Sarah Rosetta Wakeman,

153rd New York Infantry, 1861

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

The Story

The Rosetta Project is a new folk-rock musical which centers around the true story of Sarah 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.

It is estimated that over 400 women fought in the Civil War.  The Rosetta Project weaves together the fascinating stories of these untold heroes, as they grapple with equality, identity and place.

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This summer, Grinels partners with Bridgetown Conservatory of Musical Theatre to bring the first ever concert version of the Rosetta Project to life. 

Concert Dates:

July 23rd & 24th, 7pm


Bridgetown Conservatory,

6635 North Baltimore Ave.

Portland OR


Upcoming Performance

Artistic Team


Jenn Grinels


Now an award-winning, nationally touring  singer/songwriter, Grinels actually began her career in musical theater, performing in professional productions around Southern California after studying theater at UC Irvine. Grinels played Yitzhak in the West Coast Premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and spent nearly three years portraying Janis Joplin in Beehive, The 60’s Musical. With the release of her first album, Grinels hit the road, performing her original music across the country and abroad, sharing the stage with 10,000 Maniacs, Christopher Cross, Marc Cohn, Edwin McCain, Marc Broussard, and countless others. As an independent artist, Grinels has built a large, grassroots following and released six full length albums, selling over 25,000 copies and accumulating over 1,000,000 streams online. With The Rosetta Project, Grinels returns to her musical theater roots, combining her experience on theatrical stages and as a singer/songwriter. 


Merideth Kaye Clark


Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Merideth studied Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University before earning a Masters in Musical Theatre at San Diego State University. It was there, in California, where she began her career as a concert artist and musical theatre performer. Merideth has since performed major roles in theatres around the country. Highlights include: Elphaba standby, Wicked (First National Tour); Nancy, Oliver! (Seattle’s 5th Ave); Cathy, The Last Five Years (Portland Center Stage); Alice Murphy, Bright Star (Arvada Center); Clara, The Light in the Piazza (Portland Playhouse); Tzeitl, Fiddler on the Roof (PCS); Kate/Lilli, Kiss Me Kate (Clackamas Rep); Eva Peron, Evita (Northern Stage); Olivia, Twelfth Night (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe); Amazing Grace (Goodspeed); Rose, Meet Me In St. Louis (Irish Rep). She has participated in numerous developmental readings and has originated roles in two off-Broadway musicals.

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Rick Lewis

Musical Consultant

Rick most recently received the Broadway World Award for outstanding musical direction for his work on Fun Home at Portland Center Stage.  He is a seven-time Drammy winner for his work in the Portland area.  He is the creator/writer/arranger of the hit Off-Broadway musicals The Taffetas, its all-male sequel The Cardigans, and Have a Nice Day! - the 70's Musical Flashback.  Other NYC credits include: casting pianist for Sondheim and Lapine's original production of Sunday in the Park with George (pre-Broadway workshop); Cy Coleman's The Life (Assistant Conductor, Vocal Director (pre-Broadway workshop); Assistant Music Director for Off-Broadway's Charlotte Sweet, Music Director/Conductor for Anything Goes (Equity Library Theatre), Music Director/Arranger for London Days/New York Nights.  Rick has written and/or arranged original music for Disney Family Live Entertainment, MGM/UA Home Video, the Democratic National Convention, American Hawaii Cruises, Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade, American West Steamboat Company, and American Classic Voyages.  Rick developed the Cinnamon Bear Cruise, a holiday staple aboard the Portland Spirit.


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.