"The Apple Tree," with lyrics and music by the celebrated team of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick who previously wrote the classic, "Fiddler on the Roof" and "She Loves Me," will be held in The Building, home of the Tyrone Community Players at 1019 Logan Ave., Tyrone, Sunday and Monday, January 20-21 at 7 p.m. each evening.

The second offering in this, the 36th season, is yet another award-winning musical that is utterly charming and witty by this dynamic writing team. Based on stories by Mark Twain (The Diary Of Adam and Eve), Frank Stockton (The Lady and the Tiger) and Jules Feiffer (Passionella), "The Apple Tree" explores three different musical miniatures about love.

The Diary Of Adam and Eve is a quirky, touching spin on the tales of the world's first couple. Adapted from Mark Twain's "Extracts From Adam's Diary" it has been bolstered by beautiful, humorous musical offerings that enhance the familiar story. This section of the production will be under the direction of TCP veteran, Cindy Bennett.

The second of the three miniatures "The Lady and the Tiger" is a subtle rock and roll fable set in a mythical Barbarian Kingdom. "The Lady and the Tiger" explores the fickleness of love and the difficult choices everyone must make. The challenge of this miniature will be under the steady guidance of Kathy Fink.

"The Apple Tree" will conclude with an off-beat Cinderella story by Jules Feiffer about a chimney sweep who dreams of being a glamorous movie star. "Passionella" recounts how her desire to be a star nearly upends her chance for true love. The fairy-godmother driving this miniature is long time director, Michelle McGowan.

The challenge for this type of production is that, even thought there are three directors and three very different stories, there is one cast telling and singing it all. To help the cast adapt from show to show to show musically is Karen Mayhew, musical director.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script and each one who auditions should be prepared with a short vocal audition. An accompanist will be present for auditions. The cast consists of three men and three women, with an opportunity for a small ensemble.

Those interested in auditioning for "The Apple Tree" which will take the stage at St. Matthew's Harkins Hall March 22-23, 2019, should go to The Building at 7 p.m. Sunday or Monday, January 20-21. Enter through the rear stage door off the parking lot. Previous experience is not necessary and all parts are available. For questions, call the ArtsLine at 684-ART2 (2782) and someone will return the call. The Tyrone Community Players are grateful for the continued support of the arts in Tyrone.

 

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