It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Adapted by Joe Landry
Directed by Ms. Hilerre Kirsch

The streaming dates for "It's A Wonderful Life" have been adjusted to Wed - Fri, Dec. 16, 17, 18

AUDITION INFORMATION
All interested New Trier students may audition for "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play". Please note: Freshmen and Sophomores may audition for both "It's a Wonderful Life" and the Freshmen Sophomore Musical Workshop ("Emma!"), but Freshmen and Sophomores who audition for both are only going to be cast in one show at most .

General Auditions  
Will be due by 11:59pm on Thursday, October 1

Callback Auditions  
Friday, October 2. More info coming soon!

MATERIALS TO SUBMIT FOR THE GENERAL AUDITION

WHAT IS THE PLAY ABOUT?
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with foley table for live sound effects! With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers taking drastic action one fateful Christmas Eve.

WHEN ARE REHEARSALS?
Starting Saturday, October 3, rehearsals will be Mon-Fri 3:30 - 6pm and Sat  9-4pm. There will be no rehearsal on Nov 24-28. We plan on having rehearsals in a hybrid model - sometimes they will be through Zoom and other times they may be in person.

HOW DO I SUBMIT DIGITAL AUDITIONS?
Read It's a Wonderful Life Instructions and Recording Guide   for details about the audition video submission process.

WHAT DO I PREPARE?
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play features an ensemble of actors who each play multiple roles as they present an audio version of the story as if over the radio. Therefore, in your audition you will concentrate on creating multiple, distinctive voices to show your range and flexibility. Each actor will portray both children and adults. Additionally, some roles written originally for males will be played by female artists. 

Each auditionee will select and present TWO pieces: 

one Monologue and one " Duologue " (scene with 2+ characters). 

Your objective is to make each voice distinct from all others. Consider age, gender, mood, objective, etc. 

You do NOT have to memorize these - you MAY use the script!

Helpful Hints:

  • Look for transitions in the monologues/scenes - changes in objective, tactic, and/or mood, and use your voice to make that extra clear.
  • MARK your scripts to help you remember vocal variations (pause, volume, pitch, rate, tone) that you have decided on.
  • USE your body (gestures, posture, etc) and your face (expressions) to help you differentiate voices and help you make them honest. *Exaggerate your facial expressions and body positions and experiment to help you get the best voice! This was for radio so no one worried about how it "looked" - in fact it's much more entertaining to see an actor really transform and adjust to achieve the right voice!  

Select ONE Monologue                                                           Select ONE Duologue

-Freddie/Francie Filmore 'A'                                                  -Young George, Young Mary, Young Violet

-Freddie/Francie Filmore 'B'                                                  -Young George, Mr. Gower 

-George Bailey 'A'                                                                -Mary, George, Mrs. Hatch 

-George Bailey 'B'                                                                -Harriet, Uncle Billy, George 

-Mr. Potter                                                                            -George, Rose

WHAT IF I WANT TO APPLY TO BE THE REHEARSAL ASSISTANT?
The Rehearsal Assistant application is linked below and due by Tuesday, 9/22 to kirschh@nths.net

QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions about Winter Play, please contact Hilerre Kirsch, Winnetka Performing Arts Coordinator, at 847-784-6887 or kirschH@nths.net