PUBLISHED: 2:00 PM on Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Auditions for "Much Ado About Nothing" will be held at 6 p.m. April 3-4 at 710 Park Street and at 6 p.m. April 5 at N. Pt Higgins Elementary School in Ketchikan. William Shakespeare's "Much ado" will be directed by Keith Smith, open to all ages of men and women, many roles are available. Online and phone auditions are available to those who are out of town but will be in town for rehearsals and performances June 23, 24, 30 and July 1. Call 225-4792 for more information.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Presented by First City Players' ACTOut winter children's theatre program will be showing April 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. at Kayhi. Call 225-4792 for tickets and information.

Arsenic and Old Lace

One of the most entertaining and enduring comedies in American theatre. The misadventures of the Brewster sisters offer hilarious fun for the whole family. This First City Players production will be shown on the Kayhi stage in Ketchikan on April 27-29. Tickets and information available from First City Players, 225-4792.

Variety Show

Are you savvy with a saxophone? A paralegal partial to pirouettes? A kid with a knack for Kerouac?

Introducing the Juneau Grind, a monthly open-mic variety show.

Each performer or group gets up to five minutes to showcase their talents, whatever they may be. With the all ages Family Grind at 7 p.m. and the anything goes Bump-n-Grind at 10 p.m., there's an audience for anything that you may come up with. Shows will take place at the VFW Hall, located at First and Gold Street (the red building

behind the Baranof), on the second Friday of each April.

Sign up at the door or reserve a spot in the lineup by sending an e-mail to or calling John Leo at 957-2776.