When he's not portraying Gen. Washington, Godzieba is a lieutenant in the Bristol Township Police Department. Like all the reenactors, he supplies his own uniform and accessories and researches the role.
"You're always going to get that odd question, like the names of Washington's dogs," said Godzieba, who had to look up that answer after being caught unprepared.
Godzieba also is president of the Friends of Washington Crossing, but he said he kept out of the planning of the auditions, which traditionally were conducted on a Saturday and were open to the public and media.
The group shifted the auditions to Thursday morning and is making them private "to raise the level of professionalism," said Joan Hauger, site administrator for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, which runs the park.
"That's the way professional auditions are done in the theater," Hauger said. "They're not done in front of the general public."
The applicants have varied backgrounds, including some actors and reenactors, she said. Some live in the immediate area; others come from New Jersey and New York.
An independent panel of seven judges "will pick the person who can best fulfill our needs, who is knowledgeable about events at the site in 1776, events leading up to and during the Revolutionary War, and the military structure," Hauger said. "He needs to have accurate garb, the demeanor that Washington showed, to make a good presentation, and to speak well in public and extemporaneously."
The winner will be announced in early October and will take over immediately, she said.
Godzieba may have a leg up on the competition - he knows that Tippler and Sweet Lips were two of Washington's dogs.
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