Young Mark Twain

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Young Mark Twain 
I am producing an educational, short video based on Mark Twain's autobiographical "Life on the Mississippi". The target audience is high school and college-age English students.
Long before he became a journalist and writer, Mark Twain worked on the Mississippi River as an apprentice steamboat pilot. This is is a short piece telling his story.

Audition deadline - Monday, August 10, 2009, 12 PM CST.

My co-producer and I will be listening to all the auditions and, as an expert on Twain, my co-producer will be making the final selection.


-Record in 44100hz 24-bit Stereo MP3
-Save the lines as "charactername_yourfirstname.yourlastname_aud1.mp3" (ex: sam_bill.kurtz_aud1.mp3)

We will be using your original audio cuts in the video, so it is important that your audition be free of pops, clicks and background noise, and as professional as you can make it.

Name: Sam Clemens
Age: Late teens, early twenties
Bio: Bright, ambitious, creative 19th century steamboat pilot, a smart young man who will have many adventures in his life, but is still a bit wet behind the ears. He also experiences great loss, when his younger brother dies tragically aboard the Pennsylvania, a ship Sam had once piloted.
Voice type: Youthful, warm.
Accent: General American, Northern Midlands, Northern.
Must be a rhotic accent. Please pay attention to special note below about what we are NOT looking for.

We are NOT looking for the stereotypical "Mark Twain" in a white suit, especially those derivative of Hal Holbrook's classic performance ( We are looking for someone who can convey -- in natural speech and cadence -- Clemens' youth, enthusiasm and warmth.
Additionally, Clemens was born in Northern Missouri, and did not have a heavy Southern or Southern Missouri accent. By the late 19th century, he had become a widely sought after speaker who developed a stage persona to match his published witticisms. We are looking for someone who can express Twain's intelligence and wisdom, but without the "showman's touch" he had developed as an older man.  
2009-07-28 20:24:22 GMT
2009-08-10 12:00:00 (GMT -06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Student or Non-for-profit student project - USD 0
5 minutes
English - USA and Canada
General American, Northern Midlands, Northern. Must be a rhotic accent.
Young Adult Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email
• Deliver edited and finished voice tracks
Not defined
This is a non-union project

Script Details

Sample script provided for auditions:

Audition line 1: The face of the water, in time, became a wonderful book -- a book that was a dead language to the uneducated passenger, but which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it uttered them with a voice. And it was not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story to tell every day.

Audition line 2: You find yourself away out in the midst of a vague dim sea that is shoreless, that fades out and loses itself in the murky distances; for you cannot discern the thin rib of embankment, and you are always imagining you see a straggling tree when you don't. The plantations themselves are transformed by the smoke, and look like a part of the sea. All through your watch you are tortured with the exquisite misery of uncertainty. 
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