Just as some wish they could celebrate Christmas all year long, Halloween is more my speed. That makes the recent announcement of the upcoming Cinema Macabre spring series at Beale Memorial Library even more exciting.

Starting in February, the library will screen classic horror films on the first Thursday of the month hosted by the Boogeyman (aka promoter and radio personality Patrick Spurlock).

The series will feature: "The Curse of Frankenstein" (1957), starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, on Feb. 1; "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962), starring Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, on March 1; the 1982, Tobe Hooper-directed "Poltergeist" on April 5; and 1978's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," starring Leonard Nimoy, Donald Sutherland, and Jeff Goldblum, on May 3. 

The first show is at 6 p.m., all others start at 5 p.m. at the library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Events, which are recommended for adults only, will include free snacks and trivia. Arrive early to check out behind-the-scenes footage and a specially curated book selection to browse.

Geek out with Tonicism

Anybody worth their pop culture-cred has wondered what they would do in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. But some kids are ready to show how its done in "Geeks vs. Zombies Youth Edition Part Two," playing this weekend at The Empty Space.

The Tonicism Productions show is a continuation of the 2015 youth performance, which was based on the original "Geeks vs. Zombies." Show co-writer David Rock teamed with Matt Fredrickson and Tonicism director Guinevere PH Dethlefson for the adaptation following a group of friends who meet up with other survivors and form a plan to hit the seas to escape the remaining zombie hordes.

Twenty performers, ranging from elementary to high school, have been working since October to bring the show to the stage.

Performances run 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Admission is $10, $5 for children under 18, available at tonicism.com. All purchases are general admission will-call and seating is first come, first served so larger parties should arrive early to find seats together.

Visit tonicism.com or call 861-1314 for more information.


Although many local actors are tapped into the schedule for upcoming shows, it's worth mentioning every so often to the general public when auditions come up.

Ovation Theatre is seeking some moneyed voices to fill out its upcoming "Million Dollar Quartet." Auditions for the musical about a mythical impromptu jam session of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash at Sun Record Studios will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the theater, 1622 19th St.

Available parts include all four musicians (in the age range of 20-39) as well as studio owner Sam Phillips (age 30-59) and Dyanne (20-39), a singer and Presley's girlfriend in the show.

Those interested in any role other than Phillips should be prepared to sing a hit song by one of the artists. For Dyanne, prepare a song from the 1950 era of rock, jazz or folk.

The show runs March 9 to April 1.

Also seeking performers this weekend is Stars West Comedy Theatre, which is casting its production of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile."

Written by comedian Steve Martin, the absurdist comedy plays fast and loose with facts, putting renowned scientist Albert Einstein and painter Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904.

Auditions are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the theater, 2756 Mosasco St. All parts are open for the show, which runs April 6 to 21.

For more information, email director Vickie Stricklind at alashorte@hotmail.com.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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