Jimy Foreman, Whites Landing, as John Adams — 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.
Keith Robinson, Bellevue, as 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.
John Aiello, Norwalk, as 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.
John Ball, Bellevue, as 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.
Ric Hills, Norwalk, as 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.
Ethan Mandeville, Sandusky, as John Dickinson — Delegate from Pennsylvania. 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.
Deric Marbaugh, Bellevue, as 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.
Dan Higgins, Bellevue, as Richard Henry Lee — Delegate from Virginia. His flamboyancy is intoxicating and borderline infuriating. Was a noted orator and was appointed to many duties in the Continental Congress.
Brad Rowe, Bellevue, as 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.
Adam Cioffari, Columbus, as 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.
Cyndi Hineline, Fremont, as 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.
Samantha Trapp, Clyde, as 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.
Joshua Higgins, Bellevue, as Courier — The message runner between General Washington’s army and the Continental Congress. He has witnessed the hardships of war first-hand, although his innocent disposition and appearance may imply otherwise.
Neal Schlegel, Bellevue, as John Hancock — President of the Second Continental Congress, first governor of Massachusetts; first signer of the Declaration of Independence
Chris Norris, Bellevue, as Dr. Josiah Bartlett — Delegate from New Hampshire. Second signer of the Declaration of Independence (after Hancock).
John Meyers, Bellevue, as Lewis Morris — Delegate from New York. Politically involved in the defense of New York
Dave Borden, Bloomville, as Reverend John Witherspoon — Delegate from New York. Member of the group of five men assigned to draft the Declaration of Independence
Chris Wiedle, Clyde, as James Wilson — Delegate from Pennsylvania. Studied law under John Dickinson, then became a successful lawyer in Pennsylvania
Ted Ball, Bellevue, as Caesar Rodney — Delegate from Delaware. Rode overnight from Dover, Delaware, to Philadelphia to cast the deciding vote for Independence
Vernon Hansen, Bellevue, as George Read — Delegate from Delaware. Originally opposed independence as he felt it was too hasty a resolution, and later changed his mind
Luke A. Siegel-Schaefer, Bellevue, as Joseph Hewes — Delegate from North Carolina. Expert in maritime affairs, and in Congress became Secretary of the Naval Affairs Committee
Aaron Stewart, Norwalk, as Dr. Lyman Hall — Delegate from Georgia. Oversaw food and medicine distribution to the Revolutionary Armies
Guy Thiboutot, Bellevue, as Charles Thomson — secretary for both the First and Second Continental Congress
Ralph Burns, Bellevue, as Andrew McNair — Bell ringer and custodian of the First and Second Continental Congress. Little else is known about his life
Adrian Go, Norwalk, Ensemble
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 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, earning warm reviews, 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.
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.
Tickets are $12 for adults 18+, and $8 for adults 60+/children/students through grade 12. Call 419-484-2787 for reservations beginning September 30.
1776 is directed by Jimy Foreman. Huron’s Jeff Skaggs is music director. Marty Siegel, Bellevue, serves as the director’s assistant. Assistant/Co-Directors are Laura Horn, Bellevue; and Jan Graham-Glann, Huron. Stage Managers are Ann Marie Grycza Muehlhauser, Huron; and Cathy Schaffer, Bellevue. Kristen Santos, Tiffin, serves as piano accompanist.
1776 is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), and sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital.
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