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Highland Briefs: Hard Road to hold auditions for “Sister Act”


Hard Road to hold auditions for “Sister Act”

Hard Road Theatre will hold auditions for its summer musical “Sister Act.”

Based on the 1992 hit comedy movie of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg, “Sister Act” contains all new original music written by Alan Menken. The plot follows Deloris Van Cartier, a lounge singer with dreams of stardom. She witnesses a murder and is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique dance moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly-found sisterhood.

Auditions for “Sister Act” will be held Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Highland Elementary School, 1800 Lindenthal Ave. in Highland. Those auditioning should be at least 15 years-old. Those auditioning should come prepared with a Broadway-style song to sing. An accompanist will be provided, but no recordings will be allowed. In addition, those auditioning will learn a short dance routine, may be asked to read sides from the script, and should be aware of any conflicts they have from May 24 and Aug. 7.

“Sister Act” is directed by Evan Fifer. Performance dates are July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6.

Hard Road Theatre Productions is a non-profit theater organization committed to providing Highland and the surrounding area with high-quality, affordable, live theater productions. For more information about “Sister Act” or Hard Road Theatre in general, visit the Hard Road website at www.hardroad.org.

Special events

Participants sought for Highland Memorial Day parade

Memorial Day is nearing and Highland VFW Post 5694 and American Legion Post 439 would like to invite the community to participate in the Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will be Monday, May 29. Assembly will start at 12:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s parking lot, just south of the church. Step-off will be at 1 p.m. The parade will march from the church, down Poplar Street, to the VFW, 1900 VFW Road, where a ceremony will follow.

If you would like to participate in the parade, call or text Kate at 618-531-6836.

HPD to host “Bike Rodeo”

On Saturday, May 20 the Highland Police Department, in partnership with St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland, will hold a Bicycle Rodeo Skills Course at Highland High School, 12760 Troxler Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will provide an opportunity for bicyclists, ages up to and including eighth grade, to measure their capabilities and increase their awareness of bicycle laws and the importance of defensive cycling.

Participants who complete all stations and return their completed skills check list will receive a ribbon and be entered to win one of three new bikes, donated by Wal-Mart and the Highland Optimists. You will not have to be present to win, but you will have to complete each station and have it signed by the bike officer at that station.

The last check in will be 1:45 p.m. to ensure that everyone gets to complete the course and the drawing for the bikes will at 2 p.m. sharp. Riders must bring their own bicycle to participate in the bicycle activities. Make sure to bring your helmet, so that it can be inspected. If you do not have a helmet, new ones will be given to the first 100 participants in need or whose helmets need to be replaced after they have been inspected.

Along with the skills stations, riders will have their helmets inspected and will be given a new helmet if needed or if they do not have a helmet. In addition, The Cyclery will provide free basic bike inspections and provide minor maintenance.

The Highland and Highland-Pierron fire departments, along with Highland EMS, will be present with fire trucks, ambulances, the fire prevention trailer for participants to tour, climb on and talk to firefighters and paramedics.

Organizers will also provide hot dogs and/or pork burgers, donated Highland’s Tru-Buy, Korte Meat Processing and Highland Moose Lodge.


Jaycees to host “Super Hero Scramble 5K” at Schweizerfest

The Super Hero Scramble is a race filled with the “good guys” (superheroes) and the “bad guys” (villains). Run or walk through the 5K route in your favorite superhero gear, while being met along the way by the villains.

There will be superhero stops along the route, so you are able to refuel and continue strong throughout the race. This event is fun for the whole family. Pictures will even be available with some of our favorite superheroes at the finish line.

The 5K will be on Friday, June 9. Packet pick-up will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the race will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Frank Watson Parkway in Highland. It is This annual Schweizerfest festival put on by the Jaycees. Proceeds will benefit different projects within the community.

You must register by May 23 to be guaranteed a race shirt. Registration will be accepted on site the evening of the race, but you will not be guaranteed a shirt.

Fees are:

▪ Before May 23: $25 for adults, $15 for age 12 and under.

▪ May 23 to June 8: $30 for adults, $20 for ages 12 and under.

▪ June 9 (race day): $35 for adults, $25 for age 12 and under.

Register online at runsignup.com or on the Highland Jaycees’ Facebook page.

You can also download a registration form on the News Leader website, highlandnl.com.

Lions to host Memorial Day biathlon

This year will mark the 38th year the Highland Lions Club has hosted a biathlon and run on Memorial Day. The yearly race, which starts at 8 a.m. at Lindendale Park, usually draws about 500 participants.

There are both team and individual biathlon events. Or, you can participate in a five-mile run or a 2K “Fun Run.” There are various race categories for awards in various age groups. There are also attendance prizes, and the first 400 people to register receive a T-shirt.

As is tradition, there will be post-race activities and refreshments, including the Lions’ brats and pork sandwiches.

For more information or to register, go to highlandbiathlon.org.

Hospital to host “Superhero Fun Run” Saturday

For the third year in a row, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital-Highland is giving local residents an opportunity to live out their dreams of being a superhero — for at least a day — and get some exercise at the same time.

The HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Superhero Fun Run/Walk event will be held May 20 on the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Participants are encouraged, but not required, to dress up as their favorite superhero while completing a 5K fun run/walk course or participating in a 1-mile fun run/walk around the hospital campus. Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels are welcome.

Water and fruit will be available to event participants after completing their route courtesy of SODEXO. Water stations will also be available along the routes. No pets will be allowed at the event.

Participants can register online at raceentry.com. Walk-up registrations the day of the event are welcome. Participant event packets, which will include a superhero cape, can be picked-up in the St. Joseph’s Hospital main lobby May 19 from 5 to 7 p.m., and May 20 from 7 a.m. until the start time of the event.

The 5K run/walk is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., and the 1-mile run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m. The Superhero Fun Run/Walk event will take place rain or shine.


Senior Menu

Faith Countryside Homes invites all seniors 60 and over to join them for their fun, food and companionship community meal program. Meals are served Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, in the Countryside Community Center, 1331 26th St. Reservations for the upcoming week should be made by 1 p.m. this Friday. Call 651-3293. The cost is $3.50 per person.

Monday, May 22: Ham and beans, fried potatoes, mixed greens, cornbread muffin, chocolate chip cookie.

Tuesday, May 23: Smothered pork chop, steamed rice, side salad with dressing, Mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, May 24: Herb roasted pork loin, brown gravy, bread dressing, vegetable medley, sweet potato pie.

Thursday, May 25: Italian marinated chicken, buttered pasta, spinach salad, poached pears.

Friday, May 26: Butter crumb fish, garden blend rice, asparagus, frosted chocolate cake.