June 26, 2014

Casting Call for "Te Ata" June 28-29

— Te Ata Fisher is still capturing the attention of audiences.

Just a few months after having her likeness erected in front of the University of Science and Art Oklahoma, the search is on for an actress to tell the story of the Native American entertainer.

The Chickasaw Nation has set a casting call for the role of Mary Frances Thompson, otherwise known as Te Ata Fisher in an upcoming feature film.

Auditions for the Te Ata role will take place across the country, including Los Angeles, Dallas and Albuquerque and two in Oklahoma.

An open casting call for “Te Ata” will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 28 at Remington Park, One Remington Place, in Oklahoma City, according to a release from the Chickasha Nation. Another audition in Oklahoma will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 29 at the McSwain Theater in Ada.

“Te Ata” auditions will include a 2-minute reading audition before a casting committee. Auditions will end promptly at 2 p.m. Those trying out for the part are asked to arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. to have the best opportunity for an audition slot. The media release estimated that the first 150 people to arrive will have an opportunity to read for judges.

Individuals interested in auditioning for a role should bring an 8 x10 portrait and a résumé to the casting call. Auditions are open to everyone. Native Americans actors are encouraged to audition. An online casting call is also planned.

Best known by her stage name, Te Ata, which means “bearer of the dawn,” she gained international fame presenting a unique one woman show of American Indian heritage and culture to audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe, the release said.

Te Ata received several distinctions in her lifetime including being named Woman of the Year in 1976 by the Ladie's Home Journal. According to Chickasaw Nation, she went on deliver performances to kings, queens and presidents.

Inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1958 and the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame in 1990, Te Ata was awarded the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award in 1975 and declared Oklahoma’s first “State Treasure” in 1987.

Te Ata has enjoyed a recent surge of local fame in Chickasha, where the entertainer graduated from the University of Science and Art Oklahoma.

Te Ata is considered one of USAO's most famous Alumni. Te Ata attended the college when it was Oklahoma Women's College in 1957. The statue was erected in January 2014 and the dedication for the statue took place on April 25.


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