Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 5, 2011

PPT audition update
An extra day of auditions has been added for Disney’s “The Jungle Book KIDS!” being produced by Piedmont Players Theatre.
The additional session is tonight from 4-6 p.m. at the Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St.
It has also been announced that rehearsals for the production will be from 5-7 p.m., instead of 4-6 p.m. as in the past.
Call 704-633-5471 for more information or visit www.piedmontplayers.com.
‘Honk!’ auditions
CONCORD — Old Courthouse Theatre will hold auditions for “Honk!,” a play based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling.”
Children’s auditions are Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Children do not need to prepare a song. They will be taught a song from the show to perform for the audition. Also, a cold reading from the script will be part of the audition.
Adults audition from 7:30-9 p.m. and should prepare a Broadway style song that shows range. A cold reading from the script will also be a part of the audition.
Feb. 8 from 7-9 p.m. will be an audition time for all.
Performances are March 31 and April 1-17.
Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St. NW. Call 704-788-2405 or visit www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.
Scottish night events
CHARLOTTE — It’s Scots-Irish Heritage and Burns Night at the Belk Theater on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14-15.
The Charlotte Symphony and Music Director Christopher Warren-Green honor the rich local Scots-Irish culture and the birthday of Scots poet Robert Burns in a Scottish Night celebration.
The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Scottish festival in the Belk lobbies. Patrons can taste Gaelic ale, Scottish shortbread and crisps, and Scottish tea while learning about the history of the Scots-Irish in Mecklenburg County through displays from the Charlotte Museum of History, the Burns Society Charlotte, and Rural Hill Center of Scottish Heritage.
Festival entertainment includes performances of early Scottish songs by Charlotte Symphony musicians Tom Burge, Jeff Ferdon, and Emily Urbanek, followed by a presentation of Burns’ “Address to the Haggis” and “Scots, What Hae” by Scotsman John Gallagher. The Charlotte Scottish Country Dancers will perform reels and jigs.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. and features music inspired by Scotland: Felix Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides” Overture and “Scottish” Symphony and Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy,” with teen-aged violinist Caroline Goulding.
The program opens both nights with a performance by students of the Charlotte Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra and the Winterfield Strings program.
Tickets start at $21.50 ($12 for students and patrons 25 and under) and can be purchased by calling the Symphony ticket office at 704-972-2000 or at www.charlottesymphony.org.
Leo Kottke tickets
CHARLOTTE — Leo Kottke will perform at the McGlohon Theatre on Tuesday, March 15.
Tickets are now available beginning at $22.50 and can be purchased in advance at the Box Office (Belk Theater Lobby), online at CarolinaTix or by phone at 704-372-1000.
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s McGlohon Theatre is located at N. College St., Charlotte.
Showtime casts extras
CHARLOTTE —The extras casting office for the Showtime series pilot “Homeland,” to be filmed in the Charlotte area this January, is still seeking the following:
• Men of Middle Eastern, Greek, Lebanese, Persian, Hispanic, Columbian, Indian and/or Turkish descent, age 20s-40s
• Fit military men age 18-45
• Fit and experienced male honor/color guard, 20s-30s
• Police and secret service types
• Preppie adults age 25-55
• Photographers with camera
• Adults with American made vehicles, 2000-2011 models
• Adult with Lexus Sedan, 2004-2011 model (not black or white in color)
Stand Ins: Must be able to work multiple days. Seeking:
• Female, age 20-30, Caucasian, 5’5-5’6, blonde, light-colored eyes
• Female, age 20-30, Caucasian, 5’3”, brown hair, hazel eyes
• Male, age 20-30, Caucasian, 6’1, red hair, blue/ light eyes
• Male, age 20-30, African American, 6’, black hair, brown eyes
• Male, age 20-40, Caucasian, 6’1 , dark hair, brown eyes
“Homeland” is a new one-hour drama pilot from the Emmy winning executive producers of the television series 24. The pilot will be executive produced by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa (24, X-Files). Michael Cuesta (DEXTER) is set to direct.
Applications are still being accepted. Submit a current photo/snapshot along with name, phone, address, email address, height, weight, hair and eye color, age, clothing sizes, availability, and skills or previous experience to homelandcasting@gmail.com.
For more information visit the Homeland Casting Facebook page.
Billy Elliot the Musical
“Billy Elliot the Musical” will open Jan. 12 at Ovens Auditorium and run through Jan. 30. The popular musical is part of the Broadway Lights Sseries. Tickets begin at $30.
Based on the hit film, the show features music by Elton John. For information or tickets, go to www.blumenthal.org or call 704.372.1000.

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