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Actors Required for Feature Film - 'Steal Away'

Actors Required for Feature Film - 'Steal Away'

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Based on Andrew Ward’s epic Dark Midnight When I Rise, Steal Away is the legendary true story of the Ella Sheppard and the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a warrior choir of young former slaves fighting the KKK’s reign of terror against their schools, not with bullets or bombs but electrifying songs of faith and freedom.

Steal Away follows the choir’s titanic rise from the darkness of slavery to the glittering ballrooms and throne rooms of Europe as they conquer the world… and must then conquer their own demons.

One of the most breathtaking sagas ever known, Steal Away is a timeless story poised to become a beloved classic.

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Payment TBC - SAG Scale

Expenses paid - Hotel and flight.


Ella Sheppard- Lead

A brilliant musical prodigy and co-leader of The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Ella is the towering young heroine of this movie. From the opening scene to the last, Steal Away is Ella’s story. A reluctant beauty, she has a softly chiseled face, wide probing eyes, and beguiling if rarely seen smile. Though by appearances frail, we will see that looks are dramatically deceiving: Charged with saving African–American schools, (the fledgling HBCUs), from supremacist destruction.

Female, aged 18 to 22

  • Ethnicity: Black / African descent
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George White- Lead

A towering visionary whose courage and sacrifice forever changed the world, White is the co-leader of The Fisk Jubilee Singers and the warmly endearing hero of this story. Tousled and unshaven with faraway eyes and an otherworldly air, White is far too captivated by visions of a world healed by music to think about trifles like grooming. But as Steal Away opens, he’s a failed dreamer, a “blind stargazer” and “dangerous visionary” that life has dealt harsh blows, including the tragic death of h

Male, aged 50 to 55

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
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Wallace Moore- Lead

A pivotal dramatic lead in Steal Away. Tall, strapping, and handsome, Wallace is a stunning heartthrob... and a raging militant. Once a shy, tender boy, the brutal murder of his family by supremacists has made him a hate-filled separatist. Coarse, crass and full of gangster swagger, Wallace believes “our people have no future among Whites.” Yet beyond his hardcore veneer, we glimpse in his eyes the heartbreak of a tender boy’s loss, and a lifetime of unshed tears. To Wallace’s great exasper

Male, aged 22 to 25

  • Ethnicity: Black / African descent
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Milo Cravath - Lead

A hawkish, militant civil rights crusader, Cravath is the fearsome Director of the American Missionary Association. (See note below about casting against type.) Cravath’s lifelong war against Southern supremacists and their armies of terror has shaped him into a merciless war hawk that some liken to Genghis Khan. But though a legendary enemy of racial oppression, Cravath’s hard-charging, take-no-prisoners crusade cruelly enslaves the African-American choir touring for his cause,

Male, aged 60 to 65

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
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Susan Gilbert- Lead

a pivotal dramatic lead in Steal Away. A crackerjack operative working for the American Missionary Association, Susan is a bold, beautiful, badass operative sporting aggressive pinstripes. Or imprisoned by them. Raised to be an achiever, Susan has so relentlessly driven herself to “do the right thing” all of her life that now at middle-age she’s spectacularly successful, but alone. Empty. Unsure why she gets out of bed. Beyond her tough veneer, Susan’s a caged dragon.

Female, aged 50 to 55

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
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Myron Sheolgate- Supporting

The son of a brutal slave-owning preacher. Once a sweet, wide-eyed boy who deeply loved the enslaved woman who virtually raised him as son, Myron’s supremacist father viciously beat him to train him to hate. Now as a young man, his once-boyish face riddled with abusive welts and his blue eyes blistering with hate, Myron is a hellfire preacher and Supreme Leader of the Knights of the Southern Cross. Yet beyond the hateful veneer, we glimpse in his aching eyes the heartbreak of a small boy.

Male, aged 25 to 30

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
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Sarah Sheppard- Supporting

Ella’s mother. Bold and unflinching, Sarah towers over Steal Away’s opening scene. Cursed by slavery, she is the “property” of a cruel slave-owning preacher. Devastated at learning her “master” has been secretly exploiting her three-year-old daughter Ella to spy on other slaves then torturing them for disobedience, Sarah makes a harrowing sacrifice to protect her precious girl at any cost, a sacrifice that will tear Sarah’s heart to shreds and haunt Ella for the remainder of the film. A deep

Female, aged 30 to 50

  • Ethnicity: Black / African descent
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Clifford Vetter- Supporting

The hated but powerful Vetter is a venomous, power-hungry Crown Prosecutor, a dour prig whose only joy is inflicting misery. Bitterly spiteful towards anything smacking of religion, he sets his daggers on the Jubilee Singers for having brought the spirituals to England. Charging the choir with embezzlement and fraud, he launches a furious witch-hunt against them, vowing to dungeon them all.

Male, aged 40 to 55

  • Ethnicity: Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander, Chinese, Eurasian / Pan Asian, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Latinx / Hispanic, Māori, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern , Native American , Pacific Islander , Pakistani, South Asian, White / Caucasian
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Hiram Jackson- Supporting

A beloved preacher and civil rights crusader whose impassioned sermons electrify and inspire the masses. When the forces of supremacist hate unleash a reign of terror against black schools, (the fledgling HBCUs), Hiram runs for political office to champion the pending Civil Rights Bill, becoming the great hope of the cause of freedom…and putting himself in the deadly crosshairs of his deadly enemies.

Male, aged 40 to 41

  • Ethnicity: Black / African descent
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Havell - Supporting

A colorful, curious bird, Havell is the London painter commissioned by Queen Victoria to paint the Jubilee Singers’ portrait. A snarky, taste-mongering, asexually flamboyant fashionista with a Dali moustache, bizarre foreign accent, and mauve staining rag he literally slings from a holster, Havell is quite a colorful character - especially because he takes himself so deadly seriously.

Male, aged 45 to 55

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Jonas Stone- Supporting

The publisher of what we believe is a civil rights newspaper in London, Stone presents himself to the Jubilees as a fellow crusader of their civil rights cause. Seeking their endorsement of a searing tell-all exposé he’s written against their employer, the domineering American Missionary Association, Stone promises that his pro-Black, power-to-the-people newspaper will liberate them from the chains of their oppression. Well-spoken, sleekly attired and impeccably groomed, Stone is polish person

Male, aged 45 to 55

  • Ethnicity: Black / African descent
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Queen Victoria - Supporting

The Queen of Britain. When we meet Victoria, she’s dressed in widow’s black and in a very foul mood; twelve years after her beloved husband Albert’s death, she’s still bitterly inconsolable. But when the Jubilees sing for her a moving spiritual that Albert cherished, her heart melts, and the floodgates burst. A very strong cameo role with a deep emotional arc.

Female, aged 55 to 65

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
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Listing created: 2 December 2021
Applications close: 6 February 2022
Casting #1158217