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Arts in brief for Friday, Nov 27.

'Phantom' star seeks student vocalists

RICHLAND -- Franc D'Ambrosio, best known for his starring role in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, will perform for the Community Concerts of Tri-Cities on May 7 at Richland High School.

He'll also be choosing two Mid-Columbia music students to sing a duet with him from Phantom during the concert.

D'Ambrosio will conduct a vocal competition where he'll choose one female and one male to perform the Christine and Raoul duets from the Phantom of the Opera.

The tryouts are open to college, high school and middle school students in the Mid-Columbia area, as well as graduates of area high schools still attending college outside of the region.

D'Ambrosio holds the record for portraying the world's longest running Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical. He also played the role of Michael Corleone's opera-singing son Anthony in the Godfather III film.

Additional information about the competition is on the Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities website at then click on the link "Call for Christine/Raoul."

Comedian to perform Nov. 27-28 in Kennewick

KENNEWICK -- Comedian Adam Kessler, who's been performing stand- up comedy since 2003, performs an evening of clean comedy starting at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 27-28 at Jack Didley's nightclub in downtown Kennewick.

Cover charge is $5 at the door and the show is open to the 21 and older crowd only.

Hanford High to present tasty Dessert Theatre

RICHLAND -- Hanford High Drama Department will present its sixth annual dessert theatre fundraiser, Teatro Di Cioccolato, starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in the commons area at the high school in Richland.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the door or the school office. For more information, call 371-0777.

The event also includes live and silent auctions.

LIGO observatory adds new monthly tour date

The LIGO Hanford Observatory have added another day for its monthly tours.

Besides the regular tour on the second Saturday of each month, there also will be another tour on the fourth Friday of each month starting Nov. 27. Instead of on Christmas Day, the next tour will be in January.

Kate & The Crocodiles to play in Walla Walla

Kate and The Crocodiles are set to perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 5 at Merchants in downtown Walla Walla. There is no cover charge.

They also will perform at the Marcus Whitman Hotel on New Year's Eve. The band plays a mix of jazz, blues and rock and is made up of six professional Northwest musicians: Kate Morrison, vocals; Peter Crawford, piano and keyboard; Alan Gemberling, trombone; Gary Gemberling, trumpet and vocals; Phil Lynch, guitar and vocals; and Spencer Martin, drums.

Richland bookstore to showcase creativity

Cornucopia of Creativity, an all ages event, for November is from 2 to 9 p.m. Nov. 27 at Adventures Underground, 1391 George Washington Way in the Uptown shopping center in Richland.

Organized by CA Hurst, the free event focuses on the talents of Mid-Columbia young people in a family-friendly setting and includes music, poetry and art.

Those scheduled to appear include vocalists Ariel Knudsen, Bryson Foster, Travis Garland, Lainey Lou, Rebecca Muse, Hannah and I, as well as the bands Pigeon Fist, Third Rail, His Haven, and Barley.

Also appearing will be poet Ayla Torrez and art by Cosby Wilson, Marlissa Fite, Three Rivers HomeLink students, Hermiston High students, and photograpy by River's Edge high school students.

Comedian Brad Upton to perform in Kennewick

Comedian Brad Upton performs two Home for the Holidays comedy shows starting at 8 p.m. Nov. 27-28 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. Opening for Upton will be Seattle comedian Susan Rice.

Admission is $20 plus service charges. Get tickets at or call 735-0500. Tickets also are available at the coliseum box office and purchases there avoid service charges.

'Beauty & the Beast' auditions set Dec. 7-8

Auditions for the Academy of Children's Theatre production of Beauty & the Beast start at 5 p.m. Dec. 7-8 at the ACT studio, 213 Wellsian Way, Richland.

To schedule an audition time, call 943-6027.

Comedic piano virtuoso to perform in Sunnyside

Comedic piano virtuoso Rudolf Budginas returns to the Mid-Columbia for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Sunnyside High School. The event is part of the Lower Valley Community Concert Association's 2009-10 season.

Admission is by season ticket or individual tickets are $30 and are available at the door.

CBC choral, orchestra to play concert Dec. 1

Columbia Basin College's choral and orchestra concert is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the CBC theater. The concert features the CBC Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, both under the direction of Dave Cazier, and the CBC Orchestra, directed by Robert Burroughs.

The college's jazz night starts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the CBC theater and features the CBC jazz ensemble directed by Randy Hubbs and the jazz choral group Freeform directed by Dave Cazier.

Admission is free.

Be a pirate, princess so your parents can shop

Pirates and Princess Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Academy of Children's Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland.

Parents can drop their kids off during those hours and do some Christmas shopping with the kids around. There is no cost.

The ACT teachers will keep kids in grades 1-3 busy playing games, play acting, creating crafts for Christmas and listening to some exciting storytelling. For more information, call Julie Schroeder at 943-6027.