Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Medium (11 to 20 performers)
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: None

Character Breakdown

Booker T. Washington
the dominant figure in the Black community of the United States at the turn of the century
Gender: male
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Ensemble
To play Citizens of New Rochelle and Harlem, Coalhouse supporters, reporters, and various other supporting roles
Coalhouse
a proud, sophisticated man who fights to live within his social boundaries and then rebels against them when even that is not good enough
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Emma Goldman
the Russian born radical anarchist in early 1900's New York City
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: E3
Evelyn Nesbit
the beautiful vaudeville performer, famous for the murder of her high profile lover by her rich husband
Gender: female
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Father
Rich. Conservative. Staunch in his ways but not intentionally unkind.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Grandfather
mother's conservative father. A retired professor. Irritated by everything.
Gender: male
Age: 50 to 65
Henry Ford
an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: D4
Houdini
the famous magician who immigrated to America and made a name for himself largely as an escape artist
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: C4
J.p. Morgan
the rich, famous financier
Gender: male
Age: 60 to 65
Little Girl
Tateh's daughter, a young Latvian girl in a new home
Gender: female
Age: 7 to 10
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Mother
A strong, kind woman who defies social norms to do the things she feels are right
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Sarah
A washwoman who is adopted into Mother's home when Mother finds Sarah's baby in the garden
Gender: female
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Sarah's Friend
A friend of Sarah's who attends her funeral
Gender: female
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D3
Tateh
A haggard, Latvian immigrant who dreams the "American Dream" for himself and his daughter
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Willie Conklin
A racist volunteer fireman who destroys Coalhouse's car
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: D4
Younger Brother
Mother's younger brother who has his heart broken by Evelyn Nesbit and joins Coalhouse in his protests towards discrimination. He is a young man in search of something.
Gender: male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: B3