The Amelia Musical Playhouse will be holding auditions for Turning Tides: The Life and Times of Anna Kingsley. Auditions will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. This is a new play written by Jennifer Harrison, a local historian. The story of Anna Kingsley, a West African slave and plantation owner’s wife, managed a large and successful agricultural operation in Northeast Florida.

Here are the available roles:
-The script calls for two women to play Anna Kingsley, one around 20 years old, and the other when she was in her 50’s.
-Zephaniah Kingsley, 50+, English-born plantation owner who was influential in Florida business and politics.
-George Clark 35-45, influential Florida landowner and businessman who was surveyor-general of Old Fernandina.
-Flora Clark, 40-50, an African slave bought and freed by George Clark, who helped with his businesses in Old Fernandina.
-Mary Mattair, 30’s, widow with two children given a land grant on the bluff overlooking the Amelia River at Old Town.
-Maria Mattair, 30’s, daughter of Mary who married a Spanish gunboat captain and ran a plantation in Yellow Bluff, selling her produce in Fernandina.
-Domingo Fernandez, 30-40, Spanish gunboat captain and pilot for ships entering Fernandina harbor. His Spanish land grant ran near the Mattair plantation; he married Mary Mattair.
-Captain Moreno, 40-60, captain of the Spanish gunboat patrolling the St. John’s River when the Spanish sought to take Florida from the French.
-Luis Aury, 30-50, flamboyant French-born pirate who made Amelia Island his operational base.
-Felipe, “Felipe the Witch,” a freed African slave who was a resident of Old Town.
-Susan Fatio L’Engle, 40-60, daughter of a wealthy Swiss plantation owner and close friend of Anna Kingsley.
-Madeliane L’Engle (any age) great, great, grand daughter of Susan L’Engle. She wrote books based on stories told to her by her “Greatie.”

The Amelia Musical Playhouse is located at 1955 Island Walkway, in Fernandina Beach. For more information, call (904) 277-3455 or visit