Auditions in Clayton
Auditions for “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a Clayton Youth Theater musical, are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 29 and 10 a.m. May 30 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The show has roles for students in grades 7-12. For more information, go to claytonyouththeater.com.
Dinner and music
The Corinth Holders High School choral department will present “Starlight & Standards,” a dinner theater, May 15 at the school, 6875 Applewhite Road, Wendell. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The menu will offer baked chicken, potato salad, green beans, bread, tea and banana pudding. The show will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger. They’re available online at ticketor.com/chhschorus.
Writers’ group to hear author Carrie Knowles
The Johnston County Writers Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Selma Public Library, 301 N. Pollock St., Selma. Carrie Knowles, the 2014 Piedmont Laureate in Short Fiction, will speak. She has penned two novels, “Lillian’s Garden” and “Ashoan’s Rug.” Her nonfiction book, “The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer’s,” is considered among the best on the subject. Admission is free.
Comedy in Smithfield
The Neuse Little Theatre will present Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” May 29-31 and June 5-6 at The Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. For more information, go to neuselittletheatre.org.
Variety show in Selma
Here are upcoming performances of the American Music Jubilee, the musical variety show at The Rudy theater, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma; 1:40 p.m. May 16, 21 and 30. For ticket information, call 877-843-7839 or go to amjubilee.com.
Rodney Atkins coming to The Farm
Rodney Atkins will perform Saturday, May 30, at The Farm, 215 Batten Road, Selma. The country music artist has six No. 1 singles. Tickets are $20 and $30. They’re available at etix.com and at Springhill Oufitters, 773 Seafood House Road, Selma..
Town Square concerts
Here’s the lineup for this year’s Town Square Concert Series in Clayton:
May 21 – Jack the Radio.
June 18 – Southern Grace.
July 16 – Coco Loco Party Band.
Aug. 20 – Idlewild South.
Sept. 17 – Walrus.
The free concerts are at 7 p.m. on Town Square at the corner of Main and Fayetteville streets. Bring a lawn chair or blanket but no coolers; food trucks and other vendors will be on hand. For more information, visit townofclayton.org/Downtown-Clayton/.
Art, photography camps
The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the following summer camps. For more information, call 919-553-1550.
Youth art – 9 a.m.-noon June 22-26 or Aug. 3-7 for ages 9-12. Young people will create works of art based on everyday designs and images. The fee is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents.
Teen art – 9 a.m.-noon July 20-24 for ages 13-17. The fee is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents.
Photography – 1-5 p.m. July 27-31 for ages 11-16. A professional photographer will teach the camp; young people should bring their own digital camera. The fee is $70 for Clayton residents and $85 for nonresidents.
Art camp in Smithfield
This summer, the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer Smithfield Artz Kidz Play, an art camp for children ages 5-13. The camp will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. June 22-26 in Smith-Collins Park. The cost is $2 a day or $10 for the whole week. The camp will repeat July 20-24. For more information, call 919-934-2148.
Pottery camp at SRAC
This summer, the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department will offer a pottery camp for young people ages 8-15. The camp will meet from 9 a.m. to noon July 6-10 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road. The camp will repeat Aug. 3-7. The cost is $85 for Smithfield residents and $100 for nonresidents. A 25-pound bag of clay is $20.
Sundown in Benson
Here’s the remaining schedule of Sundown Concerts in the Singing Grove on Main Street in downtown Benson:
May 14 – Too Much Sylvia.
June 11 – Band of Oz.
July 9 – The Attractions.
Aug. 13 – Jim Quick and the Coastline Band.
Sept. 24 – Russ Varnell and His Too Country Band.
The free concerts are at 5:30 p.m. In case of rain, they move to the American Legion Building, 605 N. Wall St.
Monthly art chat
Clayton Visual Arts Inc. sponsors Third Thursday Art Chat, a monthly gathering that offers artists a chance to share ideas, art products, resources, marketing tips, etc. The monthly chat is on the third Thursday of the month in the Poole Room in The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The chat starts at 6:30 p.m.
Art class for children
Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for children ages 18 months to 4 years, has resumed at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. In sessions at 10 a.m. Friday, children experiment with dough, paper, watercolors, glue and more. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, the costs are $7 and $27, respectively. Register two days in advance by calling 919-934-1408.
Concert at Flowers
Here’s the remaining schedule for the 2015 concert series at Flowers Crossroads, the Harris Teeter-anchored shopping center on N.C. 42 East at Buffalo Road near Clayton:
Sept. 13: Jim Quick and Coastline.
Oct. 11: Band of Oz.
Admission is free.
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