Auditions Set for First Theater Production

by Karen Handley

August 20, 2004

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Crawfordsville, Ind. — Auditions for the musical, 1776, the first production of the 2004-05 Wabash College theater season, will be held in Ball Theater in the Fine Arts Center on Thursday, August 26 and Friday, August 27 at 7 p.m. each evening. The production will be presented October 7-9, 2004.

Auditions are open to all – no previous experience required. 1776 has roles for 25 men and two women. Both of the women’s roles require singers, but there are singing and non-singing roles available among the male roles.

The production is also seeking interested musicians: clavinova, violin, flute, percussion, and trumpet.

1776, a legendary and unique Broadway musical, was first performed in 1969 (becoming a lavish screen musical in 1972) and received the Tony Award as Best Musical. 1776 is set in the Continental Congress in May, June, and July 1776 as the founding fathers struggle against congressional apathy, military disaster, personal pressures, and Philadelphia’s blazing heat wave to establish the USA. Musical sequences and dialogue are drawn directly from contemporary accounts, minutes of the Congressional sessions, and the correspondence of John Adams and his wife, Abigail. A charming score, bold dramatic scenes, and memorable characters make 1776 one of the classics of the musical stage.

If you have questions about auditions contact James Fisher, the production’s director, at 765-361-6394 or email at


Wabash College • P.O. Box 352 • Crawfordsville, IN 47933 • 765.361.6100