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    Auditions at a Glance

    Thursday, August

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    Giving To Arts Decreased in 1998

    The AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy's annual report on 1998 charitable giving shows an overall increase in giving to philanthropic organizations, but a 2.3% decrease in giving to arts and humanities, with figures adjusted for inflation. It also reports that the charitable sector currently holds over $1 trillion in

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    Auditions--Who Needs 'em? ATW Seminar Looks at a Tough Topic

    How do you deal with the love-hate relationship an actor has with auditioning?

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    Contemporary

    It's a mind-boggling mystery-why and how some dancers are able to work consistently in the under-funded, under-appreciated field of contemporary dance. Most auditioning wannabes never crack the code and soon give up, convinced of the impossibility of achieving success in a field where employment is scarce, financial rewards are ...

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    CastingOuch!

    As a service to protect our readers, this column is dedicated to exposing scams and other questionable incidents that occur at auditions and elsewhere. If you have experienced any suspicious occurrences during the auditioning process, please call the Back Stage West casting line at (323)

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    London "Saigon' To Close: Broadway Production Not Affected

    Producer Cameron Mackintosh will close "Miss Saigon" at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London as soon as Sept. 20-which would be the tenth anniversary of its opening-or by the spring of 2000, at the latest. A New York spokesman for Mackintosh said the Broadway run, which began in 1991 ...

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    SAG Nominating Panels Seek New Blood

    (BPI) LOS ANGELES-The Screen Actors Guild's national and local nominating committees have recommended major changes in the guild's elected leadership.

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    BISTRO BITS

    Passing the

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    Gallery Opens B'way Exhibition

    The PaineWebber Gallery in Manhattan is ushering in the new theatre season with an appropriate new exhibit, "Direct From Broadway: 200 Years of New York City Theater." The show opens Oct.

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    York Theatre Is Down, But Not Out

    Though the financial problems of the York Theatre Company have been severe enough to postpone one of its productions, Artistic Director James Morgan is cautiously optimistic about the company's