Entertainment briefs, Jan. 4

BSA Tween Theatre to host auditions of ‘Annie’

BELLEVUE — Bellevue Society for the Arts’ Tween Theatre is to host open auditions for “Annie” at 1 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday at the 205 Maple St. theater.

BSA’s Tween Theatre is open to all ages 10-15 from any school system. No experience required.

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” became a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theater hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.”

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations … and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

The production is to be directed by Jodie Flemming-Arnold. Performance dates are March 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18.

For more information, contact Flemming-Arnold at jfleming56@aol.com.

Waters to conduct high school honor band Jan. 13.

High school students with a passion for instrumental music are invited to participate in Heidelberg University’s first Honor Band, under the direction of Jonathan Waters, assistant professor of music and director of bands, Jan. 13.

In addition to rehearsals, high school students can participate in mock auditions, master classes with School of Music & Theatre faculty members and panels with Heidelberg students about pursuing music as a major or just continuing their passion in performance ensembles.

The day is to conclude with an evening Honor Band concert at 7 p.m.

The Honor Band is open to high school students interested in enrolling at Heidelberg as well as those nominated by their band director.

Registration events starts at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $15 per student.

For more information, call (419) 448-2073 or visit www.heidelberg.edu/honor-band.