Casting calls: Creative opportunities

CASTING CALLS is a free listing of creative opportunities in our area that runs on a weekly Entertainment page. Items must include relevant dates to be run. The deadline is the previous Thursday, by 8 a.m. Email is the best way to submit, features@recorder.com. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276.

Actors

Auditions for “You Can’t Take It With You” by Kaufman and Hart, a production by Ashfield Community Theater, will be Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 to 4 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Belding Library, Ashfield, back entrance. Cold reading. Roles for seven to nine women, eight to 10 men. No roles for children. One male role with Russian accent, one male role for a keyboard player (beginner is fine). One female role with Russian accent, one female role includes dancing ballet badly. Shows on May 30, 31, June 1, 6, 7, 8. Rehearsals begin in April.

Artists

ARTISANS OF WESTERN MASS. will host its first ever Local ARTery Artisan Demonstration Day in May. They are seeking a variety of artists and fine crafters who can demonstrate how they create their work or who can demonstrate a portion of the process. Demonstrations that include open flames, gas or flammable chemicals cannot be considered. Electricity will be available. Members of Artisans of Western Mass. will have priority acceptance. Nonmembers will be accepted based on uniqueness of their demonstration and space available in each genre. Accepted vendors will be allowed to set up a small display and sell examples of their finished products at Artisan Demonstration Day on May 3 at Yankee Candle Fitness Center Building, South Deerfield. Applications available at www.artisansofwmass.com/local-artery. The application deadline is Feb. 1

SAWMILL RIVER ARTS GALLERY at the Montague Mill will host a community exhibit and sale of art work no larger than 6” x 6” and priced at $36 each in February. All kinds of art expressions by all ages welcome: cut up, glued, painted, drawn, any ideas as long as the artwork is ready to hang on the wall. Details about deliver and exhibit reception will be available soon. People are encouraged to start thinking and creating now! Watch local news sources for added details or contact Louise Minks at 367-2800 or louise@louiseminks.com.

ICE SCULPTURES: The Greenfield Recreation Department invites local artists to carve ice sculptures. Ice Sculpture Carving is part of Greenfield’s 92nd annual Winter Carnival, Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Artists are asked to carve an ice sculpture with an original design as part of the Ice Walk of Winter Carnival. On site carving will take place Jan. 31. Sculptures will be on display throughout the weekend and longer. Artists will compete for a total of $1,000 in prize money distributed between first, second and third place. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 772-1553.

Fellowship

HISTORIC DEERFIELD INC. invites applications from college juniors and seniors to take part in an intensive, nine-week Summer Fellowship Program in History and Material Culture. Undergraduates who will be enrolled as either juniors or seniors as of Jan. 1 are eligible for seven openings in the program, which is designed for undergraduate students in American Studies, Architicture, Archeology, Art and Art History, Design, History, Material Culture, Preservation and Museum Studies. For more information contact Barbara Mathews, public historian and director of Academic Programs. 775-7207, bmathews@historic-deerfield.org.

Literary

ANNUAL SLATE ROOF PRESS POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST: The winner becomes an active member of the press and will have his/her chapbook published by Slate Roof. They publish limited-edition, art-quality chapbooks with letterpress covers, beautiful books by an award-winning bookmaker. Winners must make a three year commitment to the press, including monthly meetings in Greenfield, and share work responsibilities for many aspects of publishing. Submit no more than 28 pages of poetry. $25 reading fee. Deadline (upload/postmark) March 31. For full contest guidelines, visit www.slateroofpress.com or slateroofpresscontest.submittable.com/submit.

Singers

FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY CHORUS: As a result of the GHS Music Alumni Reunion Concert in May, interested singers ages 14 and older are invited to participate in the newly formed chorus directed by retired GHS Music Director Paul J. Calcari. The chorus is open to all members of the Greenfield and surrounding community. Rehearsals are Sundays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. The chorus will be an enjoyable, high-quality group that will sing a wide variety of music from classical to show tunes to folk music, etc.

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