By Madison Fisler Lewis
Feb. 4, 2015. On Saturday, Jan. 31, Horn in the West held local auditions for the upcoming 2015 season of Horn in the West. The auditions were held at Valborg Theatre at Appalachian State University, and allowed local performers to strut their stuff for a chance at a part in the popular outdoor production.
“We held our local tryouts on Saturday, and we had mostly local people come out,” said Steve Canipe, a board member of Horn in the West.
“But we also had a lot of people from out of town. We had people from Kentucky and from all over North Carolina.”
Canipe said that the production is seeking about 60 people for this year’s season, and positions range from actors to technical staff and more.
“We have more auditions coming up,” Canipe said. “We will hold auditions this weekend in Memphis [Tennessee] and we have some at the South Eastern Theatre Conference on March 8.”
Now in its 64th season, the production will feature many returning performers, but also a good amount of new faces. The first production of the 2015 season will be held on June 27.
If you’re a local and you missed out on the auditions, Canipe suggests contacting the Horn in the West office.
“Local people can contact the office here and we can get them to the particular departments that can hire them,” said Canipe. “Or they can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Though the production receives assistance from many individuals and organizations, Horn in the West would like to recognize Appalachian State University.
“A lot of our production is associated with ASU,” he said. “We have a lot of people involved from ASU. Students, performers, technicians. Our director is from ASU, our costumer is from ASU and we are anticipating on our lighting designer this year to be from ASU.”
Though in the past Horn in the West has had some back and forth with the Town of Boone, today, Canipe says that there should be no issues regarding this summer’s season.
“We will hold performances right here [at the Horn in the West outdoor theater],” he said. “We will definitely be at our present location. We think that we have a great relationship at this point with the Town of Boone.”
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Photos by Sarah Weiffenbach