Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance auditions planned this Saturday

by Mark Burger

Theatre Alliance will host auditions for its 2009 productions all day Saturday at 1047 Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem. Auditions for plays will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The plays include:

• Sheila’s Class Reunion (opens May 15), an interactive comedy with a large and ethnically diverse cast, ages 30-60s.

• Sordid Lives (opens June 19), the Del Shores comedy. Although Theatre Alliance is hoping to reunite the original cast for this return engagement, some actors may not be able to… so why take any chances? This play calls for six males, nine females and one corpse (Method acting is not required for the latter role, at least let‘s hope not!). • Daughters of the Lone Star State (opens Nov. 13). As befits the title, this play calls for 11 women (two of which must be African- American), ages 25-75. • ‘night, Mother (opens Jan. 8, 2010), Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, which calls for two women, ages 35-80.

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., musical auditions will be held for:

• The Great American Trailer Park Musical (opens Aug. 14), which calls for five females and two males, ages 18-50. • Spend the Night With… the Legends (opens Sept. 17), which calls for any musical celebrity impersonators (Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, etc.) and is open to all ages and any number of performers. • Rent (opens Oct. 23), Jonathan Larson’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, which calls for eitht to 10 male and eight to 10 female performers, ages 18-50. (A number of Hispanic, Caucasian and African-American performers are needed.)

• Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Musical Bash (opens Dec. 11), which calls for two male and four female performers, ages 18-50. For plays, auditioning actors will perform cold readings. For musicals, auditioning actors are asked to bring sheet music or a CD (an accompanist and CD player are provided). Rehearsals usually begin five to six weeks before each show. For more information, call 336.723.7777 or e-mail •••

John Mauceri, the chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has appointed five alumni to serve as honorary board members of the school’s Board of Trustees:

• Lynn Baber, School of Drama: Currently the artistic administrator at Northlight Theatre in the Chicago region, Baber is also an actor, director, teacher, comedienne, writer and producer, and was the cofounder/artistic director of the Econo-Art Theatre Company from 1983 to 1990 along with fellow UNCSA alum Marc Silvia. • Suri Bieler, School of Design and Production: The founder of Eclectic/Encore Properties, Inc., a prop rental company specializing in antique and period theatrical furnishings and accessories. She established the Set Decorator’s Endowed Scholarship in Design and Production in 1990 and, last year was honored at the Giannini Society/Board of Trustees cocktail party in New York City, where she received the UNCSA Alumni Achievement Award. She is also a new member of the board of advisors for the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.

• Sarah Colvin, School of Music: Currently the director of sales for Multinational Strategic Finance, a leading independent alternative asset firm which provides advisory and fund-raising services to investment managers, institutions and investors throughout the world. In addition to her business acumen,Colvin was also the founder of E-String Music, a company devoted tofostering the careers of musicians and advising venues in how tomaximize profitability, and a touring jazz musician. She is also anoted collector of late 20 th -century black-and-white photography. • Danny McBride, School of Filmmaking: Since his starring debut in the independent comedy The Foot Fist Way, which he wrote with fellow UNCSA alumni Jody Hill and Ben Best, McBride has been seen in such films as Hot Rod, The Heartbreak Kid and Drillbit Taylor. Last summer, he scored two big box-office hits with Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder. He, Best and Hill also collaborated on the new HBO series “Eastbound and Down,” in which McBride stars. •Jose Ochoa, High School (Academic Program): The founding executivedirector of the Chicago High School for the Arts (set to open laterthis year), he was also the superintendent of Cultural Arts for theMetro Parks and Recreation Department in Nashville, Tenn. He has alsobeen a teacher, a musician, a dancer, a choreographer and a producer —including the producer of the arts festival Steinbeck on Stage… ofwords and dance, which premiered his ballet La Perla (inspired by Steinbeck’s novel), at West Texas University. Thesefive honorary trustees join Jim Vincent (School of Dance) and Dr. MayaAngelou (Academic Programs) who were appointed last year. For moreinformation, about this or any of the other goings-on at UNCSA, see