Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave., Fairhope) is staging “The Putnam County Spelling Bee” as its last show of the 2017 season. It will run the last three weekends in October, and they need actors. Auditions will be held Monday, July 31, and Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. for a show described as “both charming and funny.”

Singers and actors of all ages and ethnicities who can portray adults or “the essence of middle school-aged contestants” are welcome. Callbacks will be Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Come prepared with 16 bars of any song that best shows off your voice and range — even if it’s 16 bars from the middle of a song. An accompanist will be provided. Those called back will receive a piece of music from the show to prepare. A light dance routine will be taught at the callback.

For more information, contact production manager Chris Francendese at

Air Force author at Learning Lunch
Author and historian Robert Kane will be the featured speaker for the Wednesday, Aug. 9, noontime Learning Lunch at the History Museum of Mobile (111 S. Royal St.). Kane will discuss his book “So Far From Home: Royal Air Force and Free French Air Force Flight Training at Maxwell and Gunter Fields During World War II” and the role these Alabama airfields served in that global fight.

Kane serves as chief historian for Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. He is a 27-year Air Force veteran and holds master’s and doctorate degrees in European history. He also teaches part-time at Troy University and West Virginia’s American Military University.

Guests are invited to bring a lunch to the free presentation. For more information, call Curator of Education Jennifer Theeck at 251-301-0270 or email

“Little Mermaid” swims ashore
Nappie Award-winning Chickasaw Civic Theatre (801 Iroquois St.) is set to present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” for an Aug. 4-20 run under the direction of University of Alabama college student Jacob Rowe. He serves as director and choreographer of the musical, which utilizes a production crew of 27 and a cast of 30.

CCT wrote Lagniappe to let us know the particulars. Dance numbers? “Incredible.” Music? “Gorgeous.” Sets? “Phenomenal.” They also said the implementation of state-of-the-art projectors and lighting are groundbreaking for the market.

The first weekend of shows and all Sunday matinees have already sold out. Tickets remain for Aug. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. Two new Saturday matinees for Aug. 12 and 19 have been added.

Evening curtain is 7:30 p.m. Matinees are at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $18.75, $15.75 for students/military/seniors.

For more information, call 251-457-8887 or go to