Direction by Debra Clinton
Additional auditions will be held on Friday, June 10, 5-7PM.
Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, 114 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220.
Those who auditioned at the 2016-17 Season Open Call should not attend this audition.
Those auditioning are asked to prepare a short musical theatre song, not to exceed 2 minutes in length. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key.
Rehearsals begin August 29 for a September 28 – October 23 run.
Seeking Union and Non-Union performers. All performers will be paid.
Casting the following roles:
JOHN ADAMS (Fortyish): A not tall, fiery, very articulate, proud, passionate man. He is a New England Puritan coupled with a passion for ideas and an incredibly strong love for his wife, Abigail. Charismatic in a hard working way; he’s always there. An opposition’s nightmare. Good sense of humor. Baritone, C to F#.
**This role is cast. Seeking cover only.
THOMAS JEFFERSON (Thirtyish): Tall- must be at least 6’2”. The “American Sphinx” transformed into the quiet but intellectually forceful romantic lead. Sexy in a languid way. Good sense of humor. Vocal Range: Baritone, C to G.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (60-70) Intelligent, incorrigible, and pleasantly cunning. A jolly and admirable fellow with whom anyone would desire friendship. Vocal Range: Ab to Eb.
RICHARD HENRY LEE (30-45): Tall, masculine and full of himself. Most move well and have plenty of energy. Has big comic character number. Vocal Range: High Baritone, Bb to G (or Ab).
JOHN DICKINSON (mid-40’s): Leader of the conservative opposition to Adams. Sharp-tongued and formidable. Vocal Range: A to E.
EDWARD RUTLEDGE (late 20’s) South Carolina aristocracy. Oozes confidence and cynicism, almost serpentine. Vocal Range: C to A.
ROGER SHERMAN (45-55): A simple cobbler from Eastern Connecticut. Tenor, C to Bb.
COL. THOMAS MCKEAN (40-60): A rough-hewned Scott (with brogue) who’s seen many battles. Loud and Funny. Vocal Range: Bass Baritone, low C to Eb.
SAMUEL CHASE (35-50): Large, rotund gentlemen with an insatiable appetite. Has a lot of both grace and sweat. Vocal Range: Tenor, up to Ab.
ROBERT LIVINGSTON (30-45): A gracious diplomat. Droll. Is on the Declaration writing committee. Vocal Range: Tenor, Bb to F.
STEPHEN HOPKINS (60-70): Second oldest member of Congress, starts the day with a strong drink. Vocal Range: C to Eb.
ANDREW MCNAIR (40-60): The Congressional custodian. Earthy, plain-speaking with a wry sense of humor. Vocal Range: Light Baritone, low Bb to Db (just above middle C).
COURIER (18-22): The bedraggled message runner between General George Washington and the Continental Congress. Has seen a lot of war for his young age. Vocal Range: C to Db.
ABIGAIL ADAMS (35-40): Sensible, loving, smart mate to JOHN ADAMS and who is his equal in all things. Has tremendous devotion to John while also being his alter-ego to balance out his fiery nature. Mezzo-Soprano, Db to F.
MARTHA JEFFERSON (20-30): Like air she floats into the play and dazzles JEFFERSON, ADAMS, and FRANKLIN with her beauty and joy. Must dance well. High Belt in mix, Bb to D.