In the Arts

Cast of SchoolHouse Rock!   Running Rabbit Family Theatre (RRFT) will premiere "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" at Monmouth University's Pollak Theatre, West Long Branch, and Two River Theater in Red Bank. The new musical is a playful, laugh-filled look at the school subjects of math, science, social studies and history. Performances are April 22 at 2 p.m. at Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch; and at TRT, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, performances are May 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 10:30 a.m.; May 12, 13 and 20 at 11 a.m. Cast members meet and greet the children after each performance. Tickets are $14. For more information, call (973)744-3309 or visit www.rrfamilytheatre org.Cast of SchoolHouse Rock! Running Rabbit Family Theatre (RRFT) will premiere “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” at Monmouth University’s Pollak Theatre, West Long Branch, and Two River Theater in Red Bank. The new musical is a playful, laugh-filled look at the school subjects of math, science, social studies and history. Performances are April 22 at 2 p.m. at Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch; and at TRT, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, performances are May 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 10:30 a.m.; May 12, 13 and 20 at 11 a.m. Cast members meet and greet the children after each performance. Tickets are $14. For more information, call (973)744-3309 or visit www.rrfamilytheatre org. The Monmouth University Department of Music and Theatre Arts will present its annual spring concert, “A Concert for Peace,” Friday at 8 p.m. in the university’s Pollak Theatre. Tickets are $10 at the door only. The concert features the Monmouth University Concert Chorus and Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra. The focal piece of the concert will be Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War.” For more information, call (732) 571-3442.

Mad Agnes Returns! The wonderfully witty, energetic trio of singers with their many guitars, mandolin, keyboard and bass and all-original music will perform Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, West Front Street, Lincroft. Tickets are $20, $12 for seniors and students, $5 for jam instrumentalists. For tickets and information, call (732) 774-3492 or e-mail to owenca@verizon.net.

JerseyArts.com is sponsoring an online Intern Fair for the summer and fall of 2007 to match the interests of students with the needs of participating theaters, arts centers and cultural organizations statewide. Deadline is Aug. 17. Follow www.jobsurveys.com/discovernj.htm or visit www.JerseyArts.com for more information.

The Art Society of Monmouth County will meet April 18 at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, 128 Ocean Ave. A social half-hour begins at 10:30 a.m., and at 11 a.m. artist Lizzy Shippard will give a presentation on watercolor technique. The society’s next exhibit will be the Ruth Crown Memorial Art Show April 3-26 at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road.

Soar Productions will present “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum at the Union Beach Firehouse, 1110 Union Ave. on the bayside of Route 36. Performances are Friday and Saturday, April 20, 21, 27, 28 and May 4 and 5 at 8 p.m., and April 22, 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and children under 12 years. For reservations, call (732) 471-8268.

The Shrewsbury Players will celebrate the start of their 10th season with the presentation of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Communicating Doors.” The fantasy thriller will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., April 13-28, and Sunday, April 22 and 29, at 2 p.m. Ticket prices for the dessert theater are $20, $16 students and seniors. Locals in the cast include Noelle Martines of Long Branch, Ed Kosberg of Shrewsbury, and Christine Schilke and Mike Randazza, both of Eatontown. For reservations and information call (732) 224-8882 or (732) 389-5648.

First Avenue Playhouse will be casting for its July production of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the playhouse, 123 First Ave., Atlantic Highlands. “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is the coming-of-age story of Eugene Jerome, a Russian-Jewish teenager growing up in Depression-era Brooklyn. A cast of three men and four women ranging in age from 12 to 50-plus is needed: Eugene Jerome, must be able to read as middle teens; Stanley Jerome, Eugene’s older brother, age range 18 to 22; Kate Jerome, matriarch of the clan, 40 to 50; Jack Jerome, Eugene’s father, 45 to 55.

Also, Blanche Morton, Kate’s younger sister, age range 35 to 45; Nora Morton, Blanche’s oldest daughter, 16 to 19; Laurie Morton, the youngest daughter, 12 to 16. All roles are open and scenes will be provided to auditioners. For more information call (732) 291-7552 or visit www.firstavenueplayhouse.com

The International Center at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft will host the 12th Annual Evening of International Poetry Wednesday, April 25, 7-9 p.m., Warner Student Life Center, Navesink Room I. Hosted by Dr. Elaine H. Olaoye, the poetry and psychology festival will feature students, faculty and members of the community performing poetry in the original language from around the world, and explore the relationship between psychology and poetry.

Brookdale Community College’s Summer Shakespeare Ensemble will hold auditions for “The Tempest” Thursday and Friday 6-8 p.m., and Thursday, April 26, 6-10 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center Experimental Theater (Room 101) at the Lincroft campus on Newman Springs Road.

No monologue is necessary; there will be cold readings from the script. Rehearsals will start in May and performances at the campus are in July. For more information, call Sue Carle at (732) 224-2333.

StreetLife, Red Bank’s outdoor summer music and performing arts series, will be back for a sixth season this summer. For the 2007 series, Red Bank RiverCenter is seeking performance artists such as mimes, clowns, poets, painters, magicians, puppeteers, stilt walkers, jugglers, and musicians 16 years and older.

Auditions will be held Thursday, April 26, at the Count Basie Theatre Rehearsal Studio, on the second floor of 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 6-8 p.m. Performers should have three to five minutes of prepared material. StreetLife will begin June 2 and continue on Saturday nights through Aug. 25. For information, call RiverCenter at (732) 842-4244. harpsichords.