A Midsummer Night’s Picnic will be presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park to benefit the Neil E. Garvey Foundation for the Arts from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the top of Shakespeare Hill, Delaware Park. The event includes food and drink, followed by a performance of “Measure for Measure.” Tickets are $30 for adults ($40 day of event) and $15 for children ages 10 and younger. To make reservations, call 856-4433.



Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for the 2013-2014 season at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Desiderio’s (5827 Broadway, Lancaster). Actors will read from a provided script. For more information, call 683-7767 or email


Auditions for “The Drawer Boy” will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Carol Mongerson Theater (37 N. Buffalo St., Springville). Two males, age in 50s, and one male, age in 20s, are sought. For more information, call 592-9038 or visit


The Amherst Players are seeking actors for the September production of “Little Women.” Four girls between ages 10 and 17, two women in their early to mid-30s, one woman in her 50s and four men between ages 15 and 50 are sought for various roles.

For more information, call Kathleen after 6 p.m. at 885-3179.


The SUNY Buffalo State Philharmonia orchestra will hold auditions for new community members at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 and 28 in Rockwell Hall R-106 on the campus (1300 Elmwood Ave.). One short solo piece of no more than three minutes should be prepared.

Auditioners should choose one printable orchestral excerpt from the 2013 Audition Excerpt list at

To schedule an appointment, email Ellen Barnum at

Send submissions for Behind the Scenes at least 14 days in advance to: Behind the Scenes, c/o The Buffalo News, 1 News Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203; email; or fax 849-3445.