Ashe Little Theatre announces 2013 season

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Article Published: Jan. 9, 2013 | Modified: Jan. 9, 2013

The Ashe County Little Theatre is setting the stage for its 2013 season.

Based in the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson, the troupe is an volunteer, community-based theater group that produces three to four plays per year. For 2013, the players are aiming for the latter, meaning roles aplenty for children, teens and adults.

“Life with Father” will be the first production March 22 to 24. The play, by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, follows the story of a father and his wife, their young sons, relatives and friends in the epic struggle between father and mother to have father properly baptized. The script calls for four adult males, one teenage boy, three younger boys, seven adult females and one teenage girl. The auditions will take place Monday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ashe Arts Center, located at 303 School Ave. in West Jefferson.

The Broadway musical “Annie” will be the summer production, running June 27 to July1. “Annie” is based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie,” with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and the book by Thomas Meehan. The musical’s songs, “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard-Knock Life,” are among the most popular. There will be major singing roles for adults and children, as well as chorus members. Auditions will be held April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ashe Civic Center, located at 962 Mount Jefferson Road in West Jefferson.

The third production will be “Bye Bye Birdie” Aug. 22 to 25. Set in 1958, a rock and roll star is drafted into the Army, and a last-ditch publicity stunt involves a song, entitled “One Last Kiss,” and one lucky girl from the fan club receiving the titular kiss. The musical features singing roles for adults and teens, as well as chorus members. Auditions will be held July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ashe Civic Center.

The last production of the season will be “Elvis Has Left the Building” Oct. 4 to 6. This comedy is set in 1970, when Elvis went missing. As the Colonel scrambles to find him for a performance, his secretary, office boy and a very nosey reporter become entangled in the proceedings. The script includes three men and two women. Auditions will be held Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ashe Arts Center.

With four productions this year, the Little Theatre is also seeking backstage volunteers, noting that there are many ways to become involved, including producing, lighting, sets, costumes, publicity and more.

For more information about the productions or backstage volunteering, call (336) 846-2787.

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