NORMAL – The Heartland Theatre Company has expanded its original one-act play competition to welcome entries from beyond Illinois to seven Midwest states.
Now called New Plays from the Heartland, the third annual competition provides Midwestern playwrights a chance to share their original plays with central Illinois residents. The contest includes a residency by a nationally known playwright and staged readings of the three winning plays on May 15 and 16. The three winning playwrights also will receive a $150 honorarium.
DANVILLE – Danville Light Opera will offer an additional night of auditions for male roles in its upcoming production of "Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?"
The extra audition time is at 7 p.m. Thursday at DLO's Center Stage rehearsal hall in the Dena's Hallmark wing of the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St.
SULLIVAN – Auditions for local actors interested in working the summer mainstage season at the Little Theatre On The Square will have a chance to audition from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Little Theatre On The Square in Sullivan.
The auditions will be for anyone age 16 and up, for both chorus roles and title roles.
Auditions will take place Thursday and Saturday for two one-act plays in a new program being started by the Rantoul Theatre Group.
In the new project, Studio Theatre, the plays will be produced and directed, from start to finish, by teenagers. Larry Smith of the Rantoul Theatre Group will mentor them to provide adult supervision, from the auditions to the presentations.
Conductor Eduardo Diazmunoz knows composer Daniel Catan's opera "Rappaccini's Daughter" almost as well as does Catan.
The head of the University of Illinois School of Music Opera Program, Diazmunoz has conducted three major productions of the Spanish-language opera – the world premiere in 1991 in Mexico City, the U.S. premiere in 1994 with the San Diego Opera and the 1997 Manhattan School of Music version.
College students in Missouri and Illinois interested in theater may audition for a paid summer internship as a production assistant, production artist or costume apprentice in a program called "Emerson Behind the Curtain."
The open auditions will be on Feb. 21 at Nerinx Hall High School, St. Louis, and Feb. 28 at the Sally S. Levy Opera Center, St. Louis. Students are to take their resume and portfolio. For additional information and directions, contact Stephen Ryan of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis at 314-963-4261 or email@example.com.
Poet and children's book author Janice Harrington, who teaches in the Creative Writing Program in the University of Illinois Department of English, will read her work at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center in Charleston.
The reading will be in the Black Box Theatre. Admission is free, and the public is invited.
SULLIVAN – The Little Theatre On The Square and the Sullivan Area Arts Council will re-create a New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration with a party starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the newly renovated Little Theatre Production Studio.
The studio is housed in the former Shasteen Motors Building, just north of the theater, across from Jibby's restaurant.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Park District Youth Theater will present four performances of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast Jr." next Thursday and on Feb. 20 and 21 at Robeson Elementary School, 2501 Southmoor Drive, C.
The performances will start at 7 p.m. all three days, with an additional performance at 1 p.m. Feb. 21.
CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois Assembly Hall will present five performances in March of "Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour."
The shows will be at 7 p.m. March 20; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 21; and 2 p.m. March 22. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Assembly Hall and all TicketMaster outlets.