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Emergency Casting
Comedy of Tenors

One Male (30ish) needed to play Max in "Comedy of Tenors"
Major Supporting Role
Max is the assistant to the producer Saunders and is also his son-in-law. Max is in his middle thirties and about to become a father.

Read through is Sunday, April 1 at 5:00 p.m. at the theatre. Rehearsals are Mon. Through Thursday at 7:00. The show, "A Comedy Of Tenors" runs May 11 through June 10, directed by Rosemarie and Bob Gerould.

If interested, please contact Bob Gerould at


Chautauqua Playhouse announces 2nd round of open auditions for their upcoming
All Female Concert Production of "1776" the Musical -
Sunday, April 8th at 6:30 pm

Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle Rd. in the La Sierra Community Center in Carmichael

Early rehearsals - Sunday evenings at 6pm April 15, 29, & May 6
Regular rehearsals - Sundays through Thursdays May 14 - June 21                                                             
Performances -  Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm -
     June 22 - July 22 with an additional Saturday matinee on July 14

1776 the Musical book is by Peter Stone, with music, lyrics and concept by Sherman Edwards. All roles except the role of John Adams are open for casting. The production will be co-directed by Rodger Hoopman and Warren Harrison.

A rousing piece of legendary theatre, 1776 the Musical puts a human face to the pages of history. It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence...if only our founding fathers could agree to do it! Freedom and humanity ring true as John Adams of Massachusetts leads the way with legendary characters Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to break the shackles of British monarchy and sign a declaration of independence. 1776 is funny, insightful and compelling-come and witness the birth of a nation.

This nontraditional spin on the musical connects women to a legacy of American idealism and freedom from which they have too often been disenfranchised.  By casting women actors in the iconic roles of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson, 1776 the musical becomes a link between what America is and what it aspires to be.

Character Descriptions:

Abigail Adams - Loving wife to John Adams. Intelligent, quick-witted, and talented with a pen - every bit as bright as her husband.

Benjamin Franklin - Delegate from Pennsylvania. Franklin is intelligent, well-traveled, and pleasantly cunning. A jolly and admirable fellow with whom one would desire to have a friendship.

Col. Thomas McKean - Delegate from Delaware. McKean is florid and likable with a charming, yet commanding, Scottish Brogue.

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.

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.

John Adams   ***PRECAST***   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.

John Dickinson - Delegate from Pennsylvania. A thin, hawkish gentleman. He is
sharp-tongued and a touch detestable. 44 yrs old.

Martha Jefferson - Thomas Jefferson's very-much-in-love wife.
Youthful joy radiates from her spirit, reflected in her dancing.

Richard Henry Lee - Delegate from Virginia, Lee is a willowy aristocrat. His flamboyancy is intoxicating and borderline infuriating.

Robert Livingston - Delegate from New York. Recently a father, Livingston's disposition has become one of humility and graciousness. He has changed considerably over the years.

Roger Sherman - Delegate from Connecticut. A coffee drinker with a penchant for hyperactivity, Sherman is a simple cobbler.

Stephen Hopkins - Delegate from Rhode Island. Hopkins' drinking has led to an appearance befitting of the 2nd oldest in the Continental Congress.
He has a dirty old man playfulness about him.

Thomas Jefferson - Delegate from Virginia.  Jefferson is mild-mannered and sweet. Along with being a well-read man, he is very much in love with his wife.

Audition candidates should be age 17+, strong singers, and arrive prepared to sing a song from the show, or a song in a similar musical theater style (no Sondheim please). The score will be available, and an audition accompanist will be provided. Audition candidates may bring their own sheet music, and should also bring a headshot or snapshot. A resume is helpful, but not required.

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