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Audition Information for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play


The holidays are right around the corner, whether you like it or not, and we plan to get you in the spirit with our next Mainstage production It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters from the movie to the stage, this beloved American Christmas classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast.

HOW TO AUDITION


Auditions will be held on October 9 and 10 over Zoom. Each audition slot will be 10 minutes. This show has a cast of 5 (3 males, 2 females) and a 1 Foley Artist. The leads, George and Mary, only play themselves, and all other members recreate the characters from the classic movie. Familiarize yourself with the movie, the time period, and script prior to auditioning. If you are late for your audition, your slot will be forfeited. Although auditions are online, the show will be rehearsed and performed in person, so you must be on island to audition. All characters sing, so it’s beneficial if you can carry a tune. Playing piano is a plus! 

CHARACTER AUDITIONS

  1. Fill out an audition form 
  2. Sign up for an audition time slot
  3. You will read each of the audition sides given for the character you’re auditioning for which can be found below, or you may read something of your choosing out of the script. You can also choose to sing a classic Christmas tune or AULD LANG SYNE with the time you have left.
  4. You will be emailed a link for your audition. Please log into Zoom 10 minutes before your audition time. You will be placed in the waiting room, and the director will bring you into the audition room when they are ready. Once your audition is over, you will leave the meeting. 

FOLEY ARTIST AUDITIONS

  1. Fill out an audition form 
  2. Sign up for an audition time slot
  3. Please prepare 3-5 live sound effects to perform – these do not need to be from the script, use whatever you have at home. Sound effects can be shoes (to create walking), your hand knocking on the door, leaves crunching…feel free to get creative!
  4. You will be emailed a link for your audition. Please log into Zoom 10 minutes before your audition time. You will be placed in the waiting room, and the director will bring you into the audition room when they are ready. Once your audition is over, you will leave the meeting. 

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN


The following breakdown is for five actors (three men and two women). The underlined names are those of the radio performers who are performing It’s a Wonderful Life.

  • 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)
  • SALLY APPLEWHITE: MARY HATCH (and YOUNG MARY)
  • LANA SHERWOOD: VIOLET (and YOUNG VIOLET), ROSE BAILEY, MATILDA, RUTH, MRS. HATCH, MRS. THOMPSON, SCHULTZ, ZUZU, JANIE, SADIE VANCE
  • HARRY “JAZZBO” HEYWOOD: HARRY (and YOUNG HARRY), BERT, CLARENCE ODDBODY, SAM WAINWRIGHT, MARTINI, DR. CAMPBELL, CHARLIE, MAN (at run on bank), HORACE THE TELLER, MR. WELCH, TOMMY, SHERIFF
  • FOLEY ARTIST: CREATES ALL SOUND EFFECTS

*All five actors also provide ad-libs from the following crowds, etc.: BOYS, BOARD MEMBERS, CROWD AT RUN ON BANK, RESTAURANT PATRONS, CROWD AT PARTY

 

AUDITION SIDES


FREDDIE FILMORE

  • As Announcer: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to a live broadcast of WBFR Playhouse of the Air. We thank you for braving the weather this Christmas Eve, and you’ll be glad you did when you hear the story we have for you tonight—It’s a Wonderful Life.
  • As Gower: (As a drunk) Will you buy me a drink, mister, just one drink, mister…
  • As Potter: Peter Bailey was not a businessman. That’s what killed him. Oh, I don’t mean any disrespect to him, God rest his soul. He was a man of high ideals, so-called, but ideals without common sense can ruin this town. What does that get us? A discontented, lazy rabble instead of a thrifty working class. And all because a few starry-eyed dreamers like Peter Bailey stir them up and fill their heads with a lot of impossible hooey. 

JAKE LAURENTS 

  • As George Bailey: (Singing:) BUFFALO GALS WON’T YOU COME OUT TONIGHT, COME OUT TONIGHT, COME OUT TONIGHT, BUFFALO GALS WON’T YOU COME OUT TONIGHT AND DANCE BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON
  • As George Bailey: Well, not just one wish. A whole hatful, Mary. I’m shaking the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m going to see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then I’m coming back here and go to college and see what they know…and then I’m going to build things. I’m gonna build airfields. I’m going to build skyscrapers a hundred stories high. I’m gonna build bridges a mile long… And then I’m gonna… Hey, what…are you gonna throw a rock too?
  • As Young George Bailey: Mr. Gower, you don’t know what you’re doing. You put something wrong in those capsules. I know you’re unhappy. You got that telegram, and you’re upset. It wasn’t your fault, Mr. Gower. But look Mr. Gower look, look. This bottle, you used this bottle to make up the capsules. It’s poison!

SALLY APPLEWHITE

  • As Mary Hatch: (Singing:) BUFFALO GALS WON’T YOU COME OUT TONIGHT, COME OUT TONIGHT, COME OUT TONIGHT, BUFFALO GALS WON’T YOU COME OUT TONIGHT AND DANCE BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON
  • As Mary Hatch: Hello, George. Your mother just phoned and said you were on your way over to pay me a visit. Would you like to come in? Oh, I worked there a couple of vacations, but I don’t know… I guess I was homesick Bedford Falls. My family and…oh, everything. Would you like to sit down? It was nice about Harry and Ruth, wasn’t it? Ohhh. It’s just marriage in general you’re not enthusiastic about, huh?
  • As Young Mary: What’s that you’ve got there? A new magazine! I never saw it before.

LANA SHERWOOD

  • As Violet: (refers to dress) Oh, this old thing? Why, I only wear it when I don’t care how I look. See you later!
  • As Zuzu: Hi, Daddy. I won a flower. Look, Daddy. Some of the petals came off. I’m not sleepy. I want to look at my flower.
  • As Rose Bailey: George is a good boy, you know that. My son has always gone out of his way to give others a hand. Now it’s him who needs the help.

HARRY “JAZZBO” HEYWOOD

  • As Harry: George… About that job… Ruth spoke out of turn. I never said I’d take it. You’ve been holding the bag here for four years, and…well, I won’t let you down.
  • As Clarence: Sir, if I should accomplish this mission— I mean— might I perhaps win my wings? I’ve been waiting over two hundred years now—and people are beginning to talk.
  • As Sam Wainwright: I have a big deal coming up that’s going to make us all rich. George, you remember that night at Martini’s Bar when you told me about making plastics out of soybeans?

ALL (Singing) 

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