Lyric Arts seeks color-inclusive cast for IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Adapted by Doug Rand
Directed by Hannah Weinberg-Goerger

November 19–December 19, 2021 (27 total performances)

Audition Note from the Director

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is a timeless tale of finding hope during trying times, and knowing you are enough. I love this piece and my hope is to bring this classic story to life through collaboration with a diverse group of actors who can be versatile in letting their own stories live within the text of this script.

Additional Information

Note on Diversity and Inclusive Casting

We are seeking a multi-racial, color-conscious cast and are committed to finding a BIPOC adult actor to play George Bailey and a BIPOC child actor to play Young George. 

Open Call for Audition Submissions

Please prepare and submit a one-minute heart-felt monologue of your choosing or a reading from one of the sides provided here or at the bottom of this listing.

You may submit your resume, headshot, and audition video by 11:59 p.m., on Wednesday, July 28, using our online audition submission form.

Callback Auditions

Callbacks will be held in person on the evening of Monday, August 2, from 6:00–10:00 p.m.

In order to make efficient use of actors’ time, specific callback times for individual artists will be determined by the artistic staff and communicated to those called back.

Character Descriptions

Note: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE features a large cast of characters. We are planning to reduce the size of the cast to 10 adult actors and 4 children. The only roles not to double are George Bailey and Mr. Potter. Age ranges listed in character descriptions signify the age of the character to be played.

GEORGE BAILEY—early 30s–40, BIPOC. The Everyman of Bedford Falls

MR. POTTER—50s–70, any ethnicity

ACTOR 1—Clarence, Mr. Gower, Dr. Campbell, and Others. Any ethnicity.

ACTOR 2—Mrs. Bailey, Frankie, Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Thompson, Flo, and Others. Any ethnicity.

ACTOR 3—Pop Bailey, Mr. Partridge, Mr. Welch, Horace, and Others. Any ethnicity.

ACTOR 4—Uncle Billy, Nick, and Others. Any ethnicity.

ACTOR 5—Sam Wainwright, Bert, Marty Hatch, and Others. Any ethnicity.

ACTOR 6—Harry Bailey, Ernie, Mr. Carter, Mr. Martini, Freddie, Tom, and Others. Any ethnicity.

ACTOR 7—Mary Bailey, Jo, Miss Davis, Secretary. Any ethnicity.

ACTOR 8—Violet Bick, Cousin Tilly, Ruth Bailey, Jane Wainwright, Annie, Mrs. Martini, and Others. Any ethnicity.

CHILD ACTOR 1—12–15, BIPOC. Young George, Pete.

CHILD ACTOR 2—11–14, any ethnicity. Janie, Young Mary, Young Violet.

CHILD ACTOR 3—11–14, any ethnicity. Tommy, Young Harry.

CHILD ACTOR 4—10–12, any ethnicity. Zuzu.

Additional Information

  • $600 stipend paid on opening night to adult actors. Modest gas stipends available to parents of youth actors.
  • COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed, including extra sanitization and daily temperature screenings.
  • Submissions are open to actors aged 10 and above by the date of callbacks. No exceptions.
  • All artists aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated—you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination before attending callbacks. If children under 12 are cast, additional COVID-19 safety precautions will be employed.
  • Callbacks will be held at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 E Main St, Anoka 55303.
  • A separate callback may be scheduled for child actors.
  • All other questions about auditions—including those regarding audition conflicts—should be sent to our auditions e-mail.

Contact information

Lyric Arts Company of Anoka, Inc.
Laura Tahja Johnson
Web site

Respond by
Wednesday, July 28
Posted July 12