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Posted on Thu. Apr. 19, 2012 - 12:01 am EDT

Local briefs: WBOI wins awards, theater workshop and auditions planned

WBOI wins awards

The Radio and Television News Directors Association has awarded three regional Edward R. Murrow awards to Fort Wayne public radio station WBOI, 89.1-FM, for best audio feature reporting, best audio reporting hard news, and best audio sports reporting. With these wins, WBOI is automatically entered into a national RTNDA competition to be judged later this spring.

Two stories that attracted judges' interest were “Air Safety,” which examined the implementation of safety regulations at the Fort Wayne International Airport; and “Derby Brats,” a feature highlighting the efforts of a teenage girls' roller derby team to defend its undefeated record against opponents from across the country.

Theater workshop offered

Grand Effect Productions will offer a weeklong theater workshop for actors ages 9-18 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 11-15 at the United Hispanic Americans Center, 2424 Fairfield Ave. The workshop will offer formal education on theater vocabulary, how to read a script, voice projection and how to develop a character. Instructor will be Paul Allen, executive artistic director of local theater company Grand Effect Productions.

Students must provide their own sack lunch Monday through Thursday. Pizza and drinks will be provided on Friday. The cost will be $150 for the entire week. One-half of the fees must be paid upon enrollment. Some financial assistance is available for families enrolling more than one student. Space is limited to 25 students.

For more information, call Paul Allen at 579-6277.

In addition, Grand Effect Productions will hold auditions for “Romeo & Juliet … Almost” on May 1 and 2 at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits, 1915 S. Calhoun Street. Auditions are by appointment only. Four adult women and two adult men age 18 and older (because of the language) are needed.

To schedule an appointment, call 579-6277.

Civic auditions

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre will hold auditions for the musical “Dreamgirls” 6-10 p.m. May 13 at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

To sign up for an audition, contact Eunice Wadewitz, Civic music director, at 422-8641, Ext. 226, or On audition night, enter from the rear of the building using the glass doors to the Green Room. Candidates are asked to arrive early to check in and fill out an audition form.

Call backs will be 7-10 p.m. May 14. Rehearsals will be 7-10 p.m. Monday-Friday June 4-July 27. Tech Sunday Rehearsal will be noon-11 p.m. July 22.

Performances will be July 28-Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. If the show sells well, additional performances will be added Aug. 17-19.

Embassy goes country

The Embassy Theatre's Down the Line: Legends from Locals concert concept will branch out with a Down the Country Line concert at 7 p.m. June 16.

Five local bands will perform country music that inspired them. A beer tasting also will be offered 6-7 p.m. in the Indiana Hotel Lobby, along with karaoke to country music songs.

Tickets for the all-ages show are $10 in advance and $12 the week of the show. They are on sale now at the Embassy Theatre box office, Ticketmaster locations and at

Band scheduled to perform and the music they will play are:

•The Twang Gang playing the tunes of Australian chart topper Keith Urban.

•Staci Stork and Scarlett will pay tribute to country star Carrie Underwood.

•Allan and Ashcraft will sing the songs of popular summer concert headliner Kenny Chesney.

•Sugar Shot will perform the music of country superstar Miranda Lambert.

•Huckleberry Blue will salute the classic country songs of Hank Williams Sr.

For more information, visit

Video wins award

The Talent Initiative's “Curtis Visits IPFW” video, a part of the Talent Made Here Campaign, directed by One Lucky Guitar and produced by Explore Media, won a 2012 Bronze Telly Award in the education category for Internet and online video.

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