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Princeton University has auditions for two new operas on Friday, January 13, at McAlpin rehearsal hall, Room 033, Woolworth Center of Musical Studies, Princeton University Campus. Wear comfortable non-restricting clothes and athletic shoes. Call 917-705-8788 for more information.

“Weakness” needs volunteer actors and movers of all types, genders, and ages to perform as a non-singing chorus in a 45-minute chamber opera that will be presented as part of the One-Act Opera Project at Berlind Theater on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31. The chorus will perform unison speaking, pedestrian movement, and play simple, hand-held percussion instruments. “Weakness,” composed by Barbara White, conducted by Michael Pratt, choreographed by Kate Weare, and directed by Mark DeChiazza, is the retelling of a Celtic myth about a collision between the human and spirit realms. It features a solo singer and two dancers. Audition is at 5:30 p.m.

“Off Court,” a 10-minute micro-chamber opera, will also be presented in the One-Act Opera Project. There are two solo mezzo-soprano parts and a small mixed chorus of male and female voices. All choral parts are soloistic, although the chorus will include a few performers who are primarily actors. All types, genders, and ages welcome. The production, set in a highbrow tennis club, is composed by James Chu ’13 with libretto by Lily Akerman ’13. The production is directed by Mark DeChiazza. The audition will be at 8 p.m.

Kelsey Theater has auditions for “Hairspray” on Wednesday and Thursday, January 25 and 26, 6 to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, January 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. Must be 18 or older to audition. Be prepared to sing more than one selection featuring 16 bars of an up-tempo or contemporary Broadway song focusing on the character you want to play. Do not sing a song from “Hairspray.” Be prepared for a one hour dance audition. The role of Edna Turnblad has been pre-cast. You must be available for callback on Sunday, January 29, from 6 to 11 p.m. Rehearsals will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:30 to 11 p.m. beginning January 30. The show opens Friday, April 13. Contact Tracy Antozzeski at jtmf@verizon.net for appointment or more information.

Somerset Valley Players has auditions for “Clue: The Musical” on Sunday and Monday, January 29 and 30, at 7 p.m., at 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. The show opens Friday, April 20. Needed are four to five men and three to four females, all ages late 20s and up. Be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song of your own choosing. Accompanist will be provided. There will also be light dancing. Readings will be from the script with some improv exercises. Visit www.svptheatre.org or call 908-369-7469 for information.

For the Young

Sharim v-Sharot has its sixth annual young people’s Jewish song writing contest for ages 8 to 17 and young amateur adults ages 18 to 24. The first prize winner in each age category receives $72. Songs are judged by Jewish music educators, musicians, rabbis, cantors, and teachers of Jewish education. Winning songs may be performed by the choir. This year’s theme is “Jerusalem.” Visit sharimvsharot.com for details, guidelines, and information. All submissions must be postmarked by Friday, March 23.

Sarah Mook Memorial Poetry Contest calls for poems of any length, on any subject, in any style. Poems should be typed. The student’s name, address, grade level, and school should appear on a cover sheet separate from the poem. Each entry should be sent with an optional donation of $5 payable to Sarah Mook Outreach Fund. Donations benefit Smile Train, an organization providing free surgery for children who have cleft palates in developing countries. Send to Sarah Mook Poetry Prize, Box 20, Lahaska, PA 18931.

Wellness Program

Elixir Fund offers “Bridges to Wellness,” a four-week interactive introduction to complementary therapies that help reduce stress and manage common issues such as pain, sleeplessness, and nausea, as well as promote overall wellness for people with cancer. Learn about and experience meditation, yoga, acupressure, and massage. The session begins Wednesday, February 8, at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, from 7 to 8 p.m., or Thursday, February 16, from noon to 1 p.m., at Capital Health, 1445 White-Horse Mercerville Road, Hamilton. $40 fee for the entire series, or $12 per session for drop-ins. All supplies included. Registration required. Call 800-494-9228 or visit www.elixirfund.org for information.

Flea Market

Princeton YWCA offers tables at its annual Super Bowl Sunday Flea Market, on Sunday, February 5, in Princeton, for $18 each. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Set up at 9 a.m. Table holders keep all proceeds from their sale. Admission fee to the market is $2 and all proceeds benefit Princeton YWCA Child Care Center. To reserve a table send $18 to Nancy Depke, 11 Lexington Court, Princeton 08540. Call 609-419-0191 or E-mail Ndepke76@yahoo.com.

For Young Women

Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area offers free family planning services to uninsured women 18 years and younger at its Hamilton health center. The program is available until Tuesday, February 14. Visit www.plannedparenthood.org/mercer for more information and to make an appointment.

Scholarship

CURE Auto Insurance and 94.5 PST invite young adults to apply for the seventh annual Pay It Forward scholarship award. Nominations are being accepted for young adults who have performed unselfish acts, compassionate works, or community action. Submit nominees by describing unselfish acts, compassionate works, or community action of their nominee to scholarship@wpst.com. Deadline is Sunday, January 29.

Good Causes

Trenton Books at Home Program distributes books to children in Trenton. Book donations, which will be converted to store credit for kids and adult books, can be made by bringing books to Classics Used and Rare Books, 117 South Warren, Trenton, and identifying them as books for the program. Monetary donations may be made by bringing checks or money orders to Classics, payable to Children’s Futures with Classics Books at Home Program in the memo line. For more information E-mail Eric at book_cellar@mindspring.com or visit www.classicsusedbooks.com.

Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness seeks volunteers for Project Homeless Connect, a project designed to provide housing referrals, support services, a haircut, and more in a one-stop format for people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers are needed to help set-up, serve food, distribute items, and more. Donations needed include new socks, underwear, hats, gloves, sneakers, boots, jeans, sweaters, coats, shirts, flashlights, reading glasses, and personal care items. Drop off on Friday, January 13 and Monday, January 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3131 Princeton Pike, Building 4, Suite 113, Lawrenceville. Come to the door on the left. Volunteer training is Thursday, January 12 at noon. E-mail ttruitt@merceralliance.org or call 609-844-1008.

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