Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave., Fairhope) will hold auditions for Theresa Rebeck’s 2012 play “Dead Accounts,” a production with a small cast involving family drama and high-stakes crime. Performance dates are July 12 – 28.
Director Robin Page is looking for two men and two women to play characters in their 30s and one woman in her 50s or 60s. Auditions will involve cold readings from the script.
Audition dates are May 12, 7 p.m. and May 13, 6:30 p.m. If needed, callbacks are May 15, 6:30 p.m.
No experience is necessary.
For further details, go to theatre98.org.
MSO closes season with a bang
The Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is ready to draw the curtain on the current season with typical showbiz flair by going out on a high note. For that level of sweeping drama they’re looking in one place: Russia.
The Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.) shows – Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m. – feature a pair of popular hits from the land of czars: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
The second of those features Ukraine-born pianist Vadym Kholodenko, who won the gold medal at the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition, a monumental feat. His performance was described as “mesmerizing and exhilarating” and the crowd shot to their feet in boisterous acclaim afterward. His reputation has only climbed as Kholodenko’s recent performance of Tchaikovsky with the Philadelphia Orchestra was lauded for “absorbing melodic shading” and “glittering passage work” in the Philadelphia Enquirer.
“It’s no secret our Mobile Symphony musicians enjoy this kind of music in the extreme; it’s an opportunity to express ourselves fully and deeply,” MSO Music Director Scott Speck said in a release. “This is our red meat!”
Jennifer Higdon’s single-movement “blue cathedral” will open the concert. She composed the piece in 1999 as a catharsis for the 1998 death of her brother, Andrew Blue.
“I found myself pondering what makes a life … the amazing journeys we all make, crossing paths with so many individuals singularly and collectively, learning and growing each step of the way,” Higdon said in 2000. “This piece represents … our inner travels and the places our souls carry us, the lessons we learn, and the growth we experience.”
Higdon’s piece is made possible by MSO’s new Symphonic Innovations Fund.
Tickets are $15 – $80 and can be purchased by phone at 251-432-2010, online at mobilesymphony.org or at the MSO box office (257 Dauphin St.). Student tickets are $10. Through the MSO Big Red Ticket program, students in grades K – 12 can attend the Sunday performance free when accompanied by a paying adult.
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