Shakespeare play to be performed at Collier Park in June

Megan Guza
| Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Auditions will be held next week for a June performance of William Shakespeare's “The Comedy of Errors” in the unrehearsed cue script technique at Collier Park.

The Pittsburgh-based Unrehearsed Shakespeare Project will hold the auditions March 31 and April 1.

The group teaches actors to perform Shakespearean plays using a technique that focuses on using cues and clues within the script to perform the play, rather than memorizing the script.

The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Project is looking for four non-union men and four non-union women experienced with heightened language (Shakespearean prose) and willing to play multiple parts.

Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Third Presbyterian Church on Fifth Avenue, Shadyside. Auditions will be unrehearsed readings.

To schedule an audition, email a headshot, résumé and preferred date and time to auditions@


Kids can work on their reading skills with Nola the therapy dog at Crafton Public Library.

Nola, an American pit bull, is a certified therapy dog who is happy to listen as children work on reading aloud every other Wednesday.

“She's a sweetheart. She loves kids,” said library Michelle Oriolo.

The program is to help kids who struggle with reading.

“When they're reading to a dog, the dog is not going to care if they mess up,” she said. “They're happy to listen.”

Oriolo said that while all current slots for the Paws for Reading program are full, if there is enough interest, the library could add a second day every other week with another dog.

She said kids so far have loved Nola, and parents have reported improved reading.

“She won't criticize,” Oriolo said. “Kids feel more relaxed around her. They don't have that pressure hanging over their heads.”

For more information, call the Crafton Public Library at 412-922-6877.


Scott Township Public Library will hold a family-friendly book-themed bingo night April 10.

“Everyone wins, and no one goes home empty-handed,” said youth services manager Sherry Small. “Even the losers win.”

The event is designed to bring in families for a night of bingo, with books as the prizes.

“This is one of the best events to pull in the whole family,” she said. “Even the dads show up. People go home with a ton of books.”

Forty spots are available and preregistration is required for the event, to be held from 7 to 8 p.m., but no one will be turned away, she said.

Participants can register online at or by calling the library at 412-429-5380.

Green Tree

Green Tree residents can test their amateur engineering skills in an egg-drop contest April 12.

The objective of the contest is to design a container that will keep a raw egg from breaking when dropped from an aerial fire truck into the fire hall parking lot.

All containers much be no larger than 7- by 7- by 7 inches, and weigh no more than 1.5 pounds without the egg. Participants must design and bring their own containers and filler material. Eggs will be provided.

Children up to sixth grade can enter as individuals or as part of a family or group team. All teams must have at least one child in kindergarten through sixth grade. Preregistration is required.

Eggs will be dropped by contest egg-droppers. Eggs that survive the fall will be dropped from progressively higher points until the final winners are declared.

For a full list of rules and more information, visit or stop at the Green Tree Borough office.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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