Flat Rock Playhouse auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein musical

Published 10:40 am Monday, January 23, 2012

Flat Rock Playhouse will hold auditions Feb. 12 and Feb. 14 for local singers who seek an opportunity to perform with the professional company in the spring production of “My Favorite Things: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.”
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.
The show will feature brand-new arrangements of iconic songs for a world premiere production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most popular and most exciting musical theater songs, with onstage musicians, a full onstage chorus and professional soloists.
Auditions will be held by appointment Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday evening, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Approximately 40 chorus members are being sought for a full SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) 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. The performance schedule for each chorus member will be agreed upon once the full complement of singers has been cast.
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. Singers who were in last year’s Webber concert will not be required to audition.
Rehearsals for the musical will take place every Sunday afternoon and every Tuesday evening starting Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively and will last approximately an hour and a half each session. Final dress rehearsals will be Monday and Tuesday evenings, March 26 and 27.  Performance dates are Wednesday, March 28 through Sunday, April 22.
Those interested in auditioning are encouraged to call 828-685-2257 and schedule an appointment, or send an email to FRPchorus@aol.com. The audition will include a selection chosen by the singer and an accompanist will be provided.