Update, 10:27 a.m., Aug. 30: The informational session and tryouts have been moved to Lloyd House at 220 North Washington Street in Old Town due to damage from the earthquake at Gadsby's Tavern. Same times and dates.
The City of Alexandria is searching for a new town crier and tryouts are scheduled for early September.
Among the qualifications are a good ability to shout, a sense of humor that stands up to the extremes of cold and heat, and availability for commemorative events.
The ceremonial duties of the town crier include reading proclamations, announcing upcoming events, and acting as master of ceremonies at special events.
For those interested in applying for this volunteer position, the Office of Historic Alexandria is hosting an information session on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m., at , 134 North Royal Street.
Then tryouts will be held at the same location on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. A panel of judges, including members of City Council, will review applications and tryouts to make the final selection.
Town crier applicants will be judged on call content, clarity, sustained volume and deportment.
The new town crier will make his or her first public appearance at the first legislative meeting of the Alexandria City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Town crier applicants should call Historic Alexandria at 703-746-4554 to RSVP for the Sept. 1 information session.
Candidates are encouraged to download and complete the application in advance.