George Bailey is a small-town man whose life seems so desperate he contemplates ending his life. He had always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to see the world, but circumstances and his own good heart have led him to stay. He sacrificed his education for his brother’s, kept the family-run savings and loan afloat, protected the town from the avarice of the greedy banker Mr. Potter, and married his childhood sweetheart. As he prepares to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel intercedes; showing him what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls if he had never lived.
All the familiar characters from the Jimmy Stewart movie are in this show plus some additional ones. It does require a lot of men! The script lists over 60 characters so many people will play multiple roles. Even so, for each cast we’re looking for seven children ages 7-14, eleven females, ages 14 and up, and ten males ages 14 and up.
Proposed Cast Requirements:
GEORGE BAILEY (Male, age 30s-40s) Affable, much-loved owner of Bailey Building & Loan; a dreamer continually asked to put his dreams on hold for the sake of others. Considers giving up his life to escape a scandal and save his family.
CLARENCE (Male, age 40+) Charming, impish Angel Second Class who, after 200 years, is still trying to earn his wings.
MR. POTTER (Male, age 40+) the richest and meanest man in town. (will double as Watchman)
UNCLE BILLY (Male, age 40+) George’s loveable, absent-minded uncle (will also play Nick, the bartender, and rent collector).
POP BAILEY (Male, age 40+) George’s father (will also play Martini, the tavern owner, Mr. Carter, a bank examiner, & Dr. Campbell)
MR. GOWER (Male, age 30+) Tippling pharmacist, shaken from the loss of his young son. (will also play Sam, George’s long-time friend, and a bank director)
ERNIE (Male, age 20-50) Cab driver (will also play Freddie)
BERT (Male, age 20-50) Bedford Falls policeman (will also play Mr. Welch, Mickey & bank director)
HARRY (age 16-30) (George’s younger brother), will also play Charlie, bouncer & Customer.
MARTY (age 16-30) Mary’s older brother (will also play Jake, bouncer, sheriff & Randall
MARY HATCH BAILEY (Female, age 20s-40s) George’s wife; sweet girl next door type
JO (female, any age) a senior level angel
FRANKIE (female, any age) an even more senior level angel
MRS. BAILEY (Female, age 40+) George’s mother (will also play Mrs. Martini).
MRS. HATCH (age 30+) (Mary’s mother) will also play secretary & townsperson.
VIOLET BICK (Female, age teen -20s) Town siren with a heart of gold (will also play Miss Davis)
FLO (any age) luggage store owner (will also play attendant and townsperson)
RUTH ( age 16-30) Harry’s wife (will also play Principal Partridge, Jane, & Edna.
COUSIN TILLEY (Female, age 15-30) George’s cousin and loan office clerk (will also play teen girl)
COUSIN EUSTACE (Female, age 15-30) George’s cousin and loan office clerk (will also play teen girl).
ANNIE (female any age)- the Bailey’s maid (will also play townsperson & Mrs. Thompson).
YOUNG GEORGE (male age 10-14) (George as a child), will also play PETE (the Bailey’s oldest child).
JANIE (female age 10-14) The Bailey’s oldest child (will also play townsperson child)
ZU ZU (female age 7- 9) The Bailey’s youngest daughter (will also play townsperson child)
TOMMY (male age 7-9) the Bailey’s youngest child (will also play Harry as a child)
YOUNG MARY (female age 10-13) Mary as a child (will also play Martini child)
YOUNG VIOLET (Female age 8-11) (will also play Martini child)
YOUNG SAM (Male 9-12) (will also play Martini child)