The Grand announces auditions for HARRIET (An Original New Musical)!

SPECIAL NOTE: As we continue to adapt to the state’s COVID-19 guidelines, we are moving forward to hold auditions for our Fall production of HARRIET. Please note that we are doing our best to abide by social distancing and safety measures, and we ask that you do the same when you come to The Grand. 

AUDITION INFO

The Grand Theatre announces auditions for the regional premiere of HARRIET(An Original New Musical). The auditions will be held Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please sign up for an audition online here.Please prepare 32 bars of a musical selection of your choice highlighting your range. An accompanist will be provided. The digital audition form can be found here. Please complete the form and upload your headshot, resume and sheet music there.  Auditions will be held on The Grand’s stage. Those auditioning will maintain at least 10 feet of social distance from others at all times during the audition. A hand sanitizing station will also be available. Those auditioning are welcome to wear a mask during the audition.Parking is available at no charge in the North parking lot next to the theatre off of Kensington Avenue. When you arrive for your audition please remain in your car and text your name and audition time to (801) 450-2314. You will receive a text back once we’re ready to see you. If you do not wish to audition in person or cannot make the audition, please submit a digital audition form above and email your video audition to grandtheatre@slcc.edu.Callbacks are by invitation only and will be May 26 from 5–10 p.m. Social distancing will be maintained at all times during callbacks. Masks are also REQUIRED during the callback.   

ABOUT THE SHOW

HARRIET will be directed by Lee Summers. The show will run Wednesdays–Saturdays, August 13–September 5, 2020. This is a Backstage at the Grand production, but has been moved to the Mainstage to accommodate potential social distancing. Rehearsals will begin on Saturday, June 27, and will be held (apart from tech week) Monday–Friday from 6–10 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Hired actors will receive a stipend. *** ***Armed with heart, humor and a handgun, Harriet Tubman proves anything is possible as she leads her people to freedom on the Underground Railroad. This spirited new musical brings to life the remarkable story of an American heroine — a woman they called Moses. See the show Broadway performers and New York audiences describe as “Beautiful” (Tony Award winner Lillias White), “Funny and historic, with some of the best music I’ve heard in a long time” (Grammy nominee David Jennings), and “Soul-stirring” (New York Musical Festival reviewer Brian Mendoza). A true American hero, Harriet Tubman will charm and inspire audiences of every kind with her courage, wit and vision.

*** ***The Grand Theatre is committed to diverse, inclusive casting and actively seeks talented actors of color on an ongoing basis. We welcome all qualified performers without regard to disability, race, color, national origin or any other basis prohibited by law, unless otherwise specifically indicated.

CAST of CHARACTERS

(In order of appearance)

Woman 1 – SARAH/NURSE #3
(Harriet’s biographer, a northerner, white female, Soprano C4–D5, mid-60s) 
Woman 2 – MARY (Sarah’s teenage daughter, white female, Soprano C4–D5, 16 years old)
Woman 3 – BLACK WOMAN/ABIGAIL/CAROLINE/SOUTHERN COOK #2/NURSE #2
(A beautiful, tall black woman, Soprano Bb3–G5, 24 to 80)
Male Child 1 – JIMMY
(An orphan in the care of Harriet, Black Male Child, non-singing, 12 years old) 
Woman 4 – HARRIET /WOMAN IN WHITE
(Harriet Tubman/A woman who appears to Young Harriet in her dreams, Black Female, Alto Eb3–Db5, mid-60s)
Man 1 – TRAIN CONDUCTOR/ OVERSEER
(A mean-spirited white southerner, white male, A2–E4 Bass, mid 20s or 30s to late 70s)
Female Child 1 – SOPH
(An orphan in the care of Harriet, Jimmy’s sister, Black Female Child, non-singing, 10 years old)
Woman 5 – SLAVE WOMAN with INFANT /YOUNG HARRIET
(Slave being sold at auction/young Harriet Tubman, Black Woman, Mezzo-Soprano G3–F5, early 20s to mid 40s)
Woman 6 – ELDERLY SLAVE WOMAN/RIT
(A slave being sold at auction/Harriet’s mother, Black Female, Alto G3–D5, 40s to 80s)
Man 2 – LEWIS/JACOB LEVERTON/CONSTABLE/ MAN ON TRAIN
(Harriet’s “owner”/A southern abolitionist/Constable/Southern Racist, White Male, Baritone A–D4, Mid 30s or 40s)
Man 3 – MASTER STEWART/THOMAS GARRETT/DOCTOR
(A southerner & sympathetic slave owner/Abolitionist, White Male, Tenor Eb3–Bb4, 20s or 30s to 60) 
Man 4 – ABIGAIL’S HUSBAND/ JOHN TUBMAN
(Slave being sold at Auction/Harriet’s 1st husband, Black Male, Tenor F3–G#4, late 20s or early 30s)
Man 5 – SLAVE TRADER/SOUTHERN JUDGE/TRAIN PASSENGER 
(Assists the Overseer/A corrupt judge/Southern Man, White Male, Bass or Baritone, C4–E4, 40s) 
Woman 7 – BUYER at AUCTION (Disguised as a male)/ELIZA BRODESS
(A buyer at a slave auction/A southern belle, Harriet’s “owner”, White Female, Mezzo-Soprano G3–F5, Early 20s to mid 70s)
Woman 8 – 2nd BUYER at AUCTION (Disguised as a male)/SUSAN
(An anonymous buyer at slave auction/Eliza’s sister, White Female, Soprano Bb3–D5, Late 20s to late 70s)
Woman 9 – HANNAH
(A southern belle opposed to slavery, Susan’s daughter, White Female, Mezzo-Soprano Ab3–F5, 17 to early 30s) 
Male Child 2 – ABIGAIL’s SON/ YOUNG MALE SLAVE/HENRY
(A slave being sold at auction/A runaway slave/Harriet’s younger brother, Black Male Child, Child Ab–F5, 10–14 years old)
Female Child 2 – CHILD HARRIET/KESSIAH
(Harriet Tubman as a child/Linah’s daughter, Harriet’s niece, Black Female Child, Child C4–D5, 10 years old) 
Man 6 – BEN
(Harriet’s Father, Black Male, Bass G2–F4, 40s to 60s)
Woman 10 – LINAH/SOUTHERN COOK #1/NURSE #1
(A slave being sold at auction/Harriet’s sister/A cook and nurse in the Civil War, Black Female, Mezzo-Soprano G3–D5, 20s to 40s)
Man 7 – REVEREND GREEN/WALTER PLOWDEN
(Black southern preacher/A union spy, Black Male, Baritone B2–Ab4, 40s to 55)
Man 8 – NELSON DAVIS
(Union soldier, Harriet Tubman’s 2nd husband, Black Male, Baritone B2–G#4, 22 to Late 40s)

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