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HAPPY NEWS: After many months of waiting, Meaghan Grotz, 17, of Grand Island underwent a double-lung transplant last Wednesday at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Presbyterian Hospital. The Grotz family got the call that lungs had become available at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and Meaghan and her folks were flown in a private plane from Pryor Aviation to Pittsburgh. She was in surgery until 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, said her aunt, Margie Wells. Meaghan was born with cystic fibrosis. She told the story of her "transplant tryout," the interviews and tests she had to undergo to qualify as a transplant candidate, in an April issue of NeXt.

SHAKESPEARE LIVES: The Kenan Center of Lockport and 10 high schools from Western New York will present Shakespeare's comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing," (with each school responsible for one part of the play) at Starpoint High School at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

SCHOOL AUDITION: The Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts will hold auditions to fill ninth grade openings for the September 2005 school year in the school's departments of dance, instrumental and vocal music, theater, visual arts, television and film at 8:30 a.m. Saturday Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 at the school, 333 Clinton St. Audition applications were due Oct. 31. For information on audition requirements, call 816-3868.

PLAY CONTEST: Budding playwrights in eighth grade through high school who live within a 60-mile radius of Buffalo are invited to enter an original one-act play in "The Write to Be Heard" contest for a shot at a $1,000 scholarship from the Laura A. Adams Foundation and the chance to have the play performed both at Shea's Smith Theatre and at the playwright's school with a cast from the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. Entries must be original plays that have never been produced; plays must be written by students and submitted with a sponsor teacher. Preferred running time is 25 minutes or less. Include name, address and phone number and contact information for the sponsoring school and mail to The Write to Be Heard, c/o Margo Davis, Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, 333 Clinton St., Buffalo NY 14204. Deadline is Jan. 7. The competition is sponsored by the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, Shea's Performing Arts Center and Buffalo State College Performing Arts Department Theatre program.

CONTEST: How does a $100,000 college scholarship sound? That's the grand prize in a national essay contest sponsored by Campbell's Tomato Soup, NBC's "American Dreams" show and Scholastic. The contest is open to teens 13 to 18 in grades 9 to 12 across the country. The essay asks: "How does your American Dream compare to that of your parents?" To enter, go online to Deadline is Nov. 30. Ten finalists will be announced Feb. 6 and the grand prize winner Feb. 11. A parallel story line on the "American Dreams" television show, Patty Pror (Sarah Ramos) will enter a similar essay contest.

SEUSSICAL MUSICAL: Mount St. Mary Academy will present "Seussical: The Musical," the musical based on stories by Dr. Seuss, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium at 3756 Delaware Road in Kenmore. Tickets are $7 for Friday and Saturday, but $20 Friday covers a dinner gala and intermission cocktail party. $10 tickets Saturday include a cocktail reception after the play. Sunday's family-friendly matinee at 2 p.m. is $5 for parents and $3 for kids 12 and under and includes a free gift for the first 200 children and a chance for parents to photograph their kids with Seuss characters after the show. The cast will feature young men from St. Joseph's Collegiate. Call 877-1358.

ART SHOW: Citibank's Eastern Hills Financial Center, 5255 Transit Road, will host a fall show of artwork by Clarence High School students from Nov. 15 to Nov. 30, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 for the artists, their families and the public. The exhibit will include drawings, paintings, photos and sculptures. The show is being coordinated by senior Amanda Maciuba and teachers Maribeth Rice-Gaiser, George Gilham, Elaine Kessel and Keri Tangelder. The center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

RUMORS: The St. Francis High School Players will present Neil Simon's "Rumors" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Ormsby Theatre of Alumni Hall on the school's campus in Athol Springs. Tickets are $5. Call 627-1200.

AUDITIONS: Colloquial Theater will hold auditions for August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Canisius High School (1180 Delaware Ave.) and at 7 p.m. Saturday at the University at Buffalo (Social Room). Students between ages 14 and 21 are invited to audition. Be prepared to read from the script. Dancers are also needed. Contact Victoria Chatfield at 316-5734 or for more information.

SCHOOL PLAY: West Seneca West Senior High, 3330 Seneca St., will present "A Night of Theater: Scenes, Monologues, Comedy and Improvisation" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $5.

NeXt Editor: Jean Westmoore (849-4076)

Graphic designer: Christina Visco

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