McCarter Theater presents a reimagined version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The production will include a community ensemble of 50 local actors who will bring the story to life alongside a company of professional performers.

This diverse group will fill the streets of London, dance with the Fezziwigs, carol at Scrooge’s doorstep, and bring Christmas cheer to the theater. McCarter is searching for a wide cross-section of the diverse and talented community that surrounds us, creating opportunities for performers of all ages, genders, physical abilities, races, and levels of experience to become a part of the production.

McCarter staff will introduce team members, talk about the auditions, play theater games, and answer questions at every casting session. Auditions will be Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m., at Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy Street, Trenton; Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m., ARC Mercer, 180 Ewingville Road, Ewing; Friday, March 18, 7 p.m., Villagers Theater, 12 Rues Lane, East Brunswick; Wednesday, March 30, 6 p.m., HomeFront Family Campus, 101 Celia Way, Ewing; Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m., Hightstown Library, 114 Franklin Street, Hightstown; Tuesday, April 5, 7 p.m. Hollowbrook Library, Ewing Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing. Visit www.­mccarter.­org for information.

Yardley Players has auditions for “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka” on Sunday, March 20, from noon to 5 p.m.; and Monday, March 21, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Performances are weekends, July 1 to 10. Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be at Mercer Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. E-mail directorkristydavis@gmail.­com to schedule an appointment. Include your name, age, role desired, and preferred audition day.

Prepare a song from the show or in the style of the show and be ready to participate in a group dance audition, as well as readings from the script. Download the audition form on yardleyplayers.­com and bring it to auditions with a recent picture and resume.

Community Theater

Playhouse 22 seeks stage managers, set designers, builders, and costumers. Send E-mail to and include a theater resume and your contact information. Interviews will be scheduled in April.

Film Production

Princeton Community Television’s Community Partners Project teaches documentary video and new media skills to non-profit organizations throughout the Princeton area. The free program partners the non-profits with local professional filmmakers while Princeton TV provides all the instruction, technical assistance, equipment, and other production services needed to complete a documentary. Applications for the 2016 Community Partners Project are invited. Deadline is Monday, April 18. Visit www.­princetontv.­org for information.

Princeton Theological Seminary invites students of Princeton University, Westminster Choir College, and Princeton Seminary, as well as members of Princeton Community Television, to enter a filmmaking competition on themes of moral and spiritual perspectives in conjunction with its upcoming faith and film festival later this year. The short films should address any two aspects of the festival’s theme, which are “faith, hope, and violence.” They may be in any genre, run to a maximum of 12 minutes, and be submitted on DVD.

The deadline to register for the competition is Saturday, March 5. Completed films must be submitted by Thursday, June 30. There is an entry fee of $50 ($25 for members of Princeton Community Television). All entrants will have access to Princeton Community Television advice and facilities, including cameras. The winner will be chosen from up to five winning movies, which will be screened at the closing event of the festival Thursday to Sunday, October 20 to 23. Visit ptsfilmfest.­com for information.

Volunteer Please

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Mercer County is seeking new volunteers. The non-profit organization recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers who speak up in family court for the best interests of Mercer County children that have been removed from their families due to abuse and/or neglect and placed in the foster care system. The volunteers advocate for the educational, emotional, and physical well-being of these children. Upcoming one hour information sessions are Wednesday, March 2, at 10 a.m.; and Monday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m. at 1450 Parkside Avenue, Suite 22, Ewing. Visit www.­casamercer.­org, E-mail jduffy@casamercer.­org, or call 609-434-0050 for information.

Call for Art

Princeton Photography Club is accepting submissions for a juried exhibit of mixed media to be on display at Lakefront Gallery, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, June 25 through September 15. Juried awards totaling $400 will be presented at the opening reception on Thursday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. Any artwork able to hang on a gallery wall will be considered.

Visit princetonphotoclub.­org/LakefrontGallery.html for information on how to send entries by CD, DVD, Dropbox, and more. Deadline is Monday, May 23. Artwork must be hand delivered on Friday or Saturday, June 24 or June 25. Contact Sheila Geisler at 732-422-3676 for information.

Lawrence Library seeks entries for its seventh annual Trashed Art contest to celebrate Earth Day by turning ordinary trash into art. Open to students in grades 7 to 12 and adults who reside in Mercer County. Entries must be delivered to 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, from Monday, March 21, to Friday, April 1.

All accepted art entries will be displayed during April. Entries will be judged before the reception on Saturday, April 23, and winners will be notified by phone or E-mail. Awards will be given for first, second, and third place in both the adult and student categories. Visit www.­mcl.­org for an entry form, call 609-989-6920 or E-mail lawprogs@mcl.­org for information.

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