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AUDITIONS

for

1776

at Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre

30 Academy Street, Auburn, Maine

(Auditions will be held on the third floor.)

Monday, August 12, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13, 6:30 p.m.

Director: Celeste Philippon

Assistant Directors: Eileen Messina, Mark Hazzard

Music Director: Linda Vaillancourt

Choreographer: Eileen Messina

Stage Manager: Brandon Chaloux

Producer: Jane Mitchell

Performances of 1776 will be held

 

October 25th at 7:30 p.m.

October 26th at 7:30 p.m.

October 27th at 2:00 p.m.

October 31st at 7:30 p.m.

November 1st at 7:30 p.m.

November 2nd at 2:00 p.m.

November 3rd at 2:00 p.m.

1776

Book by Peter Stone

Music by Sherman Edwards

Lyrics by Sherman Edwards

Based on a conception of Sherman Edwards

 

Auditions are open to all races/ethnicities, genders/gender identities, disabilities, and sexual orientations.

Many roles will be cast without consideration of the actor’s ethnicity, skin color, or body shape and in some cases, sex or gender.

 

While auditioners for singing roles are encouraged to sing a selection from 1776, songs from other musicals will be allowed (you must bring your own sheet music if singing from another musical). No a capella auditions will be allowed. Those interested in lead and supporting roles will also be asked to perform cold readings from the script.

 

QUESTIONS?

 

Contact Celeste Philippon at cdphilip@roadrunner.com .

 

THE STORY

 

The Founding Fathers come alive in this classic American musical. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson fight for independence against a deadlocked Continental Congress in a retelling filled with humor, romance, pathos, and nail-biting tension.

The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.

It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.

THE SONGS

 

Sit Down, John - John Adams and the Congress

Piddle, Twiddle, and Resolve - Adams

Till Then - John and Abigail Adams

The Lees of Old Virginia - Lee, Franklin, and Adams

But, Mr. Adams - Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Sherman, and Livingston

Yours, Yours, Yours - John and Abigail Adams

He Plays the Violin - Martha Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams

Cool, Cool, Considerate Men - Dickinson and the Conservatives

Momma, Look Sharp - Courier, McNair, and Thomson

The Egg - Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson

Molasses to Rum - Rutledge

Yours, Yours, Yours Reprise - Abigail Adams

Is Anybody There? - Adams

 

THE CHARACTERS

 

John Adams (male lead, baritone)

Delegate from Massachusetts. John is a dutiful husband. Opinionated, passionate, and a bit boisterous, he wears his age with pride. Starving for independence from England. In several songs and has two major solos. Age: 30’s – 40’s

 

Benjamin Franklin (male lead, baritone/bass)

Delegate from Pennsylvania. Franklin is intelligent, well-traveled, and pleasantly cunning. Sings in “But, Mr. Adams,” “He Plays the Violin,” and “The Egg.” Age: 60’s – 70’s

Thomas Jefferson (male lead, tenor)

Delegate from Virginia. Tall, mild-mannered, and soft-spoken intellectual. Principal writer of the Declaration. Sings in “But, Mr. Adams” and “The Egg.” Age: 30’s

 

Edward Rutledge (male supporting, tenor/baritone)

Delegate from South Carolina. Rutledge is haunting and somewhat ominous even though he is the youngest member of the Continental Congress. A leader of the South. Sings major solo in “ Molasses to Rum.” Age: 20’s-30’s

John Dickinson (male supporting, baritone/bass)

Delegate from Pennsylvania. A hawkish gentleman, he is sharp-tongued and a touch detestable. Sings lead in “Cool, Considerate Men.” Age: 40’s

Richard Henry Lee (male supporting, baritone)

Delegate from Virginia, Lee is a willowy aristocrat. His flamboyancy is intoxicating and borderline infuriating. Sings lead in “The Lees of Old Virginia.” Age: 30’s-40’s

Abigail Adams (female supporting mezzo-soprano)

Loving wife to John Adams. Intelligent, quick-witted, and talented with a pen, Abigail is every bit as bright as her husband. Sings “Till Then” and “Yours, Yours, Yours” with John. Age: 30’s-40’s

Martha Jefferson (female supporting mezzo-soprano)

Thomas Jefferson’s very-much-in-love wife. Her looks are striking, her dancing delightful, and her humor appealing. Joy radiates from her. Sings lead in “He Plays the Violin.” Age: 20’s-30’s

Charles Thomson (supporting, tenor)

Secretary of the Continental Congress. Repeatedly calls the roll and reads Washington’s dispatches. Sings in “Momma, Look Sharp.” Age: indeterminate.

Roger Sherman (featured, tenor)

Delegate from Connecticut who sings in “But, Mr. Adams.” Age: indeterminate

Robert Livingston (featured, baritone)

Delegate from New York who sings in “But, Mr. Adams.” Age: indeterminate

Andrew McNair (featured, tenor)

The custodian and bell-ringer. Provides some comic relief. Sings in “Momma, Look Sharp.” Age: indeterminate

Courier (featured, tenor)

The message runner between General Washington’s army and the Continental Congress. Sings lead in “Momma, Look Sharp.” Age: teens or 20’s

James Wilson (supporting spoken)

A Pennsylvania delegate, he is inaccurately depicted as casting the final vote to approve the Declaration. Age: indeterminate

John Hancock (supporting, spoken)

President and presiding officer of the Continental Congress. From Massachusetts, he was pro-independence. Age: indeterminate

Stephen Hopkins (supporting, spoken)

Delegate from Rhode Island. Hopkins’ drinking has led to an appearance befitting the second-oldest man in the Continental Congress. Playful, off-colored old man. Age: 60’—70’s

Col. Thomas Mckean (supporting, spoken)

Delegate from Delaware. McKean is florid and likable with a charming, yet commanding, Scottish Brogue. Age: 40’s-50’s

Caesar Rodney (supporting, spoken)

Delaware delegate suffering from cancer. Strongly pro-independence. Age: 50’s-60’s.

Samuel Chase (featured spoken)

Reverend John Witherspoon (featured spoken)

Lewis Morris (featured spoken)

Dr. Josiah Bartlett (featured spoken)

Dr. Lyman Hall (featured spoken)

George Read (featured spoken)

Joseph Hewes (featured spoken)

Other members of the Continental Congress Male Ensemble Tenor, Baritone, Bass

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