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Behind the Scenes

The first act of the as-yet-incomplete ballet "Arthur of Wales, NY" will premiere as part of a fundraiser for Configuration Dance from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, 845 Kenmore Ave. It's Configuration's first major new project since it became a resident Western New York company. The ballet was conceived by Configuration co-founder Joseph Cipolla, local businessman Jack Cullen and choreographer Michael Shannon. Tickets start at $50; for more info, call 474-4168.

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An all-star cast headlined by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta will present "Catch the Beat With the Maestro" beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Transit Valley Country Club in East Amherst. The benefit for the BPO Volunteer Foundation will also include Michael Ludwig, Robert Alemany and John Landis; it will feature audience participation, a gourmet dinner, a customized gift and other prizes. Tickets are $95 per person. For more information, call 636-5545 or 634-5055.

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Auditions

Auditions for the upcoming production of "It's a Wonderful Life" will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4 in the Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda. Twelve men, 10 women, two boys and two girls are sought. There is a special daytime performance for local schools Dec. 11 that performers must be available for. Candidates will be asked to give a cold reading in a group setting. No appointment is necessary. For more information, visit www.starrynighttheatre.com.

Desiderio's Dinner Theatre will hold auditions at 7 p.m. Monday in Desiderio's, 5827 Broadway, Lancaster, for its next three productions. Male and female actors are needed from ages 18 years old and up.

Send submissions for Behind the Scenes at least 14 days in advance to: Behind the Scenes, c/o The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240; e-mail gustocal@buffnews.com; or fax 849-3445.

-- Evonne Austin

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