It's A Wonderful LifeBonita Springs, Fla. – (Jan. 9, 2014) – Director Dan Lombardo has named the cast for the local production of “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” one of the 10 most produced plays last year in America. Inspired by the classic American film, the play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Twelve actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play, as well as produce the sound effects.

Actors selected for the local production include:

  • Jon Berlie in a leading role as Jake Laurents, playing George Bailey and Young George (Berlie has frequently performed with the Naples Performing Arts Center. His son, Evan, will play the role of his character’s son, Tommy Bailey.
  • Amanda Hootman in the leading role of Sally Applewhite, playing Mary Hatch Bailey and Young Mary (Hootman recently completed three years of training at a British drama school and is returning to the U.S. after touring in the United Kingdom in a production of A Christmas Carol).
  • George Cohan III as Freddie Filmore, playing the role of Mr. Henry Potter and nine other characters (Cohan is a descendant of the playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and producer George Cohan, known for a number of successful Broadway shows)
  • Christy McLaughlin as Lana Sherwood, playing the roles of Violet Bick and six other characters.
  • Wayne Hemstead as Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood, playing Harry Bailey and 11 other characters.

Other actors include Sue Masters as Judy Lester, playing Rose Bailey and Edwina Hatch; Bill Banfield as the Announcer; children actors/actresses Evan Berlie as Tommy Bailey, Ava Garvalia as Zuzu Bailey, Grace Garvalia as Janie Bailey and Daniel Rosales as Pete Baily; and Mark Generales will perform more than 45 sound effects.

Lombardo recently served as Artistic Director of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater in Cape Cod, Mass.

Tickets to It’s a Wonderful Life performances now are available: VIP tickets for reserved, preferred seats and including a pre-performance Director’s Reception are $60, and general admission tickets for unreserved seats are $30. Tickets can be purchased online through the Rotary Club’s website at  or directly at

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The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs is made up of a diverse group of business professionals and civic leaders who take an active role in the communities they serve.  The club is part of Rotary International, a service organization with more than 1.2 million members in 200 countries who bring needed humanitarian improvements to some of the most impoverished parts of the world, as well as in local Southwest Florida communities.