Ark Valley Players To Hold Auditions For ‘Cotton Patch Gospel’ Musical

The Ark Valley Players announced open auditions for “Cotton Patch Gospel.”

According to a press release from the Ark City-based community theatre, the production is described as “rollicking, foot-stomping” and “hand-clapping.”

Auditions will be held June 27 and 28 7 p.m. in the Burford South Classroom at 118 South Summit Street.

Director Dejon Ewing is searching for four male vocalists and one female vocalist. Those auditioning are asked to be prepared with 16 bars to sing. You must bring your own sheet music or a background CD for the vocal audition. Audition scripts will be provided.

Dramatic Publishing writes, “This ‘Greatest Story Ever Retold’ is based on the book The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan in which the Gospel is presented in a setting of rural Georgia with country music songs, the final and perhaps best work of Harry Chapin. As this Gospel begins, they sing that ‘Somethin’s a-brewin’ in Gainesville.’ Herod is the mayor of Atlanta and, inevitably, Christ is killed by local thugs only to rise again.

Drama critics loved this show and so did a broad spectrum of religious commentators.”

Show dates are August 19 and 20.

Performances will be held in the Burford Theatre.

All interested community members are welcome to audition. In addition to onstage talent, volunteers are needed behind the scenes. Learn more about how you can become involved with Ark Valley Players and Cotton Patch Gospel by visiting our website or finding us on Facebook.

About Ark Valley Players:

Ark Valley Players was organized as a 501(c)3 in 2018.

The community theatre has produced several plays and musicals in its short existence.

AVP is happily announcing its first full season with four shows slated for 2022-2023. The mission of Ark Valley Players is to inspire and nurture artists and audiences thereby enriching the cultural life of Arkansas City and the surrounding area. For more information visit our website or find us on Facebook.