Bath Mountain Valley Players Holding Auditions For July 4th Spirit Of America Show

Warm Springs, VA – Bath County’s community theatre group, The Mountain Valley Players, is gearing up for its July 4th production. And they are looking for assistance from the community in putting the show together. Betty Cauley is a member of the Mountain Valley Players and she acts as the musical director.

“The show that is called The Spirit of America” says Cauley. “It’s just a compilation of mostly music that is good for a patriotic show. It is totally different from our show last year; it’s along the same lines, but all the music is different. We also have a couple of skits, and as always we’re going to have some dancing in there.”

Cauley is hoping to get more cast members for the show. It will be performed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the July 4th weekend.

“We’ve already got about 28 I believe who have signed up” she says. “We would love to have more. This type of show lends itself to lends itself to a large cast. We want this to truly be a community effort.”

Cauley is looking for both adults and children for the cast. This show is designed so younger children can participate too. Several have already signed up. In previous shows, the Mountain Valley Players have had cast members as young as eight years old.

“When we talk about auditions, we don’t have auditions to say you’re good enough to be in or you’re not good enough to be in” she says. “Our sole purpose in auditions is to find out who wants to participate, who’s willing to make the commitment of time, because it takes a lot of practice time, and what level of experience they have. So what I’m saying is if you come to an audition, you’re going to be in the show.”

Auditions will be held on Sunday May 1 at 1:45pm at the Bath County High School auditorium, and rehearsals start right after that. If being on stage is not your cup of tea, you can also help with the production in a different way.

“At the very beginning of our show is going to be the Mountain Valley Players tribute to our local heroes” says Cauley. “And we place in that category men and women who have served in our military and we want to include people from our past, so grandfathers, aunts, uncles, anyone from your family who are from Bath County who served in our military, the present young men and women who are serving in our military, we want to honor them.”

“We also want to recognize citizens in our community who on an everyday basis just go out there and help other citizens; we want to gather photos of all of those.”

For more information about auditions or supplying photos contact Betty Cauley at

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