URBANA — Have you ever wondered why Australia is called Oz?
It's because Australians pronounce "aus" as "oz," according to Jeremy Davies, who hails from Down Under and is a performer in Circus Oz, which will offer up three shows next weekend at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
WATSEKA — The Sugar Creek Symphony & Song Festival will have chorus auditions next weekend for its production of the American opera "Cold Sassy Tree" this summer.
Helen Todd, founder and artistic director of the festival, also will host auditions for the festival's new Music Fair, a celebration of music planned for July 27.
URBANA — University Laboratory High School will present the musical "Jack and the Beanstalk" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Uni High North Attic Theatre, 1212 W. Springfield Ave.
Curtain times will be 7 p.m. Thursday, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.
The performances are open to the public and suitable for children ages 4-12.
By AUDREY WELLS
"Your joy is your sorrow unmasked," writes Kahlil Gibran in his 1923 classic "The Prophet."
URBANA — With Eduardo Diazmunoz having dedicated the University of Illinois School of Music Opera Program season to the late Tom Schleis, it's no surprise it includes "My Fair Lady."
America has been called a melting pot, a place where people of all creeds, colors and philosophies can amalgamate a nation better than the sum of its parts. It's a cliche, of course, but one that endures and has attached itself to our collective consciousness to such an extent that it becomes fact.
CHAMPAIGN — Through his long career in community theater, Nick Schneider has appeared three times already in the American classic "You Can't Take It with You" by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.
He played Mr. Kirby once and Paul Sycamore twice. In the Parkland College Theatre production opening Thursday night (Feb. 21), Schneider plays the eccentric pater familias: Grandpa Sycamore.