‘Nanyehi’ Hosting Casting Call for Historical Cherokee Musical

Published December 8, 2017

Production seeking cast of nearly 30 actors

TULSA, OKLAHOMA – “Nanyehi” is the story of Nancy Ward, a legendary woman who was first honored in the 18th century as a Cherokee 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.

Auditions will be held Jan. 13-14 at the Fly Loft in Tulsa. Times are listed below:

  • Saturday, Jan. 13, 1-4 p.m., with auditions for dancers beginning at 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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

If you are auditioning for a singing role, please bring an accompaniment CD or an accompanist. You may also sing a cappella or accompany yourself. 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 Nashville-based, award-winning songwriter and recording artist Becky Hobbs and playwright Nick Sweet.

Hobbs is a Cherokee Nation citizen and Bartlesville native who is a direct descendant of Nancy 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 about the production or auditions, please visitwww.nanyehi.com or email nanyehiproductions@gmail.com.

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