It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Auditions
October 19 and 20
Directed by Kay Burcher
Performance Dates: Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec 13 at 2 and 8 pm.
There is a possibility of additional performances on the Fridays and Saturdays of December 4, 5, 11 and 12
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
Needed: 5 actors (3 males and 2 females) and a foley artist (any gender)
As this is a radio play, the 5 actors will play ALL the characters usually found in the play/movie It’s A Wonderful Life. They must be able to create multiple credible and interesting characters of various ages using just their voice. Age and ethnicity are not a factor in casting.
In addition, there is a need for a foley artist (sound effects person) who will also be on stage. This person will create the sound effects for the play (with the occasional help of the actors) using period appropriate props.
ACTORS AND THE CHARACTERS THEY PLAY:
FREDDIE FILMORE: Announcer, Gower, Potter, Billy, Joseph, Peter Bailey, Ernie, Old Man Collins, Ed, Pete, Man at Martini’s, Nick, Bridge Keeper, Binky, Cop
JAKE LAURENTS: George Bailey and Young George Bailey
SALLY APPLEWHITE: Mary Hatch and Young Mary Hatch
LANA SHERWOOD: Violet, Young Violet, Rose Bailey, Matilda, Ruth, Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Thompson, Schultz, Zuzu, Janie, Sadie Vance
HARRY ‘JAZZBO’ HEYWOOD: Harry, Young Harry, Bert, Clarence, Oddbody, Sam Wainwright, Martini, Dr. Campbell, Charlie, Man at run on bank, Horace the teller, Mr. Welch, Tommy, Sheriff
ALL ROLES ARE OPEN AND ALL ETHNICITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION!
PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION
- Please have your audition form filled out in advance and bring it with you. If you have a head shot, please attach it to your audition form. Please do not be late or you may miss your time slot.
- To help keep all personnel safe, only one person at a time will be allowed in the auditorium while auditioning and one person in the lobby waiting to audition. All others will wait outside while waiting practicing social distancing. Each person auditioning will be expected to wear a mask while in the theatre.
- Auditions will be based on readings from the script. Be prepared to read various characters to show your vocal character range. Also, be prepared to ad-lib a character. Example; you may read as a child, a teenager, an adult or an older adult so bring your best character voices.
- All safety protocols will be followed both in rehearsal and performances, i.e masks, social distancing, etc. Most rehearsals will be thru Zoom and/or Teams.
- READ THE SCRIPT: https://www.playscripts.com/play/1064#searchterm=it%27s%20a%20