Narberth Community Theatre

will proudly present: 

A World premiere!!


A House Divided


Auditions schedule


DATES/TIMES: Sunday, January 21 6:00-9:00   – OR – Monday, January 22 7:00 – 9:00   

PLACE: Narberth Borough Hall, 100 Conway Avenue, Narberth PA, 19072                              

REQUIREMENTS: 16-32 bars of music of your choice/standard Broadway songs.  Please bring sheet music; no a capella         

NOTE: Choreography is minimal: Non-dancers welcome!!                                                                

CALLBACKS:  Sunday, January 28 6:00 p.m. (music and script selections will be provided)

REHEARSALS: Sunday afternoons, Monday and Tuesday evenings starting March 5 [leads may meet earlier] 

PERFORMANCE DATES:  May 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12, 2018 [strike, May 13 is required)       

CONTACT: Mike Salmanson at with questions or for more information AND to add your email to info list!

N.B. As there are minors in the production, cast members will be subject to background checks.

 A full copy of the script is available here:                                                                 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS: (Note-ages are actual historical ages, and are for general guidelines. The play takes place over a four period).

Abraham Lincoln (baritone) mid-50s.   At times humorous; at times melancholy.

Mary Lincoln (mezzo soprano) early/mid-40s.  From a slaveholding family, her brothers fought for the South;  she was treated largely as an outcast by Washington’s elite.  She is  an exceptionally fragile and lonely individual, and fiercely loyal to her husband.  

Elizabeth Keckley (soprano) early/mid-40s.  A freed black woman, she has the reputation as the finest seamstress in Washington, and is quickly hired by Mary Lincoln.  Separated from her husband when he was sold, and from her son, a  Union soldier, she and Mrs. Lincoln bond over their family tragedies, and she becomes Mary Lincoln’s closest confidante and friend.

Keckley/Narrator.  As an elderly woman, KECKLEY/NARRATOR reflects back on the events             of the Lincoln White House in her unique role as participant, confidante and observer (need not be a singing role).

Will. Henry Seward (tenor).  Early 60’s.  Secretary of State and Lincoln’s primary rival for 1860 Republican nomination.  Originally a bitter foe, and somewhat of an intellectual and social snob, he believes Lincoln to be far less equipped to be President than he. Nevertheless, he joins the cabinet, and  becomes Lincoln’s closest confidant and friend.

Salmon Chase (baritone) mid 50’s.  Secretary of the Treasury, former Governor and Senator of Ohio and 1860 and 1864 rival for Republican nomination.  Favorite of the antislavery Republicans, his ambition knows no limit. Lincoln finally rids him from the Cabinet by appointing him Chief Justice.

Willie Lincoln (treble)(10-11). Lincoln’s third son, and Tad’s best friend, he tragically dies in the White House, leaving his mother and younger brother devastated.

Tad Lincoln   (treble) (8-12). Lincoln’s youngest son.  Shy with a speech impediment, he is a sad and lonely child after his playmate Willie’s death.

Robert Lincoln (tenor) 18-22.  Lincoln’s oldest son, he is aloof and somewhat estranged from his parents. A Harvard undergraduate at the war’s opening, he desperately wants to serve in his father’s army.

Kate Chase (soprano) 21-25. Salmon Chase’s oldest daughter, she is an accomplished beauty and the toast of Washington society, and Mary Lincoln’s rival.

John Wilkes Booth (baritone) 27.  An accomplished actor and southern sympathizer.

Mrs. McLean, assorted servants, soldiers, doctor,  ensemble etc., many with individual singing roles.  All named parts must be able to harmonize in individual parts; ensemble parts should be able to harmonize in group.