Auditions for DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT, a new student-written musical

Author: Stacey Stewart

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An original musical by Solomon Duane '24
Directed by Matt Hawkins

Performances: February 23 - March 5, 2023
Philbin Studio Theatre
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Set in the 1940s, Dawn's Early Light follows the story of an Italian-American family living in Buffalo, NY during World War II. When Tommy Bastani, the son of an Italian immigrant, decides he wants to enlist in the military, his father resists, haunted by the pains of a dark past. As Valentine Bastani struggles to raise his strong-willed children in a quickly changing world, the explosions of war work their way into the foundation of the American dream: the family. This new musical-theatre production seeks to address the issues of today in a historic world filled with big-band music, swing dance, and the flashing colors of the WWII home front.

Auditions via video submission
Due Monday, November 28 at 5:00 pm EST

Callbacks (in-person) - December 7-9

For the VIDEO submission:

1. Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.

2. Sing an excerpt of any song (with or without music, musical theatre or pop)

3. Pick one character to read from one of the following sides:

VAL side
TOMMY side



Tommy Bastani: 17 year old lumber mill worker trying to find purpose in his life

Valentine Bastani: An Italian man in his mid 40’s. Tommy’s father who questions the American dream 

Lucy Bastani:  16 years old; Tommy's sister, dreams of being a dancer, feisty and adventurous.

Jack Lloyd: 17 years old; likes to party, in love with Lucy, loves America

Regan Griffin: 17 years old; An aspiring writer, imaginative, speaks her mind

Rosalin Bastani: An American woman in her mid 40’s, married to Valentine, fighting to keep her family safe

Donna Bastani: 15 years old; Tommy and Lucy’s younger sister, likes to cause trouble

Frank Lloyd: 21 years old, Jack’s brother, enlisted in the Navy and loves America

Ensemble: A group of teenage friends, park goers, dancers (approx 6-10)


Any student of any major is welcome and encouraged to audition for FTT's shows. Auditions are also open to students, faculty, and staff at Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Holy Cross College. 

FTT has pledged a commitment to concrete actions that expose and dismantle white supremacy, including (but not limited to) planning anti-racist theatre seasons. We are committed to providing artistic opportunities for our Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students. We welcome students with disabilities and students of all gender identities.

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