Casting call: one scruffy dog for the stage

Posted Jan. 14, 2010, at 6:04 p.m.

Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft needs a dog — one that can act, that is.

Executive director Patrick Myers reports that the Slightly Off-Center Players community theater group has issued “a casting call for talented terriers and other career-minded canines to fill an important role in the upcoming production of ‘Annie Jr.’”

Myers said “this is the hit musical ‘Annie,’ specially written for an all-youth cast,” and “we’re excited to have a real dog in the play and will hold auditions for the best pooch for the part.”

Midsize dogs, rather than those that are very small or very large, and that have “acting aspirations should apply,” Myers wrote, adding that producers have set their sights on “the scruffier the better.”

Auditions begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Center Theatre, 20 E. Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.

Myers cautions that “dogs need to be well-trained and able to obey commands,” including “sit and stay,” that are given by other people, as well as responding to “being called across the stage by their owners.”

In addition, “both owner and dog must be available for rehearsals in January and, beginning Monday, Feb. 1, for all rehearsals and performances.”

For more information, call Terri Libby at 564-8943.

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The Paul Bunyan Snowmobile Club’s second annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride will begin with coffee, juice and doughnuts at 7:30 a.m. and the ride at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Paul Bunyan Snowmobile Club House on outer Union Street in Bangor.

Toby Williams reminds snowmobile enthusiasts the ride is open to anyone, not just owners of vintage sleds, and Williams hopes you will join in the fun.

For more information, call Williams at 332-1322 or e-mail paulbunyanscbangor@hotmail.com.

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Here’s a reminder from Selina Lufkin that the nonprofit Meadowbrook After School Dance Program will hold BURN CALORIES to raise money for tuition assistance so that children can participate in the program from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Meadowbrook, 34 Lois Lane, Eddington.

For more information, call 843-5638 or e-mail swingtime34@gmail.com.

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Sue Bernier reports that reservations are required for people who want to “Celebrate Roe v. Wade with Choice & Chocolate 2010” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center in Bangor.

Bernier wrote that the event “will feature chocolate desserts (including Fair Trade Chocolate), door prizes and a presentation of 37 different stories from women’s abortion experiences, including stories from Maine women.”

To RSVP, call 947-5337, ext. 114, or e-mail educate@mabelwadsworth.org.

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Through a grant from the Maine Commission on Community Service, The Game Loft will present a living history event honoring the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in the Waldo County Probate Courtroom in Belfast.

The event is a mock trial that airs the issues stemming from Fugitive Slave Act of the 1850s.

“The case will examine the impact of a runaway slave on a small Maine town,” according to a news release.

“Although the case is fictional, the issues it raises concerning human rights, civil disobedience, and civil rights have lessons not only in history but in contemporary life.”

A discussion period, led by the Restorative Justice Program, will follow the re-enactment, and parts are available for community members.

For information, call Kali Rocheleau at The Game Loft at 338-6447 or e-mail thegameloft@spurwink.org.

The Game Loft offers free programs for young people 18 and under.

For information about its programs and hours of operation, visit www.thegameloft.org or call the number above.

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The Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine reports the public is invited to a free Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday commemoration from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Keith Anderson Community Center in Orono.

The snow date is Monday, Jan. 18.

The commemoration is being organized by the Peace & Justice Center with the University of Maine peace and reconciliation studies program, students from the UM Office of Multicultural Programs, and AmeriCorps volunteers.

Events include a discussion led by Phyllis Brazee, director of the peace and reconciliation studies program, and Heather Kitchen, graduate assistant with the Office of Multicultural Programs.

People should bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m., then participate in an “I Have a Dream Café” from 6 to 8 p.m. to share songs, poems, readings and art reflecting the King legacy.

Forrest Danzler will emcee the cafe.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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