Summit Theatre Group Announces
Open Call Auditions

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Written by Joe Landry
Original Music by Kevin Connors
Directed by Ginger Birch

Performance Dates
December 4 & 5 at 7:30 pm
December 6 at 2:30 pm

Video Auditions
Due no later than
October 24 at 12:00 Noon

Callbacks – In Person (Invitation Only)
Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
1625 NW O’Brien Rd Lee’s Summit, MO 64081


This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio-style broadcast. With the help of a small cast that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. This production is complete with a foley artist creating sound effects, original commercials, and beautifully original-composed  underscoring.

Overall, we need actors who are engaging with great facial expressions, provide a variety of voices for each character, and can improv with the audience.

Performances will include smaller in-studio audiences and streaming options. The staging of this production will be safe and will always follow the Jackson County Health Department Guidelines. All cast & crew will agree to low-risk situations and abide by all required guidelines during the rehearsal process and all performances. Please contact STG Company Manager, ginger@summittheatre.org if you have any questions.


Complete the audition registration which will require upload of your videos and resume at time of completion. Register here: https://forms.gle/e52A8YWk3BWXoR3N7

Audition Requirements:

  • Prepare one of the sides below and read all lines in the scene according to preferred gender. Have another person read opposite you.

Audition Sides:

All callbacks will be in person and will include cold readings, improv exercises, and a group sing of “Auld Lang Syne.” Masks are required at callbacks.


Please see the rehearsal schedule here.

plays George Bailey/Young George

plays Announcer, Joseph, Mr. Gower, Henry F. Potter, Uncle Billy Bailey, Ernie, Pete Bailey (Child), Mr. Bailey, Old Man Collins, Ed, Man, Giuseppe Martini, Nick, Bridge Keeper, Binky

plays Harry Bailey/Young Harry, Bert The Cop, Clarence Oddbody, As-2, Sam Wainwright, Lawyer, Dr. Campbell, Randall, Tom, Man 2, Charlie, Carter, Horace the Bank Teller, Tommy Bailey (Child), Mr. Welch

plays Mary Hatch Bailey/Young Mary

plays Violet Bick/Young Violet, Matilda, Ruth Dakin Bailey, Rose Bailey, Mrs. Hatch, Passerby at Run on Bank, Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Davis, Schultz, Janie Bailey (Child), Zuzu Bailey (Child)

A few lines. Runs all the live sound effects with the help of some cast members. Must be engaging, interactive with cast & audience, and have great facial expressions.

All five actors also provide ad-libs from the following crowds, etc.: Boys, Board Members, Crowd at Run on Bank, Restaurant Patrons, Crowd at Party

Find a full description of all characters here: Cast of Characters