Audition Notice

We are looking for adult (16+) performers who can voice multiple parts in the story. This is a radio play, so every actor will be playing a performer on stage. Performers include voice actors, foley artists, and a piano player (and/or possibly other musicians). 

Information about the play:

It’s a wonderful life: The radio play by Philip Grecian

Theatre Tillsonburg, Dec 3 – 13, 2020 (public health-permitting)

Director: Julie Buffett

Producers: Angela Carvalho and Karen Tripp

More information:

Your appearance does not need to match the voice performance part(s) you’re interested in. The only expectation for your appearance is that you look like you’re from the 1940s (this means: no visible piercings or tattoos; and only natural looking hair colour in traditional styles – or a good wig!). 

We are looking for actors who can voice children, young / middle aged adults, and older people. You may appear one gender and voice another. It will be necessary for most of the cast to be able to provide at least one man’s or child’s voice.

Dialogue for larger parts must be memorized. We may have a limited number of scripts on stage for assistance (designed as props by production team). 

Characters (one actor will play multiple parts)

Voice performance parts include: 

Children / young people: young George, young Harry, young Mary, young Violet, Peter, Tommy, Zuzu, Janie, Freddie (Mary’s date in high school), Mickey (class clown)

Adult men: George Bailey, radio announcer, Harry Bailey, Nick the bartender, Bert the cop, Ernie Bishop, Mr. Martini, Marty Hatch, Mr. Carter, Sam Wainwright, Mr. Reineman, Ed, Charlie, Tom, men at building and loan, man at Martini’s, man on the street, Osgood the librarian, men near the library, reporter 

Older men: Clarence Oddbody (angel), Mr. Potter, Mr. Gower, uncle Billy, Mr. Bailey, the boss (in heaven), chairman, men at board meeting, Mr. Partridge (the principal), Joe (owns luggage store), Welch, Sheriff, Joseph (another angel), man on porch

Adult women: Mary Hatch-Bailey, Tilly (Bailey’s secretary), Violet Bick, call letter singers, Mrs. Davis, Helen the librarian, Ruth Dakin-Bailey, Hortense, woman at building and loan, women near the library 

Older women: Mrs. Bailey, Potter’s secretary, Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Thompson 

Other parts:

Foley artist(s), pianist, radio producer (will likely do PA voice)

Audition process:

Step 1:            If you’re interested in auditioning, email to request the audition script.

Step 2:            We will send out the audition script beginning July 1 2020.  When you receive the audition script, go through it and practice different voices (try young child, teen, man, woman, older people) and different accents (upstate New York, New England, New York City, Italian). Please challenge yourself and attempt and record different voices. 

Step 3:            Submit your application by email.  You may submit multiple recordings. If you send audio only files, please also include your picture.  Send your recordings to by 11:59pm on July 15 2020 and include the following information in your email:

  1. Full name 
  2. Phone number 
  3. Age 
  4. Height 
  5. Hair colour and style (i.e. long, straight, with bangs)
  6. Roles most interested in 
  7. Acting experience (or attach resume) 
  8. Music (ability to play an instrument; singing ability) 
  9. Foley experience / interest 
  10. Rehearsals will likely be once or twice per week from mid-August to mid-November.  These will be weekday evenings and/or weekend afternoons or evenings. Not all actors will be called to every rehearsal. Beginning November 1, all actors will be needed to all rehearsals. Mid-November to opening, you may be called more than twice per week. Please list all conflicts (i.e. I am never available Wednesday evenings; I am away on vacation Oct 1-9). Note: early rehearsals may be over Zoom.
  11. Initial that I understand I may need a police check to participate. 
  12. Initial that I will not alter my hair style or colour without specifically speaking to director. 
  13. Initial that all of my info provided here is accurate. 
  14. If actor is under 18, parent/guardian must consent to application.