UK Opera hosts auditions for world premiere workshop

Rebecca Watters

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This summer, the UK College of Fine Arts will offer a Summer II course in which students gain course credit, resume experience and the once in a lifetime chance to experience a world premiere rock musical workshop.

The Promised Land, an original rock musical created by Adam Max and Alex Wyatt, is a coming of age story that features the music of Bruce Springsteen. Students who participate in the course will have the chance to be the first ones to workshop the piece.

“We’re thrilled to bring this workshop to UK. Students will not only receive college credit, they will also be the first artists to give this visionary work life, all while experiencing the process of creating meaningful theatre,” said UK Opera Theatre Director of Education & Community Engagement Courtney Reed.

According to the press release, students may earn up to 9 credits in six selected courses for their participation. The workshop will take place June 9 through Aug. 11. The College of Fine Arts is looking for student performers, musicians, creative and production team members, and they are extending the invitation beyond UK.

“The course is available to any college or postgraduate student who wants to spend the summer with us in Lexington,” Reed said. “Non-UK students may … email video audition and resume, and schedule a phone interview.”

The Promised Land was created by Max and Wyatt after the two shared a mutual love of Springsteen’s music. Max and Wyatt are childhood friends from Birmingham, Alabama. Though they have not lived in the same city since the early 90s, the music of Springsteen has been an important part in continuing their friendship.

“Once a year, they meet in a city they have never visited before and attend a Bruce Springsteen concert. Both … are diehard Bruce fans and have a special interest in musical theatre,” Reed said.  

Before the workshop this summer, students must audition or interview. Auditions for performers and musicians will take place Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building. Students should prepare 32 bars of contemporary musical theatre or rock music.

Audition registration and course information can be found below:

Creative and production team interviews are by appointment only. Interested students must contact Reed to schedule an interview: [email protected].