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BEHIND THE SCENES

Nine play productions in three theaters at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., constitute the Shaw Festival's 1991 season. The opening and closing dates, with previews noted, are as follows:

"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Bernard Shaw, comedy, May 22 to Oct. 13 (previews from April 19), Festival Theatre; "Lulu" by Frank Wedekind, drama, May 23 to Sept. 18 (previews from May 8), Festival; "A Connecticut Yankee" by Rodgers and Hart, musical, May 24 to Oct. 12 (previews from April 25), Royal George Theatre.

"A Cuckoo in the Nest" by Ben Travers, farce, May 25 to Oct. 13 (previews from April 27), Festival; "This Happy Breed" by Noel Coward, drama, May 25 to Nov. 10 (previews from May 1), Royal George; "The Millionairess" by Bernard Shaw, comedy, July 11 to Sept. 22 (previews from June 30), Court House Theatre.

"Henry IV" by Luigi Pirandello, drama, July 12 to Sept. 21 (previews from June 28), Court House; "Press Cuttings" by Bernard Shaw, comedy, July 13 to Sept. 15 (previews from July 6), Royal George, and "Hedda Gabler" by Henrik Ibsen, drama, Aug. 8 to Sept. 22 (previews from July 30), Court House.

Awards

Awards of $500 to $2,600 are to be made by the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County on Jan. 17 in the Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway.

The grants go to 40 arts agencies in Erie County using money made available by the State Arts Council's Decentralization Program.

The recipients are:

Buffalo's Alternative Images Development Association, Big Apple Summerfare, American Guild of Organists, Buffalo Choral Arts Society, City of Good Neighbors Chorale, Colored Musicians Club, First Sundays at Four, Friends of Vienna, Haven House, Juneteenth Festival, Medaille College, Niagara Frontier Folk Arts Council, Parkside Community Association Performers and Western New York Chorale.

Amherst's Symphony Orchestra Association and Daemen College's Department of Music; Angola's Park and Gazebo Committee; Boston's Arts Council; Cheektowaga's Community Symphony Orchestra and Kastle Productions; Collins' L.K. Painter Community Center; East Aurora's Roycrofters-at-Large Association and Roycroft Wordsmiths; Eden's Galliard Brass Quintet; Hamburg's Centennial Arts Center and Dendur Dance Company.

Lancaster's New York Historical Society; Lackawanna's First Ward Boosters and Friendship House Visual and Performing Arts Development Center; North Collins Recreation Department; Orchard Park's Erie County Wind Ensemble, Freudig Singers and Southtowns Youth Orchestra; Springville's Concord Springville Art Society; Tonawanda's City of Tonawanda Board of the Visual and Performing Arts, and Williamsville's Calvary Concert Series, Musica Intima, Nostalgia, and Youth Orchestra Foundation of Greater Buffalo.

The Friendship House's Performance and Visual Arts Development Center in Lackawanna has been awarded $5,000 by the Buffalo Foundation for renovation work.

The Allied Artists of America has awarded Buffalo sculptor Tony Patterson $500 for the "advancement of American art."

Calls for work

Jan. 20 is the deadline for submission of art work for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's eighth biennial exhibition, "In Western New York 1991." Artists residing in Western New York are invited to submit six to 10 slides for the preliminary selection process. For details, call 882-8700.

Art to be displayed at the fifth annual Arts Awards Luncheon of the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County, on March 6, is being sought. Anyone interested is asked to call Joyce Wozniak at 856-7520 by Jan. 15.

Calls for people

Registration for theater classes is being held at the Studio Arena Theatre School, 710 Main St. Winter sessions for young people and adults run Jan. 12 to March 16 and Jan. 7 to Feb. 11, respectively. Spring sessions begin in April. For information, call 856-8031.

Interns and volunteers are being sought by Hallwalls for help in all phases of the arts center's operation. Those interested are asked to send a letter and resume to Edmund Cardoni, Hallwalls, 700 Main, Fourth Floor, Buffalo, N.Y. 14202.

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