Entertainment News April 26

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Auditions: NWF Ballet Académie

The Northwest Florida Ballet Académie will hold auditions for incoming third grade students for the 2014-2015 school year from 6-8 p.m. May 3 and from 2:30-4:30 p.m. May 4 at the Northwest Florida Ballet studios, 310 Perry Ave. SE in Fort Walton Beach.

The Académie is a free, integrated arts and academic program for third through eighth grade boys and girls who demonstrate the potential to excel in dance. Students receive concentrated instruction in ballet as a part of their overall academic and artistic education. Certified elementary and middle school teachers, under the direction of the Okaloosa County School District, supervise the academic program.  French, art and music are also taught weekly.

 Auditioning students must be registered in advance. For more information or to register for the audition, call 664-7787 or visit www.nfballet.org.

Looking for a hero

The Red, White & Blue Hero Celebration, held weekly at HarborWalk Village from 6-10 p.m. May 29 through Labor Day Weekend, is seeking nominations for individuals who have gone above and beyond to better their community. Nominations can come from family, personal or professional contacts by simply filling out a nomination at www.HarborWalkDestin.com.

The Red, White & Blue Celebration features an honoring of the hero, live entertainment, kid’s activities, a WWII vintage air show and a finale of fireworks over the Destin harbor. The first Celebration on May 29 will be a Hero Reunion on the Harbor.

Auditions: Spamalot

The Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division will hold public open auditions for Monty Python’s Spamalot at 9 a.m. May 3. The comedy, lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” is the college’s summer musical, and will be performed in mid-July at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s mainstage theater.

Auditions begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. with a full ensemble vocal warm up. Those auditioning should prepare a 90-second audition package consisting of a comedic monologue — English and/or French dialect recommended — and 16 bars of a song that best shows off your range. Sheet music, in the correct key, must be prepared in a binder for the accompanist provided. If you wish to bring your own accompanist, feel free to do so. Please do not use a song from Spamalot. 

All those auditioning will remain in the theater and be called to the mainstage one by one to perform his/her package. Callbacks will be the same afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. The callback will consist of the dance portion of the audition plus some additional singing and acting.

Those auditioning must be at least 16 years of age or older to audition. The rehearsal schedule for those chosen to appear in the musical comedy will be May 7 to July 14. For a complete rehearsal schedule or questions about the audition, contact the show’s director Joe Taylor, NWF State College dance professor at 850-729—6036 or email taylorj@nwfsc.edu.

Call to Artists: Destin Library

The Destin Library has issued a call to area artists inviting them to schedule an exhibit at the library. Art exhibits will be showcased in the library’s Calhoun Room, a 1,170 square foot unencumbered area frequented daily by more than 300 library members, visitors and residents.For further details, contact Tina Kaple at tkaple@cityofdestin.com or 850-837-8572.

Call to Artists: ADSO

The Arts and Design Society has issued a call to artists to participate in their upcoming art show, “The Most Surprising Recycled Sculptures,” open to all artists. This show will feature sculpture made 90 percent of recycled materials. Cost: $25/2 pieces, members and $35/2 pieces, non-members. Turn in entries from 1-4 p.m. April 12 or 9 a.m. to noon April 14 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach.

The “Fauvism” Show is also open to all artists. This show calls for art in any medium to reflect the influence of the Fauve artists. Cost for two pieces is $25/members and $35/non-members. Turn in entries from 1-4 p.m. May 10 or 9 a.m. to noon May 13. For more information, call 850-244-1271 or visit www.artsdesignsociety.org.