Play Auditions to be held in Ponoka

Christmas will be celebrated early this year with auditions for the one-act musical play ‘A Christmas Carol’ hosted by Klaglahachie at the Ponoka United Church on May 21.
Everyone that comes to try out will be auditioning in front of director Lori Kirchner. Kirchner encourages everyone to come out and give it their best.

Ben Wilson played Jesus

Ben Wilson played Jesus

Christmas will be celebrated early this year with auditions for the one-act musical play ‘A Christmas Carol’ hosted by Klaglahachie at the Ponoka United Church on May 21.

Everyone that comes to try out will be auditioning in front of director Lori Kirchner. Kirchner encourages everyone to come out and give it their best.

“I would love for people to come out and audition,” said Kirchner. “There are a lot of people that want to audition so I’m both grateful and sad because it means we might have to make cuts, but if someone really wants to be involved there are other things they can do to help.”

Kirchner will be looking to see what people feel natural doing and assessing which role would fit each person.

“We’ll be listening to see where people are comfortable and where they will fit and we will put them in a spot that will work for them,” she said. “When people feel comfortable they really grow in their ability.”

Kirchner is excited to be putting on ‘A Christmas Carol’ in Ponoka and anticipates the play being a success both on and offstage.

“It has everything a good play should have,” said Kirchner. “The music is fantastic, the characters are great and there’s a large cast. It’s truly a great experience to be a part of something like this, the play fits a lot of people, there’s a message of love, care and goodwill.”

There is room in the play for approximately 40 people onstage of all ages and there are openings for many projects and tasks needed behind the scenes.

“Every person’s part is so important, both onstage and offstage,” said Kirchner. “The whole experience for everyone is inspiring and worthwhile.”

In past productions, Kirchner has seen the relationships that form within the cast and crew and enjoys the togetherness of the group.

“I love the closeness and the joy that you get with being a part of this,” she said. “I can’t think of anything that is just as bonding as being involved with a production.”

‘A Christmas Carol’ reflects the importance of community and relationships and Kirchner believes that the production will bring the community together and make them feel involved.

“Every play that we do is about community building and creativity,” she said. “The result of the work is the play but the reason is to be part of something, it’s the community.”

Auditions for ‘A Christmas Carol’ will take place on May 21 at the Ponoka United Church at 6 p.m. For more information call the Ponoka United Church at 783-4087.

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