It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Adapted By Joe Landry From The Screenplay By Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra And Jo Swerling

This holiday season, let us take you back to a time when radio dramas brought families together to enjoy a story well-told; to a time before earbuds and cellphones and podcasts made entertainment a solitary experience.

It’s A Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey and the intervention of his guardian angel one fateful Christmas Eve.

Let’s come together in our community’s living room like the enormous family we are and watch a holiday classic take shape. Live theatre as live theatre, as heartwarming as can be!

Fredericton

December 12

Fredericton Playhouse | 686 Queen Street | 7:30 pm | BUY TICKETS

December 13

Fredericton Playhouse | 686 Queen Street | 7:30 pm | BUY TICKETS

December 14

Fredericton Playhouse | 686 Queen Street | 2:00 pm | BUY TICKETS

December 14

Fredericton Playhouse | 686 Queen Street | 7:30 pm | BUY TICKETS

On Tour

December 15

Carleton North High School | Florenceville-Bristol, NB | BUY TICKETS

December 17

Bathurst High School | Bathurst, NB | BUY TICKETS

December 18

Vogue Theatre | Miramichi, NB | BUY TICKETS

December 19

Motyer-Fancy Theatre | Sackville, NB | BUY TICKETS

December 20

Théâtre l'Escaouette | Moncton, NB | BUY TICKETS

December 21

WC O'Neill Arena Theatre | St. Andrews, NB | BUY TICKETS

Directed by Natasha MacLellan

Featuring Kirsten Alter, Beau Dixon, Ryan Hinds, Wally MacKinnon and Jenny Munday.

Costume Design: Andrea Ritchie
Light Design: Andy Moro
Set Design: Katherine Jenkins-Ryan
Sound Design: Emily Shute
Stage Manager: Tammy Faulkner
Assistant Stage Manager: Alex Rioux
Assistant Director: Robbie Lynn

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Natasha MacLellan

Director

Natasha MacLellan has been working in New Play Development in Atlantic Canada for almost fifteen years. Her love of new scripts was fostered through Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre where she mentored with Jenny Munday and through years of working at Mulgrave Road Theatre in Guysborough, NS. From there she started Forerunner Playwrights Theatre, which produced new works in Halifax for a decade. As Artistic Producer of Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, she has premiered eight new scripts, including Chasing Champions which ran at Canada’s National Arts Centre in November 2018. She is honored to have been twice named the protégé of nationally respected theatre artists: Jenny Munday, recipient of the inaugural Mallory Gilbert award and Mary Vingoe, recipient of the Portia White Prize. She is also serves on the PACT Board, chairing the Network & Learning Committee and is a member of the Labour Relations Committee.

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Kirsten Alter

Actor

Kirsten is excited to be returning to the TNB stage!

With over 20 years in the business, she has worked from coast to coast. Select Theaters include: Foster Festival (St. Catherines), Vancouver Playhouse, Electric Theatre Company (Vancouver), ACT (Seattle), ETC (Calgary), Lunchbox Theatre (Calgary), Workshop West (Edmonton), and Canadian Stage (Toronto).

Select tv credits include: Orphan Black, Designated Survivor, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, The Arrangement and Hudson & Rex.

As always, much love and gratitude to Amy, Cooper and Kilo.

Kirsten is a graduate of Studio 58.

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Beau Dixon

Actor

Beau is a multi award winning Actor, Musician, Composer and Playwright. Selected theatre credits: Ghost Quartet (Crow's Theatre); The Colour Purple (Neptune Theatre); The Father (Coalmine Theatre); Hamlet, Harlem Duet, Next To Normal (Tarragon Theatre); Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, 27 Club, Secret Chord (Soulpepper Theatre); Guys n Dolls, HMS Pinafore (Straford Festival); Road To Paradise (Crow's Theatre/ Buddies In Bad Times); Farewell, My Lovely (Vertigo Theatre/ Arts Club Theatre); Mother@#!er With The Hat (Alberta Theatre Projects); As You Like It, Titus Andronicus (Canstage/Shakespeare In High Park); Othello (Mysterious Entity); The Real McCoy (4th Line Theatre). Selected writing credits: Bloom: A Rock 'n' Roll Fable (4th Line); Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story (Lunchbox Theatre/ Festival Playhouse/ Thousand Islands Playhouse); From Here To Africville, Once A Flame (Factory Theatre) Nominations and awards: Calgary Critic's Award for Best Individual Performance and a nomination for Best Touring Play. Two Dora Mavor Moore awards- Best New Play and Best Individual Performance; Betty Mitchel nomination for Best Male Performance (Beneath Springhill:The Maurice Ruddick Story/ Lunchbox). Toronto Critic's Award and a Dora Award nomination for Best Leading Male in a Musical (Passing Strange/Obsidian Theatre/ Musical Stage Co.) Beau has three solo albums under his name. www.itunes.com www.beaudixon.com

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Ryan Hinds

Actor

A dedicated seafood lover, Ryan is thrilled to be in the Maritimes for the first time! His work has included Lydie-Anne in “Lilies; Or, the Revival of a Romantic Drama” at Buddies in Bad Times; Brit in Queen’s "We Will Rock You” at Magnus; Hedwig in "Hedwig & the Angry Inch” at the Capitol; Lion in “The Wiz” on tour; Piragua Guy in “In The Heights” at Solar Stage; and the critically-acclaimed solo show “#KanderAndEbb”. He is an Associate Artist at lemonTree Creations and serves on the national council of Canadian Actors' Equity Association. Ryan has performed alongside artists such as Liza Minnelli, Todrick Hall, Debbie Reynolds and more. "Thank you Mom for the wings". www.RyanGHinds.com

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Wally MacKinnon

Actor

Wally is an award-winning actor, director and teacher. In his 30+ year career, he has performed in theatre productions across Canada. TNB is where his love of acting began. Most recent credits include: Ben Hur, Goodnight Bird (Festival Antigonish), Merritt Award winning play KAMP, Flying on Her Own (EFT/Neptune), Jacob’s Wake, Miles From Home, The Diligent River Daughter (Ships Company Theatre), Birds & the Bees, The Drawer Boy (Victoria Playhouse).

Wally has numerous film and television credits that range from small independent films to large Hollywood productions. This includes the International Emmy Award winning film, The Phantoms.
Wally is happy to be back at TNB and wants to thank is wife Sandi and son Liam for their love and support.

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Jenny Munday

Actor

Jenny has been Co-AD of The Comedy Asylum, AD of Mulgrave Road (Co-op) Theatre, Artistic Associate at Live Bait Theatre, Crake Drama Fellow at Mount Allison and AD of Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre. Plays she’s written/co-written have also been produced by Mulgrave Road, Live Bait Theatre, Ship’s Company, The Comedy Asylum and Upper Canada Playhouse. She portrayed Dianne in Don Hannah’s The Cave Painter at NotaBle Acts in 2012 and was dramaturge in residence there in 2010. In recent years, she’s acted with Mulgrave Road, Kazan Co-op, Neptune, Eastern Front, The National Arts Centre, Ship’s Company and TNL's Gros Morne Theatre Festival. She’s happy to be working back home in New Brunswick again.

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Andrea Ritchie

Costume Designer

Andrea Ritchie is a Nova Scotian theatre artist. She’s created costumes for The Irondale Ensemble Project, One Light Theatre, Forerunner Playwright’s Co-op, Irondale Productions NYC, Hear Here Productions, Fixt Point Theatre, San Family Productions, Halifax Theatre for Young People, Zuppa Theatre, Ship’s Company Theatre, Keep Good Company Theatre and now, with Theatre New Brunswick! These works run the gamut in terms of style, time & place. Much of her work has involved collaborating on the creation of new works.

Andrea is also a collaborator and producer in theatre, a facilitator of community based projects, and since 2006 runs PAINTS, a NS wide artist-in-schools program of Visual Arts Nova Scotia.

Andy Moro

Lighting Designer

Coming soon.

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Katherine Jenkins-Ryan

Set Designer

Past design credits include: The Last Wife, In a World Created by a Drunken God, Drowning Girls (Neptune Theatre), Real Estate (Victoria Playhouse), Shatter, Ship’s Portrait, Bump (Ships Company Theatre), Goodnight Desdemona, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Valley Summer Theatre), Speaking in Tongues, Pageant, Leisure Society, How I learned to Drive (DMV Theatre Company), How Small, How Far Away, Uncle Oscar’s Experiment (Zuppa Theatre), The Gertrude Stein Project, Savage in Limbo (University of Alberta), Training: BA in Technical Scenography (Dalhousie University), MFA in Theatrical Design (University of Alberta). Love and appreciation go to her Friends and Family.

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Emily Shute

Sound Designer

Emily is an artist based out of Saint John, NB. She is originally from Halifax where she studied classical piano and acting at Dalhousie University. Emily teaches piano and voice lessons when she's not working on various artistic projects. Some favourites include: Cecilia/Maggie in What to Expect When You're Not Expected (Queer Birthing Project), Musical Director for You're Good Man Charlie Brown (CGATE, Seoul Korea), Assistant Musical Director/Musician for Dustbowl Joan and The Miracle Man (Two Planks and Passion), Sound Designer/Composer for The Contribution (Doppler Effect). In 2015, Emily released her debut album, Jump With Me (www.emilyshute.bandcamp.com). Love to Jen and the kitties.

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Tammy Faulkner

Stage Manager

For TNB: A Brief History of the Maritimes and Everywhere Else, Finding Wolastoq Voice, A Christmas Carol, Little Women – The Broadway Musical, Miracle on 34th Street, The Last Five Years, Little Shop of Horrors, It’s A Wonderful Life (2012), Oleanna, The Musical of Musicals (SM), Hilda’s Yard, The Bricklin, Hockey Dreams, Treasure Island/The Marketeer, It’s a Wonderful Life (2009), Doubt/La Tour, Tuesdays With Morrie, Vinci, For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, The Love List (ASM), A Christmas carol (ASM & Production Manager), and Forever Plaid (Production Manager).

Alex Rioux

Coming soon.

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Robbie Lynn

Assistant Director

Robbie Lynn is a local theatre artist and graduate of St. Thomas University. His directing credits include The Long Christmas Dinner by Thornton Wilder (STU) and Greg Everett’s Carrion Birds (NotaBle Acts). Recently, he produced and directed his own adaptation of Plato’s Symposium titled Philosophia with The Apartment 4 Players. He is delighted to be spreading Christmas cheer with this timeless classic and would like to thank Natasha for having him on board.

Coming soon.