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Get crafty with Mrs. Santa Claus this weekend in Spencer

SPENCER — While Santa is busy feeding reindeer and building toys, Mrs. Claus helps him out.
She’ll be at the Spencer Doll And Toy Museum to meet and greet children of all ages Saturday.
Mrs. Claus enjoys the opportunity to spread happiness during the holiday season, especially to children.
Stop by the museum for a chance to meet Mrs. Claus and make a fun Christmas craft anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The event is free to museum members or with admission for non-members.
Spencer Doll And Toy Museum is located at 108 Fourth St., 704-762-9359, Spencerdollandtoymuseum.com
Darrell Harwood, an average, everyday working man who happens to be a talented singer and high energy entertainer, will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Nashville nights, 125-127 E. Innes St.
His personal work ethic and integrity spill over into his music, allowing him to connect with his fans in a very special way.
Harwood’s magnetic personality and easygoing ways draw people into his performances.
Deejay Snow plays tunes Fridays at Nashville Nights. The venue hosts open mic night Wednesdays and college night with karaoke Thursdays.
Auditions for the Piedmont Players Theatre youth production of “A Thousand Cranes” will take place in January.
They are by appointment only. Available dates and times are 4 and 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6. and Tuesday, Jan. 7. There are 25 slots per time.
Sadako Sasaki was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, where she lived. Ten years later, she was diagnosed with radiation sickness. “A Thousand Cranes” tells the true and poignant story of her battle and the tradition of folding origami cranes: If a sick person folds a thousand cranes, the Gods will grant her a wish and make her healthy.
Auditions are in the Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., and are open to all students who can read well. To schedule an audition time, call 704-633-5471.
Performance dates are Feb. 28, March 1, 7 and 8.
For more information, visit piedmontplayers.com
Piedmont Players Theatre will host “A Thousand Cranes Youth Workshop” at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.
This workshop will focus on preparing students to audition for a non-musical production, specifically geared toward the upcoming production of “A Thousand Cranes.” Skills developed will be in stage performance, character development, movement and effective auditioning techniques.
If your child has ever wanted to audition but just didn’t know how, has auditioned many times and just can’t seem to get that role or just wants to fine tune their acting and auditioning skills, this workshop is for you.
The class will be held at the Norvell Theater rehearsal hall, 135 E. Fisher St., for ages elementary through high school. The cost is $25, only 25 spots are available.
Instructor is Edward Whitney. Call 704-633-5471 to sign up.
Piedmont Players Theatre announces the cast of “The Count of Monte Christo,” adapted by Charles Morey from the novel by Alexandre Dumas.
This classic adventure novel is one of his most popular, along with The Three Musketeers. The story takes place during the historical events of 1815–1838, beginning when Napoleon returned to power after his exile.
It is a tale primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness.
The play focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.
Meet the cast:
Edmond Dantes (aka The Count Of Monte Cristo): Tim Campbell
Benedetto: Austin Hayes
Abbe Faria: Jim Esposito
Monsieur Morell: Matt Hargett
Mercedes: Louisa Garner
Eugene Danglars: John Eddy
Caderousse: Lee Roberts
Fernand Mondego: Edward Whitney
Gerard De Villefort: Russell Bennett
Debray: David Cline
Hermione Danglars: Alison Bird
Heloise De Villefort: Amber Watson
Albert Mondego: William Clark
Eugenie Danglars: Susannah Dixon
Valentine De Villefort: Amery Barton
Maximilian Morrell: Austin Young
Bandit 1: Cody Veros
Bandit 2: James Bigsby
Guard 1: Ej Mcgorda
Guard 2: Antonio Gonsalves
Magistrate: Russell Johnson.
Performance dates are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-15 and 19-22 as well as 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets go on sale Feb. 3
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The Salisbury Swing Band will appear at the New Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Hotel Salisbury (formerly Holiday Inn), 530 Jake Alexander Blvd. S., beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.
The band is under the direction of Dr. Steve Etters, and features vocalists Laura Millspaugh and Bill Bucher.
For ticket information, call Hotel Salisbury at 704-637-3100, Memories 1280 Radio at 704-633-0621, or visit salisburyswingband.com.
MOORESVILLE — The Mooresville Artist Guild, 103 W. Center Ave., will host its first juried exhibit and competition, the Winter Juried Art Exhibition, in January.
Cash prizes will be awarded, as well as gift certificates to Lake Country Gallery.
Anne Scott Clement, executive director and chief curator of Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, will be the juror for this inaugural show.
Artwork intake will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11.
The exhibit runs Jan. 14 through Feb. 27, and the opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 17.
Additional information and a complete prospectus are available at magart.org
HIGH POINT — Continuing its 36-year tradition, NC Shakes presents two “pay all you can” fundraising performances.
This year patrons can see the beloved and familiar Charles Dickens’ tale dubbed “A Christmas Carol Unplugged.”
Unlike a traditional theatre production with scenery, costumes, lighting and props, the focus in these performances will be on the telling of the story and, of course, singing the music.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at High Point Theatre on Commerce Avenue.
Performances are recommended for those who are at least 10 years old. NCShakes’ suggested minimum donation is $25.
For more information, call 336-887-3001, visit highpointtheatre.com or click over to ncshakes.org.

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