The play features a wide variety of roles, ranging in age from 18-50 for Caucasian and African American actors including biographical roles such as Stokely Carmichael and other members of the Freedom Rider movement.
Actors interested in auditioning should prepare a musical piece of 16 bars, preferably of blues, folk or gospel genres to be sung acapella and be dressed to move in a short choreographed piece. Callbacks to read for specific roles will be held on Wednesday, December 8 at 7PM.
Rehearsals begin January 10 and is scheduled for performances February 25 through March 5.
Adrian Smith serves as Music Director and Craig Kolkebeck directs this play with music, “commemorating the civil rights activists known as the “Freedom Riders.” In 1961, the original 13 riders boarded a bus in Washington, DC bound for New Orleans via Mississippi and Alabama. They barely made it out of Alabama alive. Over the course of the next three months, approximately 300 other riders took up the mantle and followed the path of those first brave few. Mobs brutally assaulted many. Others were arrested and, instead of posting bail, chose to serve sentences in one of the most brutal prisons in the South, Parchman Farm, proving the Freedom Riders and the movement to desegregate interstate travel would not be deterred.
Presented in the style of the variety shows of yesteryear, this moving production explores three of the most tense months of 1961. The Parchman Hour brings to the stage powerful oral histories and conversations from the Freedom Rides’ most iconic protagonists and antagonists.