It’s a Wonderful Life

ComingSoon_WonderfulLifeFrom the film by Frank Capra
and the story by Philip Van Doren Stern.

Adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers.

Directed by Mark Hauck

Auditions:

Sunday, September 8
6:00p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 11
7:00p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Callbacks:
Monday, September 16
7:00p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Performance Dates:
November 15-December 22, 2013
26 total performances

Audition Information:

Please familiarize yourself with our General Audition Guidelines before arriving.

From the Director:

It’s a Wonderful Life is the story of George Bailey and the people of Bedford Falls whose lives are forever changed by knowing him.  It is not a story of great heroics or epic adventures.  It is about remembering to note the many simple ways in which we effect each other for good or for ill.  It is a reminder that connecting as compassionate human beings is the highest value to cherish and the greatest gift we give to the world.

There are many characters in this play–a whole movie’s worth–which will require us to think creatively about doubling parts.  We will be looking for flexibility, willingness to be part of an ensemble that will need to work together, and actors who are game to stretch out of their comfort zone with characters.  Assume that each person cast will be part of an ensemble that is integral to the way we will be staging the story (in other words, you may be on stage for more scenes than is called for in your primary casting).  The primary backdrop of the story is not a set or a place, but the many characters that people Bedford Falls. Their presence will be felt throughout the play.

This story is quite simple. Forget that it is an iconic movie.  At it’s heart, It’s a Wonderful Life is about the delicate and wondrous mystery of living life as  human being.  Simplicity, honesty, connection, heart.  This is what we are looking for in this play.

Please select two of the following sides to read based on your most likely casting (age, interest, type, etc)  Men and women should feel free to read Gower, Potter, and Clarence.  We are looking to get a sense of you as an actor—there is no practical way to prepare sides for all 20+ characters.  Have fun, try on these characters, look for connection and what they want the other person to do–how does your character work to change the person they are talking to or how they work to resist changing.

List of Characters:

Multiple roles for men, women, and children ages 7-110 (and if you’re over 110, we can find a place for you.)

GEORGE BAILEY: the everyman of Bedford Falls
CLARENCE ODBODY: Angel Second Class
MR. GOWER: proprietor of the corner drug store
YOUNG GEORGE: age 12
HARRY BAILEY: George’s younger brother
MOTHER BAILEY: a very kind and understanding woman
AUNT TILLY: Uncle Billy’s wife
VIOLET PETERSON: proprietor of a beauty salon
BERT: a patrolman
ERNIE: a mail carrier
UNCLE BILLY: George’s uncle and business partner
MARY HATCH (later Mary Bailey): George’s loving wife
HENRY F. POTTER: owns practically the entire town
MR. POTTER’S GOON: ever-present with Mr. Potter
MR. POTTER’S SECRETARY: ever-faithful to Mr. Potter
MRS. HATCH: Mary’s mother
SAM WAINWRIGHT: a financially successful young man
MISS ANDREWS: a townsperson
MRS. THOMPSON: a townsperson
MR. MARTINI: proprietor of a bar
MRS. MARTINI: his wife
MISS CARTER: a bank examiner
NEWSPAPER BOY: age 10
PETE BAILEY: age 12
TOMMY BAILEY: age 10
ZUZU BAILEY: age 7
MR. WELCH: the schoolteacher’s husband
JANIE BAILEY: age 9

Sides for Auditions:

A: Mother Bailey and George
B: George and Mr. Potter
C: George and Mary
D: Gower and Young George
E: George, Mary, and Zuzu
F: George and Clarence