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Out in the Crowd: Button Theatre will raise money through new musical production

It seems appropriate that the Button Theatre would perform "Other People's Lives." After all, it's a show about discovering a world of possibilities, facing challenges head on and discovering new opportunities. That's exactly what the theater group has been up to the last few months.

Founded earlier this year, Button Theatre, named after Gwinnett County founder Button Gwinnett, is the newest edition to the Gwinnett drama scene. Certainly, the group knows a thing or two about heading toward new horizons while leaping hurdles.

A musical journey featuring songs from "Guys and Dolls," "Cabaret," "Songs for a New World," "Sweeney Todd," "Wonderful Town," "Follies" and "Parade," the "Other People's Lives" performance will be a benefit for the theater company.

The fundraiser will be presented with cabaret seating that includes hors d'oevres from Proof of the Pudding catering, a dessert bar and coffee at intermission. To make the night even better, there will be a bottle of champagne on each table, as a way to toast the company's budding success.

Company members Charlie Bradshaw, Matthew Carter, Jennifer Hendrickson, Kristie Krabe and Kathleen McCook will head to the stage to take on the varying roles and near endless costumes changes.

"Other People's Lives" will be performed at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 at the Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Individual tickets are $40 and $300 for a table of eight. Visit www.buttontheatre.com.

Be the next Cary Grant

Before Cary Grant was the revered star of films such as "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "An Affair to Remember," he was just another actor-hopeful auditioning in community theater.

OK, that could be a lie. But if you think you might be the next Cary Grant, step right up. The Red Clay Theatre needs you.

The theater will hold auditions for the Cary Grant role - and all other parts - for "Arsenic and Old Lace" Tuesday and Wednesday. The play will be performed Jan. 24 through Feb. 18 at the Red Clay Theatre and Arts Center.

Auditions are open to all adults and will consist of cold readings from the script. Note that casting will be decided based on general stage presence, appearance and voice projection - not experience levels. Folks are also needed for the stage crew, including lighting, sound and props.

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Second Stage Theater, 3087 Main St., Duluth. Call 770-622-1777 or www.redclaytheatrearts.com.