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It's a Wonderful Life Auditions The Colonial Players is pleased to announce auditions for It's a Wonderful Life. Click here for details!
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Auditions

The Colonial Players, Inc. is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer community theater with an open casting policy. All auditions are open to the public and no roles are pre-cast. All roles are non-paying. Auditions are held in our Annex at 2132 Renard Court (off General’s Highway near the Annapolis Mall) unless otherwise noted. All performances are held at 108 East Street, just off State Circle, in historic Annapolis. The Colonial Players welcomes actors and other volunteers of all backgrounds and skill levels.

Auditioners are encouraged to download and print the audition form available on our downloads page, fill it in, and bring it to auditions. (The form cannot be filled in on-line.)

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You may opt to attach a photo in the space indicated, or one will be taken at auditions.

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY

Adapted by Joe Landry
Directed by Scott Nichols
Produced by Tim Brown
Performance Dates: December 1 - December 10, 2017

AUDITIONS

  • Sunday, August 27, 2017: sign-in starting at 2:30 p.m., auditions at 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 28, 2017: sign-in starting at 6:30 p.m., auditions at 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Court, Annapolis, MD 21401

CALLBACKS

  • Wednesday, August 30, 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Colonial Players Annex, 2132 Renard Court, Annapolis, MD 21401

SIGNIFICANT DATES

  • Performances: December 1 - 10, 2017
    • 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
    • 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
  • First Read-Through: TBD
  • Rehearsals: Determined based on cast availability
  • Publicity Photo Shoot: TBD
  • Tech Week: Will begin Saturday, November 25, 2017 (if not before)
  • Invited Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, November 30, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Archive Photo Shoot: Sunday, December 3, 2017 following the matinee performance

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
  • Sign-in will be available 30 minutes prior to auditions, which will begin promptly at the posted times.
  • Late arrivals can be accommodated only as time permits. If you know you will be late, please make prior arrangements with the director by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • To expedite the sign-in process, the audition form is available on the Downloads page of our website under Forms, and can be downloaded and completed in advance. Please bring the completed form with your resume or list of experience, if desired, and a headshot or recent photo. If you do not have a photo, one will be taken at sign-in.
  • Auditioners are asked to provide a schedule of conflicts through December 10, 2017.

For more information, or for a copy of the script, please email the director Scott Nichols at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SHOW 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 1940s radio show. Actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are done through Foley artistry on stage. It’s a Wonderful Life is about the life of idealistic George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has reached the end of his rope and is contemplating ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. It will take the help of a lovable angel named Clarence who shows George what his town and the people he loves would be like if he had never been born. George then realizes how important his life is and understands the true spirit of the holidays.

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

This is a play within a play, and is performed as a 1940s radio show of the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.  The actors play the radio show performers-- most playing multiple characters and also perform the radio ads and jingles during breaks in the radio show, as well as the various sound effects on stage during the performance. Most important to the production is the actors’ ability to create distinct characters and voices.

CHARACTERS

2F, 3M
All roles open. Descriptions are of character appearance and temperament, not age of actors.

Freddie Filmore, male, 20s - 60s
Actor in the radio show who plays: Mr. Potter, Joseph, Peter Bailey, Nick, Bridgekeeper, Announcer, Ernie and other various characters.

Jake Laurents, male, 20s - 40s
Actor in the radio show who plays George Bailey.

Sally Applewhite, female, 20s - 40s
Actress in the radio show who plays Mary Hatch.

Lana Sherwood, female, 20s - 60s
Actress in the radio show who plays Violet, Rose Bailey, Ruth, Schultz, Zuzu and various other characters.

Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood, male, 20s - 60s
Actor in the radio show who plays Clarence, Martini, Mr. Welch, Harry, Bert, Tommy and various other characters.