It’s a Wonderful Life, The Radio Play
Audition Information

Auditions are Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren Street, Woodstock, IL.
Enter at the Dean Street side entrance. No appointment is necessary.

THE DIRECTOR, REGINA BELT-DANIELS, WILL ASK ALL AUDITIONEES TO READ FROM THE SCRIPT AS WELL AS PARTICIPATE IN A BRIEF IMPROV EXERCISE. PREPARED MONOLOGUES ARE WELCOME BUT NOT NECESSARY AND SHOULD BE KEPT AT 1-3 MINUTES.

Performance dates are: November 24 & 25 @ 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 26 @ 4:00 p.m.; Friday, December 1 @ 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 2 @ 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; and, Sunday, December 3 @ 2:00 p.m.

NOTE: This show opens the DAY after THANKSGIVING.

Tech week is Thanksgiving week with the final dress on Wednesday before Thanksgiving; no rehearsal on Thanksgiving Day. If you are going out of town for the holiday and not available for rehearsals that week, PLEASE DO NOT AUDITION!

Rehearsals will be in Woodstock at a local church or SARA (Storage and Rehearsal Area), 3 to 4 evenings a week. Actors are scheduled only for the days they are needed to make best use of our time.

SAVE TIME! Download your audition form from our website
(www.woodstocktheatre.org ) and fill out BEFORE you come to auditions.
PLEASE note all date conflicts when you fill out your audition form.  Show conflicts are NOT negotiable.

This is a non-Equity, non-paying production.  Strong performers of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

WMTC will provide the costumes; each cast member is responsible for their own shoes and makeup. Cast members must pay a $10.00 fee for their script, which they can keep.

Cast of Characters:
Oliver Reese Johnston (lead), Male

To voice and play multiple characters, the true-to-heart ensemble performer, he’s played all the classics and has to voice and a reverence for every word he speaks. Characters include Old Man Gower, Potter, Joseph (super of angels), Billy Bailey (George’s uncle), Peter Bailey (George’s father), Old Man Collins, Binky (a bouncer), Schultz (has German dialect), and Sheriff Horace (a bank teller).

Jake Laurentis (lead), Male

An everyman – that part in all of us that is good. He’s genuine, passionate about everything he does, the underdog that everyone wants to win in the end, handsome, but a bit uncomfortable with his own physicality.  Jake’s secret is that he’s never really acted in anything before…he’s just playing himself.  Characters include George Bailey.

Sally Applewhite (lead), female

Girl-next-door type, wholesome, smart, funny, talented, and absolutely beautiful.  Sally has just arrived in town and here to make it or bust.  Like Mary Hatch—once she falls in love, it’s forever. Characters include Mary Hatch.

Freddie Filmore (lead), Male

To voice and play multiple characters, full of charm, the emcee of the evening’s presentation, well-polished, self-assured with a bit of an ego.  Characters include Announcer, Ernie (a cab driver), Ed (at the run on the bank), Man at Martini’s, Nick/Bartender, and Cop.

Miss Lana Sherwood (lead), Female

To voice and play multiple characters, sassy and precocious, an experienced theater actress, has heard and seen it all.  She won’t accept flowers unless there’s also jewelry in the box, but inside that outer hard core, there’s a heart of gold.  Characters include Violet Brick and Mrs. Thompson.

Miss Alice Jane Kenworthy (lead), Female

To voice and play multiple characters, former heiress to the Whitney Oil fortune; her family lost everything when the market crashed in 1929.  Now a widow, she lives a modest life alone in a small flat with her cat Winston. The radio show and cast are her only family.  Characters include Rose Bailey, Matilda (a secretary), Ruth Bailey (Harry’s wife), Mrs. Hatch (Mary’s mother), and Sadie Vance (a bank examiner).

Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood (lead), Male

To voice and play multiple characters, great physicality, technical and detailed but with an exceptional sense of the ironies of life.  A former minstrel show vaudevillian who left the circuit to perform in radio. Characters include Harry, Bert, Clarence, Sam Wainwright (an entrepreneur), Martini (a bar owner), Dr. Campbell, Mr. Welch (a school teacher’s husband), and Charlie (man at the bank).

Children, Supporting Roles

3 Girls & 3 Boys: Ages 11-13
Pete, George’s son
ZuZu, George’s daughter
Janie, George’s daughter
Tommy, George’s son
Young George, George as a child
Young Harry, Harry as a child
Young Violet, Violet as a child
Young Mary, Mary as a child

Live Sound Artists/Foley Performer: Lead, Males and Females

On stage during the entire show.  Must be able to create (as indicated in the script) all of the live sound effects that are present during the production. Great stage presence, improvisation and comedy skills a plus.

The Clarinda Sisters (Martha, Connee, and Helvetia):

Supporting Females
Performs during the pre-show, intermission, and post-show.  An Andrew Sisters-style vocal group who will perform 40’s style radio commercials, swing jazz and holiday music.  Must be able to harmonize and move well.

For additional information or questions, please contact Director Regina Belt-Daniels (regbel@msn.com) or Production Coordinators Kathy Bruhnke (katskloset@comcast.net) or Jean Aguilar (jean@pfcclassicdining.com).  Thank you!

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