'Honour'

Auditions for “Honour, The Musical,” will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 and 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13 in Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College in New Bern. (Contributed photos)

Here’s your opportunity to be a part of a premiere event telling one of New Bern’s most compelling stories, the Stanly-Spaight Duel.

Auditions for “Honour, The Musical,” with book and lyrics by Bill Hand and music by Simon Spalding, will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 and 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13 at Craven Community College in Orringer Auditorium.

Participants will be asked to present a one-minute monologue of their choice and to read from the script. They will also be asked to sing one of two songs.  

The songs and more details are found at Facebook.com/HonourTheMusical.

The performance dates are Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 23-26 and Friday-Sunday, Jan. 31-Feb 2, 2020.

“Honour, The Musical” tells the story of the 1802 duel between Richard Dobbs Spaight and John Stanly, as well as the story of one of Mr. Spaight’s slaves, Sarah Rice, who was the mother of a child by Mr. Stanly and who one day would gain her freedom and become an important part of New Bern history.  

This project is presented through a partnership of the New Bern Historical Society and Craven Community College, supported with title sponsorship of CarolinaEast Health System and silver sponsorship of the law firms of Stubbs & Perdue and Oliver & Cheek.

“We are thrilled to partner with this dynamic group to present this world premiere of ‘Honour, The Musical,’ a unique New Bern story,” New Bern Historical Society Executive Director Mickey Miller said in a recent press release. “The mission of the New Bern Historical Society is to celebrate and promote New Bern and its heritage through events and education, and ‘Honour’ fits our mission perfectly.”

Mr. Hand is a local writer, historian and journalist who is known for his weekly history column in the New Bern Sun Journal.  

He has also written the scripts and directed the Cedar Grove Cemetery ghosts for the historical society’s annual Ghostwalk.

Audiences may also remember his dinner theater presentations from Athens of the South company, as well as his portrayal of Mark Twain and appearances in local theater productions.

The music of “Honour” is the work of musician, historian, author and performer Mr. Spalding.

He has been a musician for 50-plus years, performing with groups throughout the United States and in several European countries.

His solo performances have taken him to 12 European countries, and he has composed, arranged and performed music for dozens of commercial recordings and films.

He also served for five years as living history programs manager at Tryon Palace.

For details, call 252-638-8558 or go to NewBernHistorical.org or facebook.com/NewBernHistoricalSociety.

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