24 Hour Theatre offers crash course on the stage

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

Many folks may have dreams of trodding the boards – if not on Broadway then at their community theater – but job, family and other responsibilities make it impossible for them to commit to a month or more of rehearsals and everything else that comes with doing a show.

Think of 24 Hour Theatre as a quick fix or a sample, a way to determine whether it might be worth making the effort to clear the schedule and find a sitter and audition for a full-length production.

The event returns to Trumbull New Theatre this weekend for its ninth installment.

The concept is simple. Those interested in auditioning show up at the Niles theater at 7:30 p.m. Following auditions, writing/directing teams draft their casts. After a little time together, the actors go home to get a good night’s sleep while the writers stay up all night and craft a 10-to-15-minute script for their actors (incorporating whatever themes/props/obstacles the organizers decide to throw at them).

The actors return Saturday morning, get their script and spend the day learning their lines and blocking and gathering the props and costumes they need to stage their short play at 8 p.m. Saturday – 24 hours later.

It’s open to veteran actors who want a quick stage experience or newbies who want to see what it is like.

The participation fee is $5, and admission is $5 for those who are content to be audience members. Seating is general admission. For more information, call Ben Gavitt at 330-288-4014.

Vintage Ohio, the largest annual showcase of Ohio wineries, returns this weekend to Lake Farmpark in Kirtland.

This year 18 Ohio wineries will serve up samples of their products while visitors enjoy cooking demonstrations, crafters, food vendors and entertainment on three stages.

This year’s participating wineries are: Auburn Twin Oaks Winery, Chagrin Falls; Barrel Run Crossing Winery, Rootstown; Breitenbach Wine Cellars, Dover; Buckeye Winery, Newark; Candlelight Winery, Garrettsville; Debonne Vineyards, Madison; Deer’s Leap Winery, Geneva; Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Geneva; Grand River Cellars Winery, Madison; Grape and Granary, Akron; It’s Your Winery, Akron; Klingshirn Winery, Avon Lake; Maize Valley Winery, Hartville; Old Firehouse Winery, Geneva; Old Mill Winery, Geneva; The Winery at Spring Hill, Geneva; Valley Vineyards, Morrow; and Vinoklet Winery, Cincinnati.

The event runs from 1 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. General admission, which includes 25 sample tickets, is $25 in advance and $30 at the gate.VIP Tickets that include access to the Meet the Winemakers Tent are $40 in advance and $45 at the gate. Two-day passes are $75 VIP and $45 general admission. Designated driver tickets are $12, and children ages 3 to 17 are admitted for $3. For tickets ore more information, call 800-227-6972.

For those who don’t have plans tonight, let me recommend Bob Mould, who will be at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland at 8:30 p.m.

Mould was the driving creative force behind Husker Du in the ’80s and Sugar in the ’90s, and he’s released several stellar solo albums as well. “If I Can’t Change Your Mind,” an alternative hit in the early ’90s, is one of the only songs of his you might have heard on the radio, but his catalog is filled with tunes featuring monster guitar riffs and pop-worthy hooks.

Some of the folks who consider him an influence on their music include Dave Grohl, Ryan Adams, Britt Daniel (Spoon / Divine Fits), Craig Finn and Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), No Age and Grant Lee Phillips. All of them turned out for a tribute concert to Mould in Los Angeles in 2011.

Tickets are $20, and Little Bighorn opens.

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at agray@tribtoday.com.