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In Short: Aug. 2-8, 2012

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'Animal Farm' auditionsThe Charleston Stage Company will hold auditions for its production of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Aug. 9-10 at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. The performance will incorporate music, masks, puppetry and miming.Roles are available for a young child and a minimum of 10 men and three women, as well as ensemble performers, all ages 17 and up. Actors should prepare a song.Show dates are Oct. 18-20 and 27-30. Call 304-766-5721 or visit Glass festivalBlenko's annual Festival of Glass is Friday and Saturday in Milton. Activities include glass-blowing demonstrations, signing events with the Blenko family and guided tours (9 and 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. daily). Craft classes are offered for mosaic nightlights, glass flowers, paperweights, candy dishes and more.Attendees will receive a free commemorative medallion, while supplies last. On Saturday, limited-edition pieces, including a mini water bottle and swirl apple, will go on sale at 8 a.m., limited to one piece per style per person.Call 877-425-3656 for class costs or to register. Visit artist reception A free reception for Rob Cleland, the artist behind the Fayetteville Arts Coalition's first mural, begins at 6 p.m. Friday at 103 Keller Ave. (above the Secret Sandwich Society). Cleland will be drawing caricatures, and Brittany Rhodes will do face painting.Other artists present will be Paul Corbit Brown, Ginger Danz, Stephanie Diaz, Tara Fowler, Meredith Gregg, Ron Hall, Tracy Martin, Sara Miller, Rick Rio, Tandi Stephens, Mike Turner, Shea Wells and Julie Wingard.Call Wells at 304-541-9276 or visit'The Voice' auditions On Saturday, The Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta, Ohio, will record auditions to submit to the producers of NBC's "The Voice." The number of entrants is capped at 70, and advance registration is required. Auditions begin at 11 a.m.; participants will be notified then of approximately when they will perform.All entries will be submitted; however, one participant will be chosen as the official "Voice Video Submission" and given a front-of-the-line pass to the open call in Los Angeles on Aug. 11-12. He or she must pay travel expenses to the call.
The Adelphia is located adjacent to the Galley Restaurant. Visit for full rules and application form. Email with questions.Arts socialThe Arts Council of Kanawha County is holding an arts social from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Valley Park, shelter No. 2, in Hurricane. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided; attendees should bring a covered dish, snack or beverage.Valley Park has mini golf, tennis, volleyball, hiking and fishing. Admission to Waves of Fun is half price, beginning at 4 p.m.Call 304-807-2787 or visit
'Evil Dead The Musical' auditions
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 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 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 schoolThe 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'Nutcracker' auditionsOn 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 industry seminarWest 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
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