ArtWatch: ASO presents Mozart, Romero and Carrier

by Dominick Cross

Tanya Bannister, the New Orleans International Piano Competition winner, presents Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert while Roddie Romero and Chubby Carrier combine with the Conservatory Chorus and others for a weekend of great music and fundraising fun.

Mozart and Beyond

Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music presents Tanya Bannister, the New Orleans International Piano Competition winner, who will showcase the genius and charm of Mozart in her virtuoso performance of Piano Concerto No. 14, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at UL Lafayette's Angelle Hall, 601 East St. Mary Blvd. Music of two other Viennese masters - Beethoven and Schubert - will also be performed.

Call 232-4277 for more information. Go here for tickets.

Romero, Carrier in free, fundraising concert

SoundTown, a free, fundraising concert performance and family fun day is set for Sunday, 2-6 p.m., at Sugarmill Pond, Youngsville, featuring Roddie Romero and Chubby Carrier playing their foot stomping tunes with performances by the ASO'S Conservatory Chorus, members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana music program and other Conservatory students.

ASO's SoundTown is sponsored by D.R. Horton BuildersSugarmill Pond, Dunn's Designs and McDonald's of Acadiana. The concert will raise funds and awareness for ABC's & Do-Re-ME!, an early childhood literacy program that the ASO will pilot at Trumann Montessori in this fall. ABC's & Do-Re-ME! will provide a music program that supports early childhood literacy and kindergarten preparedness in Acadiana. This is a first of its kind in Acadiana and in the nation.

Call 232-4277, or go here for more information.

Last weekend for Kaleidoscope

Celebrated sci-fi author Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope, directed by Nathan Gabriel, is in its final weekend at Theatre 810, 810 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Showtime is 7 p.m., Friday-Sunday. Call 484-0172 for tickets.

Kaleidoscope the story of astronauts who are blown from their spaceship after an explosion. As they fall through the vastness of space, they talk to one another through their headset radios. Each one deals with the certainty of death in his own unique way and learns what secrets lie in the hearts of those they thought they knew best. This production is a radio-theatre hybrid, adapted for the stage from an old-time radio scripts.

Kaleidoscope is a co-production of Acting Unlimited, UL and Festival International de Louisiane.

Auditions this weekend at Theatre 810

Acting Unlimited, Inc., has auditions for a pair of plays, Wolves in the Walls and The Complete Women of Shakespeare, at Theater 810, 810 Jefferson St., Lafayette.

Acting Unlimited and Wanderlust Theatre Co. have set open auditions Saturday, 1-4 p.m., and Monday, 7-8:30 p.m., for Wolves in the Walls, Cody Daigle's original adaptation of Neil Gaiman's award-winning children's book to be produced this summer.

The cast will consist of three women and two men and as many as 28 puppeteers. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and physical exercises.

Auditions for The Complete Women of Shakespeare, consisting of two short plays, Second Best Bed and When Shakespeare's' Ladies Meet, are set for Sunday, 1-4 p.m. and Monday, 6-7:15 p.m. The show will run June 8-10 and 15-17 at Theatre 810. There are 14 different roles in the production.

For more information, email here.

2nd Annual Local Filmmakers Showcase

Acadiana Center for the Arts presents its 2nd Annual Local Filmmakers Showcase, May 12-13, at the AcA, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette.

The event, free and open to the public, showcases films written, directed, edited or produced by Louisiana natives or those with strong local ties. It provides an opportunity for area filmmakers to display their talents on the big screen.

A Showcase of Students from UL's Moving Image Arts and Visual Arts Programs opens the event Saturday, May 12, 8:30 p.m.

It will be followed by Tchoupitoulas, by Bill and Turner Ross. It is a story of the New Orleans night. Abstractly aural and visual, it is a sensory document of one night in the many lives of a thriving nocturnal populace.

T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story is set for Sunday, May 13, 6 p.m. Creole cowboys and Cajun jockeys, Cotton Knights and Mardi Gras revelers reveal the long history and blend between Creoles and Cajuns and the horses they love. A Q&A will follow with UL folklorist Conni Castille who wrote, directed and produced T-Galop, as well as I Always Do My Collars First, Raised on Rice and Gravy, and King Crawfish.

The event is co-sponsored by the UL's Center for Moving Image Arts.

StoryPalooza summer camp at Cite

StoryPalooza, set for Cite des Arts, 109 Vine St.****, Lafayette, is storytelling in an innovative style and will be offered at a summer camp. The camp is about developing productions from story ideas generated from students and crafted with guidance from professional teaching artists. Schedule is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students are expected to bring their own bag lunch, but snacks provided. A $6 lunch with Conscious Cuisine will be available.

Tuition is $280/week per student with 10 percent discount for multiple weeks or multiple students in a family. INFO: 291.1122, or here.

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