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Arts briefs: Auditions for 'Motown,' symphony venue change, Shift the Climate fest

November 6, 2013

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Nov. 06--"Motown: The Musical" has been running on Broadway for eight months. Now director Charles Randolph-Wright -- who's a York County native -- will come through the South to hold an open casting call for actors who want to step into the Broadway show or upcoming national tour.

He's looking for African-American men and women, ages 20s to 40s, and an African-American boy age 8 to 13 to play the young Michael Jackson/Berry Gordy/Stevie Wonder. You don't need prior theater experience, though you need a terrific singing voice. All ranges are needed, from soprano to bass.

The auditions will run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. (Sign-in begins at 10 a.m.) Bring sheet music for a Motown song of your choice that shows your vocal range, plus a picture and resume with contact information (cell phone and email address) stapled together. If you don't have a formal headshot, a recent snapshot is fine. An accompanist will be provided for you.

Details: www.motownthemusical.com/casting.

Symphony change tonight

This is the week when the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, bumped from Belk Theater by the run of "Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty," goes into Knight Theater for its first round of Classics Concerts. The Friday and Saturday shows are sold out. You can still get tickets for Thursday's show:

Friday and Saturday's concerts start at 8 p.m., as usual, but Thursday's show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Thursday concert are $35 each and are general admission only. The program consists of Butterworth's "Banks of Green Willow," Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 (with Irish soloist Finghin Collins) and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6. Details: www.blumenthalarts.org.

Shift the Climate festival

The Shift The Climate Fall Festival runs Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Area 15, 15th Street at North Davidson Street. It's an evening of live music, local beer, film, artists and environmentalism. Details: www.ShiftTheClimate.org/Fall-Festival.

The festival will be held outdoors, and a group bike ride to get to it will start at Eco-Licious at 4:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to watch bands and see the film "Shift the Climate," which features communities and people affected by climate change across the country. (Dogs are welcome, too.)

Local food vendors and food trucks will be on hand. Name your price for tickets, though a $5 donation is suggested. All proceeds will benefit the new non-profit Shift The Climate, whose mission is to promote a climate-conscious culture through community engagement and art. It was founded by the brother/sister duo, Sam and Kate Fulbright. Contact them at Sam@ShiftTheClimate.org.

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