Debut Artists event co-winners to perform
URBANA — The two co-winners of the 2014 Krannert Center Debut Artists competition will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.
This is only the third time in the history of the competition that two co-winners were named. They are:
— Soprano Alexandra Nowakowski, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in vocal performance, studying with Cynthia Haymon-Coleman. With the University of Illinois School of Music Opera Program, Nowakowski has performed in the world premiere of "Paradises Lost" as well as in presentations of "The Magic Flute," "Rigoletto" and "Orpheus in the Underworld."
Last August, she sang with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar as Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni." She received the Encouragement Award at the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions in Iowa and is a recent winner of the Armstrong Competition and a recipient of the Thomas J. Smith Scholarship and the Dorothy Bowen Scholarship through the UI.
— A doctoral student in piano performance at the UI, Samuel Gingher has won the Brevard Music Center Solo Piano Competition, the Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music Piano Festival and Competition at West Virginia University, the 21st Century Piano Commission Award Competition at the UI, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition, and piano concerto competitions at the University of North Carolina and the UI.
Gingher is studying with Timothy Ehlen and has studied jazz piano with Edmund Paolantonio, Mark Freundt and Joan Hickey. His research interests lie in 19th-century classical piano improvisation.
Tickets are $42 for adults; $37, senior citizens; $15, students; and $10, UI students and youths. Seats in the choral balcony are $10 for everyone but UI students and youths, who pay $5. For more information, call 333-6280.
Former UI College of Fine and Applied Arts Dean Jack McKenzie started the Krannert Debut Artist competition for UI School of Music students in 1984.
Auditions scheduled for 'Mary Poppins'
URBANA — The Champaign Urbana Theater Company will have auditions on Friday and Saturday at its headquarters at 608 N. Cunningham Ave., U, for its summer performances of "Mary Poppins."
The auditions on Friday are for children ages 8 to 13 only, with a cap of 10 in each group. The first group will audition from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and the second group from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.
The children will begin with a tap audition and then sing "A Perfect Nanny" from "Mary Poppins." If they are invited to callbacks, they will learn an additional dance combination then.
The auditions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday will be for people ages 13 to 99 for the main roles. A maximum of eight people will audition in each time slot, beginning with the tap audition and then the singing of an excerpt of a song from "Mary Poppins." People invited to callbacks will learn an additional dance combination.
People ages 13 to 99 audition in late afternoon for the ensemble, learning a new dance combo and then dancing it in a group, then singing an excerpt from "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." The music will be emailed to you once you have signed up for your audition slot.
The times will be 4 to 4:50 p.m. and 5 to 5:50 p.m. Callbacks will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday.
"Mary Poppins," directed by LaDonna Wilson, will be presented July 31 to Aug. 3 and Aug. 7-10. For more information, go to cutc.org.
Actors, area homes sought for indie film
CHAMPAIGN — Actors and area homes are being sought to appear in the independent feature film "Food" to be shot this summer in East Central Illinois.
Directed by Daryl Wein ("Lola Versus"), "Food" will star Zoe Lister-Jones of the CBS TV series "Friends With Better Lives." "Food" follows a young Midwestern mom who goes on a journey to uncover the cause of her son's mysterious illness.
Interwoven are the stories of a powerful CEO struggling with his son's disorder, an organic farmer fighting to save his farm, and two scientists on the brink of a major discovery.
"Food" is scheduled for shooting in the Champaign-Urbana area from the end of May to the end of June.
Those interested in acting in the movie may send their photographic head shots and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. People interested in opening their homes for location shooting may send to the same email address their contact information and photos of their residence.