Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ëDreamgirlí auditions
Piedmont Players Theatre announces auditions for the mainstage production of ěDreamgirls,î a show about a time in American musical history when what is called rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music creating a new American sound.
Audition dates are 7 p.m. Aug. 29 and 30 in the third floor rehearsal hall of the Meroney Theater. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
Performers should also prepare a short audition song (12-15 bars) and be prepared for a small dance audition. Show dates are Oct. 6-15.
The Meroney Theater is located at 213 S Main St., 704-633-5471,
PPT youth auditions
Piedmont Players Theatre announces auditions for the youth production of ěThe Comedy of Errors,î a comedy by William Shakespeare.
Audition dates are Aug. 23-24 in the Norvell Theater Auditorium, by appointment only. Show dates are Sept.20-Oct 1.
Auditions are open to all students who can read well. To schedule an audition time, call 704-633-5471. Available dates and times are Tuesday, Aug. at 4 or 5 p.m and Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 4 or 5 p.m.
The Norvell Theater is located at 135 E. Fisher St.
Symphony auditions
The Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society will hold auditions for musicians who want to be on the orchestraís substitute list. Music Director David Hagy will hear auditions on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 25 in the afternoon. Auditions will take place on the campus of Catawba College.
Auditionees will be asked to play a prepared piece of their choice, three to four standard orchestral excerpts, and sight-reading. For suggestions of audition excerpts, contact Music Director David Hagy at
For an appointment time, call the Salisbury Symphony Office ń 704-637-4314 ń or email, or write to: Audition Information, Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, P. O. Box 4264, Salisbury, North Carolina 28145.
More information is available at
OCT auditions
CONCORD ó On his deathbed and in a delirium Poe relives a series of dramatizations of his famous works: The Tell Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Raven, Annabel Lee, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Premature Burial and The Poetic Principle.
Audition dates for Old Courthouse Theatreís ěPoeís Midnight Drearyî are Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 29 and 30 from 7-9 p.m. Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring Street NW.
Performance dates are Oct. 28-30. Visit for more details.
NCShakes auditions
HIGH POINT ó NCShakes will hold auditions next month for the 2012 Shakespeare To Go tour, the companyís outreach program that performs and educates at schools across North Carolina.
Auditions will be Sept. 20 and 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at NCShakesí Spirit Center campus, 807 W. Ward Ave., High Point. To schedule an audition, call NCShakes at 336-841-2273 weekday mornings.
NCShakes seeks a non-equity, multi-racial touring company of six actors ń three women and three men ń plus an actor/company manager, who will perform a 60-minute production of ěMacbethî and a 45-minute version of ěA Midsummer Nightís Dreamî in repertory. The company is looking for actors who are especially versatile, with a strong Shakespeare background. Experience in stage combat, physical comedy, and teaching will be helpful.
For audition details, visit
ëBy Jove, Itís Jupiter!í
This Saturday, Aug. 20, at 5 p.m., the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium fires up for fall with the show, ěBy Jove, Itís Jupiter!î
Jupiter ó the giant planet, the wood star, Jove, Phaeton; whatever you call it, Jupiter is an impressive planet. This program looks at the mythology and basic features of Jupiter and also explores past missions and shares current information about Juno, the newest mission to Jupiter.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for 12 and under. The planetarium is located at 1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter in the back of the building accessible from Lilly Avenue. For information, contact Horizons Unlimited at 704-639-3004.
Rockwell hosts festival
ROCKWELL ó On Saturday, Aug. 20, from 4-7 p.m. at Rockwell Park, the Town of Rockwell presents an evening of family fun.
Activities include entertainment by DC and the Chosen Few at 5 p.m., George the Magician at 6p.m., a bounce house, face painting, pedal-tractor pull for kids and adults, the Salisbury-Rowan Symphonyís musical petting zoo, Oak Ridge Dental Arts and The Tooth Fairy, refreshments from Haps, Cheerwine and more, and door prizes.
Rockwell Park is located off Salisbury Street, off 52 (close to F& M Bank and across from Hardees.) Take a right onto Ashley Drive and left onto Park St. If coming from Salisbury/Granite Quarry on US-52, turn left onto Sides, turn right onto Salisbury St., turn left onto Ashley Dr, turn left at Park St.
Thomas visits Spencer
SPENCER ó Thomas the Tank Engine[0xae] makes his annual visit to the N.C. Transportation Museum on Sept. 23-25 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
Tickets are now on sale at 866-468-7630, or
Tickets are $19 weekends or $17 Fridays plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply). Museum members get $2 discount on weekend tickets. The museum is located at 411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Liske Park Powwow
CONCORD ó The 18th annual Frank Liske Park Powwow, 4001 Stough Road, will be held Aug. 19-20. The Intertribal Dancing begins Friday evening at 7 p.m.
This is a free and family-oriented traditional Southern Protocol Powwow. Saturdayís events include a craft contest, ěFur and Feathersî hands-on learning experience, Native American music, gourd dancing, Princess contest registration, Intertribal dancing and the Crazy Midnight Auction that begins 30 minutes after the evening session ends.
Southern Piedmont Singers perform
The Southern Piedmont Singers will perform a pops and jazz show Saturday, Aug. 20 at the black box theatre of the Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.
Admission is free. The show begins at 7 p.m. and features old and new pop and jazz standards as well as favorite show tunes. For more information call 704-224-7148 or email
Community music
For the 27th year this fall, Catawba Collegeís Community Music program will be providing musical instruction for children and adults in the Rowan-Salisbury area. The program, under the direction of Erin Harper, offers everything from private piano lessons to a new class called Exploring Music Theory.
Registration for fall classes that begin Sept. 12 is now underway with a complete listing of classes and instructors available online at
For more information on the program, contact Erin Harper at 704-881-1565 or
Gold Hill Cruise-In
GOLD HILL ó Gold Hillís ěHot Summer Nightsî cruise-in will be held in the Historic Village of Gold Hill from 2-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20.
Street rods, classics, antique and muscle cars are invited to participate. Roy Hillís Alsco-Mustang Showcar will be on display during the event.
Details are available at 704-226-6726, Facebook:Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina or Historic Village of Gold Hill or
ëArrangementsí exhibit
CONCORD ó A new group exhibition, ěMaking Arrangements,î will be on display through Oct. 6 at The Galleries.
The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, pottery, baskets and wood pieces featuring multiple kinds of ěarrangements:î updated still lifes, multiple works from a series by the same artists, wall configurations and pedestal groupings.
The work of 18 area artists is on exhibit including glass sculpture by Syad Ahmad of Salisbury.
For information, call 704-920-ARTS (2787) or visit .The Galleries are located at 65 Union Street S, in Cabarrus Countyís historic courthouse.