Auditions  For A New Production Of “Forgotten”

Auditions For A New Production Of “Forgotten”

The Murder at the Ford Rouge Plant: An Original Jazz-Folk Opera
Elise Bryant, Director; Bill Meyer, Music Director; Sam Kirkland and Dave Elsila, Producers

“FORGOTTEN: The Murder at the Ford Rouge Plant” will be presented at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 26, 2010. Elise Bryant will direct this new production, and Bill Meyer will serve as music director.

“FORGOTTEN” is an original jazz-folk opera by composer Steve Jones about the 1930s and the Great Depression in Detroit. It focuses on the real-life story of the Rev. Lewis Bradford, a Methodist minister who came to Detroit in 1936 and broadcast a weekly radio show over station WXYZ, “The Forgotten Man’s Hour” from the Howard Street Mission. Bradford was found fatally injured at the Ford River Rouge plant. An examination of the autopsy report led the Wayne County Medical Examiner to conclude that Bradford’s death should probably have been classified as a homicide.

Previously produced in Detroit in 2004 and 2005, this production is funded with donations and grants from individuals as well as nonprofit groups including the Michigan Labor History Society, the Ovshinsky Foundation, and the U.S. Peace Council, and by Macomb Community College. Target audiences include students at Macomb Community College and at local high schools as well as the general public. There are approximately eight principal cast members and a chorus of approximately 22.

Auditions for the cast and chorus will be held on Friday, January 29, 2010 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. (all should arrive by 6:30), and on Saturday, January 30 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. (all should arrive by 12 noon)

Audition participants are requested to bring sheet music for the pianist to play while they sing (or be prepared to sing a standard song they think the pianist might know without music). Have a second song ready. NO TAPES, NO A CAPELLA

Callbacks are on Sunday, January 31 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Auditions and callbacks will be held on the second floor at the historic Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams at Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit. Lighted parking is available behind the church.

Rehearsals in February and March will take place at Central United Methodist Church in preparation for the March 26, 2010 performance. 

If you are interested in being a part of the cast, chorus, or production team, please contact:
Anne Drake at: or 734-995-1738; Bill Meyer at: bmeyer@macgroup or 313-207-3904; Dave Elsila at: or 313- 882-2032; or Sam Kirkland at: or 313-433-9680.