Fall 2019 Show Auditions

Valley Repertory Company

Announces Auditions for

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, is the well-loved and memorable story of George Bailey, family man, with the weight of the world on his shoulders. We see George grow up to become a respected pillar of the community. An unexpected mistake creates a shortage in his Building & Loan accounts. In his panic and at Christmastime, he states, while praying, that he wishes ‘he’d never been born at all’. His wish granted, George learns what an impact his life has made in his community and family. One man’s [person’s] life touches so many others.

The radio play is a derivative work, for the stage, based exclusively on material in the public domain.

DIRECTOR – Patty Coope Piellucci

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Glenn Reese

PRODUCERS – Sue Reese and Bailly Shannon Morse

AUDITION DATE:

Tuesday, October 8, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

PERFORMANCES are at Asnuntuck Community College

PERFORMANCE DATES:    November 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Please be prepared to use a variety of voices during your Audition!

REHEARSALS: Tuesdays, Thursdays 6:30p.m.

REHEARSAL & SET/Props Construction: Saturday AMs

CONTACT DIRECTOR PATTY PIELLUCCI WITH ANY QUESTIONS, 

PPIELLUCCI56@GMAIL.COM

 

 

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 LAURENTIS

George Bailey (and Young George Bailey)

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 Oddboy, Sam Wainwright, Martini, Dr. Campbell, Charlie, Man (at run on bank), Horace Teller, Mr. Welch, Tommy, Sheriff

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.

STAGE MANAGER

FREDDIE FILMORE (also called ANNOUNCER), the actor playing Joseph and others.

JAKE LAURENTIS, the actor playing George

SALLY APPLEWHITE, the actress playing young Mary

LANA SHERWOOD, the actress playing Violet and others

HARRY “JAZZBO” HEYWOOD, the actor playing Clarence and others

MARY HATCH, Georges’s girl

ROSE BAILEY, George’s mother

HARRY BAILEY, George’s kid brother

OLD MAN GOWER, a druggist

BERT, a cop

VIOLET BICK, a small-town siren

HENRY F. POTTER, the richest and meanest man in all the county

BILLY BAILEY, George’s uncle

PETE, George’s son

Zuzu, George’s daughter

CLARENCE, George’s guardian angel

JOSEPH, the superintendent of angels

YOUNG GEORGE, George as a child

YOUNG HARRY, Harry as a child

BOYS

YOUNG VIOLET, Violet as a child

YOUNG MARY, Mary as a child

GEORGE BAILEY, a typical American dreamer

PETER BAILEY, George’s father

ERNIE, cab driver

SAM WAINWRIGHT, an entrepreneur

OLD MAN COLLINS, an eavesdropper

BOARD MEMBERS

DR. CAMPBELL, on the board of the Bailey Bros. Building & Loan

MATILDA, secretary at Bailey Bros. Building & Loan

RUTH DANKIN BAILEY, HArry’s wife

MRS. HATCH, Mary’s mother

ED, at the run on the bank

CHARLIE, at the run on the bank

MAN, at the run on the bank

MRS. THOMPSON,at the run on the bank

SCHULTZ, a German at the Martini house dedication

MARTINI, an Italian bar/restaurant owner

HORACE THE TELLER, at the bank

SADIE VANCE, the state bank examiner

JANIE, George’s daughter

TOMMY, George’s son

Mr. WELCH, a school teacher’s husband with a temper

RESTAURANT PATRONS

MAN (at Martini’s)

NICK, a bartender

BRIDGE KEEPER

BINKY, a bouncer

COP

SHERIFF

 We will finalize the REHEARSAL SCHEDULE once we know everyone’s’ conflicts. We plan to start rehearsals in early October. The initial rehearsals will focus on blocking and acting. Due to the numerous sound cues performed by actors we will require most of the cast at all of the rehearsals. We will do our best to be respectful of everyone’s time and working individual actors separately when possible. Please be prepared to be at rehearsals unless otherwise specified.