‘Comedy Night’ to benefit volunteer fire department

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP — A pair of comedians will perform June 23 at the Hempfield Township Volunteer Fire Department Station One to raise money for the department’s equipment upkeep.

Bill Arrundale opens Comedy Night at 9 p.m. followed by headliner Phil Hogan who has performed with such notable comedians as Jeff Foxworthy, Carrot Top and Ron White.

A light buffet will be available from 8 to 9 p.m. and a cash bar will be open all night.

Station One is at 20 6th Ave. in Hempfield Township.

Tickets are $10 a person. To order, call Vicki Vandergrift at 724-588-1517.

Playhouse sets youth stars and play auditions

NEW CASTLE – The New Castle Playhouse will host auditions later this month for its 2007 Mini-Stars performances and upcoming productions of “Murder My Sweet Matilda,” a play based on the motion picture “Midnight Lace.”

The Mini-Stars auditions are open to performers between the ages of 8 and 18 and will be held at 6 p.m. June 25 in the playhouse’s Annex Theater in New Castle.

Applicants will be required to sing a one-minute vocal selection without sheet music and are asked to bring a cassette or compact disc of their music or sing without accompaniment.

Those auditioning will also be required to read a short monologue that will be given out at the audition.

Auditions for the thriller “Murder My Sweet Matilda” will be held at 7 p.m. June 26 and 27. There are open roles for nine men and three women.

In the play, the young wife of a London bookmaker begins receiving phone calls telling her she’ll be killed within a month. Her husband first finds it difficult to condone her growing terror, but then gradually starts to lose his doubts.

A reading from the script will be supplied at the audition. The play will be performed Aug. 18 through Sept. 3 at the playhouse.

For more information, call the playhouse at 724-657-9369 or visit its Web site: www.ncplayhouse.com