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Announcing Auditions for a Special Small-Cast Edition of Liken’s “The First Christmas”

This Christmas season, The Hive Collaborative will present a family show, Liken’s “The First Christmas,” like it’s never been seen before. The Christmas movie from the Liken series has long been a favorite of families everywhere, and the 50+ person stage version has been presented by community and church groups all over the world for the past decade. In this new, small-cast version of the show, members of an extended family play nearly all the roles in a special Christmas Eve musical retelling of the first Christmas. When it comes time for the heavenly host choir to join in, that’s when the fun happens as we enlist the aid of our audience, who will be taught their part of the songs under the merry tutelage of the angel Gabriel.

This will be the world premiere of this special small-cast, Heavenly Host Choir sing-along edition of Liken’s “The First Christmas.”

Audition Options

We offer various options for auditioning at The Hive.

  • Audition by Appointment: Friday, Sept. 14, 6-10 pm. Email us at brothers@hivetix.com to request an appointment and your availability within that time slot or during the open-call audition on Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 am to 1 pm. We will work to assign you a time within your stated availability. Auditions will be held at The Hive in Provo.
  • Open-Call Audition: Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 am to 1 pm at The Hive in Provo.
  • Audition by Video: Upload a video of your audition (see audition prep below) to YouTube or similar service as an unlisted video and send a link to brothers@hivetix.com. Please submit video auditions by noon Saturday, Sept. 15.

What to Prepare

Please be prepared to sing 16 bars from two contrasting pieces. We will not have an accompanist, so please bring a phone/device with the music on it ready to go (we will have a standard adapter to connect from your phone/device’s earphone jack to our sound system) or sing them a cappella. Please also prepare a monologue of up to one-minute. If you prefer, we can provide you sides.

Call Backs

Date: TBA

Roles

All roles are singing parts and are compensated.

  • Gabriel, the angel
  • Frank Baylor, grandfather
  • Elsie Baylor, grandmother
  • Jeanette Baylor, the mom
  • Rob Baylor, the dad
  • Merilee Winston, college-age daughter
  • Devin Winston, college-age son-in-law
  • Abbie Baylor, teenage daughter
  • Max Baylor, teenage son

Performance Schedule

The tentative schedule:

  • Preview: 11/29
  • Opening Night: 11/30
  • Then Th, Fr, Sa, Mo nights at 7 pm
  • Closing night: Saturday, 12/22
  • 14 performances

Rehearsal Schedule

5-week rehearsal schedule starting 10/29 and running most weeknight evenings (not Halloween) from 7-9 pm and Saturday mornings 10-12 (subject to negotiation, as some directors/casts may elect to make certain rehearsals longer to free up one or more evenings/Saturdays).

Questions?

Please post any questions below or email us at brothers@hivetix.com.

Closing Week for “The Actors”

It has been a wonderful experience to have as the inaugural production at The Hive the world premiere of “The Actors” by Ronnie Larsen. Sadly, all good things must come to an end (for now), and Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 is our closing night.

Closing week will include performances on 9/5, 9/6, 9/7, and 9/8, with all performances beginning at 7:30 pm.

Live Music

Of special note, the 9/5 performance will feature live music during scene changes. Our artist will be Robert Ikey Starks. Robert has been singing since he was a young boy and playing guitar since he was a teenager. He goes by the moniker Apple Bear on youtube where he brings you lovely songs in very homemade fashion via an old Iphone 5s. He is in the band Dinosaur Kisses and is the Musical Director for the Grassroots Shakespeare Company. Some favorite plays he’s been involved with are Chris Clark’s adaptation of The Little Mermaid, and Titus Andronicus put on by The Grassroots Shakespeare Company, and Morag Shepherd’s original play Poppy’s In The Sand put on by Sackerson in SLC.

Live Auction

Of special note #2, the 9/8 performance will feature a live auction of some of the fun, unique props featured in the play, including vinyl albums from the ’70s and a working “Rock-‘Em, Sock-‘Em Robot” set. 100% of the proceeds of the auction will go to benefit Foyer Coin des Cieux, an orphanage/school in Haiti the Agles have been working with over the years. The funds will go toward increasing the school’s solar energy capacity (“the grid” in Haiti is notoriously unreliable). All attendees from any night during the run are invited to participate. If you aren’t planning on attending the 9/8 performance, but would like to participate in the auction regardless, you are welcome to come to the theater shortly after 9:30 at no charge.

For more details on the option and to see some of the fun items that will be auctioned, please go here. 

If you do want to buy tickets to any of our remaining performances, please go here.