Life isn’t a clearly delineated series of scenes but rather moments that flow one to the next. Theater attendees can ride the seamless vignettes that together make up the play “Passengers” at South Baldwin Community Theater (2002 W. 2nd St., Gulf Shores) when it runs through mid-September.
The play by Sam Bodrick follows a series of characters through eight sketches in a bus station. The revelatory and complex discussions embellish profound themes with comedic relief, orbiting life and death, love and loss.
Performances are Sept. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday curtain is at 2 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased online at sbct.biz or call the box office, 251-968-6721.
Opera youth program auditions
The Madame Rose Palmai Tenser Young Artist Program provides area college and university students opportunities for experience and professional knowledge from a working company. Auditions through Mobile Opera are free and selection is made by Mobile Opera’s general director, chorus master and education director.
Youth program students fill various roles, in the chorus and generally under the tutelage of professional singers and designers. They also perform in gala and recital settings, in educational venues and are expected to aid in various Mobile Opera programs consistent with their academic schedules.
Mobile Opera provides cash scholarships to participants worth $250 per semester. Two to four students are to be selected for the program, one of whom is designated the Susan B. Gardberg Scholar and another as the Mobile Opera Workshop Scholar.
Previous participants include baritone Andre Chiang, who earned a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, then went to a residence with the Portland (Oregon) Opera. Chiang now balances professional performance with his teaching at the University of South Alabama.
Bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee was a winner of the 2016 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, the Zarzuela prize at Operalia 2016 and the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and is entering his final season as a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist at Los Angeles Opera. He makes his Metropolitan Opera debut later this year.
Auditions will be held Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m. at Larkins Music Center (257 Dauphin St.). They are open to all college music students in the Mobile area.
Prepare two arias, art songs or classical pieces demonstrating vocal technique and talent. You must register by calling Mobile Opera at 251-432-6772.
Baldwin Pops season starts Sept. 6
The 20th season for the Baldwin Pops starts with new rehearsals on Sept. 6, 7 p.m. at the Fairhope Civic Center (161 N. Section St.). Musicians interested in joining are invited to arrive with their instrument at least 15 minutes early. Participants should be able to read band literature at a high school level.
A special 20th anniversary event will be a Veterans Day Concert with the Mobile Pops at USS Alabama Battleship Park. Founding director Joe Riemer will be honored.
The band typically plays 10 or more concerts annually, starting with Fairhope’s October Founders Day concert and running through to the Fourth of July. All concerts are free and family friendly.
More information can be found at baldwinpopsband.com, by searching for Baldwin Pops Band on Facebook or by calling 251-987-5757.
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