Lincoln's New Salem State
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is made possible and partially funded through grants from the New Salem Lincoln League, Illinois Arts Council, and the Springfield Area Arts Council.
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JOHN WOODRUFF (Director) John lives in Pleasant Plains and has played in over a dozen productions at Muni, several at STC, and a dozen or more at TIP. His most recent was the Ghost of Jacob Marley in LLCC’s Christmas Carol. His favorite role is Amos in Chicago. Recently, John has directed John Brown’s Body, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Carousel at TIP, and White Christmas in Jacksonville. He can be seen in Legally Blonde II and in the movie at the Lincoln Home. John is currently working on a project for next year. He loves hunting, fishing, and taking care of the mini-farm that he shares with his wife Judy, the president of his fan club. Other members of the club include their children and grandchildren.
Auditions for Civil War Journeys will be open and consist of a vocal selection and may include a reading from selected portions of the script. Music should be from the Civil War period, but other selections are acceptable. It is expected that between 24 and 32 persons will be selected for the cast. From those selected, one chorus will be formed to represent the South and a second chorus will be formed to represent the North. All cast members will be expected to sing as members of one or both of the choruses.
The characters listed below will be drawn from the choruses. Age and voice ranges are approximate.
Lead Characters (will have solos)
Rafe: An escaped slave. 20's - 30's Base/Baritone
Bess: Young slave girl living with Rafe. Teens - 20's. Alto
Levi: A farmer from Ohio. 20's - 30's. Base/Baritone
Sarah: Levi's wife. 20's - 30's. Soprano
Zeke: An itinerant selling goods to the army. 20's - 40's. Tenor/Bariton
Effie: A waitress who falls in love with Zeke. Teens - 20's. Soprano/Alto
Will: A teacher and Levi's friend in the war. 30's - 40's
Jim: Rafe's friend during the war. 20's - 30's
Anne: Levi's sister. Mid-teens.
Sergeant Wills: Zeke's contact with the Army 20's - 30's
Lottie: A conductor on the Underground Railroad. 30's - 50's
Additional Characters - Several additional characters will be cast from the choruses. These include:
Trader - a man searching for escaped slaves
Dan - a member of a road gang.
Boss - the boss of the road gang
Military - several members of the Military including Sergeants and Lieutenants
Orderly - a corps member taking care of battle casualties
Laurie - a member of the plantation household staff
Joe - another member of Rafe's Regiment