Sandy River Players (SRP) will hold auditions for its winter musical, ‘1776’, on the University of Maine at Farmington campus as outlined below:

  • Saturday, October 1st, 1:00-4:00 pm, Roberts C23
  • Sunday, October 2nd, 1:00-4:00 pm, Nordica Auditorium
  • Tuesday, October 4th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Lincoln Auditorium

‘1776’ uses songs and dialog to tell the story of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and other founding fathers as they debate and vote upon their decision to approve the Declaration of Independence in the sweltering summer heat in colonial Philadelphia.   The lyrics and music for ‘1776’ were written by Sherman Edwards, and the book was written by Peter Stone.  The show won a total of 6 Tony Awards in 1969, including “Best Musical.”  In 1998 the show won a Tony as “Best Musical Revival.”

There are (at least) 26 roles available to be cast, with 24 men and 2 women specified by the script.  SRP may also cast women in male roles or cast an all-female chorus in order to maximize community participation in the show.  Ages of the roles vary from late teens to late middle age.

Performers wishing to audition for the available roles should come prepared to read scenes from the script and sing a song of their choosing, either a cappella or with an accompanist (provided), as well as singing from the score as part of a group.

SRP Board members Karen West and Laura Church will serve as co-Directors for the show. Seven performances of ‘1776’ will be scheduled over the weekends of January 14th and 21st, 2017.

Sandy River Players is a non-profit community theater organization based in Farmington, Maine.  Recent shows include “The Rimers of Eldritch” (August, 2016), and “The Sound of Music” (January, 2016).

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