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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 00:00

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HPAC ‘Live via Satellite’

The Highlands Performing Arts Center will screen “Live via Satellite” the National Theatre of London’s production of Stephan Sondheim’s “Follies” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20.

Set in New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke.

The HPAC will also broadcast “Live via Satellite” the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Puccini’s “Tosca” at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. The production, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume and directed by Sir David McVicar, opened this New Year’s Eve. Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, both making role debuts, with Željko Lučić as the villainous Scarpia.

Tickets are available online at www.highlandspac.org, at the door or by calling 828.526.9047.


Open call for HCP production

Danie Beck, choreographer for the Highlands Cashiers Player’s Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical revue “Some Enchanted Evening,” will be auditioning dancers for the May show from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Beck, a nationally known choreographer who produced half-time shows for the Orange Bowl for 10 years, is looking for people who move well on stage.

Les Scott, the United Methodist Church’s musical director, is also the musical director for HCP’s May 24-27 and May 31-June 3 show.

Singers are encouraged to prepare a Rodgers & Hammerstein song. A list of the songs in the show can be found at www.highlandscashiersplayers.org, but any Rodgers & Hammerstein song can be used.

Those auditions will also be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. Show Director Adair Simon is looking for five main singers and numerous backup singers and dancers. Rehearsals will start in late March or early April.

Callbacks will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, and also for those who could not be at the Sunday singing auditions. Dancer callbacks, and also for those who could not attend the Sunday dance auditions, will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22.

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