Friday, December 30, 2011

Make your dreams of being an entertainer come true in 2012

Cedar Point auditions 2011.
Have you ever entertained the idea of performing at Cedar Point or auditioning for a local theater production?

Now is the time to do it. 

With the new year just around the corner many community theater groups and summer entertainment venues are lining up talent for their upcoming productions.

Representatives from the Ohio amusement park will hold auditions in Sandusky on the first Friday of the New Year (Jan. 6) for this summer’s entertainment lineup.

What are they looking for?
  • Performers: singers, dancers, singers/dancers and singers/musicans
  • Musicians: electric/acoustic guitar, keyboard, fiddle/mandolin/utility players and drummer/percussionists
  • Technicians: stage managers, audio and light technicians, stage crews, ushers, costume shop personnel and dressers
  • Peanuts characters: costumed characters and escorts
  • Karaoke hosts and DJs
Applicants, who are 18 years of age by May 2012, should limit their audition to 16-32 bars. Consider music that is upbeat and illustrates one’s personality and ability to interact with audience members. A CD or piano will be available but other instruments and amplifiers will not. Those who audition will be asked to submit a one-page resume with references as well. Those who cannot make the auditions can send audio and /or videotape with a resume via snail mail to: Cedar Point Live Entertainment, One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870-5259.
How good is the gig?
Cedar Park itself is known for its entertainment, its live entertainment division having earned more than two dozen Big E awards, presented by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions for excellence in live entertainment. The park has six live show venues and was named the Best Amusement Park in the World for the 14th consecutive year. 
If you land the job, as an employee you will be entitled to free admission to Cedar Point, the Soak City outdoor water park and the park’s sandy beach. Other benefits include low-cost housing for employees who are 18 years old and live more than 30 miles from the park, on-site employee cafeteria, recreation program and extensive employee activity program.
Open auditions at Cedar Point’s Live Entertainment Office will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 6. Registration runs: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The park opens for the season May 12, 2012.
For more information, contact the Live Entertainment Division, 419627-2388, by email at liveshows@cedarpoint.com or online at Cedar Point

Be a part of "Chicago!"

Put on your dancing shoes and grab your hat and cane! Clintondale Community Theater's award-winning troupe will be holding auditions for the smash Broadway musical, "Chicago!

The more time you spend on stage the better. Local theater groups not only provide aspiring singers, dancers and actors with an opportunity to grow but to make new friends in the business (show business that is).

Auditions will be held Jan.9-12 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Clintondale High School Auditorium. The high school is located at 35200 Little Mack, Clinton Township but all those auditioning should enter from the 15 Mile Road entrance across from the Baker College entrance.

Be prepared to dance and sing a selection from the show chosen by the production staff.
Directed by Todd Swanboro, this musical will be presented in the Broadway production format, and costuming will reflect this style of production. For further clarification, please check the internet for previous theatrical productions (not the movie), of costume examples. 

For further information, call 586-791-6301 ext. 2409

Other auditions
Southeast Michigan Youth Theatre auditions for musical “The Secret Garden,” 6 p.m. Jan. 5-6, at Aud Regional Youth Complex, 68931 Main St., Richmond; open to those in kindergarten through 12th grade. Show dates March 9-11 and 16-18. Call 586-430-1039 or email audtheater@gmail.com.

Grosse Pointe Theatre auditions for “Hairspray,” 1-5 p.m. Jan. 28, and 3-7 p.m. Jan. 29, at the rehearsal studio, 315 Fisher Road at Maumee, Grosse Pointe Farms. Performance dates May 6, 9-13 and 17-20, 2012, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Fries Auditorium. GPT also holding dance workshops to help those interested in auditioning, 7-10 p.m. Jan. 10, 17 and 24, at the rehearsal studio. Call 313-886-8901 or visit www. gpt.org.

Check out our list of family-friendly events and activities going on throughout the Detroit area:

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 Avon Players
Avon Players Community Theatre presents the zany musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 13-28, at 1185 Washington Road, Rochester, rated PG-13 for strong language and mature themes and situations and not recommended for children. 
Ticket prices range from $16-$18, and are available at www.avonplayers.org, the box office or (248)608-9077.

Chamber Music Society
Chamber Music Society of Detroit presents the Tokyo String Quartet, 8 p.m. Jan. 7, at the Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 West 13 Mile Road, at the corner of Lahser and 13 Mile roads, Beverly Hills,

Line dance & couples dancing
*Beginner and Beginner Plus Line Dancing Classes, 12:30-2 p.m. Thursdays starting Jan. 5, at the Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Road (off Mound Road between 13 & 14 Mile roads) in Warren, $4 per person, countrycuzzins@wowway.com or call Joe/Penny 586-777-7242.
*Line Dancing Classes, starting Jan. 10, with line dance beginners 7 p.m., line dance easy intermediate 7:40, couples 8:20, at Roseville Rec. Center, 18185 Sycamore, Roseville, $5 per person, for more info, call Rec Ctr at 586-445-5480 or Joe & Penny at 586-777-7242.
*Line & Couples Dancing for Beginner to Intermediate, starting in late January, in Utica, Shelby Township and Clinton Township, Danceduo@wideopenwest.com or 586-286-6002.

Gem Theatre
“All Night Strut Holiday Show,” 8 p.m. through Sunday, also 2 p.m. Dec. 29, 3 p.m. through Dec. 31, at Detroit’s Gem Theatre, 333 Madison Ave. Tickets $39.50-$44.50 at Ticketmaster outlets and Gem box office; visit www.gemtheatre.com or 313-963-9800.

Historical Museum
Detroit Historical Museum offers free admission through Dec. 31; extended hours 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, at 5401 Woodard Ave. at Kirby. Parking: $4. Call 313-833-1805 or visit www.detroithistorical.org. Features include Streets of Old Detroit, Glancy Trains and Detroit Toy Stories. Also, Historical Society’s “Behind the Scenes” series opens 10 a.m. Jan. 14, with Detroit Opera House, same time Jan. 21 at Country Club of Detroit, and Jan. 27, at Joe Louis Arena. For information, call 313-833-1801.


Museum event
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm exhibit “The Rochester Home Town Christmas Parade Celebrates Six Decades of Christmas Joy,” continues through Dec. 30. For information, 248-656-4663 or www.rochesterhills.org.

‘Earthy Treasures’
Pewabic Pottery “Earthy Treasures” holiday show, through Dec. 30, at 10125 E. Jefferson, across from Waterworks Park, Detroit. Call 313-626-2000 or visit www.pewabic.org.

Winter spa
St. Clair Shores F.O.E. Auxiliary No. 3619 hosts Winter Spa Treatment demonstration, 1-3 p.m. Jan. 8, at 23631 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores. Admission $10 includes facial and hand and foot massage; limited seating.
Proceeds to Wigs for Kids. Call 586-775-4665.

Alliance Francaise
King’s Day (“La Fete des Rois”) celebration by Alliance Francaise de Grosse Pointe, 1:30-4 p.m. Jan. 7, at Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Family event includes French film and refreshments. Admission: $9 per person. Email specialevents@afgrossepointe.org.

Historical Society
Greater Clinton Township Historical Society meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 16, at Clinton Macomb Library auditorium, 40900 Romeo Plank Road. Program by James Tottis will be about his book on the history of Detroit’s Guardian Building. Call, 586-286-9173 or clintontwphistory.org.

Stevenson concert
Stevenson High School choir, in conjunction with Davis Junior High choir, presents “Fighting Away the Winter Blues” concert, 7 p.m. Jan. 12, at the high school, 39701 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights. Tickets $5 at the door.

GP Theatre
Grosse Pointe Theatre presents “Jekyll & Hyde,” 2 p.m. Jan. 15, 22, 8 p.m. Jan. 19-22 and 26-28, in Fries Auditorium of Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. For tickets ($24), call 313-881-4004 or www.gpt.org.

Chamber music
Grosse Pointe Chamber Music concert, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 15, in Crystal Ballroom of Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms. Selections by Telemann, Bruch, Poulenc and Schickele. Ticekts $12 at the door, free ages 18 and younger. Call 586-945-6830.

Clothing swap
MacombCountyCafe Yahoo! Group clothing swap, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. third Wednesday quarterly, at the DAV Hall, 47326 Dequindre, Utica. Call 586-739-5267.

Go Comedy!
Shows in December at Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 261 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, www.gocomedy.net, Pj Jacokes at pj@gocomedy.net or 248-327-0575: The “Go Comedy! All Star Showdown,” with hors d’oeuvres, 8 and 10 p.m. Dec. 31, $25 at 8 p.m., $35 at 10 p.m. with a champagne toast and special prize, or $50 for both.

Dog Classic
Michigan Winter Dog Classic show featuring more than 7,000 dogs, noon-6 p.m. Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 20-22, at Suburban Collection in Novi. Hosted by Oakland County and Livonia kennel clubs. Admission $10 adults, $8 ages 7-12, free 6 and younger; $35 family plan includes two adults and three children. Visit www.themichiganwinterdogclassic.com.

Blind bowlers
Macomb Blind Bowlers for visually impaired and/or blind individuals 18 and older, league bowling 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Fraser Star Lanes, northeast corner of 14 Mile and Garfield roads. Fee $10 per week. Call 586-360-9543.

Come out and paint!
Lakeside Palette Club has studio space 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 111 of Adult Education Center on Masonic near Jefferson. Call 586-350-4518 or visit www.lakesidepaletteclub.org.

Senior volunteers
Senior Companion Program of Macomb, sponsored by Catholic Services of Macomb, needs volunteers age 55 and older to provide companionship and support to other area adults. Volunteers must meet income eligibility guidelines and have reliable transportation; benefits include a tax-free stipend for their services. Call 586-756-1435.

Square dancing
Patches Squares dance club hosts beginning square dance lessons, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church of Warren, 5005 Chicago Road. First class (no matter when dancers start) is free, $3 for following sessions. Call 248-613-3169.

Senior club
2nd Horizon Club for ages 60 and older, meets noon Fridays at Mount Clemens Rec Center, 300 Groesbeck, light lunch, cards and socializing. For details, 586-463-7711. No fee to join.

Volunteers needed
Senior Companion Program of Macomb, sponsored by Catholic Services of Macomb, needs volunteers age 55 and older to provide companionship and support to other area adults. Volunteers must meet income eligibility guidelines and have reliable transportation; benefits include a tax-free stipend for their services. Call 586-756-1435.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Macomb needs educational support volunteers in county elementary schools and Head Start programs during 2011-12 school year. Also, opportunities for tutoring adults through Macomb Adult Literacy. For details, contact RSVP of Macomb, (586) 756-1430 or rsvp@csmacomb.org.
Macomb Literary Partners needs volunteers to help adults become better readers; applicants trained to tutor an adult 2 hours per week, with training sessions held on weekends or evenings. Call 586-286-2750.
Detroit Historical Guild seeking volunteers interested in participating in historical activities, including flea markets at Historic Fort Wayne, tea parties, excursions to historic sites, etc. Call 586-777-5898.

Features editor Debbie Komar contributed to this list.

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