A large male ensemble is needed for members of Congress. All men who audition will be cast — young and young-at-heart (late-teens to 90s) — short, tall, and everything in between.
Just in time for the 2016 Presidential Election, witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence, signed 240 years ago!
This seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits.
1776, BSA’s 22nd season opener, 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.
1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book.
With music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone, 1776 premiered on Broadway in 1969 and ran for 1,217 performances. The production was nominated for five Tony Awards and won three, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. In 1972 it was made into a film adaptation. It was revived on Broadway in 1997.
Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, August 22 and 23 at 205 Maple Street, Bellevue.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, October 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, October 16 and 23 at 2:30 p.m.
Available roles (and playable ages) include:
Stephen Hopkins — Delegate from Rhode Island. Hopkins’ drinking has led to an appearance befitting of the second oldest in the Continental Congress. He has a ‘dirty old man’ playfulness about him. His signature on the Declaration of Independence is shaky due to a right hand that trembled from old age. Male; Age: 70; Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: C3
Roger Sherman — Delegate from Connecticut, and later Senator. Member of the group of five men assigned to draft the Declaration of Independence. A coffee drinker with a penchant for hyperactivity, Sherman is a simple and balding cobbler.; Male; Age: 55; Vocal range top: Bb4; Vocal range bottom: C3
Robert Livingston — Delegate from New York. Member of the group of five men assigned to draft the Declaration of Independence. Recently a father, Livingston’s disposition has become one of humility and graciousness. He has changed considerably over the years. Male; Age: 30; Vocal range top: F4; Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Benjamin Franklin — Delegate from Pennsylvania. Member of the group of five men assigned to draft the Declaration of Independence. Franklin is intelligent, well-traveled, and pleasantly cunning. A jolly and admirable fellow with whom one would desire to have a friendship. Well-known inventor, diplomat, and author, among other skills. Male; Age: 60–70; Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: Ab2
John Dickinson — Delegate from Pennsylvania. A thin, hawkish gentleman. Believed in reconciliation with, rather than independence from, Britain. He did not sign the Declaration of Independence, but left Congress and joined the Pennsylvania militia. He is sharp-tongued and a touch detestable. Male; Age: 44; Vocal range top: E4; Vocal range bottom: A2
Col. Thomas McKean — Delegate from Delaware. McKean is florid and likable with a charming, yet commanding, Scottish Brogue. Eventually served as interim president of Delaware while serving as chief justice of Pennsylvania. Male; Age: 42; Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: C3
Richard Henry Lee — Delegate from Virginia. Lee is a willowy aristocrat. His flamboyancy is intoxicating and borderline infuriating. Was a noted orator and was appointed to many duties in the Continental Congress. Male; Age: 45; Vocal range top: G4; Vocal range bottom: C3
Thomas Jefferson — Delegate from Virginia. Author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. Though noticeably tall, Jefferson is mild-mannered and sweet. Along with being a well-read man, he is very much in love with his wife. Male; Age: 33; Vocal range top: G4; Vocal range bottom: C3
Edward Rutledge — Delegate from South Carolina. Despite his good looks, Rutledge is haunting and somewhat ominous as the youngest member of the Continental Congress. There is a serpent-like quality to him. Male; Age: 26; Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: C3
Abigail Adams — Loving wife to John Adams. Prolific correspondent, writing many letters to John. Intelligent, quick-witted, and talented with a pen, Abigail is a radiant and shapely beauty. Every bit as bright as her husband. Advocate of women’s rights. Female; Age: 32; Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: Db4
Martha Jefferson — Thomas Jefferson’s very-much-in-love wife. Her looks are striking, her dancing delightful, and her humor appealing. She doesn’t shy away from a good time. Joy radiates from her. Died 19 years before Thomas Jefferson became the third president of the United States. Female; Age: 27; Vocal range top: D5; Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Courier — The message runner between General Washington’s army and the Continental Congress. He has witnessed the hardships of war firsthand, although his innocent disposition and appearance may imply otherwise. Male; Age: 15–20; Vocal range top: Db4; Vocal range bottom: C3
John Hancock — President of the Second Continental Congress, first governor of Massachusetts; first signer of the Declaration of Independence
Dr. Josiah Bartlett — Delegate from New Hampshire. Second signer of the Declaration of Independence (after Hancock)
Lewis Morris — Delegate from New York. Politically involved in the defense of New York
Reverend John Witherspoon — Delegate from New York. Member of the group of five men assigned to draft the Declaration of Independence
James Wilson — Delegate from Pennsylvania. Studied law under John Dickinson, then became a successful lawyer in Pennsylvania
Caesar Rodney — Delegate from Delaware. Rode overnight from Dover, Delaware, to Philadelphia to cast the deciding vote for Independence
George Read — Delegate from Delaware. Originally opposed independence as he felt it was too hasty a resolution, and later changed his mind
Samuel Chase — Delegate from Maryland. Career lawyer
Joseph Hewes — Delegate from North Carolina. Expert in maritime affairs, and in Congress became Secretary of the Naval Affairs Committee
Dr. Lyman Hall — Delegate from Georgia. Oversaw food and medicine distribution to the Revolutionary Armies
Charles Thomson — secretary for both the First and Second Continental Congress
Andrew McNair — Bell ringer and custodian of the First and Second Continental Congress. Little else is known about his life
For auditions: You may sing a song you know or something from the show. An accompanist will be available. You will also be asked to read from the script.
1776 is directed by Jimy Foreman of Whites Landing. Huron’s Jeff Skaggs is music director. It is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), and sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital.
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