Here's what's happening on the theater scene

Little Theatre on the Square holding auditions

Auditions for productions at the Little Theatre on the Square will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The auditions are by appointment for actors 16 and older. Children's auditions will be scheduled later.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 22-29, 2015

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'Magical Land of Oz' at Centennial

CHAMPAIGN — With membership dwindling over the past few decades, many service clubs find it more difficult to keep traditions going.

While the Champaign-Urbana Junior Woman's Club has allowed a few to go by the wayside, it continues to present its Tom Thumb Theatre productions each year, with the 61st opening Friday at the Centennial High School Aldridge Auditorium.

'33 Variations' at Station

URBANA — As Thom Schnarre first read the script of Moises Kaufman's "33 Variations," he heard the voice of Chris Taber as the lead character.

That would be Katherine Brandt, a musicologist who travels to Bonn, Germany, to explore why Beethoven felt compelled to write the "Diabelli Variations" — 33 variations based on a simple waltz by Anton Diabelli, a minor music publisher.

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Music scene

CHAMPAIGN — The Class Act Showstoppers will present two performances of the "Sing & Swing: An Irving Berlin Revue" at 3:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., C.

On Sunday, the doors will open 20 minutes before each performance. Admission is free for senior citizens older than 65 and is $5 for everyone else.

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Here's what's happening on the theater scene

Group holding auditions

The What You Will Shakespeare Company will have auditions from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday for "Two Gentlemen of Verona (Two Gents)," its first full performance of the season.

No experience is necessary. People may come to the audition, pick a monologue or dialogue, prep a bit there and read it when ready.

Kathy Griffin: Always improvising

CHAMPAIGN — As an interview subject, Emmy- and Grammy-award winning comedian, best-selling author, reality star and actress Kathy Griffin comes off as prepared.

"Go, Fighting Illini," is her initial greeting.

She also nails the date and venue and city for her upcoming appearance: Jan. 23 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign-Urbana.

John Frayne: Promising schedule at Krannert

As the University of Illinois starts its second semester of the academic year, the bright lights at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts begin to glitter. Performances described in the following preview begin at 7:30 p.m., unless noted otherwise.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 15-22, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are