Kanawha Players will hold auditions for "Evil Dead The Musical" from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kanawha Players Theater, 309 Beauregard St. The show is a campy rock musical based on the cult classic horror film series.
Parts are available for five men and four women, as well as five or more adults for the ensemble. For information on the roles, including vocal range, visit www.kanawhaplayers.org.
Auditioners should come prepared with a rock song to sing a cappella or with an instrumental backing CD. Some simple dance moves will be taught.
Director Ginger Basham-Workman says, "This is a fun, campy show. While we are striving for vocal quality, you do not have to be a top-notch singer to try out."
Performance dates are Oct. 5-6 and 12-13, and actors also will be asked to do promotional events. For more information, email kanawhaplay...@yahoo.com.
Woody Guthrie musical programs
Educational performing artist Mick Souter will give performances at four Kanawha County public libraries as one of Woody Guthrie's fictitious traveling companions. He'll sing Guthrie's songs and tell biographical stories that trace Guthrie's travels.
The free performances are 6 p.m. Monday at the Charleston Public Library (304-343-4646), 6 p.m. Tuesday at Elk Valley Public Library (304-965-3636), 11 a.m. Wednesday at Riverside Public Library (304-949-2400) and 6 p.m. Aug. 9 at St. Albans Public Library (304-722-4244).
Gospel music school
The fourth annual Mountain State School of Gospel Music runs Monday through Aug. 10 at Oakwood Baptist Church, 855 Oakwood Road. It has vocal classes for all ages (6 and up) and ability levels, as well as music theory classes.
Day sessions are 1 to 4 p.m., and evenings are 6 to 9 p.m. Students aren't required to attend both.
Cost is $15. Call Tori Holstine at 304-550-5912 or visit www.mssgm.org.
On Aug. 9, the Charleston Ballet will hold auditions for children's roles for its Dec. 14-15 production of "The Nutcracker" with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Auditions run from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at the Charleston Ballet studio, 100 Capitol St. Students must be at least 9 years old, enrolled at the American Academy Ballet and have had some previous ballet training.
Call 304-342-6541 or email i...@thecharlestonballet.com.
Music industry seminar
West Virginia native Dick McVey will conduct a seminar on the music business in Beckley on Aug. 11. Subjects include booking gigs, presenting yourself to a record label, getting your songs recorded, caring for your voice and more.
McVey has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry more than 500 times, performed with artists that include Trace Adkins and Jimmy Dickens, handled publicity for George Jones and won awards for his music, publicity and production work.
The seminar takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Old Federal Courthouse, 400 Neville St. Admission is $30, or $15 for ages 18 and younger. Seating is limited; advance registration is suggested.
Call 304-673-8395 or email benihol...@gmail.com.