Flat Rock Playhouse seeks choir members for musical

Published 11:35 am Thursday, February 10, 2011

Flat Rock Playhouse will hold auditions for local singers to perform with the professional company in the spring production of “Music of the Night – A Concert Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber.”

The show will feature brand-new arrangements of Webber’s most popular and most exciting musical theatre songs, with onstage musicians, a full onstage chorus and professional soloists. Performance dates are Wednesday, March 30 through Sunday, April 17.

Approximately 40 chorus members are being sought for a full SATB choir, which will be divided into two 20-voice groups to alternate performances for the three-week run. The hope is that this double-choir division will encourage those who have day jobs and other such conflicts to audition. Performance schedules will be agreed upon once the full complement of singers has been cast.

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Lenora Thom, formerly director of the Asheville Choral Society, will serve as choral director. Vincent Marini, producing artistic director of the Playhouse will direct and George Wilkins Jr. will be musical director.

Rehearsals will take place every Sunday afternoon and every Tuesday evening throughout the month of March at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively. Rehearsals will last approximately an hour and a half each. Final dress rehearsals will be Monday and Tuesday evenings, March 28 and 29.

Auditions will be held by appointment Sunday afternoon, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday evening, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. If needed, callback auditions will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27.

While previous choral experience is preferred, with sight-reading a plus, the Playhouse would like to encourage singers of all age groups – from high school through retirement to audition.

Persons interested in participating should call the Playhouse at 828-693-0403 ext. 221 to schedule an appointment, or send an email to music@flatrockplayhouse.org.

Auditions will include a selection chosen by the singer; an accompanist will be provided.