Auditions set for 'The Fantasticks' ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

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January 11, 1993|By LYN DEAN

One of my all-time favorite musicals is being performed for three weekends in April, and if I could sing worth a darn I'd audition for it -- albeit I'm a little old to play the ingenue. The show is "The Fantasticks," being presented by the Other Little Theatre at the Annapolis Naval Station Theater. Auditions began last night and will continue at 7 tonight, Wednesday and Thursday at the theater.

There are roles for a leading male baritone, a leading male tenor, a leading female mezzo soprano, four second male leads and two nonsinging roles.

The music is witty and wise and wonderful. I first saw "The Fantasticks" off-Broadway when I was about 19, and again at a dinner theater in Tucson with my daughter when she was about 15.

"Plant a Radish" rang very differently in my ears the second time around.

At the audition, plan to perform two singing pieces, one accompanied, one on your own. For further information, call 674-7958.

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All too frequently we read stories of injury or death resulting from a gun that "just went off." Alan Hanson, past president of the Anne Arundel Fish and Game Conservation Association, allows as how he'd be "just as surprised if my car started itself." Hanson is one of the instructors at a seminar and clinic for women on the legal use of firearms being held Jan. 19, 21 and 23.

The 12-hour course is designed for the person who knows nothing about guns but has one or more in her home. It teaches how to identify firearms, how to clean them and how to handle them. A gun is a tool, according to Hanson; when used correctly, it is not dangerous. The course emphasizes safety and "child-proofing" guns.

"Education about firearms dispels the myths and ignorance that surrounds them," he said.

The seminar fee is $45, which covers the firearms and ammunition used, printed course materials and refreshments. The Tuesday and Thursday sessions run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Saturday session at the firing range runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes lunch. For more information or to register, call 626-8878.

The Republican Women of Anne Arundel County have elected officers for 1993. Dorothy Gwinn of Davidsonville will serve as acting president and Merri Mullaney of Belvoir Farms, first vice president. Gloria Hereford fills the position of Ways and Means chairwoman. Ticket chairwoman for the club's 27th annual fashion show on April 21 is Ellen Keleher.

The club's next general membership meeting is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Edgewater library on Stepney's Lane. The program, "Citizens Against Crime," is designed to teach individuals how to avoid becoming victims. For information, call 263-5252.

Anne Arundel Medical Center's Healthy Hearts Club will hold an educational program at 7 p.m. Thursday. The meeting is set for the center's Physical Therapy Department on the hospital's third floor.

This month's speaker is Bill Carrieri, AAMC's critical care family liaison. He will discuss the effects of cardiac illnesses on family members.

The Healthy Hearts Club is designed for people interested in increasing their knowledge about the cardiovascular system and its diseases, and to give and receive support concerning heart-related matters. The monthly programs feature guest speakers such as nurses, physicians and health educators.

The club is not limited to those with diseases of the cardiovascular system. Sessions are free and refreshments are provided. For more information, call Anne Arundel Medical Center's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program office at 267-1563.

Next Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Commemorative events abound, including the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. dinner at Buddy's Crab and Ribs Restaurant Wednesday. The dinner is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. For reservations, call 269-1524.

County libraries will be open on the King holiday, featuring special book displays in honor of the slain civil rights leader.

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August Wilson's award-winning "Fences" is the Colonial Players production at Theater-in-the-Round, 108 East St. in Annapolis. The play runs through Feb. 13, with evening performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (except Jan. 31), and matinees on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. Tickets are $7 for Thursday and Sunday performances, $10 on Friday and Saturday. Call 268-7373.

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U.S. News and World Report editor David Gergen comes to St. John's College on Saturday. He'll lead a discussion on "Politics, Elections, the Presidency and Promises" in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium. Sponsored by the Friends of St. John's and the Continuing Education Office, the event includes a small group seminar discussion and lunch.

The cost is $25. To make reservations or for more information, call 263-2371, Ext. 230.

Personally, I think I'll pass on this one. I'm getting married that afternoon.

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