The Coaster Theatre Playhouse will hold auditions for its 2016 holiday production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” on Aug. 15 and 16, at 6 p.m. each night. The Coaster Theatre has a long tradition of community supported, quality, family-friendly holiday shows beginning with the theater’s first Dickens play in 1972. Since then the theatre has produced several versions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and Broadway blockbusters from “My Fair Lady” to Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

In our American culture “It’s a Wonderful Life” has become almost as familiar as “A Christmas Carol.” George Bailey, from the small town of Bedford Falls, dreams of escape and adventure only to have them quashed by family obligation and civic duty. His guardian angel descends on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him — by showing him — what the world would have been like had he never been born and that his life has been, after all, a wonderful life. This faithful adaptation celebrates the faith of the season, as well as the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play and the love and support of one’s family and community will be rewarded.

Actors interested in auditioning will read from preselected sides from the show and should plan to arrive prepared to fill out an audition form including conflicts (out of town dates, work schedule, appointments, etc.). If an actor is interested in being a part of the show but are unable to make the audition dates they can contact the theatre at 503-436-0609 to make alternate arrangements. More information can be found at



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