A&E briefs — April 24, 2024

Two auditions set for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Ghostlight Productions will host open auditions for all roles for its upcoming Summer Main Stage production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in early May.

Auditions are set for Monday, May 6, at the Port Angeles High School choir room at 304 E. Park Ave., and Wednesday, May 8, at Sequim High School’s auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave. Performance dates are July 12-27.

Get more information at ghostlightwa.org or emailing director/choreographer Anna Pederson at auditions@ghostlightwa.org.

If needed, callbacks will occur on Saturday, May 11. All performers are also required to attend a dance call from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday May, 11; both the callbacks and the dance call will be at The Dance Center by Erica Edwards, 145 E. Washington St.

Those interested need to sign up for one audition slot at one location only, and auditions will be done first-come, first-served. Performers will audition with pre-selected cuts from the show which are available in the “audition sides” section of this page. As this is a fully sung production, there will be no cold reading. Those who cannot make the in-person audition can audition by video.

Woodturners to meet in Gardiner

The Strait Turners Woodturning Club will meet at noon on Saturday, April 27, at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road. (Note: The group meets on the fourth Saturday of the month rather than instead of the usual third Saturday.

The presentation this month is “Skew Skills: Making the Cuts!,” a demonstration by Eric Lofstrom.

Starting May 18, the Strait Turners monthly meeting moves to 9:30 a.m. May’s demonstrator is Rick Urban, who will present “Log to Bowl.” For more information, visit StraitTurners.org.

Toastmasters look to boost confidence

The SKWIM Toastmasters group hosts and evening of empowering stories and tips boosting speakers’ confidence at their next meeting set for 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at the KSQM 91.5 FM broadcasting offices at 609 W. Washington St.

Experienced Toastmasters will share their journeys and offer insights to help attendees become more confident. Register at expandconfidenceskwim.eventbrite.com to join in person or online.

SKWIM Toastmasters is part of Toastmasters International, a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that “empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.” The Sequim club meets from 7-8:30 p.m. each at the KSQM offices and on Zoom. Join through the link on the club’s website home page at skwimtm.org.

Free Sunday jazz events set at Field Hall

Field Arts & Events Hall announced recently free Sunday jazz events, with live music taking place on the coffeehouse stage just outside of the brand-new Waterfront Coffee Bar at Field Hall, 201 W. Front St. in Port Angeles.

Guests are welcome to enjoy free live music; the café will be open and serving drinks, house-made pastries, breakfast sandwiches and grab-and-go lunch. The Waterfront Coffee Bar at Field Hall will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with live music from 1noon-1:30 p.m. The Waterfront Coffee Bar is typically open 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The series, which kicked off on April 7, continues on May 5 with the nationally touring Chris McCarthy Quintet, known for their dynamic performances and fresh sound. Led by composer and pianist Chris McCarthy, this quintet also features trumpet player Takuya Kuroda, bassist Sam Minaie, drummer Steven Crammer and baritone saxophonist Eden Bareket.

“We are thrilled to host these Free Sunday Jazz events at Field Hall,” said Steve Raider-Ginsburg, Artistic & Executive Director. “It’s an opportunity for the community to come together, listen to incredible live music, and enjoy spending time inside Field Hall. Field Hall is a community space and we’re excited to plan new series like free concerts, yoga in the Sunset Lounge, movies, and other events that allow us to take full advantage of this beautiful building.”

For more information about upcoming events at Field Hall, visit fieldhallevents.org or follow @fieldhallevents on Facebook or Instagram.

City call for artists for ‘To Feel’ exhibit

The City of Sequim Arts Commission (SAC) is seeking submissions of artwork that explores the concept “To Feel: Focus on Texture” as a creative expression for the next exhibit in the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.

In this exhibition, the jury will look at how the artists have used texture in their work visually through 2-D techniques, 3-D textures or the textural feel of the words in a song or poem.

Deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15. Only digital applications will be considered. Those interested can complete a form at jotform.com/form/233385792136160, which allows downloads of up to three images (preferably 300 dpi).

All entries will be juried by the commission on Tuesday, May 28.

An artist reception and exhibition opening is set for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 5, at the Sequim Civic Center during the First Friday Art Walk Sequim event. The exhibit will be on display from July 5-Sept. 25.

For entry guidelines and exhibit information, visit sequimwa.gov/694/Artist-Opportunities, or contact city arts coordinator Sarah Hurt at shurt@sequimwa.gov or 360-582-2477.

Pacific Mist to host author Oquendo

Pacific Mist Books invited community members to meet Mary Oquendo, an education coach at Pawsitive Educational Training, at the First Friday Art Walk Sequim on May 3.

Oquendo will be signing copies of her book, which chronicles the life of Spirit, her husky, as he navigates early health issues and becoming a sensation wherever he goes.

PT community dance scheduled for April 27

The next Port Townsend Community Dance is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St.

The dance will feature caller Seattle’s Laura Me Smith, while Sequim’s Sweater Weather will be rocking out the dance tunes. Expect a mixture of traditional Appalachian squares, active squares, reels, circles, mixers and contras.

All dances will be taught; beginners and experienced dancers are welcome. All ages encouraged. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottle.

Donation is $10 per person or $20 for a family, though no one will be turned away.

For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-301-6005.