Showcased in the 31st Annual Festival of New Musicals

Distant Thunder

2019 Festival Showcase

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 6
Number of Principals (Female): 4
Preferred Ensemble Size: 12
Total Cast Size: 22
Orchestra Breakdown:

Native percussion, Native flute, flute, clarinet, two violins, cello, trumpet, trombone, piano, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, rock drums

Casting Notes:

two children (young Darrell and Dorothy), a predominantly Native American cast, 3 ensemble members must be able to sing Native vocables and play instruments

Genre & Style:


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Development History

1. Native Voices Playwright’s Retreat and Festival of New Plays
Year – 2012
Location – Native Voices at the Autry, Los Angeles
Type – 1-week writers workshop focusing on the book (with 1 reading for a combined Native/non-Native audience)

2. Amas Musical Theatre Lab Series
Year – 2013
Location – Amas Musical Theatre, New York
Type – 29-hour reading focusing on the music (with 3 performances for the general public)

3. Amas Musical Theater Lab Series
Year – 2016
Location – Amas Musical Theatre, New York
Type – 29-hour reading with the purpose of presenting Distant Thunder to the Seminole Nation and other potential partners