Auditions

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Arts News

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Prepared for August 9, 2000 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All

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To the Editor

Another wonderful season of the Princeton University

Summer Concerts has come to an end. Once again, we have been fortunate

enough to enjoy some of the world’s most talented musicians right

here at home at Richardson Auditorium, without the hassle of travel,

parking, and stress that go with trips to New York venues.

But attending these concerts has its own stresses, which — as

I have been pointing out, in vain, to the concert committee for

several

years — are unnecessary.

Those of us who wish to attend an 8 p.m. concert are compelled to

line up for ticket distribution that begins at 6 p.m. This line forms

by 5:15 p.m. The next line begins to form at 7 for the 7:30 p.m. entry

to the theater. Not everyone is available to begin this process at

5:30 or 6 p.m. — people have jobs, commutes, family

responsibilities.

Has this system has been designed to keep out total segments of

audiences?

It certainly seems that way when you see the sea of gray heads in

the audience — these may be the only people who have the time

that is involved to attend.

There is a much simpler way:

Earlier this year, there were at least two events at Richardson, both

anticipated full houses — the Brentano Quartet concert (which

had some significant competition from other events on campus), and

author Toni Morrison, who filled every seat. For both events, the

door opened 1/2 hour before the event, and people began to line up

just about an hour before the event. They lined up once and entry

was smooth.

Another suggestion (used at an annual film festival I attend in

Colorado):

People line up outside the theater as early as one hour before the

film. An usher then hands out tickets to those in line. When all the

tickets are gone — amen. Once you have your ticket, you may leave

or wait to go inside.

I appreciate that the concert committee is made up of volunteers —

but one would think that they might appreciate some suggestions about

making the process a little easier for concert-goers. Perhaps other

readers will have other suggestions.

Phyllis Spiegel

Editor’s note: The writer is owner of a Plainsboro-based

public relations firm, Phyllis Spiegel Associates.

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Auditions

The Spotlight Players has auditions for its production

of "Little Women" on Saturday, August 19, at 1 p.m., and

Tuesday,

August 22 at 7 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, Route 34 and

Franklin Street, Matawan. Performances take place at the church from

November 4 to 12. Call 732-583-7874.

The Cantabile Chamber Chorale will hold auditions for

singers for the 2000-’01 season at the Presbyterian Church of Bound

Brook throughout the month of August. Positions in all sections are

available for volunteer singers. To schedule an audition or for more

information, call 732-560-7132, extension 2.

The Princeton Girlchoir will hold new member auditions

Monday and Tuesday, August 21 and 22, at Princeton Day School on The

Great Road. The Princeton Girlchoir is a community-based, auditioned

choir for girls who have a commitment to and passion for singing.

The three choirs in the organization consist of the Grace Notes

(grades

3-4), the Semi-Tones (grades 5-6), and the Princeton Girlchoir (grades

7-9). All choirs rehearse on Monday nights at Princeton Day School.

Call the PGC office at 609-688-1888, or e-mail PGChoir@aol.com.

Plays-in-the-Park has an open audition call for adult

actors for "Aladdin" on Saturday, August 26, 4 p.m., in the

Stephen J. Capestro Theater, Roosevelt Park, Edison. Performances

are scheduled for October and November. Call 732-548-2884 or go to

the website: www.playsinthepark.com.

Westminster Conservatory of Music theater program seeks

teen actors, singers, and playwrights to create an original musical

production based on Oscar Wilde’s story, "The Canterville

Ghost."

The program, a two-semester class called "The Play’s the

Thing,"

begins auditions August 28, with dates available to September 8. For

catalog, information, and audition time, call 609-921-7104.

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Call for Entries

The Garden State Watercolor Society is calling for new

entries for its 31st Annual Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will

take place at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton,

October 2 through December 8. Over $5,000 in awards will be given

to the New Jersey resident artists whose entries are selected. Entry

fees are $25, and pieces must be hand delivered to the hospital on

Saturday, August 19, between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon. For

prospectus

send a SASE to Marge Chavooshian, 222 Morningside Drive, Trenton,

08618-4914, or call 609-695-8645.

Educational Testing Service is looking for artists to

join its 2001 corporate art exhibition program. Artists working in

two-dimensions can apply with 10 to 15 representative slides (no

photocopies

or photographs are accepted). Interested artists can call Lisa Tinsman

at 609-734-5621 or 609-734-5910 for application and guidelines, or

contact ETS at www.ets.org.

The Arts Council of Princeton is calling for submissions

for its "Citizen Cake Exhibition" to launch its Fall Festival

of Food and Film on Friday, October 6. All submissions should reflect

the food and film theme of the exhibition. Deadline for submissions

is Saturday, September 23, with submissions accepted through the mail

or in person September 19 through 23. The show will open with a

reception

on Friday, October 6th, from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue through October

20. The entry fee is $10 per item, with a limit of three pieces per

artist. For application and guidelines call 609-924-8777.

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Arts News

Beginning in July, Grounds for Sculpture, an arts center

and 22-acre sculpture park with a contemporary focus, became a public

charitable organization, the Public Art Foundation Inc. It will

now be supported by visitors’ admission fees and annual membership

fees, as well as by arts patrons and foundations. The park and

galleries

of the Domestic Arts Building are now open, year round, Tuesday

through

Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Museum building closes at 4 p.m.

each day. Public tours take place each Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

Adult admission is $4 on Tuesday through Thursday; $7 Friday and

Saturday;

and $10 Sunday. Annual memberships start at $55 for individuals; $45

for seniors and college students. Corporate memberships are also

available.

For membership information call 609-689-1089.

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Program Openings

The American Cancer Society is holding a free Prostate

Awareness Program on Thursday, September 14, at 5 p.m. in the Hamilton

Township Public Library in Mercerville. A panel of doctors will speak

about prostate health, screening, prevention, and treatment.

Pre-registration

is required; call 609-895-0101.

The Bucks County Audubon Society invites 14 to

16-year-olds

to participate in a three day, two night backpacking trip through

the forests of southeastern Pennsylvania. The trip begins Monday,

August 21, at 9 a.m. The focus of this trip will be on low impact

camping and team building. $150. For registration, call 215-297-5880.

The NAMI Mercer NJ announces its Family to Family

Education

Course, a free 12-week course designed specifically for families of

persons with major depression, bi-polar illness, obsessive compulsive

disorder, panic disorder, or schizophrenia. Limited space is available

for classes that start Thursday, September 14, at 7 p.m. in

Lawrenceville.

Preregister at 609-777-9766.

The Cultural Academic Student Exchange is accepting

applications

from families to host an international exchange student, age 15 to

18. Host families provide room and board and include their student

as a member of the family. Families have the support of a local area

representative throughout the exchange. Call 877-846-5848.

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Donations Wanted

HomeFront seeks sponsors and donors to join its

Back-to-School

Drive for homeless kids of Mercer County. This year’s campaign is

chaired by Avery Brooks, best known for his Star-Trek role as Captain

Benjamin Sisko. "Society really wants these kids to do well. But

that’s difficult if they don’t even have shoes. They desperately need

new supplies if they’re to fit in with the other children and have

a chance to succeed both socially and academically," says

HomeFront

executive director Connie Mercer. Last year the program helped 761

children go back to school with new clothes and school supplies.

Contact

Nancy Podeszwa at 609-882-8603.

The Salvation Army is looking for sponsors for this year’s

Reunion Camp for children in foster care or under state supervision

because of family crisis. The primary goal is to unite brothers and

sisters, separated by foster care, for a week of family fun and

sharing.

This year there are 80 children who want to participate. The cost

for the seven-day, six-night camp is $275 per child. Send donations

to The Salvation Army, marked "Reunion Camp," Box 3170, Union,

07083 or call 908-851-8237 for more information.

More than 100 Williams Company employees will participate

in a 2,000-mile seven-day bike ride from New York City to Houston to

raise $5 million for local United Ways. Bikers will leave on Monday,

September 25, and ride through the Princeton area that afternoon.

Contributions are requested, and Williams will match any increases in

donations over last year. Each gift will be recognized as a donation

to Greater Mercer County’s 2000/2001 campaign. To qualify for matching

funds, checks must be received by the day before the ride begins,

September 24. Official sponsors, those who will donate a minimum of

$5,000, can have the company name included on T-shirts and other

promotional materials by signing a commitment by August 28. Those who

donate $2,500 can have the company name on the web site.

Mario DiCocco directs the division of the Williams Company located on

Farber Road. The firm transports natural gas and is a division of

Williams Gas Pipeline Inc.

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Volunteer Alert

The Trenton War Memorial Theater seeks volunteers to join

its usher corps for the upcoming 2000-2001 performance season. Ushers

attend performances free. Duties include ticket-taking, program

distribution,

and seating. Assignments to specific events can become available on

a first-response basis. For more information, call 609-984-8484, menu

#4.

Contact of Mercer County, New Jersey, Inc. is looking

for volunteers to answer phone calls for its 24-hour hotline. A

training

course that teaches volunteers how to help people sort through their

problems will begin on Wednesday, September 20. Classes will be held

at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 45 Paxson Avenue, Hamilton. Call

609-896-2120 or 609-585-2244 for more information.


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