TULSA – The historic Cherokee musical “Nanyehi – The Nancy Ward Story” is holding a casting call in support of the musical’s October 13-14 performance at Hard Rock Live in Tulsa make.
“Nanyehi” tells the story of Nancy Ward, the first award-winning woman in the 18th century.the th as a Cherokee war woman, but later became a peacemaker during the American Revolutionary War.
Nearly 30 roles are available for Native and non-Native actors, singers and dancers of all ages. Main characters and paid staff positions available, including title character Nanyehi.
Auditions will be held at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee (401 S. 3rd St.) on July 14th, 11am-2pm and 4:30pm-8pm.
Auditions are also available in Tulsa on July 15th from 2-5pm and 7-9pm, and on July 16th from 2-7pm at the Fly Loft located at 117 North Boston Ave.
Those who audition for singing roles are asked to sing a cappella or provide their own accompaniment. A keyboard and CD player will be provided. Candidates who cannot sing will be read from a script, while dancers are asked to bring their shoes as they will be taught a short routine.
The 2023 release will mark the twelfth installment of Minaminokai. The play has played seven times in Oklahoma, twice in Tennessee and has had one-shot productions in Georgia and Texas. This musical was created by Nashville-based award-winning songwriter and recording artist Becky Hobbs and playwright Nick Sweet.
Hobbs, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and native of Bartlesville, is a direct descendant of Nancy Ward. As a recording/performance artist, she has performed in over 40 countries and has 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 many more. Hobbs was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in October 2015.
“Nanyehi” is presented in partnership with Cherokee Nation Businesses and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.