WATSEKA — The Sugar Creek Symphony & Song Festival will have chorus auditions next weekend for its production of the American opera "Cold Sassy Tree" this summer.
Helen Todd, founder and artistic director of the festival, also will host auditions for the festival's new Music Fair, a celebration of music planned for July 27.
The auditions will be from 2 to 4 p.m. March 10 at the First United Methodist Church in Watseka.
"I am very excited about adding local talent to this summer's Sugar Creek Opera Festival and hope to hear auditions from students and adults alike," Todd said in a news release. "Anyone from age 4 and up is invited to audition."
Anyone who would like to audition for the "Cold Sassy Tree" chorus and/or for the celebration of music are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singers are asked to prepare one song, either a ballad or up-tempo song. The song does not have to be classical. It can be musical theater. Singers are encouraged to bring their own accompanist to the audition; if that is not possible, an accompanist will be provided.
Prerecorded accompaniment will not be accepted. Some nonspoken acting roles for small children will be considered if they are not singers. The ensemble members will be responsible for learning their music with their voice teacher or chorus teacher before rehearsals begin July 17. All chorus members will need to attend rehearsals in the evenings from July 17 to Aug. 4 and will perform with seasoned, professional opera singers and the creative staff. Chorus members will be chosen by March 15 and notified by email.
"Cold Sassy Tree" is composer Carlisle Floyd's first comedic opera and is performed in English. It is set in the fictional town of Cold Sassy, Ga., and adapted from the 1984 bestselling novel of the same name.
It tells the story of a hardheaded old widower, Rucker Lattimore (played by Kyle Albertson), who scandalizes the inhabitants of his small town by marrying a young employee in his general store, Miss Love Simpson (played by Todd).