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‘Smoke on the Mountain’ auditions set

■ The show will be the first production in Eldon’s McHaffey Opera House since the early 20th century.
Mar 11, 2013

The American Gothic Performing Arts Festival announces auditions for its upcoming production of “Smoke on the Mountain.”

Auditions will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the McHaffey Opera House in Eldon.

The show will be presented June 7, 8 and 9 in the newly refurbished opera house. This production, the first feature in the American Gothic summer long festival, will be the first production in the opera house since the early 20th century.

“Smoke on the Mountain” includes 27 standard bluegrass gospel songs.

The actors who play the Sanders’ family must all sing and, ideally, play an instrument, but singers who don’t have an instrument are welcome to audition, as well as musicians who don’t sing.

Those interested in auditioning must be prepared with a bluegrass/gospel song, hymn or similar style music to sing, play or both for 16 measures. Those auditioning will be provided with an accompanist. No reading of dialogue will be done at the audition.

Those wishing to audition can schedule a time by logging onto the festival’s website at www.americangothicfest.org and following the audition links. Audition forms can be downloaded and completed and must be presented at the audition.

Auditions also can be scheduled by calling 641-680-1409.

Open auditions will begin at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday following the already scheduled auditions, and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Musical instruments needed for the production include; piano, guitar, mandolin, accordion, string bass, banjo, fiddle, autoharp, ukulele and harmonica.

The cast will include many varying characters: Mervin Oglethorpe, a Baptist pastor in his late 20’s to 40’s, and the Sanders family: Burl, father, in his late 40’s to 50’s; Vera, mother, in her mid 40’s to early 50’s; Stanley, uncle, in his late 40’s to 50’s; Dennis and Denise, 17-year-old twins, and June, sister, around 23.

Musical director for this production is Dennis Willhoit, with Miriam Kenning as stage director. Willhoit and Kenning encourage those interested in working on costumes, props, set, makeup, and box office to contact them through the website www.americangothicfest.org or at the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival Facebook page.

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