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Two local theater organizations are preparing for upcoming productions.

Auditions will be held February 26 and 27 for Byron Civic Theatre's "Ring of Fire," based on the life of country music legend Johnny Cash. The musical will recount a section of Cash's life in 38 musical numbers. At the center of the show are six principals paired off to make three couples: young, middle-aged and older Johnny and June. Another couple will take on the roles of other people in Cash’s life.

Add to that, eight musicians playing keyboards, guitars, upright bass, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, drums and a host of other instruments, also integral to the cast.  The show will be performed April 19-21 and 26-28.  Those interested in either the band or the cast should go to to read the requirements, then email with their information.  Auditions will be held in the Green Room of the new Middle School Theatre.

Sauk Valley Community College and Woodlawn Arts Academy are holding auditions for this summer's Shakespeare in the Park presentation of “Romeo & Juliet” from 6 to 10 p.m. February 27 at Sauk's Mathis Theatre in Dixon.
Actors 18 and older will need to prepare a 1-minute Shakespeare monologue. Prior Shakespeare performance experience is not needed. Show dates will be June 21-23 and 28-30 at Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling.  Please email Anna K. Kurtz, show director, at to set up an audition. Sauk's Mathis Theatre is at 173 State Rte. 2 in Dixon.