Call of the Horn



Article Published: Feb. 2, 2012 | Modified: Feb. 11, 2012
Call of the Horn

Boone’s own outdoor drama, ‘Horn in the West,’ is hosting local auditions Feb. 11, and producers say every role is up for grabs.
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“Horn in the West,” the High Country’s acclaimed outdoor drama, returns this summer for its 61st season – but don’t expect what you saw last year.

“In past years, people have always been cast before we had auditions,” spokeswoman Virginia Roseman said. “This year, none of the spots are filled.”

When actors audition Feb. 11, they’ll have a clean slate.

“It’s to make sure everyone has a chance to audition for everything and be seen in a new light,” she said.

Along with 13 principle parts, “Horn” is casting 10 chorus members, 10 dancers, 10 actor-techs and 10 villagers.

The production will again be directed by Julie Richardson. The script, Roseman said, will be similar to last year’s adaptation, one she called a success.

“This time, they’ll tighten up the scene changes,” Roseman said, “and do more with the atmosphere now we know the script works.”

Local auditions happen Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. in Valborg Theatre on the campus of Appalachian State University.

“Horn in the West,” an outdoor drama written by Kermit Hunter, detailing pioneer struggles during the Revolutionary War, is a longstanding High Country tradition, attracting actors, technicians and audience members from all over the country.

In addition to local auditions, the show finds actors through the Institute of Outdoor Drama auditions and South Eastern Theatre Conference auditions.

“Horn in the West” runs Friday, June 15, through Saturday, Aug. 11. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for children. Discounts are available. Check out http://www.horninthewest.com for more information on auditions or to purchase tickets.

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