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THE BALLAD OF BLACK JACK - Theatre Lawrence Non Equity Auditions

Posted: July 15, 2021
Audition Location: Lawrence, KS

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Auditions at Theatre Lawrence

General Audition information:

Scripts available at the Box Office with a $10 deposit


“The Ballad of Black Jack” 

book, lyrics, and music by Don Mueller

edited and abridged by Genee Figuieras

directed by Laurie Vanderpol 

music direction by Susan Hires

Audition Form (coming soon!)

Instructions for Submitting a Video Audition 


Monday, July 26th beginning at 7:00 pm.


RESERVE YOUR AUDITION APPOINTMENT: For the safety for our staff, those auditioning, and anyone else involved with the production, we are asking that you call the theatre to schedule an audition time! (785) 843-7469


VIDEO AUDITIONS:  In light of current COVID conditions, if you would prefer, you can submit a video audition. Please submit your video audition to along with your audition sheet prior to NOON on Monday, July 26th.




September 10, 11, 12 and 16, 17, 18, 19

(inside Theatre Lawrence auditorium)


Jacob Branson:  Male lead, actor/singer.  Settler opposed to slavery and also to violence.

Charles Dow:  Branson’s likeable partner, actor/singer/some dance.

Melinda Werther:  Female lead, actor/singer. Falls in love with Branson.

Mrs. Werther: Mother of Melinda, Lucy and Ephraim.

Lucy Werther:  Younger sister, more headstrong.  Actor/singer/possible dance.

Ephraim:  Melinda’s little brother (about 12). Singer/actor.

Capt. Abbott:  Major supporting role. Militia leader, serious with a fun side.  Actor/singer.

John Brown:  Fiery abolitionist, imposing figure with booming voice.

Sheriff Jones:  Pro-slavery county sheriff, loud and unpleasant.

Franklin Coleman: Pro-slavery neighbor of Branson and Dow. Unsavory character.

Zeke:  Likeable comedy role.

Hepatica: Zeke’s spunky girlfriend.

Mrs. Grimm: Hepatica and Liza’s mother.

Liza:  Mrs. Grimm’s other daughter who is interested in Branson.

Col. Sumner: Commander of federal troops at Fort Leavenworth.

Owen, Oliver and Salmon Brown: Sons of John Brown. Reluctant participants in Pottawatomie Massacre.  Oliver and Ephraim are friends.

Laura:  Fearful runaway slave hidden by the settlers.

Gloomy Aggie:  Strange, brooding, mysterious woman who foretells the violence. African American. Strong singer.

Marshall Fain: Deputy US Marshall sent to serve arrest warrant on John Brown.

Additional men’s and women’s roles with a few lines and chorus singing.


785-843-SHOW (7469)
4660 Bauer Farm Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66049
Box Office Hours: 11:30 - 4:30 M-F



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