Producer: Paul Sirmons
Director: Nathan Krankowski
Writer: Esther Luttrel
LA Casting Director: Beverly Holloway, CSA
LA Casting Associate: Nicky Hawthorne
OK Casting Director: Chris Freihofer, CSA
OK Casting Assistant: Tiffany Feese
Audition Date(s): Beginning o/a June 30 (Auditions will be in OKC and Dallas)
Callback Date(s): early August
Shoot Dates: 9/1-10-3, 2014
Location: Ada, OK and surrounding areas
Pay Rate: Low Budget Scale ($504 +10% agent fee)
Submit for only ONE role. If we feel they are more suited for another role, we will move them around. DO NOT DOUBLE SUBMIT ACTORS.
MARY FRANCES “TE ATA” THOMPSON: FEMALE, Actor will play 20-35 years old, NATIVE AMERICAN/CAUCASIAN (Mixed Race), DARK HAIR/DARK EYES. (HISTORICAL FIGURE) (STRONG DANCE EXPERIENCE PREFERRED AND FAMILIARITY WITH NATIVE AMERICAN DANCE STYLES A PLUS) Mary Frances Thompson, who would later go by her Indian name Te Ata (meaning “Bearer of the Dawn”), was born in 1895 of a Chickasaw father (T.B. Thompson) and a Caucasian mother (Bertie Thompson), and grew up in “Indian Territory” (which would later become Oklahoma) as a part of the Chickasaw Nation. Never one to shy away from a challenge or an adventure, Te Ata decided to go away to college to study drama. But being an “outsider” at college caused her to pull back at first, hesitant to get up in front of the other students for fear of their judgment. At the encouragement of her drama teacher and her close friends, Te Ata decided to step out of her comfort zone and began performing, and eventually did make it all the way to Broadway. But as her own fame grew, she watched the struggles of the Native American people, and realized that the best thing she could do with her talent was to once again tell the stories of her people, to those who were not familiar, and to help dispel the myths and misunderstandings that had created a divide between the cultures, eventually leading to performances for presidents and royalty. Inducted into Oklahoma’s Hall of Fame in 1957, she was named Oklahoma’s first State Treasure in 1987. LEAD
THOMAS BENJAMIN (T.B.) THOMPSON: MALE, early to mid-40’s (actor will actually play a range of 30-60 years old), NATIVE AMERICAN (HISTORICAL FIGURE). He is Te Ata’s father. He stands tall with his square shoulders in an upright and straight posture. He was a store owner/merchant for many years before he was asked by Douglas Johnston to serve as Treasurer for the Chickasaw Nation. He is proud of his Chickasaw heritage and instilled the traditions in Te Ata from a young age through the shadow stories he would act out on the walls of her bedroom. He is a hard worker, with a genuine desire to benefit the people of the Chickasaw Nation, but times are changing and he has concerns about what lies in store for the Chickasaws and all Native Americans. He is protective of Te Ata and would prefer she stay close to home where he can help ensure her safety, but he knows that her drive and passion are far bigger and she would never be satisfied living a small simple life. STRONG SUPPORTING
BERTIE THOMPSON: FEMALE, early to mid-40’s (actor will actually play a range of 30-60 years old), CAUCASIAN (HISTORICAL FIGURE). She is Te Ata’s mother and married to T.B. Thompson. Although she is not Native American by birth, she has embraced the culture and traditions of the Chickasaw Nation and is considered a part of the tribe by marriage. She is proud to raise her family with that heritage despite the challenges she sees ahead as the political climate changes. With her children, especially Te Ata, she is careful to instill in them a pride for who they are and where they come from, but also challenge them to not be limited by what society says they can or should do. She sincerely loves T.B. and is a good mom, balancing a little bit of a feisty wit, with grace and compassion as well. STRONG SUPPORTING
DOUGLAS H. JOHNSTON: MALE, early 40’s, NATIVE AMERICAN/CAUCASIAN (Mixed race) Born of a Caucasian father and mixed-race mother (half Caucasian, half Chickasaw Indian), his posture reflects confidence, and he is a man of intelligence. As the Chickasaw Nation’s Governor-Elect he is considered an outsider in some political circles. But it is his ability to negotiate fairly and wisely that brought him into the political arena, and he watches the Senators keenly, analyzing each of them. He is Te Ata’s uncle and is very close with her family. STRONG SUPPORTING
DR. CLYDE FISHER: MALE, early 50’s but looks like he is in his mid-40’s, CAUCASIAN. (HISTORICAL FIGURE) He has a full head of white hair that can look quite unruly at times (he was sometimes compared to Albert Einstein with whom he was friends), and although he wears thick rimmed glasses, his energy and adventurous spirit give him the air of a man younger than his years. He is not at all concerned with fashion or formality, instead opting for more practical choices in attire. His Blue eyes reflect wit and intelligence, and while he would be described by most as quirky or eccentric, he is well-spoken with intriguing charm. His extraordinary intellect and natural curiosity allowed him to master the fields of geology and zoology, botany (in which he earned his doctorate), as well as astronomy. Clyde Fisher was far from a dry, boring scientist. With his teaching background, and his work with New York City's children, he was able to make the planets and stars come alive. Fisher was a world-renowned lecturer on astronomy and other subjects. After Te Ata moved to New York City, the two met through mutual friends and despite the age difference (he was 17 years her senior), the two had a very strong connection and started dating, and eventually married when Te Ata was 38 and he was 55. STRONG SUPPORTING
SENATOR JOHN TYLER MORGAN: MALE, Late 60’s-early 70’s, CAUCASIAN. (HISTORICAL FIGURE) His clean-shaven face and white fringe of short, neatly combed hair, have him looking more like an urban minister than a powerful politician. But his stiffly starched, upturned white collar, perfectly knotted bow tie, and dark suit gives the impression of one who deliberates carefully and thoughtfully. Don’t be fooled by his seemingly understated demeanor – his clear eyes miss nothing. He is a U.S. Senator from Alabama and served in that capacity for over 30 years. SMALL SUPPORTING
SENATOR JAMES JONES: MALE, Late 50’s-early 60’s, CAUCASIAN. (HISTORICAL FIGURE) He reflects the dignity of one who serves among the chairmen of the Senate Standing Committees. He is a U.S. Senator from Arkansas. He is far more concerned with asserting control over the Indian Territory and the many natural resources found on the land, than he is with the rights and treaties made with the Native American people. He is a “win at all cost” kind of a person and does not view the Native American people as equal citizens to be afforded equal rights and protections. SMALL SUPPORTING
SENATOR WILLIAM B. BATE: MALE, early-mid 70’s, CAUCASIAN. (HISTORICAL FIGURE) He has a fine head of thick white hair despite a receding hairline, and a strong square chin. Some say he looks like Thomas Edison or Einstein. He is a U.S. Senator from Tennessee. He understands the tensions and complications caused by the power struggle over Indian Territory and the role of federal government within Native American tribal law, but he sees both sides of the issue and isn’t as quick as some to jump on the “seize control” bandwagon as some of his colleagues in the Senate. SMALL SUPPORTING
SENATOR PETTIGREW: MALE, Late 40’s-early 50’s, CAUCASIAN. (HISTORICAL FIGURE) He has a somber countenance in his three-piece suit, his gray-brown hair combed severely to the left, every inch an important political figure. He was the first U.S. Senator from South Dakota. SMALL SUPPORTING
BETTIE JOHNSTON: FEMALE, mid 40’s, NATIVE AMERICAN/CAUCASIAN (Mixed Race). She married Douglas Johnston after his first wife died, and together they have a daughter, Juanita. She loves Douglas and is proud of the work he is doing on behalf of the Chickasaw people. She is a good companion for him, creating a beautiful home befitting of the position held by her husband, and she treats the household staff with respect and the people of the community with compassion. Although they are family by marriage, she and Bertie Thompson have become true friends and Te Ata is like a second daughter to her. SUPPORTING
MISS DAVIS: FEMALE, 30-40 years old, CAUCASIAN. Young and vibrant, she is Te Ata’s first drama teacher in college. Miss Davis is very passionate about her teaching and invests greatly in her students, especially those who show great promise and dedication. Te Ata is one of those students, and it is Miss Davis who gives her first opportunity to be paid as a performer, and who inspires Te Ata to pursue her dream of making it to Broadway. She becomes a mentor and life coach for Te Ata, making a significant and life-long impact on Te Ata. STRONG SUPPORTING
ATALOA (Mary McClendon): FEMALE, mid 20’s-early 30’s (actor will play age range of approx. 25-35 years old), NATIVE AMERICAN (HISTORICAL FIGURE). She is naturally beautiful and looks every inch an Indian maiden. She is Te Ata’s roommate in New York, and also a Broadway actress, but more feisty and outspoken than Te Ata. She is very proud of her heritage, and like Te Ata, she was enthralled by the stories of the Chickasaw people that she heard as a child. She shares Te Ata’s drive to keep the stories and heritage of the Native American people alive and desires to find ways to bridge the cultures and promote a greater understanding of the Native American people in mainstream society. As a performer, Ataloa (meaning “Little Song”) received accolades for her poise, personality and rich contralto voice. SUPPORTING
THUROW LIEURANCE: MALE, 40’S, CAUCASIAN. (PIANO SKILLS ARE A PLUS) Strikingly handsome with a full head of prematurely white hair. He is missing one leg so he leans heavily on a cane, but still manages a graceful, though uneven, gait. He is well educated in music and the arts, and was the Chairman of the music department at the University of Nebraska. The accident that took his leg was a turning point for him because he was rescued by a group of Indians, and he is convinced that they, and their music, are what healed him and saved his life. So he devoted himself to Indian music from that day forward. He produces a traveling show of Native American music, dramatic readings and dance, and meets Te Ata when Miss Davis suggests that she is someone he should hire for his touring shows. SUPPORTING
MARGARET: FEMALE, 20S, CAUCASIAN. She is Te Ata’s roommate at the Three Arts Club. She is a student at Julliard, and encourages Te Ata to audition for a play and consoles her when the harsh realities of being a Native American actress become amplified. She and Te Ata become good friends, sometimes even accompanying Te Ata on piano and hand drum during her performances. SUPPORTING
RUBY JOLLIFEE (JOLLY): (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) FEMALE, 40-45 years old, CAUCASIAN. Very professional and refined in appearance, she runs several camps in New York for inner-city children. She attends Te Ata’s housewarming party in New York as a guest of Dr. Ernest Fretwell. She has great admiration for Te Ata’s Native American performances and invites Te Ata to be a guest performer at the camps, teaching the children about nature and native culture. This partnership would have a profound impact on Te Ata and change her life significantly for the better. SMALL SUPPORTING
TE ATA-AGE 8: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) FEMALE, 8 years old, NATIVE AMERICAN/CAUCASIAN (Mixed Race). She is outgoing and curious, which can sometimes get her into trouble, but she is also a charmer and fills the room with her energetic spirit. She is creative and loves watching her father tell his shadow stories on the wall, often carefully imitating his movements. TWO SCENES
CARLA BENNETT: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) FEMALE, 18-20 years old, CAUCASIAN, BLONDE. She is Te Ata’s perky roommate when she first gets to college. Carla has had very little interaction with Native Americans and is at first flustered to find she will be rooming with one. She tries not to be rude, and is not mean-spirited at all, she is just does not quite know how to relate to Te Ata at first. Eventually though, the two become friends. SMALL SUPPORTING
IVA MAE: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) FEMALE, 18-20 years old, CAUCASIAN, REDHEAD. (BASIC PIANO SKILLS A PLUS) She is a little chunky with a generous sprinkling of freckles across her nose. She is one of the classmates that Te Ata meets when she first gets to college. She has had very little exposure to Native Americans and her father’s dislike of them causes her to be skeptical of Te Ata at first, but once she decides to open herself up and learn more about Te Ata and her culture, she realizes at the core they are not all that different from one another. The two become good friends and she eventually plays piano for some of Te Ata’s performances. SMALL SUPPORTING
GODJE: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) FEMALE, 20’S, NATIVE AMERICAN. She was one of the Chautauqua Girls (managed by Thurow Lieurance) along with Te Ata, and they performed Native American dances and music at various places around the country. Godje plays piano as a part of the performance. THREE SCENES
DOWANWIN: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) FEMALE, 30’S, NATIVE AMERICAN. She was one of the Chautauqua Girls (managed by Thurow Lieurance) along with Te Ata, and they performed Native American dances and music at various places around the country. Dowanwin plays drums as a part of the performance. THREE SCENES
WILLIE WATTS: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, 50’S, CAUCASIAN. He is gruff, crude and loud enough to be heard in the next county. His face is weather-worn and scrunched into a frown most of the time. He manages a tacky touring show called “Willie Watts Authentic ReCreation of Custer’s Last Stand” and is considering hiring Te Ata, Godje and Dowanwin as performers. But, his unwelcomed scrutiny of their looks and rude remarks regarding their ability to “pass as Indians” causes Te Ata and the girls to walk out on the potential job, in spite being stranded as a result. ONE SCENE
OLD MAN: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, 60-70 years old, CAUCASIAN. Te Ata sees him arguing with an Indian man on the side of the road, accusing him of something. Eventually sees him shoot the Indian man. ONE SCENE
WISE INDIAN ELDER: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, 55-65 years old, NATIVE AMERICAN. His face is weathered as indicative of one who has lived and worked off the land his whole life. Every line in his face tells a story. He is an elder in the Chickasaw Tribe and shares a meaningful conversation with young Te Ata, that ends up having a profound effect on her. TWO SCENES
MRS. BREWSTER: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) FEMALE, 40-45 years old, NATIVE AMERICAN. She and her 7 kids live near Te Ata, and are very poor. Both Bertie Thompson and Bettie Johnston often send food over to them to help and often Te Ata is the one who makes the deliveries to their home, sometimes becoming frustrated by Mrs. Brewster’s lack of appreciation. ONE SCENE
TAXI DRIVER: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, 40-50 years old, NATIVE AMERICAN/CAUCASIAN (Mixed Race). Te Ata meets him when he picks her up at the train station to drive her to her college campus. Because his physical characteristics are more ethnically ambiguous, Te Ata is not sure of his view toward Native Americans and is at first cautious and afraid. But soon he shares that he is also in fact part Choctaw Indian, and commends her for making it to college, something that most Indian kids in his generation missed out on. ONE SCENE
RANCHER: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, 40s-50s, CAUCASIAN. A kind, New Mexican rancher who befriends Te Ata and the other Chautauqua Girls, warning her of what she’s up against with regards to society’s view of Native American’s and the government’s pressure to suppress the sharing of Native American culture in the mainstream. ONE SCENE
MR. STEVENS: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, 50s, ANY ETHNICITY. Small build and a more high strung nerdy type. He is the school director at Carnegie Tech, a school that Te Ata is hoping to attend. But after rejecting her admission in a letter, Te Ata travels to confront him in person, and to prove to him that she deserves a spot at the school. Mr. Stevens struggles to stop Te Ata from auditioning but is pleasantly surprised by her ability once she muscles her way in. TWO SCENES
RECEPTIONIST: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) FEMALE, 35-40 years old, ANY ETHNICITY. A meek woman who is the receptionist for Mr. Stevens, the School Director at Carnegie Tech, a university Te Ata is hoping to attend. After being rejected in a letter, Te Ata travels to Mr. Steven’s office to see him face to face, but she must first get past his receptionist, who has trouble holding her own opposite Te Ata’s anger. ONE SCENE
BEN BURRIS: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, 22-25 years old, NATIVE AMERICAN. He is a university law student who attends Te Ata’s housewarming party in New York as a guest of his professor, James McMann. TWO SCENES
GEORGE NEWTON: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, 22-25 years old. NATIVE AMERICAN/CAUCASIAN (Mixed Race). He is a university law student who attends Te Ata’s housewarming party in New York as a guest of his professor, James McMann. Although not ashamed of his Indian heritage, he understands the benefits he has experienced because his physical characteristics are more strongly Caucasian than Native American. TWO SCENES
JAMES MCMANN: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, mid to late 40’s, NATIVE AMERICAN/CAUCASIAN. He is a successful professor of law who attends Te Ata’s housewarming party in New York and is one of her circle of friends. TWO SCENES
LANCE: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, mid 40’s, NATIVE AMERICAN. His full name is Sylvester Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance. He is a prominent actor of both stage and screen who becomes friends with Te Ata in New York and has great respect for her accomplishments. TWO SCENES
FRED CARLTON: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, early 30’s, NATIVE AMERICAN. (VIOLIN OR SIMILAR INSTRUMENTAL EXPERIENCE A PLUS) A very accomplished violinist, he arrives late to the girls’ housewarming party having just finished a performance with the city symphony. He is gracious enough to perform a song for the group before settling into the spirited conversation. TWO SCENES
AVIS: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) FEMALE, 11 years old, NATIVE AMERICAN/CAUCASIAN (Mixed Race). She is Te Ata’s younger sister. ONE LINE
CHARITY CLUB MEMBERS: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) FEMALE, 45-60 years old. CAUCASIAN. Well-meaning high society club members whose knowledge of the world is expanded by meeting Te Ata. ONE SCENE
GOVERNMENT AGENTS: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, late 30s, CAUCASIAN. Aggressively abrasive government agents who ruthlessly ransack the local Chickasaw market owned by T.B. Thompson (Te Ata’s father). ONE SCENE
BRITISH WIFE: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) FEMALE, 45-50 years old, CAUCASIAN. (SPEAKS WITH BRITISH ACCENT) She attends the White House state dinner where Te Ata performs. She is not intentionally rude, but her comments to Te Ata come across condescending and inappropriate. ONE LINE
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: FEMALE, 49 years old. CAUCASIAN (HISTORICAL FIGURE). As First Lady, she is a woman of influential power who is very progressive in her views on Native Americans and women in general. She invites Te Ata to perform for the President at the first official State dinner at the White House. TWO SCENES
FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, 51 years old. CAUCASIAN. President of the United States whose esteemed presence gives all the more importance to Te Ata’s performance.
KING GEORGE: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) MALE, XXX. CAUCASIAN. The boyishly handsome King of England who attends Te Ata’s performance.
QUEEN ELIZABETH: (LOCAL/MODIFIED LOCAL HIRE ONLY) FEMALE, XXX. CAUCASIAN. The regal Queen of England who attends Te Ata’s performance.
TO SUBMIT FOR THIS PROJECT:
READ AND FOLLOW THE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS VERY CAREFULLY.
Failure to follow the instructions will likely result in your submission being lost, mis-filed or accidentally deleted.
-Email a recent headshot or photo and an acting resume or a list of any acting experience, and all contact information including NAME, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS and city of residence.
-Place the words TE ATA (Name of Role Submitting for) as the Subject Heading of your email. No other subject headings will be seen. Example: TE ATA - Queen Elizabeth. (Note: ONLY SUBMIT FOR ONE ROLE!)
-All photos MUST BE NO LARGER than 200KB in size.
- SEND ALL PICTURES AND INFO IN ONE EMAIL. DO NOT SEND MULTIPLE EMAILS.
-Please change the name of your photo to your name. (Ex.: JohnSmith,jpg).
-Send the email to Submissions@FreihoferCasti
-If you are selected to audition for this project, you will be notified by email and/or phone call as soon as decisions are made.
-Submissions must be received ASAP
ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS!