Cockpit in Court Theatre will stage a benefit performance of "The Fantasticks" Tuesday night at 8 in the Essex Community College Theatre to help defray the expenses of a trip to China.
The resident theater group at ECC is appearing at the Shanghai International Workers Festival Oct. 20-28, where it will give two performances of "The Fantasticks." The money raised at the benefit will go toward the $12,000 air-fare bill for the 10-member company. All other expenses will be covered by the Chinese government.
The trip represents the third time in six years that the community theater company has performed at an international theater festival. It appeared at the Kanagawa International Theatre Festival in Japan in 1985 and 1989. Cockpit in Court also appeared in Russia in March as part of an exchange program with the Odessa Studio Theatre Company.
Tickets to Tuesday's benefit are $20 a pair and include a postperformance reception. For more information, call 522-1269.
Residency for quintet
Also on the foreign front, Towson State University's Fine Arts Wind Quintet will have a nine-day residency at Leningrad State Conservatory beginning Nov. 29. The quintet will perform the Maryland premiere of Baltimore composer Tom Benjamin's "Bagatelles" at the 1991-'92 season opener of the Towson Chamber Players at TSU's Fine Arts Concert Hall tonight at 7:30.
The group -- composed of oboist Ann Bilezikian, flutist Sara Landgren, clarinetist Edward Palanker, English hornist Karen Thornton and bassoonist H. Gene Griswold -- will perform two concerts in Leningrad featuring "Bagatelles" as well as works by other American composers and Mozart. It will also give master classes and clinics. As part of an exchange program that began in 1989, a Soviet string quartet will be in residence at TSU in March.
Tonight's concert is free. For more information, call 830-ARTS.
'Reflections of Evil'
Laureen Benson-Hall -- an actress who gives seminars and workshops on acting -- has formed a production company to make a feature-length film of an original screenplay she wrote titled "Reflections of Evil."
Ms. Benson-Hall says she hopes to begin shooting the mystery-thriller in about six months, using almost entirely local talent. She says the film will be "low budget," with total costs projected at $685,000.
The 33-year-old Ms. Benson-Hall, a board member of Women in Film and Video of Maryland, describes "Reflections of Evil" as a "Twilight Zone-like thriller" with "three totally despicable characters -- a drug addict, a TV evangelist and a wealthy, beautiful matron."
BCO opens new season
The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra will open its ninth season Wednesday night at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, with acclaimed pianist Santiago Rodriguez as the guest soloist.
BCO director Anne Harrigan will give a preconcert lecture at 7:40 p.m.; the concert begins at 8 p.m.
Mr. Rodriguez will play Franck's Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra. His performance will be sandwiched between the 40-member orchestra's performances of the overture to Rossini's The Thieving Magpie" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. For more information, call 887-2259.
The following audition is coming up:
*The Maryland Stage Company, in residence at University of Maryland Baltimore County, for "MARAT/SADE," Oct. 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the UMBC Theatre. Call 455-2917.