Arts notes

Outdoor drama tells story of Kansa Indians

Council Grove � "Voices of the Wind," an outdoor historical drama about the Kansa Indians, will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Old Riverbed Amphitheater.

The presentation, with a cast of more than 100, combines live-action scenes, slide images of historical photographs and artwork, videotaped events and musical performances.

Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students in grades K-12. Tickets at the gate are a dollar more.

For more information, call (800) 732-9211.

LCT to offer series of improv classes

A new series of improvisation classes will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H. The classes will meet over a six-week period, beginning Tuesday.

No experience is necessary, and there are no lines to memorize. Classes will be led by Uta Walker, who has studied improv on the West Coast and in Berlin.

Fee is $40 for LCT members and $45 for nonmembers.

To register or for more information, call the LCT office, 843-7469.

Auditions slated for 'Sound of Music'

Auditions for "The Sound of Music" will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 23-24 at Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H. Callbacks will be Sept. 25.

Special auditions for children will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23.

Those auditioning should prepare a brief song and be able to list rehearsal conflicts. Rehearsals will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, beginning Oct. 1. Cast members will not be called for every rehearsal and an attempt to schedule children's rehearsals early will be made. Cast members may be asked to play multiple roles.

Director is Mary Doveton, with musical direction by Valerie Couch and choreography by Barbara Wasson.

Festival celebrates Scottish traditions

McPherson � The McPherson Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be Saturday and Sept. 23 at Lakeside Park.

The festival will feature marching bagpipers, folk singers and fiddlers, Highland sports competitions, dancing and ethnic foods.

Tickets are $10 Saturday and $8 Sunday.

Storyteller releases CD for youngsters

Storyteller Priscilla Howe, a longtime Lawrence resident, has released "Chickens! And Other Stories," a collection of stories for children under age 10.

Recorded live at Kennedy School, the recording includes some of her fans' favorites, including "The Gunniwolf," "Cheep and Cackle" and two stories about the baby from Howe's first recording, "The Ghost With the One Black Eye."

Howe will give three free performances this month to support the new recording: 7 p.m. Friday, Reading Reptile Bookstore, 4120 Pa., Kansas City, Mo.; 2 p.m. Sept. 23, Children's Book Shop, 927 Mass.; and 3 p.m. Sept. 30, Raven Bookstore, 6 E. Seventh St.

In March, she performed in 17 schools as part of the Adventures in Imagination program and traveled to Belgium to tell stories in English and French to several schools. In July, she presented a workshop at the National Storytelling Conference in Providence, R.I. In October she will perform at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn.

Cider Days to raise money for charity

Topeka � The Cider Days Fall Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Kansas Expocentre, 17th Street and Topeka Boulevard.

The festival will feature an arts and crafts show, antique vehicles, frontier-period re-enactments, freshly pressed cider, entertainment and food. The event benefits the American Lung Association of Kansas.

For more information, call (785) 272-9290.


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