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Auditions extended for Man Who Saved Christmas

SoVaNow.com / August 19, 2013
Are you a talented singer just waiting for your moment in the spotlight? Do you dream of performing? If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of singing in front of an appreciative audience, your opportunity may be just around the corner. Halifax County Little Theatre would like to invite you to audition for their fall production of the musical “The Man Who Saved Christmas” by Ron Lytle.

Auditions for this lively musical have been extended and will take place Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. and Monday Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.. at the Prizery. Director Kristin Berry and musical director Cheri Blackwell are particularly searching for a strong but charming man with great stage presence, and a sassy, confident woman, both between the ages of about 25 to 40. Strong singing voices are required, and HCLT encourages anyone interested to come on out and give it a try.

The Man Who Saved Christmas is a family musical, set during World War I, when patriotism took precedence over personal gain. The music and the characters have a very “turn of the century” feel. The story revolves around a toy manufacturer’s dilemma caused by the government’s efforts to shut down his factory in order to concentrate the country’s resources towards the war effort.

An ambitious newspaper reporter senses a big story and in his zeal to get a byline he also falls in love with the secretary at the factory. She’s a bit reluctant to get involved with him, but he is quite charming. Add to the mix a little girl whose only hope for Christmas is that her father will come home from the war, her adorable friends, a grumpy, jealous factory manager, a few doughboys, and even a Senator or two, and you’ve got a heartwarming story just ready to be told.

HCLT president Sandy Slayton encourages, “Don’t be nervous; come on out and audition! Performances will run Nov 15-30, and the experience is guaranteed to be rewarding. This could be just the chance you’ve been waiting for! This could be your moment in the spotlight!”


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