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It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play


nhance your Christmas Season of 1946 by joining us for a live radio broadcast, as WBFR’s “Playhouse of the Air” presents the holiday classic, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. A small ensemble of actors bring dozens of characters to the stage to tell the story of George Bailey, a small town businessman who runs the Savings and Loan and keeps townspeople out of the clutches of banker Henry F. Potter, the richest – and meanest – man in Bedford Falls.

Joe Landry's plays have been produced across the country and internationally, and include It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Reefer Madness, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play, Eve & Co., Beautiful, Hollywood Babylon, and Numb. Mr. Landry attended Playwright's Horizons/NYU, founded Second Guess Theatre Company in Connecticut and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. 

Audition Times: October 10 & 11, 7:00 PM
at Cascades Theatre.
Cast requirements: Four men,  Two women.

CHARACTER LIST with Roles Played
Jake Laurents – late 20s to 30s
George Bailey / young George
Sally Applewhite – late 20s to 30s
Mary Hatch Bailey / young Mary
Freddie Filmore – 20s to 50s
Announcer                                              Joseph
Bert the Cop                                           Henry F. Potter
Old Man Collins                                     Ed (at run on bank)
Nick                                                          Giuseppe Martini
Binkey                                                      Tommy Bailey (child)
Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood – 30s to 40s
Harry Bailey / young Harry                   Clarence Oddbody, AS2
Pete Bailey (child)                                 Dr. Campbell
Man-2 (at Martini’s)                               Charlie (at run on bank)
Horace the Bank Teller                         Sheriff
Trevor Ward – Any Age
Peter Bailey                                            Sam Wainwright
Uncle Billy                                               Man-1 (run on the bank & 2nd ad break)
Ernie, the cab driver                              Bridge Keeper
Mr. Gower                                               Mr. Welch
Cop (Arresting Violet in Clarence Sequence)
Lana Sherwood – 20s to 50s
Violet Bick / young Violet                      Rose Bailey
Matilda (Secretary at Bldg & Loan)     Ruth Dakin Bailey
Mrs. Hatch                                              Mrs. Thompson (at run on bank)
Schultz (German)                                   Zuzu Bailey (child)
Janie Bailey (child)                                Sadie Vance (bank examiner)


"One of the best holiday shows around. This is a fresh and inventive way of reconnecting with a classic story of love and redemption." 

Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times


"A fresh theatrical context that creates just the right kind of retro warmth. If you cry every time you see the movie, you'll be blubbering away right on cue...Guaranteed."
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune