Pioneers of Flight! Auditions
Pioneers of Flight! A Musical History of Aviation and its Early Pioneers!
Musical Theatre West: Travel Troupe
Written by: Jason Coll
Musical Director: Jennifer Graham
Pioneers of Flight was originally produced by the Pittsburgh CLO Gallery of Heroes program.
Audition Date: Tuesday, February 5th 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Callbacks: February 6th 2:00-6:00 PM.
Rehearsal Dates: February 23rd -28th (Times TBA)
Production Dates: TYA Tour March 3-29. Possible extension for the month of April
Contract: Equity TYA, Tier II ($82.75 per performance, $13/hr. rehearsal rate).
PIONEERS OF FLIGHT is a 45-minute educational musical that introduces young audiences to the women and men who made human flight possible. Stories include France’s Montgolfier Brothers and their first hot air balloon journey with animals as passengers, the birth of modern flight, courtesy of the Wright Brothers, Bessie Coleman—the first female African-American pilot, Charles Lindbergh and his famed transatlantic flight and Amelia Earhart embarking on her final flight that ended in mystery. The sky’s the limit as musical theater and science soar in this entertaining musical.
MAN ONE: High baritone/tenor. Portrays JOSEPH MONTGOLFIER, CHARLES LINDBERGH and various
MAN TWO: Baritone. African American. Portrays ETIENNE MONTGOLFIER, WILLIAM J. POWELL and
various ensemble roles.
MAN THREE: Baritone. Portrays ORVILLE WRIGHT, FRED NOONAN and other characters throughout.
MAN FOUR: Baritone/Tenor. Portrays WILBUR WRIGHT and various other characters.
WOMAN ONE: Alto/Mezzo Soprano. Portrays AMELIA EARHART and other characters.
WOMAN TWO: Alto/Mezzo Soprano. African-American. Portrays BESSIE COLEMAN and various other
All of the aviators in Pioneers of Flight had to face obstacles and challenges. The Montgolfier Brothers had to find “pilots” for their new aircraft; they had to determine if the air was safe above the earth’s surface. The Wright Brothers suffered through public doubt and numerous design setbacks. Charles Lindbergh needed to convince investors that funding a mailman’s flight expedition across the Atlantic was not a ridiculous idea. Amelia Earhart endured being an outsider during her formative years and work against major gender bias. Bessie Coleman and William Powell overcame racial discrimination to soar higher than any African American man or woman had. Pioneers of Flight proves that there is no limit to what man or woman can achieve.
Please prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary Broadway song (up tempo or ballad). Be prepared to sing an additional selection if asked.
Questions? Please contact Ted Watts, Ted@musical.org, 562-856-1999 x 232