Local art, performance, learning and theater opportunities

Just a little round-up of some things I thought people would find interesting.

Planet Connections Theater Festivity

The Planet Connections Festivity is “New York’s premiere eco-friendly/socially-conscious arts festival” with theater, film and music events. The festival is set to kick-off in May. The festival committee is currently seeking a Co-Assistant Green/Charities Coordinator (small stipend; comp tickets to all events). The position duties include contacting companies that are green or charity minded and inviting them to participate through sponsoring events, donating goods, etc. Assisting to make sure that everything having to do with the festivity is green, connecting artists with Charities and organizing the Revlon Walk (which is this year’s Planet Staff Charity Event) and The Climate Project event and assisting the staff during the month of June working at the festivity. If you are interested in interviewing to be an assistant, contact Jenna Doolittle at PlanetJennaD@gmail.com with a brief letter of interest and your resume. For more information, visit PlanetConnections.org or visit them on Facebook. Other opportunities – including performance opportunities with festival participants – may also be available.

The Wizard of Oz Sing-A-Long

The Theater Company in Hoboken is holding auditions for interactive musical “The Wizard of Oz Sing-A-Long,” with minimal staging, costumes and choreography that will be held April 26-29. These roles are non-Equity, non-pay (travel stipends available). The auditions will be held Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20, both at 6 p.m. in TTC Studio C-413, Monroe Center for the Arts, 720 Monroe St., Hoboken. Actors should prepare 16-32 bars of a song that best represents their voice, preferably musical theater (the song can be from the show but is not necessary) along with sheet music or an instrumental track mp3. They should be prepared to move (no dancing, just movement) and bring a resume/headshot if applicable. For a character breakdown and more information, visit their website.

Call for art: “Exploring Faerielands”

LITM, 140 Newark Ave., Jersey City, is seeking fairy-themed artworks for a show that will run May 1 through June 3. According to their Facebook event, they are “looking for work that expresses this exploration of humanity’s need to create stories of mysterious other worlds that intersect our own.” Works can be literal or interpretive and can also be inspired by fairy tales. All media welcome – but all works must be able to hang on wall. Artists will receive 60% of sales price. Artists should submit JPEGs of their work or website links along with their name, title, medium, dimensions, and price to curator Andrea Morin at andrea@litm.com by April 22 and be prepared to drop off their work by April 29 between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays, or between 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekends. Special drop-off arrangements can be made. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.

Call for Art: Juried Spring Photography Show 2012

A photography show benefiting Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City, will run from April 20 through May 20. Artists can submit up to 4 JPEGs (72 dpi preferred, with file names in the format NAME_1_TITLE1) to Spring.Photo.Show@gmail.com or deliver/mail prints (with name, #, and title on back) Grace Church Van Vorst, ATTENTION Spring Photo Show 2012, 39 Erie St., Jersey City, by March 23 at 7 p.m. Submissions should include artist’s name and contact information, a one-page resume and a list of submitted works with titles, dimensions (inches) and prices (framed, with mat). Decisions will be made March 28. Accepted work must be framed, ready to install, with hardware included, and a label on the back with the artist’s name and work’s title. Work must be delivered by April 13. For more information, call Joyce Davison at (201) 451-5107 after 1 p.m. on weekdays, email Spring.Photo.Show@gmail.com or visit their Facebook event page.

Shakespeare/Acting Workshops

The Actors Shakespeare Company of New Jersey at NJCU will hold several free workshops. “Introduction to Stage Combat” on March 17 and 25 at 11 a.m. is open to people age 12 and older. At the 90-minute workshop, actors can learn hand-to-hand, swordplay, rapier and dagger stage combat. “Shakespeare for the Whole Family” on March 24 at 11 a.m. will allow parents and kids 10 and older to explore Shakespeare with costumes, props, text, and staging of famous scenes. “Get That Laugh” on March 31 at 11 a.m. will focus on physical comedy. All workshops take place at the company’s performance space, the West Side Theater, which is located at 285 West Side Ave., Jersey City. For more information, call (201) 200-2390 or visit the company’s website.

Know of any opportunities in the NY-NJ metropolitan area? Leave a comment here or email summerhortillosa@gmail.com.


About Summer Dawn Hortillosa

Summer Dawn Hortillosa is a journalist specializing in arts and entertainment. Among other things, she is also an award-winning playwright, director, singer-songwriter and actress. Her work has been seen in The Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal and other publications.
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