Arts Notes: July 6

07/04/2014 12:00 AM

07/03/2014 7:34 AM

Music for lunch

The next Music for the Lunch Bunch concert is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at 12:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 215 S. Third St., Smithfield. Julie Stewart and her vocal students will perform. Admission is free, with donations accepted.

Stewart is owner of Kindermusik of Clayton and Voice of Clayton. She is a graduate of Kent State University, where she earned a degree in gifted and elementary education and a minor in vocal performance. Kindermusik International has named her a Maestro Educator five times.

Here’s the remaining Lunch Bunch schedule:

•  July 16 – Brooke Mikuski, flute; and Cameron Brewer, trumpet.
•  July 23 – Amy Brucksch, classical guitar; and John Malloy, violin.
•  July 30 – Tori Howell, flute; and Catherine Hamner, piano.
•  Aug. 6 – Dara Edwards and students, piano.
•  Aug. 13 – Molly Olah and students, violin.

Auditions in Smithfield

Auditions for “Auntie Mame,” a Neuse Little Theatre production, are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. July 28-29 at The Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. The show has roles for 25 men, 12 women and three boys. Show dates are Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-27.

Grants available

The Johnston County Arts Council is accepting grant applications.

The grant program is open to nonprofits that promote and develop cultural-arts programming in Johnston County. Projects must take place between July 1 of this year and May 30, 2015. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Aug. 14.

The application form and grant guidelines are online at

A grant-writing workshop is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce office, 1115 Industrial Park, Smithfield.

For more information, call Darlene Williford at 919-938-0306 or email

‘Aida’ in Clayton

Clayton Youth Theater will present Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” at 7:30 p.m. July 25-26, July 31 and Aug. 1-2 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. “Aida” tells the story of an enslaved Nubian princess who finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the pharaoh’s daughter. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility she faces as leader of her people. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and younger. Taxes and fees are extra. For tickets, call 919-553-1737 or visit On July 31, enjoy dinner at the Wagner House and then walk across the street to the show. Those tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for students. For reservations, call 919-553-1737.

Music on Town Square

Here are the remaining dates in the Town Square Concert Series in Clayton.

•  July 17 – Steve Owens & Summertime.
•  Aug. 21 – Mostley Crue.
•  Sept. 18 – Nantucket.

All concerts are from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Town Square at 110 W. Main St. Admission is free; concessions are available.

Pottery for teens

A hand-building class for teens will begin July 10 the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road, Clayton. The class will meet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays for six weeks. The cost is $65 for Clayton residents and $80 for nonresidents. For more information, call 919-553-1550.

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