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.