In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor’s false testimony seal Leo’s fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience, and, eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion. Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the stirring Tony Award-winning Parade explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds. With a book by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and a rousing, colorful and haunting score by Jason Robert Brown (Songs For A New World, The Last Five Years, Bridges Of Madison County), Parade is a moving examination of the darkest corners of America’s history.Daring, innovative and bold, Parade is filled with soaring music and a heart-wrenching story, offering a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten.
Cast of Characters
Leo Frank-Our story’s tragic protagonist accused of murder. As National Pencil Factory Superintendent, Leo is neurotic and a serial pessimist. Though married to Lucielle, he is physically and emotionally displaced. A White Jew from the North.
Lucille Frank-Gentle and mousy, but resourceful and resilient. Despite her husband’s feelings, she is a true Southerner through and through but can see through the deception. A White Jew from Georgia.
Mary Phagan-A factory worker at the National Pencil Factory who is murdered. She is very innocent but has moments of sassiness and playfulness. White Georgian.
Frankie Epps-A charming and simple man, he is Mary’s devoted friend. Playful and flirtatious. White Georgian.
Judge Roan-Serves as the Judge on the infamous trial. Motivated by bigotry and racism, he is dangerously committed to the ideals of the Confederacy. White Georgian.
Hugh Dorsey-Atlanta’s District Attorney. He is a devout Christian, who is brute and manipulative at times. Hungry for political success and recognition. White Georgian.
Gov. John Slaton-As the Governor of Georgia, he is highly concerned with public perception. Flirtatious and fun at times. Strives to maintain his values. White Southerner.
Jim Conley-A cleaning supervisor at National Pencil Factory. Secretly, he is a convict on the run. Pompous showman with a strong build. Black Georgian.
Newt Lee-He is the night watchman at National Pencil Factory. A bit too old to possess the job. Physically intimidating, but a gentle giant. Black Georgian.
Britt Craig-A washed up reporter who can often be found three sheets to the wind. Weaselly and desperate for his ‘big break.’ White Georgian.
Ensemble -Chain Gang; Factory Girls (Essie, Iola Stover, Monteen); Guards/Policemen (Officer Ivey, Detective Starnes, Mr. Peavy); Residents Of Georgia (Angela, Judge Roan, Jurors, Luther Rosser, Minola Mcknight, Mrs. Phagan, Old Soldier, Reporters, Riley, Sally Slaton, Young Soldier)Tom Watson
Meet The Director:
Adam Pelty is a veteran Broadway performer, choreographer and director currently serving as Professor of Musical Theatre and Dance at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. He was recently honored with the IRNE award (Independent Reviewers of New England) for best Choreography in Billy Elliot the Musical at Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine.
Adam’s Broadway credits as actor include Steel Pier, Titanic, A Christmas Carol, Cyrano-The Musical, Joseph…, and The Scarlet Pimpernel, for which he also created the original choreography. Recently, he served as resident choreographer for the Broadway touring company of Billy Elliot the Musical.
Since 2013 at Coastal Carolina University, Adam has staged The World Goes Round, A Chorus Line, 1940s Radio Hour, Little Women and How To Succeed for their MainStage series, as well as teaching advanced courses in dance, stage combat and musical theatre studies. Most recently, he helmed his fourth regional production of Billy Elliot, this time for the historic Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA in September.
AUDITIONS and CALLBACKS: .
Vocal Auditions will take place on March 10th & 17th and Callbacks will be held from 11:00am-4:00pm on March 11th & 18th. You will receive your audition time one you have registered for an audition..
AGE and FEE REQUIREMENTS: .
We will be casting actors ages 12 and older. There will be a $425 production fee for cast members. .
WHAT TO PREPARE: .
Everyone should be prepared with 16 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song with background track. You will also need to bring a current headshot, resume and fill out the audition form with a complete list of any conflicts you might have.
PERFORMANCE INFO: .
We are excited to announce that we will be performing Parade in the New Theatre in the Square in Marietta, Ga! This intimate theatre is perfectly suited to tell this amazing story. The theatre is two blocks away from the courthouse where Leo’s trial took place, and only a few blocks from the tree where he was hung.
Our show dates are as follows: June 29, June 30, July 1, July 5, July 6, July 7, July 8 at 7:30pm, and matinee shows on July 1, July 2, July 8, and July 9 at 2:30pm. .