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November 23, 2014

Artists in Action 3 entertaining reasons to summer in Calhoun County

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Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014 10:46 pm | Updated: 11:47 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

No time to take a summer vacation?

Then, take a “staycation” right here in Calhoun County — at least for July — and look forward to three events:

• CAST’s Randy Awards, a finale to the past CAST season that builds excitement for the 2014-2015 line-up

• The newly-organized Oxford Community Chorus meets July 15 for its first rehearsal

• Auditions for Gadsden’s CharACTers Theatre’s “The Wizard of Oz” are not to be missed; landing a role can lead to a thrilling summer for teens and adults. The musical will include special theatrical flying effects by ZFX Flying.   

A grace note for community

The new Oxford Community Chorus is off to a good, sound start after a successful organizational meeting June 24. Fifty singers committed to being in the chorus, although more altos are needed, as well as men of all vocal ranges. The plan is to have two concerts a year. Director Susan McCall is now selecting songs for the group, which is sponsored by the Oxford Arts Council.

Rehearsals will be at the Oxford Performing Arts Center and the first rehearsal will be July 15 at 7 p.m. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

The envelope, please . . . Randy Awards July 17

CAST Theatre celebrates two milestones at its ninth annual Randy Awards July 17: It honors dedicated volunteers and officially opens its headquarters in the old Water Works building on West 11th Street in downtown Anniston.

The community is invited to begin the evening with a tour through the headquarters — accompanied by a glass of wine — from 6-6:45 p.m., then meet at Classic on Noble for a silent auction, dinner, awards and entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. Mayor Vaughn Stewart will be Master of Ceremonies.

Award presentations based on the Tony Awards have become a tradition with CAST. The annual event pays tribute to Randy Hall, the late Anniston playwright, Anniston Star journalist and founder of CAST.

The nominations will be read, the tension builds, then gleaming statuettes bearing the comedy and tragedy masks will be given to recipients. Film vignettes of the previous season’s productions, compiled by Glenn Davenport and Jacquie Tessen, will provide entertainment. There will also be performances by singers Steve Campbell, Lisa Wade and CAST Kidz.

However, everyone involved will take a bow that evening — both audiences and players are appreciated. In community theater, those on hand learn quickly to support the effort by moving heavy set pieces in quick scene changes, painting, selling ads, sewing, sawing wood and more.

Jean Ann Oglesby, who heads the awards committee, stresses that everyone — not only those involved with CAST — is cordially invited to come. Tickets are $25 each. For reservations, mail checks as soon as possible to CAST, Box 185, Anniston, AL 36202. For more information, call Oglesby at 256-237-8986.

‘Wizard of Oz’ auditions July 17-19

The upcoming production by Gadsden’s CharACTers Theatre will be technically complex, but the familiar story of Dorothy, Toto, the Lion, the Scarecrow and the Wicked Witch will not change. Ages 12 and up are invited to try out for singing and non-singing roles at 6 p.m. July 17-18 and 2:30 p.m. July 19 at CAFA/Arrow Graphics on Highway 77 next to the “Big Twisted Rainbow” in Rainbow City. If trying out for a singing part, prepare to sing a song. Singers may bring a CD (instrumental only), or supply their own pianist.

Auditions for Munchkin roles will be held in August, date to be announced.

Directed by Cody Carlton, the performances will be staged Oct. 10-19 at Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center in Gadsden. For more information contact Carlton at cody@actorsentertainment.com.

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