The Nine Who Dared: Courage At Little Rock

Auditions!  We are seeking a diverse cast of teen and adult actors.  

Sunday, November 26th 4-5:30pm or Monday, November 27th 6-8:00pm
Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre, 710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park, MN 56387

Please choose one of the following acting parts to review prior to the audition.  You do not need to memorize but please practice with loud volume, strong facial expressions and be prepared to be "directed" to act the different characters.

African-American Male

African-American Female

Non African-American Male

Non African-American Female

You will be auditioning individually.  Please click here to sign up to chose a date and time that work for you to audition.  If you have any questions please email or call Dennis Whipple. or 320.258-2787.

Please fill out the audition form and bring it with you to your audition. 

Nine Who Dared is a unique opportunity to deeply engage with one of the most significant chapters in our country’s history of race relations – the 1957 integration of Little Rock Central High School.  Actors will also have the exciting challenge of playing multiple roles; often switching from one to another in an instant. The rehearsal process will involve advanced training techniques meant to broaden the actors’ range of physical and vocal choices which are necessary for portraying distinctly different characters.  The process will also involve research, “character studies”, and an exploration of a broad range of sources meant to help the actors fully embody the culture and mindset of 1950s America.

We will be casting an ensemble of 4 or 5 women and 3 or 4 men (including one African-American female and one African-American male) to play the entire community of 1957 Little Rock, Arkansas (and beyond). The actual age of an ensemble member is not as important as their ability to portray a variety of ages ranging from teen to middle-aged. 

In addition, we are looking for two young African-American actors to play the roles of Melba Beals and Ernest Green, two students at Little Rock Central High School. These actors will not play multiple roles but will retain these characters throughout, serving as a through-line in the production. As characters, Melba and Ernest are strong and committed; yet, at other times, scared and unsure. 

Director:  Jeffrey Bleam who is the head of the St. Cloud State University Theatre program.  He has directed past GREAT productions of To Kill A Mockingbird and Diary of Anne Frank. 

Rehearsal Schedule:
Rehearsals will typically be held Monday through Thursday from 6:00-8:30 and Saturdays from 10:00-3:00.