. She is currently attending SRJC for her third year working towards the Graphic Design and Digital Audio vocational certificates. It’s a Wonderful Life is her first production with SRJC.
KATHY PING-ROGERS (Aunt Billie) is thrilled to be reprising the first role she ever played—in 2012 at 6th Street Playhouse. Last spring, she was cast as Rosie in SRJC’s The Wedding Singer, which was cancelled due to Covid. Some of her other favorite roles have been Queenie in Bell, Book and Candle and Alice in Rapture, Blister, Burn.
NOAH STERNHILL (George Bailey) appeared in numerous SRJC shows, including Bert in Mary Poppins, Feste in Twelfth Night, Farquaad in Shrek, and most recently as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. He’s thrilled to be in the original musical adaptation of this Christmas classic, with such a wonderful cast and crew.
ALEXX VALDEZ (Clarence Odbody) has studied with the Lesher Center for the Arts, and they’ve been involved in a variety of roles including the Seven Corpse Murder Mystery dinner theatre, and various shows with the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company. This is their fifth show at the SRJC and couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this production.
DMITRY WALTERS (Jamie Bailey) is finishing up his last year of elementary school. His past performances include Gypsy at 6th Street Playhouse, Robin Hood at Missoula Children's Theatre, and Charlotte's Web at his school, where he is directing a theatre showcase for his peers. When he's not on stage, he enjoys mountain biking, fostering puppies, and camping with family and friends.
PEYTON WHITESIDE (Angel Choir/Ellen) attended Maria Carrillo High School where she had the opportunity to perform in and work tech for several productions. This is her first year at SRJC where she is majoring in technical theatre. It’s a Wonderful Life is Peyton’s first performance with Theatre Arts.
LARRY WILLIAMS (Mr. Potter) s a local actor/director/playwright, who has appeared in numerous productions throughout the years. Some of his favorites are Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (Sonoma Arts Live), Clown 2 in The 39 Steps, Roger De Bris in The Producers and Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life (all for 6th Street Playhouse).
SIERRA WINTER (Mrs. Campbell/Mrs. Thompsen) loves to sing and perform. She has performed with multiple theatre companies, including the Davis Musical Theatre Company and the Winters Theatre Company. She has sung in many choirs and vocal competitions. She thinks that this musical is simply wonderful and is so happy to be a part of it!
PERI ZOE YILDIRIM-STANLEY (Angel Choir) is excited to make her debut at SRJC. She previously has performed at 6th Street Playhouse, Sonoma Arts Live, the Raven, and the Petaluma Shakespeare Company, most notably in West Side Story, Gypsy, A Christmas Story, and The Buddy Holly Story. She is also a part of the ArtQuest Theatre Program.
Costume Assistant Designer
Assistant Makeup and Hair Coordinator
LETTER FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
In the past three years, Theatre Arts has faced many challenges: cancellations due to fires, performing in swing spaces, move-in delays to the remodeled Burbank, and now Covid-19 closures. Thank you for standing by and with our students. We are still here! The show will go on!
We are adapting to our remote world and we are thrilled to welcome you back with inventive online performances for the fall and spring. These remote productions are challenging our staff, student designers and actors to explore bold, new ways of creating our live art form. Some of the shows will be performed completely live online, some will also include prerecorded footage. But rest assured that all of our shows will feature the outstanding production values and fine acting that you have come to expect from SRJC Theatre Arts.
In these astonishing times, the faculty, staff and students raise our voices to join the swelling chorus of solidarity with those crying out their truth and with all those sounding the clarion call that Black Lives Matter and major social change is needed.
With heartfelt appreciation for your support,
Production Crew Instructors
Box Office Manager
Publicity and Production Photographer
PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS
PETER CROMPTON (Scenic Projection Designer) teaches design at SSU and SRJC. He works as a freelance set and projection designer and has won San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, Shellies, and other awards. Peter also makes monumental sculpture with his wife. Their sculpture installations can be seen in Cotati, Paradise Ridge, and October in ARTrails.
KIRA CATANZARO (Costume Designer and Coordinator) is a third year SRJC Theatre Arts student. She has made and played in costumes her entire life. She was costume assistant at Spreckels Performing Arts Center for “1776,” and at Marin School of the Arts. This is her first time acting as Costume Designer and Coordinator.
ALYCE FINWALL (Choreographer) Past productions include, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound of Music, Shrek, The Little Mermaid and The Wedding Singer. Alyce teaches in the dance and theatre departments at SRJC (MFA Mills College), and is the director of Moving Arts Academy of Dance in San Francisco, and is an American Ballet Theatre certified teacher.
EMILY HANSEN (Digital Director) began creating online for the 1995 cybersoap Ferndale. She has rotoscoped for films and commercials, created training videos for the USCG, and taught at SRJC. Emily has a BA in Theatre from UC Davis, is working on her Masters in Film Studies, and is a member of SAG.
ANGELA HUNTER (Business Manager) is a jack-of-all-trades. She holds AA degrees in Culinary Arts from LA Trade Tech and Merchandise Marketing from FIDM. Most recently she completed her BA in Graphic Design & Media Arts. She is also a mom to two wonderful boys.
ROXIE JOHNSON (Makeup/Hair Design Mentor) graduated from Sonoma State with a BA in Technical Theatre. She joined Santa Rosa Junior College this past year to teach Theatrical Makeup Design for Stage and Screen, as well as Special Effects Makeup, Wigs and Masks. She is proud to be an alumna of SRJC.
BRITT KRULJAC (Make-up and Hair Designer/Coordinator) is in their 4th and final year at SRJC. Britt has worked as part of the hair and makeup crew/assistant for several shows such as Shrek and Jesus Christ Superstar. This is Britt’s first time designing for hair and makeup.
AIMÉE LE ROI (Co-Stage Manager) has been stage managing and doing technical theatre work with the SRJC Theatre Arts department for seven years. Highlights include ASM on Cripple of Inishmaan and Jesus Christ Superstar, Assistant Scenic Designer on Shrek, Flight Crew on Mary Poppins, and Assistant Lighting Designer on In The Heights.
TINA MEALS (Vocal Director) vocal directed for SRJC’s The Sound of Music. She has been a music director and performer in Sonoma County theatre for many years and has sang with the San Francisco Opera Chorus. She trains singers in her private studio and is certified with SLS, IVA and is currently studying to certify in Modern Vocal Training. She is happy to work on this show during this unusual time!
LESLIE MCCAULEY (Department Chair/Artistic Director) teaches theatre history and acting, with a focus on Shakespeare. Her most recent SRJC directing credit is The Cripple of Inishmaan. Leslie holds an MFA in Acting from UC Davis and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. She is also an avid Argentine Tango dancer.
ARI POPPERS (Technical Director/Designer) received his B.A. in Technical Production/Design from San Francisco State University. This is Ari’s 13th year with the SRJC Theatre Arts Department. Ari’s 25-year career consists of working at many of the performing arts companies around the SF Bay Area and beyond.
MARYANNE SCOZZARI (Costume Design Mentor) recently retired after teaching full time for SRJC Theatre and Fashion Department for 32 years. She has designed costumes, makeup & hair, puppets and masks for countless shows. She is thrilled to return this semester as Adjunct Faculty in Technical Theatre!
JUSTIN J SMITH (Production Manager/Production Lab Instructor) is new to Sonoma County and is excited to join the fabulous production team here at Theatre Arts. Justin received his MFA from University of Virginia and has worked in several regional theatres across the country including Tony Award-winning Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island and ZaCH theatre in Austin, Texas. For the last 7 years he has worked as the Technical Director for Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
KINDRED TATUM (Co-Stage Manager) has been involved with SRJC’s Theatre Arts department for over five years. She is excited to bring her experience of Assistant Stage Managing from The Sound of Music, All The Great Books [Abridged] and Shrek the Musical forward into It’s a Wonderful Life.
Noah Sternhill as George, Maryanne Boaz as Mary, and Alexx Valdez as Clarence.
Photo by Thomas Chown.
Tina Lloyd Meals
Myriah van de Kraats
Janis Dunson Wilson
Dance Faculty/Dance Concert
Theatre Arts Business Manager
SRT Business Manager
Instructor/Makeup and Hair
SRT Artistic Director
Box Office Manager
Theatre Arts Production Specialist
Instructor/Designer, retired Spring 2020
Faculty Technical Theatre/Production Mgr
Dance Faculty/Dance Concert
Frank Chong, Ed.D.
Vice President, Academic Affairs/Assistant Superintendent
Dean of Arts & Humanities
THEATRE ARTS FACULTY & STAFF 2020-2021
Ellie Condello, Dennis Hysom,
Stephen Leander, Ariana La Mark,
Crystal McDougal, Noah Sternhill and Gene Wright
The fabulous singers who helped us create the demo tapes for the show.
for his work on the book and lyrics on the 6th Street Production
and coming in to play Potter at the last minute
Matthew “Q” McQuaig and Media Services
SHE KILLS MONSTERS: VIRTUAL REALMS
Streaming Live on You Tube
by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Leslie McCauley
March 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30pm
March 14 at 2pm
Dungeons and Dragons! Having lost her family in a tragic accident, Agnes Evans begins the painful task of packing her teenage sister’s room. She soon realizes how little she knew her sister when she discovers a scenario Tilly wrote for the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. With the help of a “dungeon master,” Agnes embarks on a quest to learn more about the sister she’s lost and soon finds herself in a world where fantasy and reality collide. Inhabited by nasty ogres, homicidal fairies, and monsters with a 90s twist, this imaginative comedy is both a wild adventure and a touching exploration of loss and acceptance.
She Kills Monsters is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
overcome/a devised play
Streaming Live on You Tube
Directed by Reed Martin
April 23, 24, 30, May 1 at 7:30pm
May 2 at 2pm
Please join us for this exciting new theatrical work created by our students. This devised play will combine acting, singing, dancing, poetry and stand-up . We’re giving voice to our community experience of the past three challenging years! Instructor Reed Martin guides the collaborative process, having been involved in the development of new student works at UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Napa Valley College, and San Joaquin Delta College.
Is There Anybody Up There?..............................Ensemble, Bailey Children, George
Miracles Abound.................................................................................Clarence, Angels
All in The Spin..............................................................................George, Mary, Angels
Do you Want the Moon?.......................................................................George, Mary
Bailey Building and Loan.....................................................Potter, George, Ensemble
Clear the Track................................................................George, Ensemble, Angels
The Silver in Every Lining.................................................................Ma Bailey, George
Same Old, Same Old..................................................................................George, Mary
Wedding Bells Do Ring.................................................Ensemble, Clarence, Angels
Run on The Bank.....................................................George, Billie, Potter, Ensemble
Bailey Building and Loan Reprise...................................................Mr. Potter, George
Is There Anybody Up There Reprise...................................George, Partial Ensemble
It's A Wonderful Life............................................................................Clarence, George
Pottersville.................................................................Violet, Women Chorus, Ensemble
Give Me Back My Life.........................................................................George, Angels
NICK AMBROSINO (Percussion) has arranged/orchestrated for Ariana LaMark, Jacqui Carrasco, The King & Marilyn, The Tailor of Gloucester and Wednesday Night Big Band. Some of his drumming credits include Tru Lyric, Holland America Cruise Lines, The King & Marilyn, and soon to be Percussionist for the U.S. Army Bands.
BRENDON BUSS (Woodwinds) is a graduate of SSU. He creates many types of music with groups including Jazz Fourtet in Oakland, Pat Jordan Band, Hour of Tower, and Black Sheep Brass Band. Recent musicals include SRJC’s In the Heights, Cabaret and Shrek the Musical. Brendan works with Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra in Sonoma, teaching recorder and ukulele.
LISA DOYLE (Violin) has performed with orchestras, chamber groups and as a pit musician in venues across the North Bay and was most recently heard in the SRJC production of “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” She also plays traditional fiddle, and last summer performed in Prague with the Scottish Country Dance trio Flindriken. She teaches private lessons in Sebastopol, and on Zoom.
DAVID LINDGREN (Trumpet) has played in pit orchestras for hundreds of musicals around the North Bay. He has been a member of the Sonoma County Philharmonic since 2000 and the Fifth Avenue Brass Quintet since 2010. He has played with the Santa Rosa Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Ukiah Symphony, and the San Francisco Wind Ensemble.
CAROL VINES (Cello) has played music in Sonoma County for over 30 years, including local orchestras, chamber music, churches, and musicals. She has recently taken up Celtic and Scandinavian Fiddling (but on cello!). When not playing music, she works as a scientist at Bodega Marine Laboratory.