Decatur’s Community Theatre
Director – Al Scheider (217) 428-6831 or (217) 413-1469 email@example.com
Producer – Robert Lowery (217) 201-8881 firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions will held at Theatre 7 headquarters – 131 N Water Street, Decatur on
Thursday December 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday December 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday December 11 at 4:00 p.m.
Please plan to arrive slighly before the audition starting time, but anyone will be given an audition if arriving within two hours of the starting time. If none of these times are possible, please contact the director.
Vanya – He is a resident of Bucks County, PA his entire life, early 60’s, resigned to his life
Sonia – She is a resident of Bucks County, PA most of her life, adopted sister of Vanya & Masha, mid 50’s, discontented, upset, regretful with her life. She frequently uses a “Maggie Smith voice.”
Masha – She is the sister to Vanya and Sonia, glamorous and successful actress who travels the world, late 50’s, extremely self-centered
Spike – He is an aspiring actor, late 20’s, Masha’s new companioin, sexy “hunk”, self-absorbed, buto therwise outgoing and friendly, flirtatious with anyone
Nina – She is an aspiring actress, early 20’s, visiting her aunt and uncle next door to Vanya and Sonia, attractive, star-struck, sincere, earnest, and energetic
Cassandra – She is the cleaning lady for Vanya and Sonia, also a soothsayer, any age
Theatre 7 will perform “It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play,” at The Decatur Club on December 9th and 10th, 2016. We will bring the Golden Age of radio to life in this stage play adaptation of Frank Capra’s iconic holiday classic film. Performed as a “live” radio broadcast in front of a “studio audience” (you, the patrons), the play will take you back to Bedford Falls on Christmas Eve, 1946 – complete with 1940’s costuming and live sound effects, created on stage by a Foley artist. A group of 10 talented actors portray “radio stars,” using different voices to play the roles of 36 separate parts adapted directly from the dialog of the movie.
The play stars Evan Miller, Sarah Rice, John Dunn, Zachary Hammon, Maria Diaz, Anitra Hines, RuthAnn Holmes, Cynthia Hinkle, Zach Stewart and Craig Culp, with Terri Tate performing as the Foley artist, and is directed by Jan Hooten.
Join us on Friday, December 9th or Saturday, December 10th for an evening of elegant dining – Decatur Club style – great entertainment, and holiday inspiration.
Timeline and menu:
Doors open 6:00 PM – CASH Bar
7pm – Plated Dinner
Spinach Salad w/ Cranberries & Toasted Pecans
Poppy-seed & Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressings
Beef Tenderloin Medallions with Herb Espagnol
Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes
Riviera Vegetable Blend
Rolls & Butter
Coffee, Tea & Water
7:30 (approx) – Show Begins
**Dessert served at Intermission – NY Cheesecake w/ Strawberry & Blueberry Toppings on Table
Tickets are $45.00 IN ADVANCE and include the dinner and stage production. A cash bar will also be available. To purchase your tickets call the Decatur Club at 217-429-4200 BEFORE December 7th. Limited seating.
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 email@example.com 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.