Gem Players’ auditions set for Sunday and Monday
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The Gem Players announced auditions for the first production of the 2014-15 season, Sunday at 3 p.m., and Monday at 7 p.m., at the historic Gem Theater, located on Highway 411 in Etowah across from the historic L&N Depot.

The season opens with Ron Osborne’s new comedy, “Welcome Back to Ivy Gap.” The cast calls for five women ages 40-60 years of age and one male age 40-60 years of age.

“Welcome Back to Ivy Gap” is Osborne’s third in a series of Ivy Gap stories about a small church in the town of Ivy Gap where you’ll find some of the most good-hearted, sharp-tongued, casserole cookin’ ladies in East Tennessee.

Former pastor’s wife Edith has returned to church to find trouble. She has been away since the death of her pastor husband.

A new pastor has been called from Texas, and, well, let’s just say he’s no Billy Graham. Membership is down and a snooty new member has the women at each other’s throats. It’s an uproarious and uplifting comedy about the old friends who draw laughter, love and comfort from each other.

The Gem Players have performed the first two Ivy Gap comedies to great audience appeal. Director LaMone Rose says, “I have seen the debut of this new comedy at the historic Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia, and I know our audiences will reconnect with the old and new characters, quickly and fondly.”

Rose also is excited that the Gem Players will be the first community theater to perform Osborne’s new comedy after the debut at the Barter. “How honored we are to be the first to perform the new show, and it is a little intimidating at the same time, but we can do it.”

Everyone who enjoys community theater is encouraged to audition, and no experience is necessary to try out. Auditions will be reading from the script.

“Welcome Back to Ivy Gap” will open on Aug. 22 and run through Sept. 7.

For more information, call the Gem Players office at 423-263-3270 or email at