Auditions will be held: Sep 30th-Oct 1st

It's a Wonderful Life

Nov 15th-Dec 22nd 2019
A Holiday Classic Told Differently
by: adapted by Joe Landry

Directed by: Rachel Mink
Produced by:TBD

Audition Notes:
Auditions Info
• Auditions Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1, 2019
• 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm (arrive early for paperwork and schedule comparison)
• Callbacks will be Sunday, Oct 6th, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
• PowPAC Theater, 13250 Poway Road, Poway CA 92064, upstairs, in the Lively Center.
• Cold readings from script
• Head shot and resume are appreciated, but not required.
• Appointments not necessary.
• For additional information: please contact the Director at rachel.mink1@gmail.com
• Watch for updated information on our Auditions webpage.

Rehearsals and Performance Dates
• Rehearsals begin Oct 8 and go thru dress rehearsal Nov 14th.
• Rehearsal times are Mon, Tues, Wed and Thursday. 7:00 to 10:00 pm.. Last two weeks will include Fridays, same hours.
• Shows Nov 15th-Dec 22nd 2019. Times are Fri, Sat 8:00 pm; Sun 2:00 pm. One extra show on Saturday, Dec 7, 2:00 pm matinee.
• NOTE: no performances on Thanksgiving weekend.


Cast Requirements:
• Jake Laurents (plays 20s to 30s) radio actor portraying George Bailey through life, from young man to middle age.
• Freddie Filmore (plays 30s to 50s) radio actor portrays multiple characters:
    o Announcer - instructor, radio personality
    o Joseph - head of the angels; kind, benevolent, boss, head, wise, experienced
    o Mr. Gower - pharmacist, loving, mourning, angry, kind
    o Henry Potter - greedy, mean, selfish, plotting, lonely, miserable
    o Uncle Billy Bailey - gentle, quirky, odd, scatterbrained, loyal
    o Ernie - friend, cabdriver, good hearted
    o Pete Bailey (child) - child, adoring, scared
    o Mr. Bailey - George’s father, strong, teaching, kind
    o Old Man Collins - An Old Man who interrupts Mary and George on their date
    o Giuseppe Martini - bartender, owner, citizen, loyal, Italian
    o Nick - bartender, brisk, loyal
    o Bridge keeper - worker, spooked
    o Multiple other ensemble characters
• Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood (plays 30s to 40s) radio actor portrays multiple characters:
    o Harry Bailey/Young Harry - brother, friend, patriot, love
    o Bert the Cop - friend, cop, good-hearted
    o Clarence Oddbody - Angel, good, kind, understanding, struggling, quirky
    o Sam Wainwright - successful, jovial, courting, friend
    o Tommy Bailey (child) - child, adoring, scared
    o Multiple other ensemble characters
• Sally Applewhite – (Plays 20s to 30s) a radio actress portraying Mary Baily in numerous stages of her life.
• Lana Sherwood (Plays 30s to 40s) radio actress portraying multiple characters:
    o Violet Bick/Young Violet - dreamer, aching, beautiful, seductress, vulnerable, kind
    o Janie Bailey (child) - child, adoring, scared
    o Zuzu Bailey - child, adoring, sick, sweet
    o Ruth Dakin Bailey - newlywed, loving, accepting
    o Mrs. Hatch - motherly, pushy
    o Rose Bailey - mother, nurturing, intuitive, kind
    o Multiple other ensemble character
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Plot Synopsis:
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is based on the classic holiday movie with a clever twist thrown in: the story is staged as a live radio broadcast. Five actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are done live through Foley artists. This classic holiday story is about the life of George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody.. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched, and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be if he had never been born. George comes to have a change of heart and understand the true spirit of the holidays.
The movie of this story has come to be considered one of the best American films ever made. For a detailed breakdown on the story see the Wikipedia article.
The radio play version is an incredible opportunity for several actors who play over 29 different characters in this fast paced, compelling and moving story. It is a fabulous showcase for the actors, offering a chance to bring dazzling skills. Audiences passionately love this story and it is a wonderful experience for the performers and audience alike!

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