Prior Lake

South Metro Chorale sets holiday concerts

The Prior Lake-based South Metro Chorale will hold a pair of concerts showcasing classical Christmas carols by renowned composers on Dec. 14-15.

The 42-member chorus, directed by Russell Adrian, will be joined by harpist Stephanie Claussen and pianist Mark Bilyeu to perform “A Celebration of Carols,” including Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and works by Paul Karvonen, Alfred Burt, Abbie Betinis, Stephen Paulus and Moses Hogan.

Abbie Betinis, a St. Paul composer whose music has been commissioned for groups such as the Minnesota Chorale and the Dale Warland Singers, worked with the ­chorale in preparation for the concert.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Prior Lake and at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Tickets are $10, or $8 for students and seniors, and can be purchased by calling 612-386-4636. See www.southmet for more information.

Auditions for ‘Oliver!’

The Prior Lake Players are seeking actors for its spring 2014 production of “Oliver!” with auditions on Dec. 9-10, at Twin Oaks Middle School, 15860 SE. Fish Point Road.

Children ages 7-14 will audition from 6-7:30 p.m., and adults will take their turn from 7:30-9 p.m. Auditions are first come, first served and no appointments are necessary.

The musical, based upon Charles Dickens’ novel “Oliver Twist,” will be codirected by Todd Loose and Kay Dunning.

Auditioners will read from the script and should come dressed for movement. All adults and any boys interested in the lead role of Oliver should prepare a short song that shows their vocal talent.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. March 6-8 and 13-15 and 2 p.m. March 9 and 16 at Twin Oaks Middle School.

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Holiday run is Dec. 14

Registration is open for the Northfield YMCA’s 12th annual Northfield Jingle Bell Run/Walk, Dec. 14 at the Northfield Armory, 519 Division St.

Same-day registration and check-in begin at 8, and the race starts at 9. To register, see, where you’ll see a link to the online registration option via the Northfield Family YMCA and the option to print a regis­tration form to mail or drop off at the Northfield YMCA, 519 Division St. E-mail with any questions or to volunteer.

All proceeds from registration fees will go to support programming of the Northfield Area Family YMCA.



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