Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2005

Opera to GO! to host series of events

JUNEAU - Opera to GO! is planning a series of events in the three weeks leading up to its presentation of "Mozart Reimagined," March 3-19 at McPhetres Hall. Starring Ishmael Hope as Mozart, the show will run Thursdays through Saturdays, with a free preview on March 3.

• The festivities begin this weekend, when German guest artist Michael Kersten will lead a workshop for actors who sing and singers who act.

The class begins from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, and continues 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at McPhetres Hall, near Fourth and Gold streets. Admission is $40 to participate or $10 to audit. The participation fee includes lunch on Saturday. There will also be a youth workshop, for kids 13-18, from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13.

Kersten is a freelance director of opera, theater and film in Germany and Austria. He will be working with the Juneau organization CrossSound to present the American world premiere of an opera, "The Children's Crusade," in fall 2006. Kersten will be staying in Juneau for a few days after the workshop to provide coaching for "Mozart Reimagined."

• On Valentine's Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, Opera to GO! founder Joyce Parry Moore will sing a variety of love songs at the Paradise Cafe, accompanied by Sally Schlichting on flute and Dan Hopson on guitar.

The program includes mostly American standards, but a few in Spanish and French. There are two shows, one at 7 p.m. and another at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 for a couple and include Paradise Cafe desserts and dessert wines. The evening is a fund-raiser for Opera to GO!

• The company will host its first Mozart Poetry Jam at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at the Friendly Planet, 200 Seward St.

The show will include Mozart arias, interspersed with selections of from Ernestine Hayes' creative writing students at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Opera to GO! is also seeking more poems inspired by Mozart for the event. Contact Parry Moore at 321-0885, or call Ernestine Hayes at the UAS campus.

Thai teacher to perform at Friendly Planet

JUNEAU - Naharin Reungjan, aka "Chai," a foreign exchange teacher at the Juneau Charter School, will perform an evening of Thai song and dance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Friendly Planet, 200 Seward St.

Admission is $5 at the door.

Chai lives in Chumporn, Thailand, a small town in the southern province of the country. It was spared from the force of the Asian tsunami in December.

He arrived in town in mid-August as part of the international AFS (American Field Service program). He teaches Thai culture, music and dance and will be here through early summer.

Thursday's performance will include songs on the so-ooh and so-duong, two Thai fiddles. He will also wear classical Thai costume, dance and answer questions about Thai culture.

Co-op preschool to host fund-raiser

JUNEAU - The Juneau Coop Preschool will hold "ZIP-A-DEE-DOO-DAH!," its annual family concert and fund-raiser, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Centennial Hall.

The event includes a musical rendition of "The 3 Little Pigs," starring Joyce Parry Moore, Jamie Marks, Tom Cosgrove and Cecile Elliott with accompaniment by Heart String & JCP Alumni violinists; the preschool teachers leading favorite preschool songs; storytellers Margie Hamburger and Rhonda Jenkins-Gardinier; the Go Dad Go Band (with accordion, banjo, clarinet, guitar, saw, trombone and ukelele); and emcee Jeff Brown.

The pigs' houses will be built out of preschoolers.

Tickets are $5 per person, $20 per family and available at the door. Kids under 2 are free. Snacks and drinks will be for sale.

For more information, call Rhonda at 586-2656.

Perseverance looks for Filipino singer-dancers

JUNEAU - Perseverance Theatre will hold auditions at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, to cast Filipino male singer-dancers for its upcoming presentation of "The Long Season."

Actors, late teens on up, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call education director David Charles Goyette at 364-2421, ext. 223.

"The Long Season," written by Chay Yew, scored by Fabian Obispo and directed by Peter DuBois, tells the story of a Filipino dreamer in a 1930s salmon cannery. It opens March 25 and closes April 10.

'Richard III' rescheduled to run in April

JUNEAU -Theatre in the Rough's upcoming presentation of William Shakespeare's "Richard III," originally scheduled for February, will run April 8-30 at McPhetres Hall.

Aaron Elmore will play King Richard, while Katie Jensen will direct.

Theatre In The Rough presented "The Madwoman of Chaillot" in October, and "As You Like It" in March.

City Museum seeks artists for wall installation

JUNEAU -The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is looking for artists interested in creating a 12-inch-by-12-inch piece of art for its upcoming March installation, "12" by 12"."

A square will be reserved for each artist to create a temporary original artwork directly on the museum's gallery wall. Artists may work in any media and must complete the work between March 1-24.

The deadline to reserve a spot is Feb. 20. Interested artists can contact Curator of Collections Ellen Carrlee at

All artists will have access to the museum during public open hours, noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There will also be time from noon to 7 p.m. during First Friday, March 4.

The gallery will be open to the public to observe the project's development, and the installation will conclude with a closing reception from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, March 25. The art will be removed before April.

New Web site hopes to list every Juneau artist

JUNEAU -, a new Web site started by local artist Melissa Goese-Goble, is attempting to list every artist in town regardless of age or ability.

A basic listing is free.

The site had 21 artists listed as of Monday and will eventually have resources and tips for artists.

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