In Short: March 22-28, 2012
Opera Guild auditions
The Charleston Light Opera Guild will hold auditions for its June production of the Tony-winning rock musical "Next to Normal" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Saturday at its theater, 411 Tennessee Ave.
Auditioners should have a musical selection prepared with sheet music for the accompanist. Scripts for readings will be provided.
The production, about a family coping with mental illness, has roles available for two women and four men. All should be strong singers.
More information about the roles can be found at www.charlestonlightoperaguild.org. For other information, contact artistic director Nina Denton Pasinetti, at 304-343-6015.
Unity of Kanawha Valley, 804 Myrtle Road, will host an eco-bead party beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Sherri Walker will teach participants how to make jewelry out of recycled magazines, ads and catalogs. Each person will leave with a completed bracelet. Cost is $25. Contact Pam Hippler at 304-345-0021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yale Whiffenpoofs concert
The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University, America's oldest collegiate a cappella group, will give a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Clay Center.
The group, which features Charleston native Mitchel Kawash, will be joined by the Appalachian Children's Chorus.
Youth talent competition
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity of West Virginia State University will hold a youth talent competition in the school's student union beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The free event features local high school students in four categories: music (vocal and instrumental, classical, semi-classical, gospel and jazz), interpretive dance (ballet, modern and tap), speech (poetry, orations and monologues) and visual art (sculptures, photography, etc.).
For more information, call Roland Tate at 304-553-5087 or Mark Mason at 304-415-5922.
Park Place flashback film
The original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is the featured film this week in the Park Place Stadium Cinemas.
Not only did the slasher flick introduce audiences to the iconic horror villain Freddy Krueger, but it also introduced them to a young Johnny Depp.
Screenings are 4 p.m. Sunday and 4 and 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $5. Call 304-345-6541 or visit www.ourshowtimes.com.
Special film events in Huntington
Cinemark Huntington Mall in Barboursville will conduct two special film screenings this week.
At 8 p.m. Monday is "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a fully staged pre-recorded production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical starring Donny Osmond. This sing-along version features subtitles for audiences and includes a question-and-answer session with Osmond live from Salt Lake City.
Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, and $12 for children. An encore showing is at 7 p.m. April 4.
At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday is the 20th anniversary of "The Bodyguard," which was written by Morgantown's Lawrence Kasdan. (Hence all the nods to WVU in the film.) Tickets for it are $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for students and seniors, and $9.50 for children.
The 2012 Derick Kirk Memorial Scholarship is accepting applications now through April 15.
Applicants must be graduating high school seniors in Boone, Kanawha, Putnam, Jackson, Roane, Logan or Clay counties and be pursuing a music degree.
Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.
Applications are available at www.derickkirk.org.
The Derick Kirk Foundation supports and funds music education and development in grades kindergarten through 12.