Auditions

THE CLOVERDALE PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS:

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, A LIVE RADIO PLAY  adapted by Joe Landry.

Sunday and Monday October 26th and 27th 6-10PM

Director: Greg Thornton

Musical Director: Marilyn Swears

Note: All actors play multiple roles in a “live 1940s radio broadcast” of the Frank Capra holiday classic. All must be strong character actors. Actors will read sides and scenes from the script, which will be available at the auditions. If you would like to see the sides and scenes prior to auditions, please call or email: Greg Thornton:334.262.1530/ Ext. 3 orgreg.thornton@cloverdaleplayhouse.org to make arrangements.
ROLES:
Freddie Filmore:
Middle aged or older. Jolly older character actor. Plays many of the older men, including the iconic Mr. Potter (the bad guy) and Uncle Billy, and is the WTCP announcer. Must have an impeccable 1940s “announcer” voice.

Jake Laurents:
20s-30s. Young, handsome. Idealistic-looking Jimmy Stewart type. This actor plays George Bailey.

Sally Applewhite:
20s-30s. Young and sweetly beautiful. Recently crowned Miss Ohio. Plays Mary Hatch Bailey, George’s wife.

Lana Sherwood:
30s-40s. Glamorous older character actress. Must be able to play the small town siren with relish, while at the same time playing the various matronly characters.

Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood:
30s-40s. Likeable and lovable. Another strong character actor who must capture the iconic charm of Clarence, the Angel who saves George’s life on Christmas Eve.

The WTCP Radio Singers:

Looking for 2 men and 2 women, any age, who sing well, particularly tight harmony for the “Show Announcement” and Radio Station Jingle as well as “Commercial Break Jingles.” The singers may also be ushers welcoming audiences to the show.Please prepare 32 bars of a song from this era or a similar style:For example: Andrews Sisters, Rosemary Clooney, Bette Midler, Bing Crosby, etc. Please bring sheet music. An accompanist will be present at the auditions.

The Foley Artist: An essential role in the production.The Foley Artist has no lines but creates all of the sound effects throughout the show. A terrific chance for an innovative  and physical actor.

The Studio Director: The floor manager who “directs” the radio performance. He/She also welcomes the audience at the beginning of the broadcast.

 

 

A LIVE RADIO PLAY

Performance dates DEC. 11 – 14 and 18- 21

Adapted by Joe Landry

from the screenplay by Frank Capra, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, and Johanna Sperling

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940′s radio broadcast on the Playhouse stage.

With the help of an ensemble that brings dozens of characters to life, the story of idealistic Geroge Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Directed by Greg Thornton

A fresh theatrical context that creates just the right kind

of retro warmth.  If you cry everytime you see the movie,

you’ll be blubbering away right on cue..

.guaranteed.”

- CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 

Sponsored by Balch & Bingham LLP and Foshee Management Company

 

 

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