Lakeside Little Theatre’s Ajijic Readers Theatre will hold auditions for “IT’S MY PARTY (and I’ll Die If I Want to)” by Elizabeth Coleman and directed by Liz O’Neill, Tuesday, January 5, 10 a.m. to noon,outside on its Angel Terrace.
The play is a dark comedy about a man wanting to tie up the loose ends with his dysfunctional family with only 111 minutes left to live. Show dates are Friday to Sunday, January 22-24.
The director is looking for three men and three women.
Registration is at 9:30 a.m. at the theater. Covid-19 precautions will be taken.
The Lake Chapala Society hosts two concerts by Branden and James, “Beyond the Yellow Brick Road,” as a benefit for the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).
The musical mash-up celebrates the brilliance of Elton John’s greatest hits, plus favorite tunes from iconic films, “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Wiz,” as well as the hit Broadway show “Wicked.”
Both concerts are Friday, January 22, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the LCS Garden.
Tickets will be limited to 100 seats for each performance, advanced purchase only. No tickets sold at the gate. VIP tickets (50 seats, in prime location with table) are 500 pesos, whilegeneral admission tickets (50 seats arranged in rows) are 350 pesos.
Advance tickets may be purchased via the LCS website or in person at the LCS office.
Virtual art show
Although Covid-19 restrictions have curtailed evening art events just as the season unfolds, the Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) is holding virtual art shows at the ASA Art Store (AjijicArtSale.com), where you can find works by local artists, review them and claim them online. You can search by artist or by type of art and refine the search by a variety of details. Once selected, the artist will email the buyer to arrange payment and pick up.
There is still one space left for Bernadette Jones’ Acting Monologue Workshops, hosted jointly by the Bare Stage and BRAVO! Theaters, to be held mid-January to mid-February.
The workshops will be conducted via Zoom and introduce acting techniques for stage and camera using a selected monologue from a play of your choice, or one suggested by the instructor. Mastering this monologue will enhance your acting skills on many levels.
A 35-year career veteran in the professional theater and film world, Jones brings a wealth of experience directing, coaching and teaching actors.
The culmination of this Monologue Workshop will be a live showcase performance, when it is safe to gather as a group once again. The showcase will be at either the BRAVO! Theatre or Bare Stage Theatre.
Support local culture
Many lakeside residents are surely missing the regular trips to Guadalajara to see live concerts at the city’s stellar venues. Although nearly all cultural events in the metro area have been on hold since mid-March, some groups have remained busy. The Jalisco Philharmonic, for example, managed to run a full “virtual” fall season, finishing on December 20 with its annual Christmas concert.
Those interested in supporting local culture might care to tune into a New Year’s Day concert (Concierto de Año Nuevo 2021) recorded recently at the University of Guadalajara’s Conjunto Santander de Artes Escénicas, featuring the Orquesta Solistas de América, under the direction of conductor Enrique Radillo.
The program is a popular one, starting with Edward Elgar’s soothing Variation IX (Adagio) “Nimrod” from the British composer’s Variations on an Original Theme, popularly known as the Enigma Variations. The main course is Ludwig van Beethoven’s acclaimed Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, to some the most influential piece of music ever written.
The recording will be available from Friday, January 1, at https://conjuntosantander.com.