Casting call set for ‘Nanyehi’ musical

BY STAFF REPORTS
12/15/2017 01:15 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Auditions for “Nanyehi,” a musical about the Cherokee Beloved Woman, Nancy Ward, are scheduled for Jan. 13-14 at the Fly Loft. Ward was first honored in the 18th century as a war woman but then as a peacemaker during the American Revolution. ARCHIVE
TULSA, Okla. – Auditions for “Nanyehi,” a musical about the Cherokee Beloved Woman, Nancy Ward, are scheduled for Jan. 13-14 at the Fly Loft.

On Jan. 13, auditions will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with auditions for dancers beginning at 3 p.m. On Jan. 14, auditions will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as producers seek a cast of nearly 30 actors.

Ward was a Cherokee woman who was first honored in the 18th century as a war woman but then as a peacemaker during the American Revolution.

The casting call supports the musical’s May 4-5 production at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Principal cast members will be compensated. Available principal roles include Nanyehi, the title role and female lead; Tenia; Kingfisher; Fivekiller; Attakullakulla; Oconastota; and young Nanyehi. More than 20 additional supporting roles are also available.

If auditioning for a singing role, bring an accompaniment CD or an accompanist. Those auditioning may also sing a cappella or accompany themselves. A keyboard and a CD player will be provided. Non-singing hopefuls will read from the script. Dancers will be taught a short routine and are asked to bring dancing shoes.

The 2018 showing will mark the ninth production of “Nanyehi.” It has been presented four times in Oklahoma, twice in Tennessee and single productions in Georgia and Texas. The musical is written by Becky Hobbs, a Nashville-based award-winning songwriter and recording artist, and playwright Nick Sweet.

Hobbs is a Cherokee Nation citizen who is a direct descendant of Ward. As a recording/performing artist, she has performed in more than 40 countries and has had over 20 chart records. Her songs have been recorded by Alabama, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, Wanda Jackson, John Anderson, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey and more. Hobbs was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in October 2015.

“Nanyehi” is presented by Cherokee Nation Businesses and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

For more information, visit www.nanyehi.com or email nanyehiproductions@gmail.com.

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