Kids auditions for Christmas show

Charlotte Players will hold kids audition for its 2020 Christmas show, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Sunday and Monday at the Charlotte Players, 1182 Market Circle in Port Charlotte — location of the Langdon Playhouse, which is where the Christmas show will be Dec. 2-6.

“We want parents to know we have instituted COVID-19 precautions throughout our office and theater, which remain in place during rehearsals and performances,” noted Charlotte Players Executive Director Sherrie Moody. “We took the same enhanced health and safety measures for annual Kids OnStage summer camp in July, and everything went extremely well.”

Director Jessie Reter-Choate is seeking 20 children of various ages as well as 10 adults (four male and six female actors) for the Christmas show. Music is a part of the production, so vocalists are also welcome.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” concerns a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant who must cast the Herdman kids, the worst kids in history. Much mayhem and hilarity ensue when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head-on.

Scripts are available for review prior to the auditions at the Charlotte Players office, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 941-255-1022 for more information.

Ainger Creek Bridge repairs projectRepairs to the Ainger Creek Bridge on County Road 775 will begin Oct. 19. Multiple traffic reconfigurations will occur during the bridge repairs. Warning signs and/or flaggers will be in place to direct traffic. Travelers will begin to experience intermittent, slow-moving traffic, and/or temporary delays within the construction limits and should allow extra time when planning to travel through this area.

The Public Works Department reminds motorists to remain alert at all times and to exercise caution when traveling in the vicinity of construction zones. For information, visit

Mid-County Regional Library closureThe Mid-County Regional Library will be closed Oct. 14 to Nov. 10 because it is an early voting site.

The Punta Gorda Charlotte Library will remain open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and the Englewood Charlotte Library will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Curbside holds pickup will continue at the Mid-County Regional Library and all other library branches from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

For information, contact Tracy Herman at 941-613-3188 or

Charlotte County parking passParking pass are now available for purchase at Charlotte County recreation centers and pools. Parking passes can also be purchased through the mail, phone or the tax collector’s office. Download the application online at and click Parking & Parking Passes.

For information, contact Mike Koenig at 941-625-7529 or


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