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In Short: May 31-June 6, 2012

By Staff reports

Light Opera auditions

The Charleston Light Opera Guild will hold auditions for "Legally Blonde," the Tony-nominated musical based on the hit Reese Witherspoon movie, this weekend at its theater, 411 Tennessee Ave. Performance dates are July 27-29 and Aug. 3-5.

Singing and reading auditions are 11 a.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Bring music for accompanist. Scripts will be provided. Dance auditions are 8 p.m. Sunday. Combinations will be taught.

Roles are available for 12 women and five men, plus 13 supporting characters and a female ensemble. For more information on the roles, including vocal range, visit www.charlestonlightoperaguild.com. Call 304-545-6945 for more information.

Art trading-card party

Huntington's Renaissance Art Gallery in the old Huntington High School will host a free art trading-card party from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Make your own cards, which are the size of baseball cards, and trade them with other participants.

Call 304-525-3235 or email gallerywv@yahoo.com.

'Mountain Stage' at WVU

Justin Townes Earle headlines a 7 p.m. "Mountain Stage" show Sunday at WVU's Creative Arts Center in Morgantown. Also performing are Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys, Elizabeth Cook, The Quebe Sisters Band and Todd Burge.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on Sunday. Call 304-293-SHOW or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Bluegrass competition

The 26th annual Bill Morris Memorial Bluegrass Band Competition will be held at 7 p.m. June 9 at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton.

Cash prizes of $500, $400 and $300 will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place finishers, respectively, and they also will receive a $50 Route 60 Music gift certificate.

There is a $100 Audience Appreciation prize, as well. Registration fee is $25.

Call Larry or Mary Stephens at 304-743-5749.

Art exhibits at library

The Charleston Public Library, 123 Capitol St., will host two art exhibits this summer. "This Quilt Was Really Fun to Make," featuring works by the Kanawha Valley Quilters Guild and the Moon and Stars Quilters Guild, will be on the first floor and "2012 Design Awards: West Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects" will be on the fourth.

Both run June through August. Call 304-343-4646.

Clay Center free for military

Now through Labor Day, all active-duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families will receive free gallery admission to the Clay Center thanks to the Blue Star Museums program, a partnership between Blue Star Families and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additionally, they will be admitted to planetarium shows for $2 and giant-screen films for $3.

Participants must present a Geneva Convention common-access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.

The discount is valid for up to five immediate family members. Restrictions may apply to special exhibits.

For more information, call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

'Next to Normal' cast

The Charleston Light Opera Guild has cast its FestivALL production, "Next to Normal," which it will stage June 15-16 and 22-23 at the Civic Center Little Theater.

Starring in the Tony Award-winning rock musical are Emily Capece and Ryan Hardiman. Also in the small ensemble cast are Madeline Southall, Scott Jarrell, Matthew Bryant and Tim Whitener. Tickets are $20.

Call 304-343-2287 or email charlestonlightoperaguild@gmail.com.


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