Auditions slated for Antietam documentary

April 10, 1997

Open auditions for a documentary on the Battle of Antietam will be held at Hagerstown Junior College's Kepler Theater on Friday and Saturday.

Anyone interested in a speaking part may attend the auditions.

Review of on-screen extras also will be done at this time, and re-enactors should bring their full impressions.

Auditions will be held Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Scripts will be provided. Registration and an audition is expected to take about 30 minutes, officials said.

"Antietam" will be a multi-hour television documentary on the Battle of Antietam and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Maryland campaign.

In cooperation with Antietam National Battlefield, the nonprofit documentary company Historical Films Group and Media Magic Productions, a film and video production company, are producing the program.

Five percent of the gross receipts from the project will benefit Antietam National Battlefield, organizers said.


The program will be an authentic and balanced presentation of the fighting that took place at the Battle of Antietam in September, 1862, according to organizers.

Primary footage will be shot on the battlefield in early September, 1997. Additional scenes will be staged at the Nicodemus Farm next to the battlefield in early July, 1997.

The program will feature interviews with James I. Robertson Jr., author of "Stonewall Jackson", D. Scott Hartwig of the National Park Service and historian Gordon Rhea, as well as Thomas Clemens, professor at Hagerstown Junior College.

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