AS IT IS IN HEAVEN at Front Porch Theater, Black Mountain May 2019
Auditions will be held at:
Black Mountain Center for the Arts
225 West State Street; Black Mountain, NC
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10am -12pm
We are seeking NINE strong actresses:
PEGGY – 50s to 80s, female - any ethnicity. The cook. Meek, quiet and trustful, easily hurt.
HANNAH - 40s to 70s, female - any ethnicity. An eldress. Tries to be merciful and kind.
PHEBE – 30s to 70s, female - any ethnicity. A deaconess. Seeks righteousness.
BETSY – 30s to 70s, female - any ethnicity. A deaconess. The peacemaker, but also a gossip.
RACHEL – 30s to 70s, female – any ethnicity. A longtime Shaker. Pure in heart.
IZZY – Teens to 20s, female - any ethnicity. The youngest. Raised with Shakers. Persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
FANNY – 20s to 40s, female - any ethnicity. A newcomer. Independent. Accused falsely.
POLLY – 30s to 50s, female – any ethnicity. A newcomer. Poor in spirit, needy, bitter.
JANE – 30s to 50s, female – any ethnicity. Mournful, sad.
A religious community is changed when a non-believer has an ecstatic experience. The 1830's Shaker society of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, is set in ordered ways. Their once dramatic form of worship has by now developed into routine. The arrival of Fanny upsets the harmony; the Sisters suspect her to be a "winter Shaker," one who suddenly converts when life gets too hard on the farm. Fanny sees angels in the meadow, and soon all the young women are receiving spiritual "gifts" of songs, drawings, ideas and giggles, completely upsetting the community. The leaders question Fanny's intentions and honesty: Is this a resurgence of the original Shaker celebration or something manufactured by Fanny so that she can remain with the Shakers? Eldress Hannah is jealous that she, the most devout of Shakers, has not been privileged to see the visions. But only the ones who question need visual proof. Whether they were heavenly or earthly, the angels were there. "Hands to Work, Hearts to God" is their motto, and in each scene the Sisters are always at tasks. The set is as simple as the Shakers: benches, baskets and laundry. Hymns sung a cappella punctuate the scenes of the play, which ends with a joyful explosion of Shaker singing and ecstatic dance.
Rehearsals begin in early April for production dates May 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26.
•NOTE that all auditions are OPEN CALLS
•You may arrive at ANY TIME during the 2-hour audition window on EITHER DAY. If you attend on Wednesday, please be aware that you MAY be asked to attend on Saturday as well, depending on a variety of factors
•There will be scenes (sides) from the play for each character available in the waiting area. Please arrive with enough time to sign-in, familiarize yourself with the play, be assigned a character(s) to audition for, and prepare that particular scene(s).
•You do not need to prepare a monologue – but you MAY be asked to sing (if you are comfortable with that, and if the show/role warrants).
•PLEASE bring an 8x10 headshot (with your name printed on the photo), and an acting resume (if you have one).
For more information call 828-669-0930.