The Wheeler Opera House has announced additions to its 2006-07 concert lineup.Singer-songwriter Edwin McCain will return to the Wheeler on Dec. 2, with fellow acoustic artist Maia Sharp opening. McCain, a South Carolina native, had a hit with “I’ll Be,” from his 1998 album “Misguided Roses.” The songs of Los Angeles-based Sharp have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Kathy Mattea, the Dixie Chicks and Art Garfunkel. Sharp and McCain co-wrote and co-sang “Hold Out a Hand,” with all profits from the download going to hurricane victims.Comedian David Brenner performs Dec. 28. His latest work, the 2003 book “I Think There’s a Terrorist in My Soup,” was made into a recording in 2004.E=mc3: John McEuen & Sons is set for Jan. 20. McEuen, the string player of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, will be joined by his sons, Nathan and Jonathan.Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli performs his show, “Dear Mr. Sinatra,” Jan. 24. Twenty-something jazz vocalist Jane Monheit is scheduled for Feb. 15. Both shows are co-presented by Jazz Aspen Snowmass.Previously announced Wheeler shows include Canadian fiddler Natalie MacMaster, Nov. 4; South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Nov. 9; folk-rock singer Chris Hillman, formerly of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, appearing with Herb Pedersen, Nov. 11; Broadway star Bernadette Peters, accompanied by a 29-piece orchestra, Dec. 29; folk singer Tom Rush, Feb. 3; and singer Kathy Mattea, March 23.For tickets and further information, go to http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com.
Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company is holding auditions for its upcoming productions of “Death of a Salesman” and “The Trip to Bountiful.” Auditions will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 25-26, beginning at 7 p.m. at TRTC’s theater in downtown Carbondale.”Death of a Salesman,” to be directed by Thunder River artistic director Lon Winston and associate artist Valerie Haugen, runs Feb. 15-March 3. Winston will also star as Willy Loman. “The Trip to Bountiful,” directed by Winston, runs June 21-July 7, and features Haugen and Julia Whitcombe.Numerous parts are available for men and women in both productions. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the plays; familiarity with the work is recommended.Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” earned the Pulitzer Prize, and Tony and New York Drama Critics Circle awards for best play upon its debut in 1949, the first play to win all three honors. The play centers on the declining fortunes of traveling salesman Loman and his family.Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful,” the story of an elderly Texas woman who wants to revisit the small town where she was raised, was written for television in 1953 and opened on Broadway the same year. It was adapted into a 1985 film by director Peter Masterson.To sign up for an audition time, call 963-8200. For further information on TRTC, go to http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com.
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