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Character Breakdown for Parade

Males

 

Leo Frank: (Bari-Tenor, Low G-High G) - Northern Jewish man who runs the National Pencil Factory and is accused of the rape and murder of Mary Phagan

 

Jim Conley: (Tenor, Low D-High Bb) - African-American janitor who works for Leo at the National Pencil Factory. A drunk and a convicted felon, as well as a master manipulator.

 

Britt Craig: (Tenor, Low D-High A) - Down-on-his-luck newspaperman, whose career is revived by the Leo Frank trial.

 

Tom Watson: (Baritone/Bass) - Conservative politician and publisher, who helps to spur on the witch-hunt for Leo Frank.

 

Frankie Epps: (Tenor, Low Bb-High Ab) - Mary’s friend and love interest.

 

Governor Jack Slaton: (Bari-Tenor, Low C-High G) - Governor of Georgia who pardons Leo Frank.

 

Hugh Dorsey: (Bari-Bass) - Prosecutor in the Leo Frank case, desperate for a conviction.

 

Newt Lee: (Bass, Low Bb-C) - The African-American night watchman at the National Pencil Factory. Finds Mary Phagan’s body.

 

Judge Roan: (Bass, Low Bb-D) - The judge in the Leo Frank Case.

 

Luther Rosser: (Any voice part) - Leo Frank’s lawyer comes off as a blithering idiot.

 

Young Soldier: (Tenor, Low D-High F [High A in falsetto]) - Young confederate soldier.

 

Old Soldier: (Bari-Tenor, Low C-High G) - The old man who was formerly the young confederate soldier.

 

Riley: (Baritone) - African-American servant.

 

J.N. Starnes: (Any voice part) - A police officer assigned to the case.

 

Officer Ivey: (Any voice part) - The police officer assigned to the case.

 

Prison Guard: (Any voice part) - Guards Leo Frank’s cell in Fulton.

 

Mr. Peavy: (Any voice part) - Guards Leo Frank’s cell in Milledgeville.

 

FEMALES

 

Lucille Frank: (Mezzo, Low A-D) - Leo’s wife.

 

Mary Phagan: (Mezzo, D-D) - The young girl who is killed at the National Pencil Factory.

 

Mrs. Phagan: (Alto, Low F#-Bb*) - Mary’s mother.

 

Minnie: (Mezzo) – The Frank’s housemaid who testifies in the trial

 

Iola Stover: (Soprano, D-F) - Friend of Mary and Frankie, who testifies against Frank.

 

Monteen: (Mezzo, Eb-Eb) - Friend of Mary and Frankie, who testifies against Frank.

 

Essie: (Mezzo, Eb-Eb) - Friend of Mary and Frankie, who testifies against Frank.

 

Angela: (Mezzo)  - African-American servant.

 

Sally Slaton: (Any voice part) - Wife of Governor Slaton.