Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Around Town

Pumpkin Chuckin’ comes to the valley
    After the Halloween celebrations have passed and if the orange gourd has seen its best days, consider taking it over to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden on Saturday, Nov. 3, for a “Pumpkin Chuckin.”
    From noon to 3 p.m. at the garden south of Ketchum at the Gimlet turnoff, enjoy chili and cornbread prepared by local chefs, a harvest-colored brew and face painting while watching pumpkins catapulted across the garden.
    Prizes will be given for Best Jack-o-Lantern, Best Splatter, Best Distance Shot, Accuracy and Best Catapult.
    Folks can use the catapult on site or bring their own—try your hand at chuckin’, two tries for $5.

Wood River Community Orchestra to perform
    The Wood River Community Orchestra, under the direction of Brad Hershey, is performing its fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center of the Community Campus in Hailey.  
    This fall concert will feature oboist Paul Hartl playing Handel’s “Concerto No. 1 for Oboe and String Orchestra.”
    For the past 17 years, Hartl has been a teacher at the Community School, where he now teaches physics, astronomy and geology.  He and his wife, Valerie, moved to Hailey after Paul completed his Ph.D. in geological sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego in 1996.
    His love for music goes back to the eighth grade when he began playing the oboe. He has played with the Seattle Youth Symphony, the orchestras and wind ensembles of Western Washington University and the University of Washington, and the U.C. Davis Orchestra, and was principal oboist of the University of California San Diego/La Jolla Civic Orchestra from 1989-1996.
    The orchestra’s repertoire will include Themes from “Scheherazade” and selections from “Hello Dolly.”
    Anyone interested in joining the Wood River Community Orchestra should call Sue at 726-4870 for information.

Get caught in ‘The Mousetrap’ at nexStage
    This vintage whodunnit  from mistress of suspense Agatha Christie opens Thursday, Nov. 8, and runs Thursdays through Sundays until Nov. 18.  “The Mousetrap” is a classic, having run longer than any other play in the world, opening in 1952 in London’s West End and still running there.  A favorite of community theatre groups, the play remains surprisingly fresh, due to the fact that audiences have traditionally been asked to keep the solution to the mystery a secret.
    The local cast of Laughing Stock’s community players includes Cyndi DuFur, Cameron Cooper, Joy Bond, Mackenzie Harbaugh, Doug Neff, J.D. Ryan, Anja Sundali and Dawson Howard, directed by Jamey Reynolds.  It’s the ultimate brainteaser and bound to stimulate. There really is nothing quite like the thrill of peeking into a remote house, sizing up its strange residents and pondering the mounting pile of red herrings as you try to crack one of the most celebrated cases of all time.
    The show plays Thursdays through Saturdays nightly at 7 p.m. with Sunday matinee shows at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for prime reserved seating.  Call 726-4857 or 726-9124 to book your seats.

Auditions for Company of Fools productions upcoming
    Company of Fools will hold auditions at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey on Nov. 13 and 14, from 4–5:30 p.m. for its February/March production of “Distracted” by Lisa Loomer.
    The company is looking for a male to play the role of Jesse, a very energetic, funny, wild, sweet, angry young man with a mouth on him. The actor needs to look 8-10 years old. A female to play the role of Natalie needs to play someone who looks 15-18 years old. Natalie is Jesse’s babysitter and has difficulty navigating her life. She is also a cutter.
    Those auditioning must be available to rehearse and perform from Jan. 24  through March 2.
    Auditions are by appointment only. Those who audition will be reading from the script. Scripts will not be available prior to the audition. If you would like to preview the script, please plan on arriving early.
    For an audition, contact Denise Simone at or call 788-6520.

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