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Improvisation pianist to perform at Heidelberg

Pianist John Mortensen, a leader in the international revival of historic improvisation, will bring his talents to Heidelberg University at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in Brenneman Music Hall.

True to form, Mortensen will improvise most of his concert program, with the first half featuring historic improvisation and the second half featuring contemporary improvisation.

Mortenson appears frequently as a concert artist and masterclass teacher at colleges and universities in the U.S. and Europe. He is noted for his ability to improvise entire concerts in historic styles, including complex compositions such as Baroque fugues. His book on improvisation is forthcoming soon.

Currently, Mortensen serves as professor of piano at Cedarville University, where he was named Faculty Scholar of the Year in 2016.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact the School of Music & Theatre at (419) 448-2073.

BSA to host auditions for next children’s theatre production

BELLEVUE — Bellevue Society for the Arts has announced auditions for the upcoming production of “Singin’ In the Rain Jr.”

Auditions will be 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in The Hirt Theater at Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple St.

Noted as the “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay in Singin’ In the Rain Jr. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin’ In the Rain Jr. a guaranteed good time for performers and audience members alike.

Singin’ In the Rain Jr. has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline — the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.

Available roles include: Dora Bailey, Don Lockwood, Lina Lamont, Cosmo Brown, Roz, R.F. Simpson, Dexter, Dexter’s Assistants, Kathy Seldon, Miss Dinsmore, Zelda, Sam, Broadway Dancers, Chorus Girls, Ensemble.

Those interested in auditioning are to prepare a one-minute monologue and 16-32 bars of a song from a musical. You may bring the audio file with no background vocals on your phone or tablet. An auxiliary speaker will be provided.

Bring all rehearsal/performance conflicts with you to be turned in when you audition.

Performance dates for “Singin’ In the Rain Jr.” are at 7:30 p.m. March 20, 21, 27 and 28., and at 2 p.m. March 22.

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