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Titanic the Musical
Ryan Kane, John Lieder, Bob McLaughlin and Mark Robinson, from left, are aboard “Titanic: The Musical,” setting sail Thursday at Community Players Theatre in Bloomington. (Courtesy photo/JOE TRUPEK)

Arts in Brief for May 3, 2011:

THEATER

'Titanic' sails

BLOOMINGTON -- The final show of Community Players' 88th season, "Titanic: The Musical," launches its maiden B-N voyage with a pay-what-you-can preview at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the Players stage in Bloomington.

Regularly ticketed performances -- $6 to $15 -- are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and May 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21, with 2:30 p.m. matinees Sunday, and May 15 and 22. The box office number is 309-663-2121.

A winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Titanic: The Musical" chronicles the voyage of the ill-fated ocean liner that sank April 14, 1912, on its maiden voyage. The book is by Peter Stone, with music and lyrics by Maury Weston.

'R&J' out west

NORMAL -- Normal West High School's Wildcat Theatre Company will present its spring play, "Romeo and Juliet," this weekend at the school.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets are $4 for students, $6 for adults and free to moms for the Mother's Day matinee.

The play resets the classic William Shakespeare romantic tragedy in the American wild West of the 1800s.

MUSIC

BNYS concert

NORMAL -- The Bloomington-Normal Youth Symphony will present its annual free spring concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in Heartland Community College's Astroth Auditorium in Normal.

Featured soloist will be violinist Zach Bian, winner of the symphony's 2011 Howard H. Rye Solo Competition.

The son of Ben and Crystal Bian of Bloomington, Zach is a senior at Normal Community High School and has played the violin 12 years.

Also featured at the concert will be pieces by Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Liszt and Meredith Willson, all under the baton of BYNS conductor Deanne Bryant. For more information, call 309-826-6058.

ART

MCAC show

BLOOMINGTON -- "Confluence," an exhibit bringing together the work of Marilee Salvator and Sarah Smelser, opens Friday in the Brandt Gallery of the McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St., Bloomington.

Both artists use a wide range of printmaking techniques to create formal explorations of color, shape and pattern, including Salvator's images of biological forms and plant life, and Smelser's abstract monotypes printed on thin Asian paper.

Both artists will discuss their work in a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Saturday, following the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

The exhibit is scheduled to continue through July 23.

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