Auditions for High Springs Playhouse 2017-2018 Season
It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play
AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD
OCTOBER 1ST FROM 2:00 – 4:00
OCTOBER 2ND FROM 6:00 – 8:00
Frank Capra’s legendary Christmas classic is a favorite holiday show for millions of people around the world. The story of George Bailey and the struggles that he goes through, which lead to the incredible Christmas Eve gift he is given by Clarence, his guardian angel, is truly a heartwarming and inspiring story.
This version of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ takes the audience back in time to the 1940’s and they become the studio audience at WHSP Radio – Studio A in New York City. A cast of ‘celebrities’ perform all the characters in a special Christmas Eve radio broadcast. The Foley Artist creates all of the sound effects live on stage as the story is told, which brings the broadcast to life. Watching this talented cast bring the emotions and intensity to the classic characters is a performance you do not want to miss. Extra characters in ‘Studio A’ will interact with the audience and make this a delightful experience, not just a show. Bring the whole family to see this fantastic Christmas special!
Freddy is the regular Host of WHSP’s ‘Playhouse of the Air’. He is also the Host for another show called ‘Females Are Fabulous’. Freddy is dapper and has a sophisticated demeanor. He is very outgoing and has a ‘Bold’ and ‘Energetic’ personality. He works with the ‘Radio Station Stage Manager’ and ‘Foley Artist’ to setup/prepare each broadcast and he is friends with the other celebrities that arrive to participate in the broadcast. Freddy ‘Orchestrates’ the entire broadcast. Freddy voices multiple characters including Mr. Gower, Henry F. Potter, Uncle Billy and others.
Jake is an experienced (famous) actor that has been in numerous productions in film, stage and radio. (‘Chick Carter, Boy Detective’, ‘Cowpoke Romance’ and others) This character needs to be very outgoing and energetic with some humbleness which makes him a very ‘likable’ actor. Jake plays the roles of ‘George Bailey’ and ‘Young George’ which is the character the show revolves around. This character needs to be able to portray charm, changing emotions, attitudes and demeanors as he interacts with the other characters in the show.
Sally is a younger character (portrayed to be in her 20’s to 30’s). She was ‘Miss Ohio 1943’ and that has opened the door for her to Hollywood where she recently filmed her first movie, ‘Dottie Goes Bananas’. This character is ‘energetic and eager’, pleased to have been invited to participate in this Christmas Radio Special in New York City. There is still some small town girl in her as she is beginning her acting career. She is bold when called for and polite and reserved when the situation dictates. The character voices the character of Mary Hatch (Bailey) and Young Mary and needs to portray ranging emotions as the show progresses.
Lana is an experienced and famous actress in Stage, Movies and Radio. She has played in several productions at WHSP ‘Playhouse of the Air’. This character loves her fans and eagerly interacts with the audience members before the show, signing autographs and having the photographer take her picture with audience members. Lana plays a variety of characters within the broadcast and needs to be able to play each with distinguishingly different characterizations. (Voice. tones, inflections, pace, etc..) She is very outgoing and ‘friends’ with everyone she meets (Fellow actors, audience, volunteers, etc.) Lana voices multiple characters including Violet Bick, Rose Bailey, Zuzu and others.
HARRY ‘JAZZBO’ HEYWOOD
Harry is a famous comedic actor that has performed in Stage, Movies and Radio productions. His latest movie was ‘The Hick Chick’, with another famous actress, Margaret Dumont. He is a ‘Very Energetic’, smiling personality, but able to portray and voice any character from mean and sullen to happy and care- free. Harry loves the attention from and interaction with the audience, offering to sign autographs or have a photo taken with audience members, volunteers and fellow actors. Lots of energy and fun to be around! Harry voices multiple characters including Harry Bailey, Clarence the Angel, Sam Wainwright and others.
STAGE MANAGER (Male or Female Actor)
This character can be almost any age actor. The Stage Manager is on stage (Studio ‘A’ of WHSP Radio) as the audience begins to enter and find their seats. He/She will be setting up the ‘Studio’ for the broadcast. Working with the Foley Artist(s) and Freddy Filmore, checking microphones, sound levels, sound props, etc. The Stage Manager will be seated at the on-stage Control Board most of the time during the broadcast, but will intermittently voice a character in the show or assist in creating the sound effects.
The Lead Foley Artist has been selected for the show, however, due to the number and frequency that the sound effects will be used in the show, a second Foley Artist will be needed. The Foley Artists create all the sounds heard during the Broadcast to give ‘Life’ to the show. Numerous items/props will be on the tables to be used in unique ways and the audience watches everything these Artists do to create the ‘Magic’. It will be very entertaining!
*Additional Characters inter-acting with the audience and with cast members before the show and during intermission. These characters are so very important to set the tone and help the audience accept the illusion of stepping back in time to a 1940’s New York Radio Studio ‘Live Broadcast’.
TELEGRAM BOY *
A young actor (10 to 17 years old.. or thereabouts). As the audience enters the theater, during the 30 minutes before the show begins, the Telegram Boy will get audience member names from the Box Office Volunteer and write the name on a prepared ‘Christmas Wishes/Greetings’ telegram from a ‘distant relative’. The Telegram Boy then walks into the audience area, calling out the name of the audience member in order to deliver the ‘Christmas Telegram’. This process is repeated several times during the 30 minutes, delivering Telegrams to various audience members. (possibly repeated during Intermission)
POPCORN GIRL *
As the audience enters the theater during the 30 minutes before the show begins, the Popcorn Girl with a tray of snacks will mingle throughout the audience and in the concession area, offering popcorn and snacks to the audience members. This character will be in 1940’s theater concession attire and the snack tray with have a strap to go around the neck to support the tray. This character needs a ‘bubbly and overtly friendly personality’, able to inter-act with the audience.
PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER * (Male or Female Actor)
The Press Photographer will be in the audience area during the 30 minutes before the show begins and during intermission. This character is at WHSP Studio ‘A’ in order to get photos of the arriving Celebrities that will be participating in the broadcast. The Photographer will take photos of these Celebrities with audience members. He/She will be costumed with the trench coat and fedora style hat (with Press Card). This character needs to be outgoing and bold in their personality, ready to engage the audience members in conversation.
Auditions will be held at the High Springs Playhouse, 130 NE 1st Ave. (use for GPS navigation), High Springs, FL 32643
Rehearsals are typically weekday evenings but may vary by director. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
The High Springs Playhouse is a ‘Community Theater’ and we encourage anyone to audition for our season productions. Experience in theater is not required. We welcome theater enthusiasts from all walks of life.
When planning to audition for an HSP production, please consider researching the particular play to see which role(s) you would be interested in and to have an understanding of the story being told. Performers should plan on providing basic information about themselves to the show director and production staff and may be asked to ‘read for’ various roles during the audition. If possible, please print out the Audition Form below and bring it to the audition already filled out with your information.