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
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,
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.
Announcer, Gower, Potter, Billy, Joseph, Peter Bailey, Ernie, Old Man Collins, Ed, Pete, Man (at Martini’s), Nick, Bridge Keeper, Binky, Cop
George Bailey (and Young George Bailey)
Mary Hatch (and Young Mary)
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.
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
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
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
MAN (at Martini’s)
NICK, a bartender
BINKY, a bouncer
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.