'Beanstalk auditions are set for Jan. 14

ANTIOCH -- El Campanil Children s Theatre will hold auditions for its next production, "Jack And The Beanstalk, on Jan. 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Ages needed for cast of characters range from age 10 through adult. For list of characters required visit El Campanil Theatre website: www.elcampaniltheatre.com

For auditions, bring a recent photo of yourself, and be prepared to tell a story, do an improv, and/or read from the script. No participation fee required.

Performances are Feb. 27 through March 2. Rehearsals begin January 21. For questions, email directorSharon Redman at SundownCA@aol.com

'Dark Blue World to be shown Jan. 19

ANTIOCH -- The International Film Showcase presents "Dark Blue World at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

On March 15, 1939, Germany invaded Czechoslovakia. Czech and Slovak pilots fleed to England, joining the RAF. After the war, back home, they were put in labor camps, suspected of anti-Communist ideas.

The film is part of a collaborative effort with the International Film Showcase, which has a successful foreign film series in Orinda.

The French, German film has English subtitles.

General admission $8, seniors 62 and older $7.

For tickets and information, call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.


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'Phantom of the Opera star to sing at Campanil

ANTIOCH -- Following last year s hit presentation of his Broadway tribute, "The Phantom of the Opera star Franc D Ambrosio returns to The El Campanil Cabaret Series celebrating movie music with his critically acclaimed one-man show "Hollywood at 3 p.m. Jan. 26.

This year s show takes us on his journey from the Bronx to Hollywood, celebrating songs from many of his favorite silver Sscreen classics along the way, including "Funny Face, "Breakfast At Tiffany s, "Top Hat, "Moonstruck, "Pennies From Heaven, "The Godfather and "The Phantom of the Opera.

D Ambrosia portrayed the famed masked man nearly 3,000 times, bringing more than five million theatergoers to their feet over six years. He starred in the now legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber musical for a year and a half in the National Tour, and five years in the San Francisco production. Thus, at one point, earning the title The World s Longest Running Phantom.

Tickets: adults: $27; seniors (62 and older) $25; youth (ages 9-17), free with paid adult or senior. Tickets are available at the box office, or by calling 925-757-9500 or online at http://www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Art exhibit at Umpqua Bank in Antioch

ANTIOCH -- Umpqua Bank and the The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch are partnering for an art exhibit providing local artists a venue to showcase their work.

Featured artists for the January exhibit are Eric Hoye, Nina Collosi, Celia Huddleston, Kyoko Campbell, Gloria Cannon, and Jolynn LaCasse.

The exhibit is at 3700 Lone Tree Way, and is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through January. The Arts & Cultural Foundation is seeking artists for February and March. Artists interested in participating, email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925-325-9897.

Stage Right to present 'Phantom of the Opera

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory will present "Phantom of the Opera Feb. 28 through March 9 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St.

For more information, call Kami Stiles at 925-216-4613.

Winter kids art classes in Brentwood

BRENTWOOD -- Winter art classes begin this week at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., with instructor Nancy Roberts.

"Animal Safari for ages 6 through 12 is set for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. In this class kids will capture the spirit of wild animals, farm critters and more, with a variety of drawing and painting media. "Drawing and Painting People for ages 8 through 13 is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For information and registration, call Brentwood Parks and Recreation at 925-516-5444 or go to www.brentwoodca.gov/emotion.

-- Nan Hargis