Auditions in Tulsa and Muskogee for Principal Roles in Cherokee Musical ‘Nanyehi’

By | July 12, 2024

Casting Call for Cherokee Musical “Nanyehi – The Story of Nancy Ward” in Tulsa

Upcoming musical “Nanyehi: The Story of Nancy Ward” is hosting auditions for its upcoming performances on October 11-12 at Hard Rock Live Tulsa.

Nanyehi” dramatizes the life of Nancy Ward, an iconic Cherokee woman recognized in the 18th century for her valor as a war woman and later for her role as a peacemaker during the American Revolution. Cheyenne Gagner will reprise her role as Nanyehi and Tommy Cummings will return as Dragging Canoe.

Roles Available:

While the main roles of Nanyehi and Dragging Canoe are filled, nearly 30 roles remain open for Native and non-Native actors, singers, and dancers of all ages.

Available principal roles include:

  • Kingfisher
  • Bryant Ward
  • Young Nanyehi

All principal roles offer compensation.

Audition Details:

Muskogee: July 12, 5-8 p.m. at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, 401 S. 3rd St.
Tulsa: July 13, 2-5 p.m. July 14, 2-5 p.m. at Theatre Tulsa, 5521 S. Peoria Ave.

Audition Requirements:

  • Singers: Prepare an a cappella piece or bring your own accompaniment. A keyboard, CD player, and Bluetooth speaker will be available.
  • Non-singers: Read from the script provided.
  • Dancers: Bring appropriate shoes for a brief dance routine.

For those auditioning for a principal role with singing parts from the musical, email to receive song details, lead sheets, and tracks.

Background on the Production

2024 marks the 13th production of “Nanyehi.” The musical has been staged eight times in Oklahoma, twice in Tennessee, and once each in Georgia and Texas. The musical is a creation of award-winning songwriter and recording artist Becky Hobbs and playwright Nick Sweet.

Becky Hobbs, a Cherokee Nation citizen and Bartlesville native, is a direct descendant of Nancy Ward. With a career spanning performances in over 40 countries and more than 20 chart records, Hobbs’s songs have been covered by renowned artists including Alabama, Conway Twitty, and Emmylou Harris. Hobbs was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

For more details on the production or to view a complete list of available audition roles, visit or email

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