From staff reportsJune 21, 2009 

Hot summer for dogs

The dog days of summer aren't here yet but the Hot Summer Nights theater season begins with a play about a dog, "Sylvia." In that spirit, the company will donate a portion of the proceeds from today's matinee to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County. Details about the season: Broadway actress Lisa Jolley, who was in Hairspray, plays the canine in the title role.

'Christmas Carol' auditions

It's way too soon to begin thinking about Christmas, unless you're Theatre in the Park, which is holding auditions for its 35th "A Christmas Carol" this week. This year the play will be performed in Raleigh and its sister city, Compiegne, France. Audition times can be scheduled by calling 831-6936. Other info:

Break a wrist?

Actress Andrea Schulz Twiss lived up to the show-must-go-on credo when she broke her wrist during a fall on the opening night performance of "Working" by Justice Theater Project. Twiss calmly left the stage and asked the crew to call 911. The cast had to ad lib to cover for her absence in the final 10 minutes of act one. Twiss finished the show in a splint.

Apex film fest

Apex is dipping its toes into the film festival culture with the launching of one in November. "The Peak City Film Festival - Family Style" will focus on short films and new media. Organizers hope to draw entries from far and wide.

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