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Lakewood Theatre Company to present Broadway musical based on America's Independence Day

Lakewood Theatre Company to present Broadway musical based on America's Independence Day


Lakewood Theatre Company will hold open auditions for the musical “1776” Feb. 6-7 at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego. Director Kurt Raimer is casting 27 actors ages 16-70, including two women.

Some actors will play more than one part. There are several primary roles and several supporting roles, but nearly all cast members play historic figures and are on stage as part of the Continental Congress. The role of John Adams has been cast; all other roles are open for audition and all receive remuneration. For a breakdown of roles, visit lakewood-center.org.

Those auditioning are requested to bring a resume, current head shot and prepare 32 bars of a Broadway song in the correct key for your voice and appropriate for the style of the show.

An accompanist will be provided.

“1776” will open Sept. 9 and continue through Oct. 16, with Thursday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. performances and Sunday performances at 2 and 7 p.m., plus two Wednesday evening performances.

Musical director is Jonathan Quesenberry.

“1776” follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.

The musical is a funny, insightful and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book.

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