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By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published November 15, 2012 at 3:50 a.m.

— Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts this weekend: Island musical

The John McLinn Ross Players will stage Once on This Island (music by Stephen Flaherty, book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens) at 7:30 p.m. today-Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Hathaway Howard Fine Arts Center, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 1200 N. University Drive, Pine Bluff. Tickets are $10, $5 children and students. Call (870) 575-8428.

Gingerbread opera

Ouachita Baptist University’s Opera Theatre will stage Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel in English at 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Jones Performing Arts Center at OBU in Arkadelphia. Jon Secrest will conduct singers and orchestra. Tickets are $10, one free per OBU student with ID. Call (870) 245-5555 or visit

Argenta screening

The Argenta Film Series will screen the documentary The Invisible War, exploring rape within the U.S. military, at 7 p.m. today at the Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St., North Little Rock. Director Kirby Dick will attend.Admission is free, courtesy of the William F. Laman Public Library System. Visit

Dick will also discuss the film at noon today in Sturgis Hall at the Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Take your own lunch; admission and drinks are free. Call (501) 683-5239 or e-mail kumpurislectur to reserve a seat.

Connecticut organist

Organist Joshua Stafford, a recent master’s degree graduate from Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music and organist and choirmaster at St. Andrew’s Church in Stamford, Conn., will give a recital at 8 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 800 Scott St., Little Rock, under the auspices of the Central Arkansas Chapter American Guild of Organists. Stafford’s program will include the Trio Sonata No. 1 by J.S. Bach; Prelude to Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck; Prelude et danse fugue by Gaston Litaize; Cortege et Litanie by Marcel Dupre; Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber; Roulade, op.3 No. 9, by Seth Bingham; and an arrangement of “Jupiter” from The Planets by Gustav Holst. Admission is free. Call (501) 372-2512.

Speaking one’s piece

Central Arkansas poets, including Tru Poet, OsyrusBolly, Chris James and Drekkia Writes, some of whom are part of the Foreign Tongues Poetry Troupe, will kick off the new Speak Now Poetry Series with a show titled “Speak Now ... Or Forever Hold Your Piece,” 6 p.m. Saturday at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock.

Admission is free; seating is limited. Call (501) 683-3593 or e-mail

Re-creating 1862

The Old State House Museum will offer a re-creation of life in Arkansas during the second year of the Civil War with a living history event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the museum grounds, 300 W. Markham St., Little Rock. Costumed living history interpreters will focus on the everyday life of civilians and soldiers during the political and military buildup to the Prairie Grove Campaign during the fall of 1862; there will also be firing demonstrations, a gubernatorial vote, and handson activities and old-fashioned games for children.

Admission is free. Call (501) 324-9685 or visit

Benefit recital

Pianist Julie Cheek and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra members Andrew Irvin, violin; Ryan Mooney, viola; and David Gerstein, cello, will give a benefit concert for the St. Joseph Center of Arkansas at 7 p.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1101 N. Mississippi St., Little Rock. Cheek and Irvin will play the Violin Sonata No. 26 in B-flat major, K.378, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, op.12 No. 1, by Ludwig van Beethoven. The second half of the program will be the Piano Quartet in E-Flat major, op.47, by Robert Schumann.

Admission is free; donations to the North Little Rockbased nonprofit will be accepted. Call (501) 993-4560.

Patsy audition

Chance Film Productions will hold auditions at noon Saturday at the Doubletree Hotel, 424 W. Markham St., Little Rock, for an actress to play the title role in a movie called Patsy.

Producer-director John Russell says the film is in partabout Patsy Cline and part about a production company “trying to find the perfect girl to play Patsy Cline,” so a segment of the film will show women from across the country converging on Nashville to audition to play Cline.

To that end, he says, auditioners “can be pretty much of any age.” The company will also be looking for roles for men and women of all ages and even a few extras “with the right look,” Russell says.

Take a resume as well as two photos - one head shot and one full-length (if you don’t have the necessary photos, a professional photographer will be on hand) and prepare at least one Patsy Cline song, plus another of your choice.

The company won’t be providing an accompanist but says a cappella performances will be acceptable.

E-mail brookechanceprodu or visit the production’s Facebook page, 283765141734974?fref=ts.

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