Like musicals but can’t carry a tune? Chickasaw Civic Theatre (CCT) has a play just for you. “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” pokes fun at musicals without becoming one itself. The whodunit is populated by producers, writers, actors, dancers and other show folk who watch bodies accumulate in a manor riddled with hidden passageways.

Auditions will be held at CCT (801 Iroquois St., Chickasaw) on Wednesday, Jan. 9, and Thursday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. each evening. No preparation is necessary.

Needed are five females in their 20s to 60s and five males in the same age range.

Show dates are March 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

For more information on the roles, go to or CCT’s Facebook page.

Film scramble meet-up

It’s been eight years since Mobile Bay Film Scramble challenged local DIY filmmakers to marshal talents in a short time frame, then submit results for public review and competition. Still at it, a new opportunity comes when the next sign-up commences Friday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. at Satori Coffee House (5460 Old Shell Road).

Guidelines may be technical, thematic and/or based on a required prop, character name or dialogue. The films are usually 5–10 minutes in duration. Details of each scramble, including deadline for entry submission, are announced at each sign-up event.

The resulting entries for each Film Scramble will be screened as a late night short film festival at the Crescent Theater (208 Dauphin St.).

For further details, go to Mobile Bay Film Scramble’s Facebook page.

Art After Hours open for hosting

The Mobile Arts Council (MAC) recently strengthened Mobile’s arts community when they renewed Art After Hours. Each event — held every other month — convenes at a different locale where participants sip, gnosh and network, trading ideas and tying together the strands of our community fabric.

It might be at a museum, then a gallery the next time, then a musical venue the next. There’s no shortage of possibilities.

They’re looking for interested hosts to fill out the 2019 schedule. If you want to get involved, contact MAC Programs Director Lucy Gafford at 251-432-9796 or email

Guest musical artists at Laidlaw

Cellist Moises Molina, pianist Po-Chuan Chiang and clarinetist John Craig Barker will present a guest artist chamber music recital on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the University of South Alabama Laidlaw Performing Arts Center (5751 USA Drive S.). The program will feature Brahms’ Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, along with works by Barber and Piazzola.

This Department of Music event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event or availability of special accommodation, call 251-460-7116 or 251-460-6136.