Audition announcement

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THE CIVIL WAR

Book by Frank Wildhorn, Gregory Boyd, Jack Murphy

Music by Frank Wildhorn

 

Drawing on letters, diaries, firsthand accounts and the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman, The Civil War is a thrilling and awe-inspiring "dramatic theatrical concert." The original Broadway production was nominated for multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and features an unforgettable score filled with Gospel, Country, Rock and Folk by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & HydeDraculaBonnie & Clyde).

This epic thematic revue puts a human face on the greatest tragedy of American history. It explores the experiences of the soldiers and leaders who fought for their way of life. It also examines the lives of the lovers and families whom they left behind, as well as the hopes and fears of the slaves whose freedom was at stake. This musical passionately asks us to consider our beliefs about freedom, honor and faith.

The Civil War calls for a large, predominantly male cast, while the score provides many solo opportunities for strong singers. This intense work delves into one of our nation's most defining times and is packed with feeling and messages expressed directly through the wide variety of musical numbers performed, making it the perfect choice for theatres looking to mount a large scale production that will inspire, move and educate.

 

AUDITIONS

Street Theatre Company will be holding auditions for THE CIVIL WAR on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018, 5pm – 10pm with potential callbacks the evening of Wednesday, August 8th at 6727 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN.

Please bring your headshot and resume and prepare a 32 bar cut in the appropriate show style. Bring sheet music in the appropriate key (an accompanist will be provided.) No tracks or pre-recorded accompaniment. Please be prepared to provide weekend and evening availability for September 2nd through September 29th.

Auditions are by appointment only. Please email auditions@streettheatrecompany.org with any questions and to schedule an appointment.

THE CIVIL WAR is directed by Randy Craft and musical directed by Jo Lynn Burks

 

ROLES

BENJAMIN A slave who, after enduring so much suffering, is happy to sit back and watch the white men fight so he can reap the benefits of potential freedom. Eventually becomes a guide on the Underground Railroad.

Male, 30-40 yrs old

Range: C4 - G5

African-American

BESSIE A slave who has had her husband and all of her children taken from her. She remains positive in spite of this. Eventually escapes via the Underground Railroad.

Female, 25-35 yrs old

Range: F3 - C6

African-American

CONFEDERATE CAPTAIN Like the Union Captain, he laments on the effects of the war. He remains prideful throughout it all, believing in his cause even through the destruction of his preconceived notion of war.

Male, 25-35 yrs old

Range: A3 - B5

Caucasian

FREDERICK DOUGLAS An escaped slave and son of a former slave. He believes slavery is the pivot point of the revolution, despite what politicians say. Smart, outspoken, stately.

Male, 50-65 yrs old

Range: D4 - D6

African-American

HARRIET An escaped slave who helps other slaves escape via the Underground Railroad. Strong, but not without worry or fear.

Female, 25-35 yrs old

Range: A3 - C6

African-American

LOCHRAN A captain of the Union Army, he believes the Rebels will easily back down. Quickly feels the weight of the war as many young men perish under his watch.

Male, 35-45 yrs old

Range: A3 - B5

Caucasian

*PLAYS GUITAR

PIERCE A Confederate captain from Virginia who goes to fight for his beloved state. He feels the full weight of the war and the impact his decisions have.

Male, 35-45 yrs old

Range: A3 - B5

Caucasian

SAM TAYLOR One of the two brothers who join the war. Sam joins the Confederation, eager and confident but quickly learns and is affected by the horrors of war.

Male, 20-30 yrs old

Range: B3 - B5

Caucasian

SARAH A kind but incredibly strong woman. She is married to a Union soldier and must tend to the house, work, and children alone while her husband is away.

Female, 18-25 yrs old

Range: F3 - F5

Caucasian

UNION CAPTAIN Laments the numbing effects the war has had on him personally. Eagerly awaits the end of the fighting.

Male, 30-40 yrs old

Range: C4 - B5

Caucasian

ENSEMBLE – Lots of opportunities for featured soloist

ALL ETHNICITIES

 

COMPENSATION

Some roles offer stipend.

 

REHEARSAL AND PRODUCTION DATES AND LOCATION

Rehearsals will begin on or around September 2nd. The show runs September 21st – 29th at 6727 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN.