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In Short; July 25-31, 2013

By Staff reports

'Avenue Q'

The Actors Guild of Parkersburg, 724 Market St., will stage the Tony Award-winning puppet musical "Avenue Q" at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Aug. 2-3 and 9-10 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4.

Due to adult language and behavior, the show is recommended for ages 17 and up. Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for students and seniors.

Call 304-485-1300 or visit www.actors@bod:guildonline.org.

Movie auditions

Razor Sharp Studios will hold open casting calls from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Frütcake, 1599-A Washington St. E., for the horror film "Pig Girl," a spin-off of Eamon Hardiman's "Porkchop" series. Male and female actors of all types ages 18-45 are sought.

Contact producer Melissa Myers at 304-541-8945 or myerswvu@gmail.com with questions.

Kanawha Players auditions

The Kanawha Players will hold auditions for "Night of the Living Dead," based on the classic film, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the KP Theater, 309 Beauregard St.

Parts are available for four women, 11 men and 17 non-gender specific. Scripts will be provided for cold readings. Get more information on the roles at www.kanawhaplayers.org.

People interested in being on the stage crew are encouraged to come fill out paperwork during auditions.

Performance dates are Oct. 18-20 and 25-26. Ginger Workman and Devon Nuckles will direct.

Call 304-343-7529.

Murder mystery dinner theater

Murder and Merriment present the interactive murder mystery dinner theater "Marriage, Mob and Murder!" at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Shawnee Park Great Room in Dunbar. The setting is an Italian wedding reception, and guests may dress in costume if they wish. Dinner is an Italian feast.

Tickets, $40, include dinner, entertainment and a chance to win prizes. This is a fundraiser for the Dunbar's Historical Preservation Commission/Society. Seating is limited; advance reservations are required.

Call 304-766-0220 or 304-542-9702 (between 4:30 and 10 p.m.) or go to the Dunbar mayor's office to get tickets.

Music seminars

Beckley native Dick McVey will conduct music seminars Sunday and Monday in Oak Hill and Tuesday and Wednesday in Beckley.

As a bassist, McVey has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry more than 500 times and has worked with artists including Trace Adkins and Little Jimmy Dickens. He's also an award-winning producer who has worked with George Jones and Vince Gill, among others.

The three-hour seminars are: How to Book Your Band, 3 p.m. Sunday; How to Make Money with Your Music, 6 p.m. Monday; Songwriters -- What You Need to Know, 6 p.m. Tuesday, and Songwriter's Critique Night, 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Advance cost per class is $25; at the door, it's $30. Cost for students 18 and under is $20. Seating is limited; advance registration is recommended.

For more information, call 615-714-3637 or visit www.dickmcvey.com/seminar.

Appalachian String Band Festival

The 24th annual Appalachian String Band Music Festival begins Wednesday at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop, Fayette County. It runs through Aug. 4 and features music, contests, dancing, arts and crafts and games for all ages.

Highlights include masters' showcases Lester McCumbers (Aug. 1), Paul Brown (Aug. 2) and Alan Jabbour (Aug. 3) as well as music contests. These include banjo and fiddle on Aug. 1, neo-traditional string band on Aug. 2 and traditional string band on Aug. 3. There's also an old-time dance contest on Aug. 3.

Daily admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and youth and free for children 5 and under. Rough camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $45 for adults, $40 for seniors and youth, $90 for families and $80 for senior families.

For more information, visit www.wvculture.org/stringband/index.html or 304-558-0220.

50/50/1 concerts

On Aug. 1, Bud Light's Music First will present "50/50/1," a series of concerts taking place in all 50 states on one day. In West Virginia, Christian pop rockers NEEDTOBREATHE will perform at 8 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.

The South Carolina trio opened for Taylor Swift on her Speak Now tour in 2011 and is a nine-time Dove Award winner, including back-to-back-to-back wins for Group of the Year from 2010-12. Opening for them is The Dirty Guv'nahs, a rock group from Knoxville, Tenn.

Tickets are $27.75. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

PBS doc wins regional Emmy

The historical documentary "Frank Kearns: American Correspondent," which premiered on WVPBS last fall, recently won a regional Emmy for historical documentary from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


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