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Results:

Top 5 Nominee - Director: T.J. Rand

Top 5 Nominee - Music Director: Joe Rojek

Winner - Set Design: Mo Demers

Winner - Costume Design: Sharon Burnston

Top 5 Nominee - Best Actress: Donna Trapp

Top 5 Nominee - Best Supporting Actor - Angelo Gentile

Winner - Best Supporting Actor - Jon Martin

 

John Adams...................Ben Franklin...............Thomas Jefferson

John Dickinson............Edward Rutledge..............The Courier

Richard Henry Lee...........Martha Jefferson...............Abigail Adams

Robert Livingston...............Roger Sherman.............Secretary Thomson

Andrew McNair.............Leather Apron..............John Hancock

James Wilson.............Dr. Lyman Hall...............Joseph Hewes

Lewis Morris...............George Read.................Caesar Rodney

Col. Thomas McKean...........Samuel Chase..............Stephen Hopkins

Dr. Josiah Bartlett......Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon.............The Painter

 

PERFORMANCE DATES November 12, 13, 2004 at 8:00; November 14, 2004 at 2:30; and November 18, 19, 20, 2004 at 8:00

 

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CAST OF CHARACTERS

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President
John Hancock
New Hampshire
Dr. Josiah Bartlett
Massachusetts
John Adams *
Rhode Island
Stephen Hopkins *
Connecticut
Roger Sherman
New York
Lewis Morris *
Robert Livingston
New Jersey
Jonathan Witherspoon
Pennsylvania
Benjamin Franklin
John Dickinson
James Wilson
Delaware
Caesar Rodney *
Col. Thomas McKean
George Read
Maryland
Samuel Chase
Virginia
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
North Carolina
Joseph Hewes *
South Carolina
Edward Rutledge *
Georgia
Dr. Lyman Hall
Other
Charles Thomson, clerk
Andrew McNair, custodian
A Leather Apron
Courier *
Abigail Adams *
Martha Jefferson

Painter

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Chronology - Chronological list of events relating to production by the Director

Portraits and signatures of the Signers

The Scenic Theatre was decked out with some interesting items for the performance of '1776'. Among them were the following:

A simulated oil painting of the Trumball portrait of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

A copy of the engraving of the Declaration of Independence, which was done on order of President John Quincy Adams, who noticed the original was beginning to fade.

The Betsy Ross flag.

Legend has it that Betsy Ross, who made flags for the Philadelphia Navy Board, made the first U.S. flag for George Washington. It had thirteen five-pointed stars in a circle.

The "Bunker Hill Flag" with the blue field was an error made by a person coloring flag charts a couple of hundred years ago. The flag, representing New England, was correctly printed with heraldic hatching to indicate a red field, but it was colored blue by mistake. That one error has lived to this day as fact. The report by the North American Vexillological Association in the 1970's concluded that the Americans probably didn't carry any flag at Bunker Hill, they were such a rag-tag outfit. The most famous painting of the battle shows a flag with the red field with green pine tree in a white canton, no cross. Unfortunately, the British flag in the same painting has the St Andrew's cross in blue on a red canton, or some such mish mash. So the artist may not have been all that careful about his rendition of the New England flag. The same flag but with a circle of stars in the field is a copyrighted design by a company in Essex, Massachusetts, and is to represent the New England States.

The Culpeper flag is somewhat doubtful historically. It only dates to Lossing's 19th Century book on the American Revolution and there isn't any documentation about it otherwise. Also, there are no colors as it was illustrated as a line drawing. Also, Lossing says the Culpeper Minute Men used it but also says they were active 1776-77, so 1775 date not supported at all. There is supposed to be a contemporary account of this flag, but it cannot be found.

The famed "Grand Union" flag hoisted near Washington's headquarters at Cambridge on 2 January 1776 turned out to be exactly the same as the flag that the East India Company had used ... on the other side of the world ... since 1701. The design is essentially a red ensign (minus, of course, the X of St. Patrick at that time) with the red field divided into 13 red-and-white stripes: the same pattern as the later U.S. flag, once the canton changed to "a new constellation."