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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can audition? 2018-01-03T23:00:47+00:00

Anyone can audition for a show at Spokane Civic Theatre! We try to provide adequate character information for each production so everyone can decide which role is best for them to audition for.

What should I wear to auditions? 2017-12-20T00:22:27+00:00

We recommend that your outfit be more business casual, but something that you are comfortable in and can move in. If a director requires dance clothes or specific shoes, that information will be listed with the other details about that specific audition.

Can I read the script before my audition? 2017-12-20T00:14:04+00:00

Yes, Spokane Civic Theatre keeps copies of all scripts for the season in the Box Office that are available to be read either during Box Office hours or can be checked out for a $20 deposit (your deposit is returned if you bring the script back before the auditions).

If you are looking to check out a script, please call the Box Office at 509-325-2507 at least one hour before you would like to pick it up.

For musical auditions, can I bring my own track music? 2017-12-20T00:10:41+00:00

For all of our musical auditions Spokane Civic Theatre will provide an accompanist for your audition. Please bring piano sheet music for them to play while you perform.

Can I perform a monologue or a song from the show I am auditioning for? 2017-12-20T00:07:55+00:00

In order for our production teams to get an impression of you as a performer, we like to see you audition with content not from the show you are auditioning for.

Are there auditions for the Academy? 2017-12-20T00:26:20+00:00

The academy classes that are offered each quarter are not audition based and anyone in the age range of the class may sign up to participate.

The intensives and other special performance camps may require an audition, so please check our audition page for any Academy shows that are coming up for auditions.

2019-2020 Audition Dates

Spring Awakening: May 20-21, 2019

Matilda The Musical: June 30 – July 2, 2019

The Book of Will: August 12-14, 2019

A Place to Call Home: August 20, 2019

This is Our Youth: September 9-11, 2019

It’s A Wonderful Life: October 6-8, 2019

Present Laughter: October 28-30, 2019

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder: November 18-20, 2019

Cabaret: December 9-11, 2019

The Humans: January 13-15, 2020

Exile: March 2-4, 2020

Funny Girl: March 16-18, 2020

2020 Playwrights’ Forum Festival: TBA

It’s A Wonderful Life

(Main Stage Play)


Sunday, October 6 – 6:30PM

Monday, October 7 – 6:30PM

Tuesday, October 8 – 6:30PM (Callbacks)


Spokane Civic Theatre, Main Stage

1020 North Howard

Spokane, WA 99201


Please email Creative Director, Jake Schaefer, at

Production Details:

Production Run: November 29 – December 22, 2019

Margot and Robert Ogden Main Stage

What would the townspeople Bedford Falls have done without George Bailey who has spent his entire life giving of himself for their benefit? He wanted to travel, become an architect, and build skyscrapers but never had the opportunity. The people of Bedford Falls need affordable homes they can feel proud of, and the Building and Loan, founded by George’s kind and generous father, is the only thing keeping Mr. Potter from becoming even richer slum lord. On Christmas Eve, an 8,000 dollar bank deposit is misplaced by his Uncle Billy. If the shortage is discovered by the bank examiner George will go to jail, and his company will collapse. When George thinks about what this will mean for his wife and children, he contemplates suicide. When prayers of his loved ones are heard, Clarence, Angel Second Class,” comes to earth to help George, with the promise of earning his wings.

Adapted by DOUG RAND




Actors are strongly encouraged to read the script. Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script.


Each of the roles in boldface below is probably going to require one dedicated actor who plays no other role.

Needed: An ensemble of 20 to 25 Actors Appearing from Ages 5 to 75.

GEORGE BAILEY, the protagonist. George sacrifices his dreams to help his community and feels as though life is passing him by. ” Oh, Pop, now I couldn’t. I couldn’t face being cooped up for the rest of my life in a shabby little office.”

MARY BAILEY, née Hatch; Mary, Georges wife, has been in love with George since she was a little girl. She is the cement of the family and has always known with certainty that George would be a part of her life. ” Is this the ear you can’t hear on? George Bailey, I’ll love you till the day I die.”

UNCLE BILLY, George’s Uncle; co-founder of the Bailey Building & Loan. George’s absent-minded Uncle, endearing in so many ways, but an awful businessman. “I should have my head examined, George. Eight thousand dollars. It’s got to be somewhere.”

MRS. BAILEY, George’s mother. Through all of his disappointments, George’s mother is always trying to help him find a silver lining.”Now George, can you give me one good reason why you shouldn’t call Mary?”


COUSIN TILLY, George’s cousin; works at the Bailey Building & Loan.

COUSIN EUSTACE, George’s cousin; works at the Bailey Building &loan.

POTTER, the most powerful businessman in Bedford Falls. Potter is on the board of directors for Bailey Building and Loan, and he wants it gone. ” Are you running a business or a charity ward?” Potter is Ebenezer Scrooge “on Steroids.” “Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.” Charles Dickens

HARRY BAILEY, George’s kid brother. George loves his brother, and when he can’t go away to College pays for Harry to go instead. Harry becomes a Football All American, and when he arrives with a new wife and a great job offer in another town, George foregoes College and stays behind again continuing to run the building and loan.” I never said I’d take it. You’ve been holding the bag here for four years, and — well, I won’t let you down, George.

CLARENCE, a low-ranking angel.George Bailey’s Guardian Angel who lived during the 18th century, still struggling to earn his wings. ” I haven’t won my wings yet. That’s why I’m an Angel second class.”

VIOLET BICK, an attractive young woman.

ANNIE, the maid for Ma and Pop Bailey.

BERT, a cop.

ERNIE, a cabbie.

CARTER, a particularly humorless bank examiner.

GOWER, owner of a drugstore.

MARTINI, owner of a tavern.


Actors cast for other characters not in boldface will, in most cases, be challenged to play multiple roles.

  • POP BAILEY, George’s father; co-founder of the Bailey Building & Loan. ” Times are bad Mr. Potter a lot of people are out of work.” – PETE, their oldest child. – JANIE, their older daughter. – ZUZU, their younger daughter. – TOMMY, their youngest child. – JO, a much more senior angel. – FRANKIE, an even more senior female angel. (Both Joe and Frankie show Clarence different pivotal moments in George’s life, in preparation for his mission. Frankie. “Yes, Clarence. A man down there needs our help.” Clarence. “Splendid is he sick?” – Frankie. ” No, Worse. He’s desperate. At exactly 10:45pm, Earthtime, that man will be thinking seriously about throwing away God’s greatest gift.”) – RUTH BAILEY, née Dakin; Harry’s wife. – SAM WAINWRIGHT, George’s high school classmate. – JANE WAINWRIGHT, Sam’s wife. – MARTY HATCH, George’s high school classmate; older brother of Mary. – MRS. HATCH, Mary’s mother. – PARTRIDGE, the principal of Bedford Falls’ high school. – FREDDIE, an unappealing young man. – MICKEY, a troublemaker. – POTTER’S ATTENDANT, a silent type who’s always around todo Mr. Potter’s bidding. – RENT COLLECTOR, an employee of Mr. Potter. – SECRETARY, another employee of Mr. Potter. – MARIA MARTINI, Mr. Martini’s wife. – MARTINI CHILDREN – FLO, a vendor of luggage. – JAKE, a dubious workingman. – WELCH, the understandably belligerent husband of Zuzu’s teacher – NICK, a bartender. – BOUNCERS, two burly types who answer to Nick.  – ATCHMAN, who guards the bridge. – HORACE, a bank teller. – BALD MAN, an understandably frustrated chap. – RANDOM GUY 1, a suitor of Violet. – RANDOM GUY 2, a simultaneous suitor of Violet. – SHERIFF, who’s got his orders. Photographer, who’s after a scoop. – DIRECTORS of the Bailey Building & Loan, including: CAMBELL – CUSTOMERS of the Bailey Building & Loan, including: CHARLIE, EDNA, TOM, RANDALL, MRS. THOMPSON, MISS DAVIS – Children as of 1919, including, YOUNG George, YOUNG Harry, YOUNG Sam, YOUNG Mary, YOUNG Violet – TOWNSPEOPLE

Present Laughter

(Studio Theatre Play)


Monday, October 28 – 6:30PM

Tuesday, October 29 – 6:30PM

Wednesday, October 30 – 6:30PM (Callbacks)


Spokane Civic Theatre, Third Floor (Entrance through the Studio Theatre)

1020 North Howard

Spokane, WA 99201


Please email Creative Director, Jake Schaefer, at

Production Details:

Production Run: January 10 – February 2, 2020

Firth J Chew Studio Theatre

Noël Coward’s totally-irresistible comedy, Present Laughter, follows a self-obsessed actor (is there any other kind?) in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Freely indulging his considerable appetite for wine, women and sleeping late (not necessarily in that order), the theatre’s favorite leading man suddenly finds himself caught between fawning ingénues, crazed playwrights, secret trysts and unexpected twists.




Actors are strongly encouraged to read the script. Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script.


GARRY ESSENDINE – Male, 40 – 60, A cigarette-holder-wielding matinee idol slipping reluctantly into middle age; self-dramatizing, self-important, and hopelessly self-infatuated.

LIZ ESSENDINE – Female, 35 – 50, Garry’s ex-wife and theatrical producer; charming, kind, and practical.

MONICA REED – Female, 35 – 55, Garry’s secretary and “right-hand man”; sharp-witted, organized, acerbic.

DAPHNE STILLINGTON – Female, 18 – 25, Pretty ingenue; innocent and romantic but ambitious.

FRED – Male, 30 – 60, Garry’s smartly-dressed, cocky valet.

ROLAND MAULE – Male, 20 – 30, Idealistic, slightly-unbalanced, aspiring playwright.

MORRIS DIXON – Male, 30 – 50, Garry’s friend and theatrical producer; romantic and self-involved.

HUGO LYPPIATT – Male, 40 – 70, Businessman and Garry’s theatrical producer; slightly pompous and oblivious.

JOANNA LYPPIATT – Female, 30 – 45, Hugo’s wife; attractive, glamorous, ruthless, and shameless.

MRS. ERICKSON – Female, 35 – 65, Garry’s eccentric housekeeper.

LADY SALTBURN – Female, 50 – 80, Wealthy, Margaret Dumontian patron of the arts.