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CATS to hold auditions for newest play

Auditions will be held next week for “The Love Suicides at Sonezaki,” a play planned for mid-January by the Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS). Rehearsals begin in November.

“We are very excited about this Japanese classic love story. It will incorporate the essence of traditional Japanese theater, including kabuki, noh and butoh,” said Lisa Moon, CATS artistic director.

“CATS is pleased to introduce to theatergoers in Nevada County an intercultural experience, a fusion of eastern techniques,” Moon said. “‘Love Suicides’ … will integrate the influences of these theater forms in the set, costumes, hair, makeup and movement.”

“The Love Suicides at Sonezaki” was written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon and translated by Donald Keene.

January marks the 300th anniversary of this play and the 10th anniversary of CATS.

Amber Jo Manuel will direct the production. With a master’s in fine arts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Manuel is a teacher, director and choreographer in Western and non-Western theater. She directed the recent Foothill Theatre Company-sponsored “Into the Night, Faces” production.

“The Love Suicides” auditions will be at Nevada Theatre from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 29 and from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept 30. Callbacks will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1.

A multicultural cast of six men and six woman, ages 17 to 60, is needed. Those auditioning will read from the script and should dress comfortably for movement.

To register for the auditions, e-mail

KVMR draws listeners in

KVMR’s Web listenership reached an all-time record high – in fact, double the previous record – one day last week.

The station featured a series of special features the morning of Sept. 11, 2002, KVMR program director Steve Baker said. Internet hits peaked during the station’s remote live broadcast of Music in the Mountains’ presentation of “Mozart’s Requiem,” part of a worldwide commemoration.

Previously, the noncommercial radio’s top audience on the Internet was for another live broadcast – the final performance at the legendary Palms Playhouse music club in Davis, featuring Utah Phillips of Nevada City.

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