MOUNT VERNON — First Congregational Church and Gay Street United Methodist church are partnering again to bring a unique ministry that connects youth to the community through the performing arts to Knox County youth and young adults. The ministry started out as The Chancel Players with a well-received 2017 spring production of Godspell.

The group recently changed its name to Community Family Players to better reflect its work in the community and with families. Community Family Players is in the process of preparing its 2018 spring production, a full-scale production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with a cast of adult, young adult and youth actors. Auditions for youth and young adults are scheduled to take place on Jan. 6, 2018.

For auditions, director Rev. Scott Elliott pointed out that “Anyone 11 to 21, whether they are a college student, home schooler, high schooler or middle schooler, can show up to audition on Jan. 6, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., at 200 N. Main St. here in Mount Vernon. Prepared monologues are allowed, but not required. No past experience is necessary. And there is no fee to be in our plays. We do require auditions and while that may sound scary, I have done a lot of them and I’m known for making them pretty easy and fun and even a good theatre learning experience.”

“Scott’s right, but we do not just expect fun and learning at the auditions, last year the rehearsal process and performances were also fun learning experiences with amazingly disciplined practice sessions while everyone, adult and youth alike, acquired and honed performing skills,” said Charlotte Watson, producer and assistant director. “We laughed and learned a lot. I am excited for the chance to do it again with Shakespeare and the great adult cast and crew members Community Family Players has already assembled.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be rehearsing Jan. 21 through March 7, on Sundays, 3-6 p.m.; Mondays and Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. The show will have final dress rehearsal on March 7 and be performed March 8-11, 15-18. More details will be provided at auditions.

Anyone available for rehearsals that is 11-21 years old and interested in a great theatre experience should seriously consider auditioning on January 6, 2018.

While most of the roles reserved for adults have already been cast, there are great roles reserved and still open for young adults and youth (ages 11-21) including Helena, Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, Quince, Snug, Flute, Snout, Starveling, Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth and Mustardseed (other fairies and attendants are possible depending on the turnout for auditions).

Adult actor and mentors involved in A Midsummer Night’s Dream include Frank Scutella (Puck), Tami Anderson (Hippolyta), Nick Wheeler (Oberon), Michelle Stoneburner (Titania) and Cliff Davis (Nick Bottom). Mary Kepple is the costumer.

For more information on Community Family Players and the auditions is available at or on Facebook.



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