Lakewood Theatre Company

Auditions: 1776, February 6 & 7, 2016 - by appointment

1776 at Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego, Oregon

Auditions for the musical 1776, are by appointment on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 & SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2016.  All roles are open except for John Adams. Call Lakewood Theatre at 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment time.

Location: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Call 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment.

1776, is directed by Kurt Raimer and musical direction is by Jonathan Quesenberry.


Callbacks/readings will be scheduled, if needed, February 13 and 14. Please hold that date available.

Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Call 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment.

Audition Requirements:

  • Please bring a current headshot and a resume.
  • Prepare a Broadway song, at least 32 bars, in the correct key for your voice and appropriate for the style of the show. Please, no contemporary, pop, rock, Andrew Lloyd Weber or Sondheim. An accompanist will be provided. Also, no recorded music or a cappella singing. No prepared monologue is required. Callbacks, if needed, will be at the director's discretion.
  • Bring your calendar and be prepared to list all conflicts. Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored.

Important Dates:
1776 opens September 9 and continues through October 16, 2016. Performances are Thursdays -Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM, Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM , one Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM, and two Wednesday performances at 7:30 PM.


The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence...if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 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.1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book.

Breakdown of Roles:

Please note: All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. All roles are open (except John Adams). Note: suggested age listing is for actors to appear the age noted. All roles receive remuneration.                                                            

John Adams (This role has been cast)

Stephen Hopkins
Delegate from Rhode Island. Hopkins' drinking has led to an appearance befitting of the 2nd oldest in the Continental Congress. He has a dirty old man playfulness about him.
Gender: Male
Age: 70
Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Roger Sherman
Delegate from Connecticut. A coffee drinker with a penchant for hyperactivity, Sherman is a simple and balding cobbler.
Gender: Male
Age: 55
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Robert Livingston
Delegate from New York. Recently a father, Livingston's disposition has become one of humility and graciousness. He has changed considerably over the years.
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Benjamin Franklin
Delegate from Pennsylvania. Franklin is intelligent, well-traveled, and pleasantly cunning. A jolly and admirable fellow with whom one would desire to have a friendship.
Gender: Male
Age: 70
Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

John Dickinson
Delegate from Pennsylvania. A thin, hawkish gentleman. He is sharp-tongued and a touch detestable.
Gender: Male
Age: 44
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Col. Thomas Mckean
Delegate from Delaware. McKean is florid and likable with a charming, yet commanding, Scottish Brogue.
Gender: Male
Age: 42
Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Richard Henry Lee
Delegate from Virginia, Lee is a willowy aristocrat. His flamboyancy is intoxicating and borderline infuriating.
Gender: Male
Age: 45
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Thomas Jefferson
Delegate from Virginia. Though noticeably tall, Jefferson is mild-mannered and sweet. Along with being a well read man, he is very much in love with his wife.
Gender: Male
Age: 33
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Edward Rutledge
Delegate from South Carolina. Despite his good looks, Rutledge is haunting and somewhat ominous as the youngest member of the Continental Congress. There is a serpent-like quality to him.
Gender: Male
Age: 26
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Abigail Adams
Loving wife to John Adams. Intelligent, quick-witted, and talented with a pen, Abigail is a radiant and shapely beauty. Every bit as bright as her husband.
Gender: Female
Age: 32
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Db4

Martha Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson's very-much-in-love wife. Her looks are striking, her dancing delightful, and her humor appealing. She doesn't shy away from a good time. Joy radiates from her.
Gender: Female
Age: 27
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

The message runner between General Washington's army and the Continental Congress. He has witnessed the hardships of war firsthand, although his innocent disposition and appearance may imply otherwise.
Gender: Male
Age: 16 to 20
Vocal range top: Db4
Vocal range bottom: C3

ENSEMBLE ROLES (Must read 40 to 70) of various vocal ranges for ensemb. songs
John Hancock
Dr. Josiah Bartlett
Lewis Morris
Reverend John Witherspoon
James Wilson
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Samuel Chase
Joseph Hewes
Dr. Lyman Hall
Charles Thompson
Andrew McNair
A Leather Apron
A Painter

Note: No children under the age of 16 are being seen at this audition.
Auditions for 1776 are by appointment. Call 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment.

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