Arts notes

Arts center grant to support bilingual play

The Lawrence Arts Center has received a $10,000 grant to support a bilingual play for young audiences.

The grant for development and touring of "The Magic Shoes of Pedro the Trickster" was awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, said U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan.

"The promotion of the arts fulfills more than a simple outlet for human expression," Moore said. "It highlights who we are as a culture and provides a channel of communication that might not otherwise exist, binding us together as a community."

The play, by Lawrence playwright Ric Averill, has been performed in Topeka and Mesa, Ariz. The grant will be used to make continuing improvements to the production and for future performances.

Ann Evans, director of the Lawrence Arts Center, will oversee the funding.

Design professor honored by national magazine

A Kansas University faculty member will represent Kansas in a national magazine due on newsstands Dec. 30.

Lance Rake, associate professor of industrial design, will be featured in the January/February issue of "I.D." magazine. The magazine profiled 50 designers -- one designer from each state -- to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

Rake's accomplishments include designing New Deal Playing Cards, which are designed to be held more easily by people with arthritis.

E.M.U. Theatre to have auditions

Auditions for E.M.U. Theatre's production of "V Henry K" will be 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 30 at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave.

Many parts are available, including leading and lighter time commitment roles. No prepared material is necessary.

If you'd like to be considered but can't make auditions, contact co-directors Dan Born or Andy Stowers.

Characters who appear in filmed scenes will only be called one or two days. Filming should be done by mid- to late-January, and regular rehearsals will begin about 10 days into January.

Performances are the last two weekends in February at Hashinger Hall.

Opera audition application deadline approaching

Kansas City, Mo. -- The Metropolitan Opera National Council will have Year 2004 District Auditions at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 24 in White Hall at the University of Missouri Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.

Auditions generally include 15 to 25 singers and continue through the day until complete.

Those who wish to participate must submit an application by Saturday. For more information, call (816) 523-2731 or e-mail bbaugh@planetkc.com.

Winners of the district competition will compete in the regional auditions on Feb. 21 in St. Louis.

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