Twenty middle school and high school actors dressed as school children singing the song "Revolting Children" from Matilda, the Musical onstage.
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Purple Door Youth Theater

An educational program of the Northfield Arts Guild Theater

Purple Door Youth Theater provides ensemble based learning and performance. Led by our staff of theater artists, students receive training and hands-on experiences to produce a quality theatrical production.  In addition to mounting the show, PDYT emphasizes building character off stage with skills like collaboration, critical thinking and citizenship.

AUDITIONS for It’s a Wonderful Life
Monday, October 4 and Tuesday, October 5 at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third St. W, Northfield.
4:00 – 5:30pm
Schedule a 30 minute audition slot.
Those auditioning will be asked to perform a short monologue.

For students in Grades 3 to 12 by audition/interview.

Widely considered one of the most inspirational and beloved stories in American film, It’s a Wonderful Life, translates beautifully to the Guild stage in this imaginative 1940’s style radio-on-stage production by Tony “Sparx” Palermo. This adaptation is designed as a live theater production with all the pizzazz and delight of golden era live radio shows, including students as live sound effects artists.

George Bailey has spent his whole life giving up his dreams to help others. When his Uncle Billy loses the funds belonging to his small loan business and George realizes that he will be held responsible, he believes his family and friends would be better off without him. On Christmas Eve, his guardian angel, Clarence, has a better idea. 

Rehearsals begin the week of October 25, and will run Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 4pm – 6:30pm at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Performances are the first two weekends of December at the Guild Theater.  

Directed by Rachel Haider.

Here are the AUDITION MONOLOGUES for It’s A Wonderful Life.
To prepare for the audition, select a character or two and read their lines to yourself several times, both silently and aloud. Try several interpretations or styles of delivery. Since radio actors can sometimes play several parts, try auditioning using different voices or accents for the various roles

ANNOUNCER: This is the story of George Bailey–an ordinary man who lives in Bedford Falls, New York. But George Bailey–more than anything– wanted to see the world–the exciting world that lay somewhere beyond his home town. George had big dreams. But also big responsibilities. Of course, sometimes the two don’t exactly fit together. Sometimes happiness is not over the rainbow, but right under your nose. However, our story doesn’t begin in Bedford Falls. In fact, it doesn’t begin anywhere in this world…

SUPERINTENDENT ANGEL: Now look, Clarence. A few months later, Young George was working after school at Gower’s drug store. But on this day, Mr. Gower received a telegram informing him that his only son had just died of influenza. Devastated, Mr. Gower was trying to drown his sorrow in whiskey, when…

GEORGE BAILEY 1: What did I wish for, Mary? Oh… I don’t know… Hmmm… Not just one wish, a whole hatful of ’em. Y’see… I’m leaving this crummy little town. I want to see the world! Italy! Greece! The Parthenon! The Coliseum! And that’s just this summer!

GEORGE BAILEY 2: Now, wait a minute! Why my father ever started this penny-ante Building and Loan, I’ll never know. But just remember this, Mr. Potter! That… “rabble”… you’re talking about… Well, they do most of the working and paying… and living and dying in this community. Is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms with a bath…? Anyway, my father didn’t think so! People were human beings to him! But to you–a warped, frustrated, old man–they’re cattle!

MARY HATCH BAILEY: (CONCERNED) What’s the matter, George? You haven’t said a word since you came home! Zuzu’s got a little temperature. The doctor said it was nothing serious. (PAUSE) Why are you shouting? George! Whatever’s wrong with you? Must you torture the children too?

VIOLET BICK: George Bailey… Have you lost your mind? (LOUDER) “Walk through the grass?” In my bare feet? It must be ten miles to the falls! And this is the only thing I have to wear. You expect me to go swimming in this? What’s with you, George? For a guy who wanted to sail around the world, you don’t seem to have been around the block!

CLARENCE: (SIGHS) Looking for “Bailey Park,” George? As you can see… It’s a cemetery… Martini’s buried here…. the little Blaine girl… your father… and… right next to him… Harry. Your little brother fell through the ice… and was drowned at the age of nine! Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. Y’know, George… You really had a wonderful life.

MA BAILEY: So, George, how do you like your new sisterin-law? She’ll keep Harry on his toes. (PAUSE) Did you know… Mary Hatch is back from college too? She’s been back three whole days. Nice girl, that Mary. (IMPATIENT) Oh! Stop this moping, George Bailey! It’s not like you. You don’t want her to be an old maid, do you? George? (GASPS) George! (CALLING AFTER HIM) You go and see Mary! Do you hear?…

MR. POTTER: (TO GEORGE) You hate the Building and Loan almost as much as I do, George. You’ve been dying to get out of this town ever since you were born. You see your friends, your brother, go places…. while you’re trapped here! Trapped into frittering away your life, playing nursemaid to a lot of garlic-eaters! Is this a correct picture, or do I exaggerate? (PAUSE) You’re pathetic, George Bailey….! For years, you opposed my plans and derided my character. You said you didn’t need me or my money. Did you not? And now… suddenly, I’m very important to you. Well…. do I look like… (CHORTLES) Santa Claus? (CHUCKLES) Hmm-m-m.


Purple Door Youth Theater is an immersive educational theater experience. Elementary, middle and high school students are involved with every aspect of producing a show like performing, designing, building, marketing and ushering in a safe and supportive environment.

Project Purple Door is an extension of PDYT and focuses on ensemble-based storytelling, building productions through imaginative theatricality and minimal stagecraft.

Who works with the students?  Director Rachel Haider manages PDYT and teaches acting, character, and production skills. Kate Stuart is our costumer/teacher. Dependent on the show, other prime teaching artists join our production team.


PDYT is a tuition and audition/interview based educational theater program. Registration is available to those in the cast or crew following auditions/tech interviews. Scholarships may be available.


“(Our daughter) learned so much and had a blast!!!”

“Thanks for a great experience and a hilarious show!”

“(My daughter) had an absolutely fabulous time, and it’s been great to see her so happy and learning so much!”

“The Purple Door Theater is a real treasure.”

“As a parent, I was beyond impressed and look forward to future experiences.”

“My daughter learned so much and made great friends! It is a safe and nurturing environment for her to take risks and try new things!”

“Seeing the friendships and cooperative spirit among the cast and crew was so inspiring!”

“The tour was a neat experience for the kids. The close friendships made/relationships built were a highlight. Wearing such elaborate costumes was fun. Leading audience members in activities after the shows gave the kids another chance to show their confidence.”

“For my child, performing in the theater was a big highlight as were costumes. She also enjoyed making new friends. For me, I was thrilled to see her confidence increase and for her to have the opportunity to perform in multiple settings for a range of audiences.”

“The children came together as a ‘family’. They learned from each other and had a great time making new friends, having fun, learning new things.”

“I volunteered several days “wrangling” the kids, and they listened well and knew what was expected of them.”

“These kids are so fortunate to have this opportunity! You do wonderful things! These kids lives are molded by your belief in their abilities and gifts.”

“Thank you so much for providing such exceptional opportunities for kids. Northfield is blessed by having the Arts Guild in our town. Our kids are so lucky to be able to learn and grow from your classes and the community you provide is supportive and fun! Excellent work!”

“Thank you so much for this program – it was a very positive experience for my child and for our family. I was SO proud on opening night!”

“I think the PDYT is a really great organization that fits in so well with Northfield and the arts that this town provides. It’s a bonus that children who are elementary age can participate and that they learn so much about theater as opposed to just performing in a play. We also really liked the fact that professionals were teaching the children. This just adds to the experience. PDYT is fantastic!”


Contact PDYT Director Rachel Haider at or Guild Education at


The audition/interview process is fun and low-pressure. However, the decision-making process begins the moment you walk through the door.

Be prepared, be nice, (never smug) and enjoy the opportunity to show your stuff. It’s okay… everyone is nervous. Try to stay positive, have a good attitude and enjoy the experience.

Previous acting or technical experience is not required.

We expect all artists with PDYT productions to be committed to doing and behaving their best – on and off stage.

It’s important that we’re able to assess each student’s independent abilities. Unless a special circumstance or need demands a parent’s assistance, this is your young artist’s time to shine. Parents will be asked to stay in another area.


Pick a monologue (from our choices) that you like. Memorize it and show us the appropriate emotion for the character. That face of yours is great for that. But keep it real. Crazy isn’t acting.

Move and speak simply, clearly and with confidence. Practice introducing yourself by name.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes in which you can freely move.

No need to use any props to do your monologue or reading; just use your imagination.

Show us your best self, forget your nerves and have fun. 


The interview won’t be scary; it’s more like a discussion. The tech director will chat with you about some of your strengths and about things you like to do. She might ask you about your ideas for things you imagine in the show. She might ask you why you want to be a technician. There’s not really anything to prepare in advance. Just relax and be yourself; that’s the best assessment as to if this will be a good fit.

Past Purple Door Youth Theater Productions

Peter Pan (an online Project Purple Door show) – 2021

The Importance of Being Earnest (an online Project Purple Door show) – 2021

The Prince and the Pauper (touring Project Purple Door show) – 2020

Matilda, the Musical – 2019

The Wizard of Oz – 2019

The King’s New Clothes (touring Project Purple Door show) – 2018

Les Misérables School Edition – 2018

A Christmas Carol – 2016

You Can’t Take It With You, a radio play (touring Project Purple Door show) – 2016

Robin Hood – 2016

Alice@Wonderland – 2015

The PDYT logo was designed by Louisa Lawler. Check out her work at

More educational theater is available all year-round. Check out our ongoing Education Programming and summer Young People’s Theater Workshop.

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