CPCC Theatre Auditions

Auditions August 15 or 16 at 7pm in the Halton Theatre.


By Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone

Witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence in the Tony Award winning musical 1776. 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 Richard Henry Lee 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. 1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book.

JOHN ADAMS 40-ish: Not tall, fiery, very articulate, proud, passionate man. New England Puritan coupled with passion for ideas & incredibly strong love for his wife, Abigail. Charismatic in hard working way; always there. An opposition’s nightmare. Good sense of humor. Baritone, C to F#.

THOMAS JEFFERSON 30-ish: Tall- must be at least 6’2”. ‘American Sphinx’ transformed into quiet but intellectually forceful romantic lead. Sexy in a languid way. Good sense of humor. Baritone, C to G

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 60-70. Intelligent, incorrigible, pleasantly cunning. Jolly, admirable fellow with whom anyone would desire friendship. Ab to Eb

RICHARD HENRY LEE 30-45: Tall, masculine, full of himself. Most move well and have plenty of energy. Has big comic character number. High Baritone, Bb to G (or Ab)

JOHN DICKINSON mid-40’s: Leader of conservative opposition to Adams. Sharp-tongued & formidable. Range: A to E

EDWARD RUTLEDGE late 20’s – 30’s. South Carolina aristocracy. Oozes confidence and cynicism, almost serpentine. Range: C to A

ROGER SHERMAN 45-55: Simple cobbler from Eastern CT. Tenor, C to Bb

COL. THOMAS MCKEAN 40-60: A rough-hewned Scott (with brogue) who’s seen many battles. Loud & Funny. Bass Baritone, low C to Eb

SAMUEL CHASE 35-50: Large, rotund gentlemen with insatiable appetite. Has a lot of both grace and sweat. Tenor, up to Ab

ROBERT LIVINGSTON 30-45: A gracious diplomat. Droll. On the Declaration writing committee. Tenor, Bb to F

STEPHEN HOPKINS 60-70: Second oldest member of Congress. Starts day with a strong drink. Range: C to Eb

ANDREW MCNAIR 40-60: The Congressional custodian. Earthy, plain-speaking with a wry sense of humor. Light Baritone, low Bb to Db (just above middle C)

COURIER 18-22: Bedraggled message runner between General Washington and the Continental Congress. Has seen a lot of war for his young age. 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.
Age ranges are performance ages not necessarily the age of the performer. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Bring 16 bars of music to perform. An accompanist will be provided. Be dressed to move. Not a dance show.

Performances are September 23rd to Oct. 2nd. Rehearsal will begin on Thursday August 18th. Our normal rehearsal process is Sunday afternoons 2pm to 5pm and Monday through Thursday evenings 7pm to 10pm. You do not have to be a current CPCC Student to audition.

For questions or information contact Tom Hollis by email tom.hollis@cpcc.edu or call 704-330-6835.

Audition dates for the rest of the season will be posted soon. Keep checking back.

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