Auditions for Battledrum
Sierra Madre Playhouse an equity theater operating under LA’s 99 Seat Plan – with an additional rehearsal stipend – announces auditions for the West Coast premiere of Battledrum by Doug Cooney with music by Lee Ahlin and directed by Christian Lebano.
Auditions: December 1, 12, 13 and 14 Callbacks: December 16 and 17 all in Sierra Madre.
Submissions through Actors Access or by emailing Battledrum@sierramadreplayhouse.org with your headshot and resume. Questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Battledrum is the story of Rufus, a Kentucky orphan, who finds himself pressed into duty as a Civil War drummer boy, alongside Jackson, a Yankee boy sold into service by his parents, and George Washington, an African-American slave who got lost on the Underground Railroad. This lively, engaging, action-packed play with original songs explores themes of courage, brotherhood and patriotism — and the stirring legacy of children’s service in wartime.
The play runs from March 7 to April 19, 2014 at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in Sierra Madre, California (just east of Pasadena.) We are seeking to double-cast every role – with each cast performing 3 times a week. We will be performing school-day matinees at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday through Friday’s, and general admission performances on Saturday’s at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday’s at 2:30 p.m. (with additional Friday night performances at 7:00 p.m. in those weeks when we don’t have 4 weekday student matinees.) Actors must be available for morning performances. The play ends with a drum line and the actors cast will be taught to play Civil War-era replica drums by our drum master, Ameenah Kaplan. Prior drumming experience a plus.
Rehearsals begin January 11, 2014 and will be evenings Monday -Thursday and weekend days.
Rufus (16-24 to play 12-14) a young Kentucky war orphan. Lead – must have a youthful innocence and spirit. A bari-tenor with a strong E4. Must learn to play the drums.
Jackson (16-24 to play 12-14) a young Pennsylvanian drummer boy. Lead – Cocky and proud. A bari-tenor with a belted G4.
George Washington (16-24 to play 12-15) a runaway slave. Mature beyond his years. A bari-tenor. Must learn to play the drums.
Annabelle/Soldier (16 to 24 to play 16) a Southern belle on her own. She has been abused and has an Ophelia-like quality. Also plays and sings as a soldier. Mezzo Sprano. Must learn to play the drums.
Soldier (20-24) a young Union soldier. Baritone. Must learn to play the drums.
Corporal (30-40) their leader. Straightforward, fair and kind. Bass-Baritone. . Must learn to play the drums.
Mother/General Cutter (30’s-40’s) Rufus’ mother – loving and concerned – who appears to him throughout the play and a battlefield nurse with a sharp commanding presence. Mezzo-Alto.