Horn in the West seeks players to relive history

Article Published: Feb. 4, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Horn in the West seeks players to relive history

Area outdoor drama Horn in the West is hosting auditions Saturday, Feb. 13. File photo

Stories are handed down when they have lasting significance. Dr. Kermit Hunter's outdoor drama, Horn in the West, continues to define itself for the ages and will host audtions for this year's presentation on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Produced by the Southern Appalachian Historical Association, Horn in the West is a mental landmark that residents of Watauga County and neighboring areas do not absent mindedly pass over.

A historical story that premiered in 1952, Horn is the third oldest outdoor drama still produced in the United States. Set during the American Revolution, the story follows a Tory physician who struggles to reunite with colonists who have gone before him to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
More than 1.4 million people have viewed the play during the 59 years in which it has been produced. Hunter, an accomplished author and creator of 40 other historical productions, wrote Horn in the West to canonize the story of settlers who faced dire circumstances to make a home for their own.

Auditions for Horn in the West will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Harvest House Performing Arts Center in Boone, starting 9 a.m.

This year's production will be updated by artist director Julie Richardson and writer Ed Pilkington. Returning actors include Andrew Dylan Ray as Dr. Stuart, Jake Guinn as Jack Stuart, Jenny Cole as Widow Howard, Darrell King as the Rev. Sims and Wes Martin as Daniel Boone.
Roles for leads, chorus, dancers, techs, villagers and extras will be reviewed. All types are welcome to audition and vie for training, professional experience and connections that result from working with the production. Those attending are asked to bring a recent headshot photo and resume.

From 9:15 till 10:15 a.m., youth auditions will be held for ages five through 15. Internships will be considered for youths 12 through 15 after additional auditioning. At 10:30 a.m., dancing auditions will be held on stage. From 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., tech interviews will be held in the downstairs office of the Harvest House. Auditioning technicians are asked to bring photos and references of past tech work.

Auditions for acting and singing roles will be held at 11 a.m., and call backs will be held from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Monologues will be required for actors only. One-minute auditions will be required for singing or acting. If auditioning for both acting and singing, one and one-half minute auditions will be held.

Office, ground and staff positions are also available, and applications can be acquired at the Harvest House.

The Harvest House Performing Arts Center is located at 247 Boone Heights Drive.
For more information, call the Horn in the West office at (828) 264-2120 or visit http://www.horninthewest.com.

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