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Burnt Part Boys

Ten West’s Adult production is The Burnt Part Boys!

The Burnt Part Boys is a richly authentic theatrical experience, a piece of musical theatre treasure with a book and score that reverberate as resonantly in audiences’ souls as the acoustic instruments that provide the accompaniment.

Locally named The Burnt Part, the Pickaway Coal Company’s South Mountain closed down after an accident in 1952 that resulted in the death of four miners, three of whom left behind children. Ten years later, Jake Twitchell is an employee of that same company, doing the same job that took his own father’s life. Much to the dismay of his movie-buff younger brother, Pete, the Pickaway Coal Company is going to begin re-mining The Burnt Part and send down both Jake and Jake’s friend, Chet, whose father also died in the South Mountain accident. Inspired by his silver screen heroes, Pete sets out for The Burnt Part with his saw-playing best friend, Dusty, a pack full of dynamite and plans to render it useless. With Jake and Chet in hot pursuit, Pete and Dusty are in need of a guide and find a perfect Sacajawea in the young runaway, Frances, who also lost her father in the accident. Dangerous and heartwarming discoveries comprise every theatrical layer of the adventure on the road to the mine.

This production will rehearse three days a week from June 19 to August 9th. Specific calendar will be based on cast availability.

Auditions are May 1-2 from 5-9pm. Please prepare a 30 second monologue and two contrasting musical selections (of around 30 seconds) performed a capella. Accompaniment will not be provided. You will also be asked to demonstrate your best Appalachian southern accent. The following roles are open to anyone age 16 and up:

Jake’s younger brother. Intense and very imaginative. He is skeptical of the coal mining industry. Curious and adventurous.
Gender: Male
Age: 16 to 18
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B2
Pete’s older brother who dropped out of school to work in the mines. He is constantly suppressing his anger. Cynical, conflicted, jaded, determined.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 26
Vocal range top: G#5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Pete’s best friend. A simple-minded teen who is weary of Pete’s adventures. Generally amiable, loves to talk. Religious.
Gender: Male
Age: 16 to 18 (must be able to play younger)
Vocal range top: A6
Vocal range bottom: D4
Jake’s best friend and co-worker in the mines. An outgoing guy, but a bit of a wise-ass. Stubborn, loyal.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: D6
Vocal range bottom: D4
A feisty runaway living in the hills. She has a dry wit and short temper. Brave, confident, controlling.
Gender: Female
Age: 16 to 18 (must be able to play younger)
Vocal range top: C6
Vocal range bottom: G3
Dad / Pete’s Fantasy Men
Appears as Pete’s “Alamo” fantasies (Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie), and as his father in the mines.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B2
Dead Miners
A group of four men, ranging in age, who appear as ghosts in the coal mines.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 60
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: E2


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