Decatur’s Community Theatre
Theatre 7 is excited to announce the cast for its Christmas dinner theatre play, which will be performed at the Decatur Club on December 9th and 10th.
“It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” will take the audience back to Bedford Falls in 1946 and the trials of George Bailey – complete with 1940’s costuming and real live “Foley artist” sound effects.
Turn back the clock to the 1940s and set the dial for a double dose of holiday nostalgia. This version of It’s a Wonderful Life harkens back to the golden age of radio, and is performed as a stage play – presented as a ‘live’ radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Conceived and drawn directly from Frank Capra’s classic film, our ensemble 10 talented actors and one clever sound technician (Foley artist) will tell the story of George Bailey and the night he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
CAST: The following actors will play the parts of the radio stage actors, voicing all the characters in the play, a total of 36 different speaking voices, including “normal” voice, children and older adults.
“JAKE LAURENTS” – Evan Miller
“SALLY APPLEWHITE” – Sarah Rice
“FREDERICA ‘FREDDIE’ FILMORE” – Anitra Hines
“HARRY “JAZZBO” HEYWOOD” – John Dunn
“LANA SHERWOOD” – Maria Diaz
“JACKIE FOLEY” – Foley artist – Terri Tate
“JACK E. CARSON” – Zachary Hammon
“NORA DANBRIDGE” – RuthAnn Holmes
“MIMI ACHIEVETTI” – Cynthia Hinkle
“JOHNNY DuMONTE” – Zach Stewart
“TOM SEDGEWICK” – Craig Culp
Tickets must be purchased in advance and will go on sale November 1st. Cost is $45.00 per person and can be purchased ONLY through the Decatur Club, by calling 217-429-4200. Ticket includes a plated meal and the show. A cash bar will also be available.
Theatre 7 announces open auditions for its Christmas dinner play, which will be performed as a dinner theatre event at the Decatur Club on December 9th and 10th. Auditions will be held on October 17th and 18th at Theatre 7 Headquarters, 131 North Water Street, Decatur, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. Please be prompt.
“It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” will take you back to Bedford Falls in 1946 and the trials of George Bailey – complete with 1940’s costuming and real live “Foley artist” sound effects.
Turn back the clock to the 1940s and set the dial for a double dose of holiday nostalgia. This version of It’s a Wonderful Life harkens back to the golden age of radio, and is performed as a stage play – a ‘live’ radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Conceived and drawn directly from Frank Capra’s classic film, an ensemble of 5-10 actors (3-5 men and 2-5 women) and one clever sound technician (Foley artist) will tell the story of George Bailey and the night he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
Because most of the roles require the actor/actress to play a range of characters, I’m looking for variation in vocal quality and the ability to differentiate distinct characterizations. Each actor may read the parts of several adults, an elderly individual and a child. The readings of the characters need to be dynamic, honest and believable (childlike voice, crotchety old man/lady, sweet voice, normal voice). The script will not need to be totally memorized due to the theme of the play (live radio broadcast – the script is part of each actor’s props) but actors will need to be able to affect a believable voice for each the many different parts in the script that they will be reading and be alert to every single cue. The Foley artist will not have a speaking role but will be required to follow the script and deliver appropriate “homemade” sound effects on cue, using old-time radio techniques.
CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS: The following 6 primary characters will play all the main characters in the play, with another possible four characters being added, depending on the quality of the auditions, to fill out the cast. With a total of 36 different speaking voices required in the script, the list below could be altered (taken from those listed for ”Freddie,” “Harry,” and “Lana” and assigned to other actors) in order to fill the many voice parts.
“JAKE LAURENTS” – George Bailey / Young George
“FREDDIE FILMORE” – Announcer, Joseph, Mr. Gower, Henry F. Potter, Uncle Billy Bailey, Ernie, Pete Bailey (Child), Mr. Bailey, Old Man Collins, Ed, Man, Giuseppe Martini, Nick, Bridge Keeper, Binky
“HARRY “JAZZBO” HEYWOOD” – Harry Bailey / Young Harry, Bert The Cop, Clarence Oddbody, As-2, Sam Wainwright, Lawyer, Dr. Campbell, Randall, Tom, Man 2, Charlie, Carter, Horace the Bank Teller, Tommy Bailey (Child), Mr. Welch
“SALLY APPLEWHITE” – Mary Hatch Bailey / Young Mary
“LANA SHERWOOD” – Violet Bick / Young Violet, Matilda, Ruth Dakin Bailey, Rose Bailey, Mrs. Hatch, Passerby at Run on Bank, Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Davis, Schultz, Janie Bailey (Child), Zuzu Bailey (Child)
FOLEY ARTIST – (male or female) does all the SFX from a mock “sound booth” on stage.
Rehearsals will start October 26th and run will run every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening for approximately two hours until the premier of the play. The performances will be Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th.
We will need the talents of a sound technician (in addition to the Foley artist – for microphones and music), a lighting technician (minor lighting needs) and an assistant set builder/designer to support this production. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and direct your email to the attention of Jan Hooten in the subject line, or show up at one of the auditions if you can help out.
Theatre 7 is pleased to announce the cast for its first show of the season, The Great American Trailer Park Musical. We’re excited to be bringing some new faces to our stage, along with some seasoned veterans, and we are thrilled to have Molly Shade back with us, reprising her role as Betty! (Some of you may remember that Molly originally rocked that role in the Je De Mi production of “Trailer Park” about ten years ago).
Betty: Molly Shade
Linoleum (Lin): Emily Steele
Pickles: Sarah Boline
Jeannie: Tamara Bivens
Norbert: John D. Poling
Pippi: Ashley Marshall
Duke: Travis Robinson
The show is directed by Kathy Zientara and Tanya Haubner, with Sarah Boline as vocal director and Maria Diaz as choreographer.
The musical will run October 14-16 and October 21-23 at The Decatur Civic Center. For ticketing information go to www.theatre7.net. Tickets can also be purchased at the Civic Center box office. Season tickets and patronages are on sale NOW!
Theatre 7 will be performing it’s holiday dinner theatre fundraiser at The Decatur Club on Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th. Doors will open at 6:30 PM, with dinner served at 7:00.
“It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play will take you back to Bedford Falls in 1945 and the trials of George Bailey – complete with 1940’s costuming and real live “Foley artist” sound effects.
Watch our actors vividly bring radio to life in this stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s iconic holiday classic film (adaptation written by Joe Landry).
Tickets are $45.00 per person or $360.00 to reserve a table for 8. This price includes a plated dinner created by the Decatur Club’s excellent chef, plus the evening’s entertainment (check back here for the final menu presentation). A cash bar will be available. Tickets will go on sale on November 1st and all ticket sales and reservations will be handled by The Decatur Club. Seating is limited. To reserve your space, please call them at 217-429-4200.