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Surry Arts Council holds ‘Dearly Beloved’ auditions

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Auditions for the Surry Arts Council production of “Dearly Beloved” will be held Jan. 25, from 12 to 2 p.m. and Jan. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.


Stanley Bernstein is the director for the production. Bernstein’s previous shows at the Surry Arts Council include “The Wedding of the Siamese Twins” in 2011 and “Welcome to Mitford,” in 2013, which theater-goers voted as the season’s best show at the Opie Awards.


A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Bernstein has worked as an actor, director and arts management professional for more than 25 years. His directorial credits include involvement with Centennial Station Dinner Theatre in High Point, Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, Twin City Stage, and Piedmont Rep of Winston-Salem, and Kernersville Little Theatre.


“Dearly Beloved” is a comedy with a variety of characters, according to the Dramatists Play Service website. The storyline of “Dearly Beloved” involves the “dysfunctional but lovable” Futrelle Sisters — Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink — throwing an antebellum-inspired wedding for Frankie’s daughter Tina Jo. The rumor mill in their small town of Fayro, Texas, is working overtime, but the Futrelle sisters had never been strangers to gossip — Twink’s attempts to get her boyfriend of fifteen-and-a-half years down the aisle, Frankie’s ongoing conversations with their dead mother, and Honey Raye’s tendency to race to the altar at every opportunity “have kept small-town tongues wagging for years.”


There are parts available for seven women and four men, but all who audition must be age 18 and over. Audition materials will be provided.


For additional information about auditions, contact the Surry Arts Council at 786-7998 or heather@surryarts.org .

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