DYPACslates auditions for talent production and play

Photo courtesy of The Information Center Pictured at a recent recognition program for staff members of The Information Center in Taylor are Melinda Blackburn (front row left), Nancy Walls and Robin Fiori, Community Resources Manager Julie Grassi (back row left), and agency President and CEO Edward D’Angelo.

Photo courtesy of The Information Center
Pictured at a recent recognition program for staff members of The Information Center in Taylor are Melinda Blackburn (front row left), Nancy Walls and Robin Fiori, Community Resources Manager Julie Grassi (back row left), and agency President and CEO Edward D’Angelo.

The Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center is accepting registrations for participation in a “Be Awesome” production on Jan. 26, plus roles in the play “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” to be staged April 12, 13 and 14 at the Trenton Village Theatre, located at 2447 W. Jefferson.

A registration fee of $10 is required for “Be Awesome” participation. Performers can present solo acts or participate as members of groups.

Rehearsals will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 24 under the direction of Mary Zaleski. Tickets for the performance, $5, will be sold only at the door.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will feature 25 actors aged 13 through 19. Auditions will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 13 and 14 for the April performances. Audition details are available from Zaleski at 734-740-0714.

Future auditions will be held for “Kong’s Last Stand,” Freaky Friday” and “Princess Whatshername.”

Chorale plans show tryouts

Auditions are planned on Jan. 8, 15 and 22 at the Trenton First Methodist Church, 2610 W. Jefferson, by the Seaway Chorale for its spring show, “Songs from the Silver Screen.”

Director Anthony Lai and his team will be auditioning adult high-soprano, bass and tenor voices. The ability to read music is not required, a chorale spokesman said, adding that prospective singers need to be able to stay on pitch and follow simple music directions. Youths will be auditioned on the same date. For further information, call Edie Raleigh at 734-671-5530 or go to www.seawaychorale.

Center asking for donations

The Information Center is seeking donations for its Holidays/Adopt-a-Family Program as the agency continues its tradition of providing holiday baskets, gift cards and miscellaneous items for low-income families.

Supported by private donations, churches and local businesses for more than 30 years, the program matches families with donors for extra assistance during the holiday season. For additional information, call Lori Stevenson at The Information Center, 734-282-7171.

The center recognized its information and referral staff on Nov. 21, National Information and Referral Day, for its outstanding performance in helping the public with food, shelter, clothing, rent, utility-assistance and other needs.

Current show will continue

The current exhibit at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, featuring the late Lincoln Park actor Lyn “Buddy Osborn,” will continue through Jan. 30, it was announced by museum curator Jeff Day.

Osborne, who was well known in the ’40s for his role as “Cadet Happy” in the early television sci-fi series “Space Patrol,” died of a brain tumor at the age of 32, during a prime time in his television and movie career.

The exhibit includes photographs, news clippings and memorabilia collected by Osborne’s mother, Bess Osborn, and his sister Beth Osborn Flood, over the years, as well as rare collectibles on loan from various sources.

Coming up . . .

New Year’s Eve — Concert by flutist Alexander Zonjic, Grammy winner Jeff Lorber and smooth-jazz-guitar superstar Peter White; at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson; doors will open at 9:30 p.m.; champagne toast at midnight, gourmet desserts, coffee, door prizes and photo opportunities with the performers; for tickets, $55, call 419-280-1073 or go to zonjic.com.

Jan. 8-20— Play, “Rent 20th Anniversary Tour”; the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award reimagining of Puccini’s “La Boheme”; the story of an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams; tickets starting at $39 (including parking) are available online at www.broadwayindetrooit.com or www.ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-982-2787.