Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts:
Auditions “Music Man”
The Pocket Community Theater, 170 Ravine St., Hot Springs, hosts auditions 2-5 p.m. May 14-15 for “The Music Man” (music, lyrics and book by Meredith Willson). The auditions will consist of cold script readings, a short dance number and a “vocal demonstration,” singing “Wells Fargo Wagon” in small groups. Auditions for three lead roles (“25-50”) involve: for Harold Hill, the first 33 bars of “Marian the Librarian” and the first 63 bars of “76 Trombones”; for Marian Paroo, the first 32 bars of “Will I Ever Tell You”, the first 33 bars of “Till There Was You” and the first 32 bars of “Goodnight My Someone”; and for Marcellus Washburn, the first 20 bars of “Shipoopi”. Other tracks will be chosen from those who audition for the set. The director will decide on any recalls. All levels of experience are welcome. Production dates are August 5-7 and August 12-14. Visit pockettheatre.com.
The Little Rock Parks and Recreation Volunteer Division is hosting a free fundraiser for the festival, “Music in the Park” 4-7:30 p.m. June 3 at Little Rock’s War Memorial Park to raise funds for its Adopt-A-Park, Trail and Flowerbed programs and the Volunteer Park Ranger and Jr. Park Ranger programs. Sad Daddy will perform; the event will include food trucks, merchants, artisans, craft beer and non-profit vendors, for which applications are always open. A second concert is scheduled for October 6 at Allsopp Park in Little Rock. Visit tinyurl.com/39mm7u3w. Support for the festival comes from the Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Orion Federal Credit Union.
The directory Symposium on medicinal plants May 14 at the Ozark Folk Center State Park, 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View, will focus in part on the International Herb Association’s Herb of the Year with food writer, editor and photographer Susan Belsinger presenting “The Medicinal Benefits of Violas – Herb of the Year 2022” and Ozark Folk Center Horticulturist Kathleen Connole discussing “North American viola species and their traditional uses by Indigenous peoples.” Participants will make a viola infused oil to take home.
The Committee of 100 for the Ozark Folk Center sponsors Helen Lowe Metzman’s presentation, “Native Medicinal Plants: Uses, Cultivation, Conservation, Connections and Ecology.” Bo Brown, author of “Foraging the Ozarks,” demonstrates fermentation techniques in a class called “Using and Preserving Wild Forages.”
Tickets are $87.75 and include a plant-based lunch. The deadline to register is May 10. Visit OzarkFolkCenter.Ticketleap.com.