The White River Valley Players proudly announce


for a New Original Play with Music

The Singing Master

Based on the life and music of early-American Vermont composer, Jeremiah Ingalls

Wednesday, July 25, 6:30-9:00 pm &

Saturday, July 28, 9:30 am-Noon

in the Music Room at Rochester School

In Vermont’s frontier times, when nature and religion are unforgiving,
should a man be absolved of his misdeeds because of his genius?

Book and lyrics by Dick Robson
Music by Jeremiah Ingalls & Dorothy Robson
Stage Direction by Ethan Bowen

There are parts for actors/singers ages 13 and up
including chorus/ensemble roles. See “Cast of Characters” list below.

Auditions will begin with a brief presentation about the play and its music.

No preparation required for auditions.

PERFORMANCE DATES: October 26, 27, 28 and November 2 & 3.
Rehearsals begin September 10. Rehearsal schedule available at auditions.

Composer Jeremiah Ingalls was the first choirmaster of the earliest church in Rochester, Vermont, and lived in Hancock from 1810-1838. Known for his book of his choral compositions published in 1805, his music lives on today in the Shape Note tradition of sacred music. This original play is based on Ingalls’ life and music and will also feature original choral compositions.

For additional information, or if you are unable to be at either audition, please contact the playwrights at (802) 767-3732 or



Ages shown are the apparent ages of the characters, not necessarily the age of the actor!

Older Jeremiah Ingalls – age 60
Older Polly Ingalls – 58
Hannah Ingalls- 14
Older Charity Tompkins – 50
Thomas Tompkins – 19
Ebenezer Sparhawk – 50+
Moses Ingalls – 36

Younger Jeremiah Ingalls – 40
Younger Polly Ingalls – 38
Younger CharityTompkins – 30
Nathaniel Lambert – 50+
Ingalls children – 7 to 15

Small ensemble singers
Large ensemble singers
Minor speaking roles