Bloody Blackbeard Auditions

The Stokes County Arts Council will hold auditions for Bloody Blackbeard!, a pirate musical, on Thursday, May 20 from 6-8pm and on Saturday, May 22 from 11-1pm at The Arts Place of Stokes in Danbury, 502 Main Street.

Needed are 12-25 male and female performers, ages 12 and up, to play multiple parts.  No previous play experience necessary.  Scenes will be provided for the actors to read, and we encourage them to be prepared to offer a very short demonstration of their singing ability.  

Also needed are volunteers to help with stage management, costumes, lights, and sets.  If you’re interested in working on the show, drop by one of the auditions and speak to our production staff.

Bloody Blackbeard! will begin rehearsing on June 13.  Rehearsals will be 2-5 pm on Sundays, and 6-9 pm Monday through Thursday.  The show opens in July.

Bloody Blackbeard! is a pirate musical adapted by Laurelyn Dossett, who wrote the original songs and will also direct the music for the show.  Laurelyn lives and writes in Stokes County.  Her songs have appeared in film and television and have been recorded by many artists including Grammy-winning Levon Helm (Anna Lee) and Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops (Leaving Eden).  She has partnered with Triad Stage’s Preston Lane on six plays-with-music, and in 2018 she premiered Leaving Eden at Playmaker’s with playwright Mike Wiley.  Her song cycle, The Gathering:  A Winter’s Tale in Six Songs was performed in November 2019 by the Winston-Salem Symphony, Timothy Redmond conducting.  

Directing the pirate musical will be Peter Holland, who has worked for the Stokes County Arts Council for many years as an actor, writer, and director.  Some of his many original productions presented in Stokes County include The Living Storybook, Mr. Lincoln’s Office, and Heaven on Wheels.  This year Peter was awarded Best Actor for his role in the Stephen King short film, Uncle Otto’s Truck, directed by Brian Johnson. 

Sharing his thoughts about the upcoming production, Holland stated “I’m very excited to direct Bloody Blackbeard!  It’s a dark story not meant for little ones.  Part history, part legend, Blackbeard is a fascinating and terrifying figure.  Laurelyn has written beautiful music for the show that conveys adventure and heartbreaking romance.  We’re going to swashbuckler it up and have a great time with this show.”  Holland concluded, “Come on board the Queen Anne’s Revenge with us this summer and play a pirate!” 

For more information on Bloody Blackbeard! contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336 593-8159 or email at