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CUTC's 'Joseph' production a dream part for actor in title role

The pop musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is often billed as family-friendly, with universal themes and catchy music covering myriad genres.

It's a dependable mainstay of musical theater groups, particularly when producers cast a star as Joseph, as the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company has done with its upcoming production, opening Thursday at the Virginia Theatre.

Mahomet woman relishes background roles in films

Cara Day of Mahomet has a cinema resume that's mostly local productions.

When she signed up to be an extra in something called "Rory's Last Kiss," she didn't know that she was signed up for "The Dark Knight" and that she would be a few feet from co-star Gary Oldman.

Women in Outdoors event planned Aug. 16 at Clinton farm

CLINTON – A Women in the Outdoors event is planned for Aug. 16 at a farm east of Clinton.

The event will be held at the Don and Susie Hulvey's farm east of Clinton and hosted by the Dewitt County Longbeards, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Rantoul harvest festival about far more than crops

Celebration focus is on diversity, practical topics

RANTOUL – The fourth annual Rantoul Harvest Festival featuring public education, workshops and multicultural presentations will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Wabash Park.

Check it out: Area libraries enjoying rising circulation

Cara Maurizi's daughter Elin is almost 7 with a serious book habit, multiple volumes of cat and dog books on every trip to the library.

Since Maurizi left the steady paycheck of teaching to become an actress, the Urbana mother has been spending less time in book stores and more in libraries. Usually it's the Urbana Free Library, but the family also enjoys Champaign's spanking-new facility, and that's where they were Friday.

Hume Festival set for Aug. 22-23

HUME – The Hume Festival will be held Aug. 22-23.

On Friday evening the festival will kick off at 4:40 p.m. with a Smoked Pig Dinner sponsored by the Hume United Methodist Church. Other events scheduled for that evening are a Kiddy Pedal Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. and "Dress Up Dana" event at 6:30 p.m.

Georgetown Fair, celebrating 70 years, starts Saturday

GEORGETOWN – The home ec buildings have been hosed down by the fire department, volunteers are setting up the animal pens, tents are going up and the entertainment is scheduled. The 70th annual Georgetown Fair begins Saturday.

Eight full days of livestock shows, seven grandstand shows and loads of free entertainment await anyone willing to pay the $2 gate fee for adults and $1 for children, ages 6 through 12. It's even got free admission Saturday and Sunday.

'Backyardigans Live!' coming to Assembly Hall

CHAMPAIGN – Nickelodeon and Broadway Across America will bring its new, national touring production of "The Backyardigans Live! Tale of the Mighty Knights" to the University of Illinois Assembly Hall on Oct. 7 and 8.

Tickets range from $18 to $34 and go on sale starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Assembly Hall Box Office and all TicketMaster outlets and online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by telephoning 333-5000. Fans may visit online www.nickjr.com for additional local market tour dates and to find a link to purchase tickets.

Hands-on activities set for Saturday at Cahokia Mounds

COLLINSVILLE – The fifth annual Archaeology Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville. It will feature ancient crafts, excavation tours, demonstrations of archaeological techniques and artifact processing and hands-on activities.

Among the demonstrations will be bow and arrow making, flintknapping, cordage making, shell carving and fingerweaving. A professional storyteller will relate American Indian stories. Food and refreshment stands will be available.

Vendors being sought for Monticello's Main Street celebration

MONTICELLO – Monticello Main Street is seeking vendors for its eighth annual Monticello Celebration on Oct. 4 in downtown Monticello.

Main Street is looking for vendors of art, antiques, crafts, pottery, photography, basketry, jewelry, herbal products, candles, garden items, among other items. The vendor hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.