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An American Story Told Through Basketball

Cast & Instrumentation

PRINCIPAL CAST

  • 7 SINGERS

    • Flight (bass-baritone)

    • Future (baritone)

    • Coach (tenor) (possible local)

    • Sabrina (soprano—jazz/some belt) (possible local)

    • Daphne (lyric mezzo) (possible local)

    • Mrs. Lucas (gospel) (possible local)

    • Mrs. Harris (mezzo/soprano) (possible local)

  • 1 RAP ARTIST “Poet” (authentic rapper)

  • 1 GAME ANNOUNCER (experienced freestyle game commentator, play-by-play announcer)

  • 3 BASKETBALL PLAYERS / ACTORS (many lines, helpful if can sing on key)

    • Ajax (great point guard, ball handler, and shooter.) (possible local)

    • Odell (nice if good singer, but great basketball is tantamount) (local)

    • Akili (great basketball – experienced actor) (local)

CHORUS/ENSEMBLE (required)

Best if from home city (We can travel with basketball team if desired)

  • 6-7 EXCELLENT BASKETBALL PLAYERS (requires one-week additional Basketball rehearsals)

  • 5-6 FEMALE SINGERS (requires one week rehearsal with full cast, music memorized)

  • 5-6 MALE SINGERS (requires one week rehearsal with full cast, music memorized)

  • 1 POLICE OFFICER (actor)

  • 1 YOUNG BOY (5 years old – supernumerary role, requires 3 final rehearsals with cast)

GUEST APPEARANCE ROLES (required)

  • 1 PRO BASKETBALL PLAYER (6’6”+, can dunk – “Hector the Helicopter”) best if from home city

GUEST CAMEO ROLES (optional)

  • 1 POLICE OFFICER (requires one hour rehearsal and memorize a few lines)

  • 1 GUEST GAME COMMENTATOR (minimal rehearsal)
    Local radio or TV sports celeb makes it fun.

  • 1 GUEST REPORTER (requires one hour rehearsal & lines)
    Local TV or Radio celebrity makes it fun.

  • 1 GUEST BASKETBALL COACH (Local Basketball Coach or Player preferred)
    No lines, but some staging and responsibilities.


  • LOCAL CHEERLEADING SQUAD (Fun but not necessary – two rehearsals required)

NOTE: Any younger basketball players or students can participate as fans or teammates sitting on the bench.
Requires rehearsal during run-throughs.

BAND

Local Band possible for extended run, or we can travel with core band, optional musicians guest in.

MINIMUM: 1 KEYBOARD, 1 SYNTHESIZER; OR PIANO AND RHYTHM.

  • TOURING BAND

    • Keyboard 1 (piano)

    • Keyboard 2 (synth)

    • Electric Bass

    • Drum Set

  • OPTIONAL ADD-IN

    • Electric Guitar

    • Brass or Winds

Technical Specifications

For Performances on a Full Basketball Court

LENGTH
2 Acts / 2 Hours with Intermission
 

VENUE
Our stage is a basketball court. This can be:

  • An actual basketball court inside in a gymnasium or sports center (with bleachers for audience)

  • A basketball court outside in a park or in a tent.

  • A theater space that can accommodate the dimensions of a basketball court: in the round, three quarter thrust, or black box flexible.

Note: A similarly-sized basketball court is required for rehearsals.
 

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Court/Stage Minimum Size: 45 – 50’ wide x 74 – 84’ long with a 3 – 5’ area on either end of the court, and a minimum ceiling height of 16’. The only limitation is overly reverberant facilities.
 

SOUND

  • 20 wireless head microphones for all performers with full audio support equipment*

  • 2–3 wireless handheld microphones

  • Microphone-amplified band stand (all instruments must be amplified)

  • Stage monitors (for performer monitoring)

  • PA systems monitors for the spectator area (if performed on an outdoor court)

*Detailed sound spec sheet available upon request
 

LIGHTING

Outdoor courts: during the day requires only natural light.
Indoor courts: minimal theatrical lighting is preferable but not necessary.
Theatrical venues: Full theatrical lighting setup is preferred.
 

ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL ELEMENTS

Preferred but not critical are:

  • Electronic programmable scoreboard.

  • Video. There is one video shown during the performance. The video can also be sent to spectators’ cell phones via our BOUNCE App. This would require Wi-Fi capability.

FOR OUTDOOR VENUES — PROVIDE RAIN DATE or INDOOR BACKUP VENUE

Full tech rider available on request. Please contact gbholby@ardeaarts.com.