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Academy Street Theatre Group to hold auditions

Academy Street Theatre Group to hold auditions

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Cherokee County's Academy Street Theatre Group will hold auditions next week for two upcoming productions.

Students in grade 2-12 are invited to try out for Not-So-Grimm Tales and Oklahoma!

Auditions will be held Monday, Mar. 9 and Tuesday, Mar. 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. both days. They will be at River Ridge High School.

Rehearsals for both shows begin Mar. 19; Not-So-Grimm Tales will run May 22 and 23, and Oklahoma! will run June 4-6.

Visit cherokee.k12.ga.us for more information.

River Ridge High School is located at 400 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock.

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas has become the first theater chain to decide not to show the upcoming Sony film "The Interview", according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday evening.

Carmike operates 2,917 screens in 278 theaters over 41 states, including nine theaters in metro Atlanta -- Athens, Cartersville, Canton, Conyers, Newnan, Snellville, Cumming, Hiram and southwest Atlanta.

Sony said earlier in the day Tuesday that they were moving ahead with plans to distribute the controversial comedy on Christmas Day, despite messages from hackers that appeared to threaten violence at theaters showing the film. The threats evoked the memory of 9/11, and suggested that violence of that sort would come to theaters and theater goers as a result of the film's going into wide release on Christmas weekend.

Dorothea Benton Frank kicks off author lunch series

Dorothea Benton Frank kicks off author lunch series

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- FoxTale Book Shoppe is kicking off their Fox Lunch & Laugh series with New York Times bestselling author, Dorothea Benton Frank, on Tuesday, June 17 at Vingenzo's Pasta & Pizzeria, just a few doors down from FoxTale.

"Dottie Frank loves her visits to Woodstock, and so do we!" FoxTale co-owner Ellen Ward said. "Once again, FoxTale Book Shoppe welcomes Dottie with the release of her newest book ... this reservations-only luncheon is always a great and fun time."

Oliver North to sign new novel at FoxTale Book Shoppe

Oliver North to sign new novel at FoxTale Book Shoppe

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Lt. Colonel Oliver L. North, USMC Ret. is making one of only two independent bookstore visits nationwide to FoxTale Book Shoppe on Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

North will be midway through his book tour for his new novel, Counterfeit Lies, when he stops at FoxTale Book Shoppe. Due to his tight tour schedule, purchase of Counterfeit Lies will be required to attend the event and non-posed photos will be permitted. North will personalize as well as sign books.

"We are thrilled that Colonel North will be at FoxTale.  This is huge for us, for Woodstock and the surrounding area.  From what we've been told, visitors to Downtown Woodstock will not be able to miss his wrapped tour bus. We anticipate at least 500 people will attend this exciting book event," FoxTale co-owner Ellen Ward said.

Free Bank of America weekennds at Tellus Science Museum

Free Bank of America weekennds at Tellus Science Museum

Bank of America cardholders get free admission to Tellus during the first full weekend of each month as part of Museums On Us.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Sequoyah HS theater director now in Ga. Thespians Hall of Fame

Sequoyah HS theater director now in Ga. Thespians Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ga. -- The theater director at Cherokee County's Sequoyah High School is the newest member of the Georgia Thespians Hall of Fame.

Gerald Parker was honored with a surprise induction during this year's Georgia Thespian Festival in Columbus.

Parker began working at Sequoyah in 1990 and became assistant director of the school's thespian troupe the following year. He was named head of the theater department in 2006 and went on to become chair of the fine arts department in 2010. He was also honored as Sequoyah's Teacher of the Year in 2012.

Since taking over the theater department, Parker has led Sequoyah to a number of local honors, including the Schuler Hensley Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre. In 2012, his student, Ben Fierke, was cast as the lead in an International Thespian Festival production of Aida.