Arts Collective at Howard Community College Presents ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ December 4 – 14th by Susan G. Kramer

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.

Performing at:

Howard Community College, Horowitz Center

10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044.

Here are driving directions

Parental guidance suggested.

Cast of 'It's a Wonderful Life'.
The cast of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’


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

Terri Laurino (Ma Bailey), Madeleine McComb (Zuzu Bailey), Madeline Kelly (Janie Bailey), Josh Huff-Edsall (Harry Bailey), Noah Bird (George Bailey) and Rachel Bailey (Mary Hatch).
Terri Laurino (Ma Bailey), Madeleine McComb (Zuzu Bailey), Madeline Kelly (Janie Bailey), Josh Huff-Edsall (Harry Bailey), Noah Bird (George Bailey), and Rachel Bailey (Mary Hatch).


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

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Directors Gareth Kelly and Anthony Scimonelli.
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ 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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