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In Brief | Arts & Entertainment 12-6-13

December 5, 2013 - 12:32pm

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ auditions scheduled

Aloha Performing Arts Company will hold open auditions for volunteer singers, actors and dancers for its spring production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. An invitational call-back audition may be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 17, if necessary.

Those auditioning will be asked to read a speech provided from the script, learn a short movement routine, and sing a few bars of a song from the show or from the Christmas carol “Deck the Halls.”

No experience is required and newcomers are encouraged to audition. Scripts and scores are available for checkout in exchange for a deposit, by arrangement with Suzanne Murdock. For more information, call 322-9924.

Prince to headline 20th annual Essence Fest

NEW ORLEANS — Next year’s Essence Festival is getting a dose of music royalty from Prince.

The “Purple Rain” singer-songwriter is headlining the 20th annual Essence, a celebration of black music and culture being held July 3 through 6 in New Orleans.

Prince, who performed at Essence in 2004, also headlined this year’s South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. His newest single, “Screwdriver,” debuted earlier this year. Still, Prince is best known for chart-topping hits such as “1999,” ”Cool” and “Purple Rain.”

Essence has been held every Independence Day weekend since 1995, when it marked the 25th anniversary of Essence magazine.

The event includes nightly concerts at the Louisiana Superdome and empowerment seminars during the day at a nearby convention center.

Organizers said the rest of the lineup will be announced later.

By local and wire sources

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