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Auditions for It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play


Monday, October 9th at 7pm

Tuesday, October 10th at 7pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, October 11th

Rehearsal Dates*
Rehearsals will begin on or around Sunday, October 15. A rehearsal schedule will be created once the production is fully cast. Rehearsals are generally held Sunday through Thursday evenings.

Performance Dates
Dec. 1st-10th: Fri. & Sat. 8pm & Sundays 2pm
PLUS: Sat. Dec. 9th

Audition Requirements:

Please do not arrive after 9 pm. Please bring a resume and headshot to auditions. You will be asked to read from the script and sing a short “jingle,” which will be provided at the audition.

Please note that The Heights Players is a non-profit theater and this is a non-equity production. All cast and crew volunteer their time and talent. The Heights Players is a membership organization, there is no pay or stipend for any role or position.
There is a $20 mem
bership fee, if cast.

The Heights Players is located at:
26 Willow Place, bet. State & 
Joralemon Streets
in Brooklyn Heights. 

Click For Directions to the John Bourne Theater

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Adapted by Joe Landry
Based on the story “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern

Directed by James Martinelli

Time: Christmas Eve, 1946

Place: The stage and auditorium of Studio A at WBFR in Manhattan, New York City.

Synopsis: 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 wasn’t born for George to have a change of heart and understand the true spirit of the holidays.


Please note that people of all races, genders, and abilities are encouraged to audition for this production. We may also cast understudies for some roles.

The following nine actors play all the characters (and many of the sounds) in the play:

  • Jake Laurents, Male, 20s/30s - Plays George Bailey/Young George. George is a typical American dreamer.

  • Freddie Filmore aka Announcer, Male, 30s–60s - Vaudeville Type, Plays Announcer, Mr. Gower, Henry F. Potter, Uncle Billy Bailey, Ernie, Peter Bailey, Old Man Collins, Ed, Man (at Martini’s), Nick, Bridge Keeper, Binky, Pete Bailey (child), Cop

  • Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood, Male 30s/40s - must be able to do an Irish brogue and an Italian accent. Plays Harry Bailey/Young Harry, Bert The Cop, Clarence Oddbody, As-2, Sam Wainwright, Dr. Campbell, Man2, Charlie, Horace the Bank Teller, Tommy Bailey (child), Mr. Welch, Mr. Giuseppe Martini, Sheriff

  • Sally Applewhite, Female 20s/30s - Plays Mary Hatch Bailey/Young Mary 

  • Lana Sherwood, Female 30s/40s - Plays Violet Bick/Young Violet, Matilda, Ruth Dakin Bailey, Rose Bailey, Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Thompson, Schultz, Janie Bailey (child), Zuzu Bailey (child), Sadie Vance, Woman

  • Joseph, Male 45-60. Joseph is the Superintendent of Angels.

  • Foley Artists/Stage Manager (2 actors): Talented Foley artists are needed on set creating sound effects. One of the Foley artists will double in the role of the radio play’s stage manager. (You will not stage manage this actual production, the stage manager is a role.)

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