Two productions continue the 17-18 theatre season at Newsome High School. It’s A Wonderful Life –
Live Radio Play opens for a ONE NIGHT ONLY presentation on Monday, December 4th at 7:00PM. On
Tuesday, December 5th , NHS Theatre presents the winter showcase at 7:00PM, featuring individual acting and musical theatre acts and the competitive one act The Sandbox by Edward Albee.

The family favorite It’s A Wonderful Life is brought to the stage in a holiday radio play presented by the
theatre 1 classes at Newsome High School on Monday, December 4th at 7:00PM. The production features seven actors who play a variety of roles in this live radio presentation of the classic story. The cast is led by Sean Barnette as Jake Laurentis who portrays the lovable George Bailey. Barnette is accompanied by Sarah Bradley as Lana Sherwood, playing Mary Hatch. Rounding out the cast are Caden Whitford as Freddy Filmore, Sydney Long and Hannah Clor as Lana and Donna Sherwood, Matthew Slider and Amber Johnson as Harry and Patricia Heywood. The cast is joined on stage by a team of Foley artists (sound effects) led by Griffin Cerrato, and four ad singers with piano accompanist.

It’s A Wonderful Life – Live Radio Play follows the storyline of the movie in which George Bailey finds
himself in a world where he never existed. This is a heartwarming production for young and old alike. Join the NHS theatre for a family holiday favorite. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. There will also be a gourmet hot chocolate station at intermission, featuring high-end hot chocolate beverages and “additions” for $3.00 per cup. Seasonal music will be provided by NHS theatre, chorus, and guitar students before the show, at intermission, and at the end of the show. This is an event for the whole family. Don’t miss this ONE NIGHT ONLY presentation of a holiday classic. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at

On Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00PM the Newsome Theatre Department will present the winter
showcase. This production highlights acting and musical events from the Hillsborough County Individual
Events, in which Newsome earned 19 superior rankings. Six of the events performed on December 5th will go on to compete at the Florida State Thespian Festival in March, 2018. Those six events feature Patrick Maikowski and Dillon Thanasides (duet acting), Corinne Posner (solo musical theatre), Savannah Truett (solo musical theatre), Maria Moleiro (monologue), Sean & Gabby Barnette (duet musical theatre), and Bethany Sharesky (technical theatre: publicity).

After the intermission, NHS will present the competitive one act The Sandbox by Edward Albee. The
Sandbox, is an autobiographical play in memory of Albee’s grandmother. Mommy and Daddy (played by
Alyssa Readdy and Patrick Maikowski) bring Grandma (Maddalena Camilleri) to the beach at the end of her life. They are joined by The Young Man (Sean Barnette) and The Musician (Tabitha Westrate) on an
exploration of family relationships and dynamics.

Admission to the winter showcase is by donation, half of which will be donated to a theatre program in
Puerto Rico as they work through recovery after hurricanes Irma and Jose. Those who cannot attend but would like to donate can send donations to Newsome Drama Boosters, c/o Newsome HS Theatre, 16550 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia, FL 33547.

For more information about Newsome HS Theatre or either of these productions visit or email Chad Cornwell at