Theatre Albany has second audition round

ALBANY -- Theatre Albany will conduct a second round of auditions for the musical "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Auditions will be held at the theater at 514 Pine Ave.

Director Mark Costello, Musical Director Gary Unger and Choreographer Judy Dabbs are looking to cast adult males and females for the production. Roles include Huck, Jim, Pap, the Widow Douglas, the Duke, the King, Judge Thatcher and Mary Jane. Those who audition should prepare a song to sing (something that shows off the voice) and bring the sheet music (an accompanist will be provided) or CD/cassette tape. Rehearsals are set to begin in April with performances scheduled for May 21-June 5.

Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. The Tony Award winning musical of Twain's timeless classic sweeps the audeince down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming. Contact the theater at (229) 439-7193.

ASU to host Opera Theater Workshop

ALBANY -- The Albany State University Fine Arts Department and Lyceum will present an Opera Theater Workshop, Taking Opera to the Schools, "Drama of Operatic Proportion," today in the ACAD auditorium. The program, featuring two performances for Dougherty and Lee County fifth graders, will present dramatic scenes from the world's most beloved operas.

The first show will begin at 9 a.m. The second performance will begin after a brief intermission at 10:45 a.m. Both performances are free to the public.

Contact the ASU Fine Arts Department at (229) 430-4849.

Radio personality comes to Albany State

ALBANY -- Radio personality Michael Baisden, heard daily on Cumulus radio station 101.7 FM, will host a town hall meeting as a part on his 75 City Tour and One Million Mentors Campaign on 7 p.m. today in the ACAD Auditorium at Albany State University.

The town hall meeting will feature panelists representing mentoring organizations as well as Greek letter organizations with mentoring programs. Baisden will broadcast live from the studios of WASU 92.7, ASU's student radio station 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Albany State University's Center for the African-American Male and Cumulus Broadcasting Co. are sponsoring the event. Contact (229) 430-1911.

Chorale schedules final performance of season

ALBANY -- The Albany Chorale has announced its final concert of the 2009-10 concert season, "I Remember Love," for April 10 at Theatre Albany, 514 Pine Ave. The event opens at 7 p.m. with a silent auction, including hors d'oeuvres and beverages, followed at 8 p.m. with the concert on the main stage.

"The theme of this concert is the many aspects of love. We will take you on the journey of finding love, losing love, restoring love and living happily ever after," Artistic Director Keith Walker said.

The music selections are taken from recent Broadway shows "Curtains," "The Drowsy Chaperone" and "The Glorious Ones." In addition to the selections from the Great White Way, Chorale members will also present popular standards recorded by Frank Sinatra, the Judds, Michael Buble, Ricky Martin, Etta James, Peggy Lee and Freddie Mercury.

The program will feature dancers from the Darton College Dance Department and Darton College Dancing Cavaliers under the direction of Jennifer DeBritton with performance by Crystal Barber, Haley Canady, DuBois Crockrom, Kelly Glass, Jaleesa Griner, Shatiabricha Knighton, and Megan Weeks.

The program is recommended for audiences aged 13 and older. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door, or in advance from any Chorale member. Tickets are $25 for general admission. Contact (229) 317-6854 or (229) 347-0112, or visit the Web site

Fundraiser dinner benefits cancer

ALBANY -- Members of an Albany church's Sunday school class are remembering one of their own with a fundraising dinner that will benefit the American Cancer Society.

"Spaghetti for Sabrina!" is being conducted at 6 p.m. Sunday by the Journey Sunday school class at Porterfield United Methodist Church in memory of the late Sabrina Powell, who was a member of the class. Tickets for the dinner are $10 each and the event will take place in the church's fellowship hall.

Lon McNeil, a member of the class, said the money raised by the dinner will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Contact (229) 291-5559.

Rec department plans an egg-citing Saturday

ALBANY -- The Albany Recreation and Parks Department is inviting the community to hop on down to Tift Park for an Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday.

The annual two-hour event gets under way at 10 a.m. at Tift Park, located at North Monroe Street and Fifth Avenue.

The Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance at the free, family-friendly event. Children 10 years and younger are encouraged to bring their Easter baskets and participate in an egg hunt in the park. There will also be arts, crafts and games.

All participating children must be accompanied by an adult.

For information, contact Kristin Caso at (229) 430-5222.