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  A musical telling of Sarah Rosetta Wakeman and the incredible stories of female soldiers of the American Civil War.

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman,

153rd New York Infantry, 1861

The Rosetta Project is a new folk-rock musical which centers around the true story of Rosetta Wakeman, a young woman who presented herself as a man and joined the Union Army during the Civil War.  Her adventures are forever captured in a series of letters written to her family chronicling her daily life as Private Lyons Wakeman in the 153rd New York infantry.  Original songs by lyricist/ composer Jenn Grinels, bring to life this tale of freedom, gender identity and the pursuit of the American Dream.


Now Auditioning!

Seeking dynamic musical theatre performers ages 10-25 for the first ever live workshop and concert version of The Rosetta Project. 


All rehearsals and performances will be at Bridgetown Conservatory of Musical Theatre in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, in accordance with state and local Covid regulations.



Rosetta: (15-25, plays 19) Mezzo soprano with a high belt up to an E (ideally). STAR female performer capable of carrying the show w/ Pop rock/ Bluegrass voice.  


Male 1: (15-25) Pop rock / Bluegrass Tenor up to a Bb (F3-Bb4)


Male 2: (15-25) Pop rock / Bluegrass Tenor up to a Bb (C3-Bb4)


Boy: (10 - 15, plays 10) Boy Soprano. Voice has not changed yet. (B4 (below middle C) to C#5) 


*All roles include tight and complex harmonies. Experience with harmonies and/or choral singing required.  Looking for raw, rock, contemporary vocals. Lax vibrato and diction. Not too "musical theater".

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Audition Materials

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Please submit a video of yourself singing a folk-rock song in the style of the show (think Mumford and Sons, Brandi Carlile, Jenn Grinels) OR one of the songs from the show. If you choose to sing from the show, download the desired accompaniment track (provided below).


Please limit submissions to 32 bars or 90 seconds. 

Rosetta: Time to Go or Tomorrow Never Comes or Living Outloud

Male Soldier: When I Get Home

Brother: Goodnight Sun Hello Moon


Submission Guidelines

Upload your audition video to either YouTube or Vimeo (make sure settings are either "public" or "unlisted"  and not "private". Email  the video link to along with a PDF attachment of headshot and resume (if you have one). Submissions must be received by May 30th, 11pm PST.


Email Subject line: Role auditioning for- YOUR NAME

  • eg: Rosetta- SARAH LISBETH

  • eg: Male Soldier- DAN ROGERS

  • eg: Brother- LEON BAILEY


Please sing to one of the tracks provided from the show, or your own accompaniment track. NO ACAPELLA SUBMISSIONS accepted.

Callbacks will be conducted by appointment in person, or via zoom, as regulations permit.  


Dates & Location

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May 30: Video submissions due

Mid June: Callbacks 

Late June: Final casting announced


All rehearsals below are 6-8 PM @ Bridgetown Conservatory, Portland OR


Monday7/5: First read thru and meet and greet 

Thursday 7/8: Rehearsal

Monday 7/12: Rehearsal

Thursday 7/15: Rehearsal

Monday 7/19: Rehearsal

Thursday 7/22: Dress Rehearsal

Friday 7/23: First Performance

Saturday 7/24: Second Performance


Covid Safety

The health and safety of our young performers is of paramount importance to us! 


We will will be following all CDC guidelines and complying strictly with state and local regulations. All performers and staff must either be vaccinated or have a recent negative Covid test, with daily temperature checks.  Rehearsals will use a grid for social distancing, and the audience size will be capped per state and local regulations.  Both performances are currently scheduled to be live, with contingency plans in place should changes need to be made. 


All performers will receive a small stipend.  There is no pay for housing or travel. 

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