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. Actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are done through Foley artists. It’s a Wonderful Life is about the life of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast and tired to continue living. It will take help from a lovable angel to show George what life would be like if he weren’t born for George to have a change of heart and understand the true spirit of the holidays.
Directors: Melissa Harbison & Michelle Smith
Roles: Character roles are open to youth in high school thru adults
Freddie Filmore the Announcer
Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood
Old Man Gower
Henry F. Potter
Old Man Collins
Ruth Dakin Bailey
Horace the Teller
Cop & Sherriff
Audition Appointments: Aug. 31st & Sept. 2nd
Auditions will be held, in person by appointment only, in the Wylie Acting Group theatre at 205 Industrial Court in Wylie. Once you have registered online, you will receive a link to select a specific audition time. We ask that you stay in your car until your specific call time – a WAG volunteer will come to the door and let you in when the audition committee is ready for you. When you come in you will have your photo taken for the Starboard. Please do not bring props to the audition. Also, the casting committee requests that you do not wear costumes or face paint. Everyone will be expected to adhere to social distancing guidelines during the audition.
High School students & Adults
Arrive at scheduled call time – wait in car until called
Plan to stay until about 15 minutes. If you do not drive, please have your ride plan to wait for you – you will need to leave the theatre as soon as your audition is complete.
For your audition, you will need to prepare (3) of the monologue sides below and be able to demonstrate your ability to differentiate between characters – some cast members may selected to voice more than one character. Sides do not have to be memorized and scripts may be used but you need to know the selected sides well.
Monologue Side Selections (choose 3):
Freddie Fillmore/Announcer (40-50 yr old man, distinguished)
Good evening, ladies and gentleman, and welcome to a live broadcast of WBFR Playhouse of the Air. We thank you for braving the weather this Christmas Eve, and you’ll be glad you did when you hear the story we have for you tonight – It’s a Wonderful Life. (applause sign flashes)
Young George (13 yr old boy)
(Whimpering) Mr Gower, you don’t know what you’re doing. You put something wrong in those capsules. I know you’re unhappy. You got that telegram, and you’re upset. It wasn’t your fault Mr. Gower. But look Mr Gower, look, look. This bottle, you used this bottle to make up the capsules. It’s poison!
George Bailey (30’s, educated) #1
(To Mr. Potter) I know very well what you’re talking about. You’re talking about. You’re talking about something you can’t get your fingers on, and it’s galling you. That’s what you’re talking about. Well, I’ve said too much – You’re the Board here. You do what you want with this thing. Just one thing more, though. This town needs this measly one-horse institution if only to have some place where people can come without crawling to Potter. Come on, Uncle Billy.
George Bailey #2
(To bank customers) Now wait a minute, wait a minute, please folks! Please don’t leave. I beg of you not to do this. If Potter gets a hold of your shares, he’ll be owning this Building and Loan. He’s got the bank, he’s got the bus line, he’s got the department stores. And now he’s after us, ’cause he wants to keep you living in his shacks and paying the kind of rent he decides to charge. Now we can get through this alright, but we’ve got to stick together. We’ve got to have faith in each other.
(Uncle) Billy Bailey (50’s, scatterbrained, drinker)
Isn’t it wonderful? Mary did it George! Mary did it! She told a few people you were in trouble and they scattered all over town collecting money. The didn’t ask any questions, just said, “If George is in trouble, you can count on me.” You never saw anything like it!
Violet (College-aged local beauty)
Good afternoon, Mr. Bailey. Looks like you’re ready to get out of here…Oh this old thing? Why, I only wear it when I don’t care how I look. See you later!
Mary (College-aged local girl, sweet but confident)
Oh, the old Granville house…Oh, no, don’t. I love that old house…But George, it’s such a lovely old place. I wish I lived there…What’s your wish George?… Oh no. If I tell you, it may not come true…Okay, the moon. I’ll take it. And then what?
Rose (60-something, nurturing, George’s mom)
Well, how do you like your new sister in law?…Looks like she’ll keep Harry on his toes…George, um…Do you know that Mary Hatch is back from school?…Nice girl, Mary…Oh, stop grumbling! Give me one good reason you shouldn’t call on Mary…Well, she’s not crazy about him…Besides, Sam is away in New York, and you’re here in Bedford Falls.
Young Mary (11-12 yrs old, proper, gentle)
Hello Violet…I’m still thinking…You like every boy…I’ll take chocolate…I don’t like coconuts…What’s that you’ve got there? A new magazine! I never saw it before…Is this the ear you can’t hear on? George Bailey, I’ll love you till the day I die…Goodbye, George.
Commercial voice – female
Remember, you need clear vision as well as good breaks to avoid accidents. You’ll find Dux Toilet Cake leaves the glass polished so crystal clear you hardly know it’s there.
Rehearsals: MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, and FRIDAYS
Begin Wednesday September 9th and will be held weekly on Monday/Wednesday/Friday for the most part. Generally, weekday rehearsals will be from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. An in-depth rehearsal schedule is provided at the time of registration beginning three weeks before the audition date. Attendance by all cast and crew at the first rehearsal is required and nonnegotiable. Rehearsals will be limited to small groups with various arrival and dismissal times. Rehearsal attendance is crucial, but no absences are allowed on any rehearsal marked mandatory unless disclosed in registration form conflicts. Inability to attend rehearsals affects casting eligibility.
- Friday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, November 7th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, November 8th at 2:30 p.m.
- Friday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, November 14th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, November 15th at 2:30 p.m.