Audition Dates:
Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 pm

at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. 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 ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

What is a live radio play? The actors you see on stage are “radio actors” who portray the characters in the story. They stand in front of microphones and present different characters by changing their voices, facial expressions, and costumes into new personas. There are also actors playing foley artists who create live sound effects right before your eyes.

Cast members may play multiple characters. Auditions are open to anyone in high school or older.

Performances: December 16, 17, and 18th

How to Audition:

The cast for this play can be as small as five people and as large as 30. We will adjust parts and characters based on the number of people who are cast. 


(generally in his 20s-30s) 
plays George Bailey / Young George


(generally in his 30s-50s)
plays Announcer, Joseph, Mr. Gower, and/or other characters


(generally in his 30s-40s)
plays Harry Bailey / Young Harry, Bert The Cop, Clarence Oddbody, and/or other characters


(generally in her 20s-30s)
plays Mary Hatch Bailey / Young Mary


(generally in her 30s-40s)
plays Violet Bick / Young Violet, and/or other characters

Auditioning for an OCC production, or any production, can be a nerve-racking and scary experience. Here are a few tips to help with that process.

If you have never auditioned before, here is what to expect. You will arrive at the college and enter the lobby in front of the theater. There will be a table where you will sign in and fill out a couple of forms. Once that is completed, you will wait until your name is called.

Someone will walk you into the theater and introduce you to the audition committee (be prepared for a little small talk). You will read for the character you have chosen. Someone will come on stage and read opposite you. When you are finished, you will walk back out the way you came. Occasionally, the audition committee will ask you a few questions or ask you to read for another character.

How to Prepare for the Audition:

  • Practice, practice, practice! You do not have to be memorized, but it is expected that you are prepared.

  • Dress nicely. Make a great first impression.

  • When doing your read, be the character. Make choices.

  • Learn as much as you can about the show story. Learn as much as you can about the character you are auditioning for. The Internet is truly a wealth of information when it comes to shows. Use it!

  • Have someone read opposite you several times beforehand: a friend, spouse, co-worker, anyone.

  • Unfortunately, the nature of theatre auditioning is disappointment. If you cannot handle disappointment, theatre may not be for you. Multiple people audition for one part, but only one person will get that part. But if you are cast in a part, allow yourself to fall in love with your role.

1st Rehearsal: Tuesday, November 1st, at 6:30 pm

Each member of the cast will receive a rehearsal schedule at the first rehearsal. In addition, cast members will receive weekly updates on what specific scenes will be covered on each day that week via VirtualCallboard. Rehearsals will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm. You may or may not be required to attend rehearsal all three days each week. Some Friday rehearsals will be added in December.

We understand that cast members have families, jobs, school, and are also involved in other activities, so we try to be flexible. If you must miss a rehearsal for something important, we ask that you communicate that to the stage manager in advance. However, please be sure that you can attend most rehearsals so that the cast has time to work together. 

Do I have to have experience on stage to audition?

No! We welcome anyone who is interested in participating, even if you have never done a show before. 

What if I cannot make the audition dates?

Video auditions can be accepted, but please arrange those in advance. Your video must be submitted before auditions are completed.

Do I have to live in Olney to be in the show?

No! We love having people from different communities participate in our shows. We are always happy to see new faces.

Do I cold read at the audition?

Nope. Audition materials are posted in advance, and we expect you to come rehearsed and prepared with a character. 

Do I have to be memorized at the audition?

Memorization is not required, but please come prepared and having rehearsed. 

Where are auditions held?

Olney Central College at the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center
305 N West Street
Olney, IL 62450 

Drive past the main building all the way to the east end of the campus. The theater is in the separate brick building next to the main building (the lobby is all windows). 

I heard that I get class credit for being in a show. Is this true?

It is! You get class credit for being in the cast and the crew. The tuition and fees for the class are waived. 


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