July 15--The Mount Dora Music Festival, a nonprofit organization that presents a variety of free and paid performances, seminars and educational workshops, recently launched a drive to raise money to provide five $500 scholarships, which will be awarded to five Lake County high school music students during the festival set for Feb. 20-23.
To qualify, students must compete in a teen music talent contest during the 17th annual music festival. Ten finalists will perform on a stage before a live audience. Contestants will be paired with a local professional musician or vocal coach, who will mentor and give them guidance for their performance.
For the past three years, MDMF has awarded only one $500 music scholarship. This year the organization expanded its scholarship program.
MDMF is working with United Arts of Central Florida's Power2Give, an online fundraising program which allows arts, science and history groups to request donations for specific projects.
For each dollar contributed to the MDMF project, Bank of America will match 50 cents.
To make a donation, visit power2give.org/centralflorida/projects and select Mount Dora Music Festival under "choose organization." The deadline is Aug. 12.
For more information, call Nancy Howell, the festival's executive director, at 352-383-2627 or visit mountdoramusicfest.com
--The Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse will present the Lionel Bart musical "Oliver!," which opens Friday at the theater, 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora.
The play, an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic "Oliver Twist," is about the trials and tribulations of an orphan boy in 19th-century London. It is filled with well-known songs, including "I'd Do Anything," "Food, Glorious Food" and "Consider Yourself."
The live stage band will be led by Justin Ward Weber.
The play will be presented through Aug. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Friday, July 26 and Aug. 2 and 3; and 2 p.m. Sundays and Saturday and July 27.
Tickets, from $10 to $20, are available at the box office between 1 and 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays or online at icehousetheatre.com.
For more information, visit icehouse theatre.com.
--The Ocala Civic Theatre will have auditions for its youth production of Disney's award-winning musical "Aladdin Jr." at 9 a.m. Saturday at the theater in the Appleton Cultural Center, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
The play is based on familiar Arabian Nights episodes. The title character is an orphan boy who, with the help of a genie from a magic lamp, wins the hand of Princess Jasmine, the sultan's daughter. The production includes the numbers "A Whole New World" (Aladdin's theme) and "A Friend Like Me."
Auditions are open to youths ages 8 to 15. No experience is required. Participants should prepare a short song.
There will be a two-week performance camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays beginning Aug. 5. Tuition is $250.
Camp ends with three performances -- 7 p.m. Aug. 16 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students.
Details: Kirstin Kennedy, director of education, 352-236-2851, Ext. 107.
--Caponi's Cannolis School of the Arts in conjunction with the Minneola Recreation Department will present "Into the Woods, Jr.," a children's version of the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical, at 7 p.m. July 26 in the Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church, 715 W. Juniata St., downtown Clermont.
The show depicts the story of a baker and his wife who try to undo a witch's spell. Along the way, audiences will see favorite fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel come to life.
Donations will be accepted. A concession will be available.
Details: caponimusic.com or call 407-319-3992.
Classical guitar classes
Mateo, a classical guitarist, is offering guitar classes at MindaMusic Store, 2633 State Road 19, in the Lake Warehouse Plaza, Tavares.
MindaMusic will offer Meet the Teacher Master Class for Mateo on Saturday and July 27 from noon to 1 p.m. for beginners and 1 to 2 p.m. for intermediate/advance. Cost is $25 per person for each class. Students will have some one-on-one time with Mateo during the sessions.
Participants must bring their guitar. Guitar rentals are available at MindaMusic.
Space is limited. Registration is required by calling 352-508-5091.
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