Booker T Washington National Monument

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Booker T Washington National Monument 
Northern Light Productions is producing several short audio pieces for the Booker T. Washington National Monument. These will be integrated into the museum's exhibitry and seen by thousands of people a year.

The program we're gathering auditions for is a description, based on Booker T. Washington's own words, of the day he was freed. He was nine years old at the time, and it is very important that the voice talent sound that age or at the most, just a little bit older.

The voice talent needs to sound like an African American slave without being stereotypical.

Feel free to change the script slightly if it helps your interpretation. 
2013-05-08 12:01:37 GMT
2013-05-13 11:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Fixed - USD 150
two minutes
English - USA and Canada
A nine-year-old African American slave in 1865 (the young Booker T. Washington)
• Phone Patch
There are no special pre-, post-, or production requirements for this project.
Not defined
This is a non-union project

Script Details

Custom demo required 
Finally the war closed, and the day of freedom came. What a day on our plantation!

We had been expecting it. The “grape vine telegraph” had been going day and night, and news was travelling fast from slave to slave… plantation to plantation.

No question, freedom was in the air. There was more singing in the slave cabins than ever before and it was bolder… had more ring. And the singing went late into the night! Now we had sung those very same songs before… songs about freedom… but we had always explained to white folk that freedom meant the next world, it meant heaven. But now, we weren’t afraid to let them know that when we were singing about “Freedom” we meant THIS world.

Then… it happened. All the slaves, old and young, were told to gather at the ‘big house.’ I went up there with my mother, brother, and sister. We and the other slaves were standing together, and the master’s family was all together, too, on the veranda. There wasn’t bitterness on their faces… but there was sadness.

A man I’d never seen before stepped up and made a little speech and then read a long paper – the Emancipation Proclamation. Then he told us we were free. Just like that.

My mother, who was standing by my side, leaned over and kissed us. Tears of joy ran down her cheeks. She told us that this was the day for which she’d been praying… but was afraid she’d never live to see.

There was some wild rejoicing. But that didn’t last too long. By the time we returned to our cabins, there was already a change of mood.

There were some big questions we were going to have to answer. How were we going to earn money? Where were we going to live? What about schools… churches…

Yeah, you could say there was a change of mood by the time we got back to our cabins. We owned our freedom now – it was ours – and that was a serious thing. 
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