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CHORUS AUDITIONS FOR 'THE MIKADO' JUNE 11 -- The University of Iowa Opera Theater will hold auditions for chorus members for its summer production of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta "The Mikado," starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, in the Opera Rehearsal Room of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.

UI students and members of the public are invited to audition for the opera, which will be performed July 25 and 27 in Clapp Recital Hall.

All interested singers are asked to come to the auditions; no prior registration is required. Singers are encouraged to bring something to sing, either a prepared piece or any familiar song. An accompanist will be provided.

Singers need to be available for rehearsals 7-10 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evenings, beginning June 16, for dress rehearsals to be scheduled during the week from July 21 through 24, and for the performances at 8 p.m. July 25 and 2 p.m. July 27.

For further information about the choral auditions, call (319) 335-1667.

The production of "The Mikado" will be stage directed by Beaumont Glass, the director of the UI Opera Theater. The conductor will be William Hatcher, who is director of choral activities at the UI School of Music. The chorus will be directed by School of Music teaching assistant David Belles.

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POST-CYBERPUNK WRITER OLSEN READS JUNE 17 -- Post-cyberpunk science fiction writer Lance Olsen, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading will be broadcast live as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, hosted by Julie Englander on WSUI radio, AM 910.

Olsen is the author of books including "Tonguing the Zeitgeist," "Live from Earth," "My Dates With Franz," "Scherzi, I Believe" and, most recently, "Time Famine" and "Burnt." His prose and poetry have appeared in a variety of periodicals and anthologies.

"Lance Olsen writes as if he were Lucifer taking the long plummet to hell," Lewis Shiner wrote. "His prose lights the sky with mocking laughter and burning conviction." Mark Amerika called his work "some of the wildest, darkest and hippest head candy you could ever imagine tasting."

The June 17 reading is free and open to the public.