‘Ballad’ tryouts start next week
There are 28 speaking roles in this year's production of "The Ballad of Black Jack," according to the show's director-choreographer, Carolee Vincent.
Five of the 18 men's parts are singing roles with at least one solo. There are an equal number of women's parts requiring soloists. In addition there are 13 speaking parts for men, three non-singing roles for women and two roles for boys between 8 and 12 years of age.
Try-outs will be at the main library in Lawrence on Saturday, August 25 at 2 p.m. Baldwin try-outs will be in the downtown library on Sunday, August 26 at 2 p.m. In addition, Vincent said there will be call-backs on Monday, Aug. 27, with the details to be announced at try-outs.
Singers will be asked to sing "Do, Re, Mi" from "The Sound of Music." Actors will be given a short scene from the Ballad to read.
Dancers are needed, too, and will be instructed by the choreographer. According to the new director, "Though there is an interest on the part of many who performed in the musical before, no one has a lock on any of the parts."
"The Ballad of Black Jack" was written in 1970 for the celebration of the founding of Baldwin City and deals with such historical events as the battle of Black Jack with forces led by John Brown, the Pottawatomie massacre and the burning of Lawrence. Script and score are by local playwright Don Mueller, who will direct the music for the show from the piano. Hal Bundy of Ottawa will play string bass as he did in previous years.
The Ballad's last Baldwin City performance was in 1983. It will be performed on the stage of Rice Auditorium at Baker University on Oct. 19 through 21, opening with a 10 a.m. performance for school children in grades 5, 6 and 7 on Friday.