Love the theater? Opportunity is plentiful the next few weeks.

Joe Jefferson Players will hold auditions for their production of Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” on Jan. 16-17, 6:30 p.m., at JJP (11 S. Carlen St.). The play will be directed by Joe Fuselli and staged March 17 through April 2.

Audition forms, character descriptions, attached monologues and a rehearsal/performance schedule can be found at joejeffersonplayers.com/on-stage/auditions. You can also call 251-471-1534.

Those same dates, Chickasaw Civic Theatre will hold auditions for “Mobile Home, Sweet Home” by Pat Cook, author of the comic Harry Monday murder mysteries. The tale takes place in the Hampton Court trailer park, where residents are caught up in a new reality TV show. It will be directed by Leonora Harrison.

The play runs March 3-12. More info is available at cctshows.com.

If you’re in the mood to take in a play, CCT presents “Nunsense” Jan. 13-22. Also directed by Leonora Harrison, the Dan Goggin musical comedy follows the Little Sisters of Hoboken’s desperate fundraising. Led by Reverend Mother Regina, they stage a talent show featuring the varied and curious skills of their order.

Shows are at the Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St.). Friday and Saturday curtain is at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $15.75, $12.45 for students/military/seniors. Call 251-457-8887 or go to cctshows.com.

Festival acquires state grant
The Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival received a grant of $4,300 for 2017 from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. The annual multi-week festival encompassing music education, literary arts and live performances begins its 19th incarnation July 24.

Things kick off with the Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp, which gives area musicians of all ages various levels of jazz instruction. The past two years it has featured a field trip to the Musicians’ Village in New Orleans.

The culminating event is a concert on Saturday, Aug. 5, featuring a variety of jazz and blues genres and performers at a downtown venue. Previous headliners have included Jamell Richardson, Jason Marsalis and Eddie Shaw

The grant was made possible through an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. This public support enables the Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival to reach new audiences, foster community development, provide the highest quality programming and demonstrate the importance of arts as a component for quality of life in Alabama.

Job opportunity at MAC
Mobile Arts Council’s administrative assistant, Kathleen Stoves, was promoted to assistant program director (Congrats, Kat!) and a new assistant is needed. It’s part-time, 20 hours per week and might include occasional weekend or evening work. Duties include fielding telephone calls, filing and data entry, word processing, and use of spreadsheet and presentation software.

If this sounds enticing, head to mobilearts.org for more info.