Catawba dance performance is tonight
Two Catawba College Theatre Arts students will showcase their talents in a theatrical dance performance entitled “Dreamland.”
Two performances will be offered, 8 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Monday, in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus, and are free and open to the public.
Two seniors, Michael Lasris of Seaford, Va., and Brianna Smith of Austin, Texas, collaborated on the joint practicum which they term “The Alice Project.”
Lasris provided long-form choreography and Smith artistic direction and production management. Although there are some darker images and sounds, there is no violence, inappropriate language or sexual content, and the show is suitable for adults and children over 10 years of age.
“Dreamland” combines the musical stylings of Tom Waits and uses the soundtrack from the Disney film, “Alice in Wonderland.” Performers include student volunteers from a variety of different academic majors.
For more information, call 704-637-4440.
LEXINGTON n Organizers for the 12th annual Multicultural Festival announce the introduction of “TeenScene,” an entertainment area designed specifically for middle and high school students.
The TeenScene area will be located at the Open Air Theatre with activities starting immediately after the opening ceremonies. Sponsored by “GameStop,” a national video game retailer, gaming competitions will be held throughout the day. Participants are eligible to win cash prizes in each of the gaming competitions. There is no entry fee to participate.
Several teen-based performance groups will be featured at TeenScene during the day. “Youth Day Reflection,” a regional teen band, will perform pop, country and contemporary Christian music. Hip hop dance groups, “Spazzed-Out” and “Sound Wreck” will be showcasing their dance moves.
Deejay “Chilli Willie” will be on hand with an open mic format and a designated dance area. Prizes and give-a-ways will be awarded to participants.
The festival will be held at Finch Park Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rain date is May 4.
Contact Tammy Curry, festival coordinator, at 336-248-3960 for additional information.
CHARLOTTE ó The Charlotte-based party band that includes Ace from the syndicated “Ace and TJ Show” on WNKS/Kiss 95.1 has been making music and money.
Half a million dollars to be exact, and they’ve given away every dime.
On May 3, at Buck Wild, 10008 University City Blvd., in Charlotte, the group will play its 200th show and surpass $500,000 in funds raised and given to Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids charity. The first 200 people through the door Saturday night will receive a commemorative T-shirt and the first 50 people through the door will receive a Charity Case CD.
Doors will open at 9 p.m. and the performances begin at 10 p.m. with Charity Case taking the stage at 11 p.m.
Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids was created to enhance the lives of children who are chronically disabled and terminally ill by sending them with their entire families to Walt Disney World, all expenses paid.
For more information visit www.charitycaseband.com.
WINSTON-SALEM ó Think the symphony is not for you? Unsure when to applaud? Want to know the difference between a symphony and a concerto, an orchestra and a philharmonic?
Reynolda House Museum of American Art and the Winston-Salem Symphony are co-sponsoring Musical “U: How to Listen to a Symphony,” a course to help even the most unsophisticated listener develop an appreciation of classical music.
Reynolda House will host a free preview of Musical “U” on May 6 at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Babcock Auditorium.
This introductory course will be taught by David B. Levy, professor of music at Wake Forest University, and Matthew Troy, education director and assistant conductor of the Youth Symphony.
In a class titled “Heroes and the American Dream,” they will discuss two pieces, Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony and Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of America,” which will be featured in the May 17, 18 and 20 Winston-Salem Symphony performances.
To register for this free introductory course, call 336-758-5900.
For more information, visit www.reynoldahouse.org.
Rowan Public Library headquarters celebrates “Doris Day May” with four of her most popular films for Tuesday Night at the Movies.
Admission is free. Films will be shown in the Stanback Auditorium and begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Free popcorn and lemonade are available for moviegoers.
The schedule is as follows: May 6 ó “Pillow Talk” with Rock Hudson; May 13 ó “That Touch of Mink” with Cary Grant; May 20 ó “Send Me No Flowers” with Rock Hudson; May 27 ó “Calamity Jane” with Howard Keel.
For more information call 704-216-7732 or visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org.
HIGH POINT ó The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival will hold non-equity auditions for its 2008 Family Theatre production of “A Thousand Cranes directed by Allan Edwards.”
Auditions are 7-9 p.m., May 23 and 24, at NCSF’s Spirit Center campus, 807 W. Ward Ave., High Point.
The production is an inspiring, NEA award winning one act that tells in music, dance, and ritual the story of a 12-year-old Japanese survivor of World War II. The Festival is enthusiastic about developing a multi-racial company for the production with a cast of two females and one male.
NCSF is interested in seeing actors 15 years old and up for the following roles: Sasako, a 12-year-old Japanese girl; Actor One, a male who plays Sadako’s 14-year-old friend, her father, and other male characters; Actor Two, a female who plays Sadako’s mother, the spirit of her grandmother, and other female characters.
The director would like to hear a brief prepared speech telling a story of survival. Actors will also be put through some improvisation exercises and be asked to sing briefly.
NCSF requires an 8-by-10 black and white headshot and detailed resume at audition time.
Actor contracts will run four weeks, from July 7 to August 3. Actors will receive a stipend of $800 to $1,200, depending on casting and experience. Actors residing outside the Triad will receive housing and, if necessary, transportation.
To schedule an audition, call the NCSF offices on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only, at 336-841-2273, ext. 226.
Easy Street Festival
Art on Easy Street Festival has been expanded and the deadline extended.
The area for Art on Easy Street has been expanded to include the 200 block of North Lee Street and the 100 block of Liberty Street to allow room for more artists.
The Rowan Arts Council has, therefore, decided to extend the deadline to May 15 to give more artists an opportunity to participate.
The Art on Easy Street Summer Art Festival will be held in downtown Salisbury 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 21. Spaces that are 10×10 are $50 for Arts Council members and $60 for non-members. Cash prizes and purchase awards will be awarded.
The Rowan Arts Council Web site, www.rowanarts.org includes application and information. Information is also available by calling 704-638-9887.
Pfeiffer art winners
MISENHEIMER ó Several Pfeiffer University students have received awards for their artwork during the university’s annual Pfeiffer Juried Student Show now on display through May 4 in the Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery on the Misenheimer campus.
Approximately 50 entries were submitted to the competition, which was open to all students.
This year’s juror was Rita Schumaker, a Pfeiffer graduate and art educator for the Mint Museum in Charlotte.
Pfeiffer students winning awards were: Sam Rynas, a junior who received a Merit Award for her oil pastel work titled “Kayaking;” Jeremy Morris, a senior who received a Merit Award for his series of photographs titled “St. Francis?” and Heidi Ramseur, a sophomore from Albemarle, who won the Best of Show Award for her photograph titled “Get Lifted.”