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The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is casting its upcoming production of "As It Is In Heaven" by Arlene Hutton.

Auditions will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, and from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. The production calls for nine strong actresses to play various ages.

In this riveting script, Hutton evokes a Shaker village in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky whose community is upset when some of its female members begin to see visions.

These so-called "gifts" cause the young girls who experience them to dance and twirl, see bright angels, shout out in praise, and fall into awed trances. Though all of this is supposedly for the glory of God, the other members of the community can't help but to see the girls' behavior as mere flights of fancy, excuses not to do chores, and a disruption of the Shakers' preferred, orderly method of worship.

This will be the spring production for the Front Porch Theatre’s sixth season.

Rehearsals begin in early April and the production runs May 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26. Detailed descriptions of characters and parameters of the audition process can be found on the BMCA website’s theatre page.

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 West State Street. For more information contact fpt@blackmountainarts.org or call 669-0930.

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