Directors are looking for local talent to bring additional flair to Tooele’s 28th annual production of Handel’s “Messiah” in December.
The rehearsals begin this Sunday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.
“We’re doing a complete run-through,” said Pamela Dale, choral director for the production. “That’s traditionally what we do on the first rehearsal. We won’t be doing the whole thing again until the actual dress rehearsal, which is the Saturday before the performance. This is an opportunity for people to show up and sing through it.”
Dale said the rehearsal location has been changed from the LDS Skyline Chapel to the LDS chapel on 1000 West and Utah Avenue. She said this was done because it is a more convenient location for participants coming from Grantsville, Stansbury Park and Lake Point.
“We need to get the word out to newcomers to our area and to those we have lost in the move,” Dale said. “The ‘Messiah’ production is one of Tooele’s surprises — a gem.”
No audition is required to be in the production, however those interested in being a soloist do need to audition. Solo auditions will take place on Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. at Stowe Family Music on Main Street in Tooele. An accompanist will be provided. Scores are also available for purchase at Stowe Family Music.
Dale said the directors are happy to have any singers or musicians who are willing to participate to come to the first rehearsal.
“We especially need tenor and bass singers,” she said. “They’re always at a premium in a chorus. This is very difficult music to play for any musician, but it’s worth it. Being a singer or musician in the production is bound to make you better.”
Concert dress is black for the orchestra, chorus and soloists. The program is an interfaith production, meaning musicians of all faiths are invited to participate, said Dale.
“When I moved to Tooele in 2005 fresh out of a 20-year career at the San Francisco Opera, I was told of the ‘Messiah’ production in Tooele,” Dale said. “It peaked my curiosity. Just one rehearsal and I was hooked. It was hard to believe that such quality could be achieved by the ‘cowboys and ranchers.’”
The performance date of “Messiah” will be Dec. 16 at Grantsville High School. Those interested in participating or with questions about the production can call Dale at (801)250-6602.
“It is a great opportunity for those who are up to a challenge,” Dale said. “It is a challenge for all of us but together we can make it happen.”