Thirteen Maryland arts organizations and artists have received $351,710 from the National Endowment for the Arts in the arts agency's first grants of 1993.
In Baltimore, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation received $205,710 support dance presenters in the region; Neighborhood Design Center received $25,000 for a design education collaboration; the Walters Art Gallery received $20,000 for preparation of a catalog about the museum's Thai sculpture; the Baltimore Opera Company received $15,000 for production expenses; Maryland Art Place received $5,000 for its performing arts presentations, and the Baltimore Museum of Art received $5,000 for its performing arts presentations. In addition, Baltimore choreographer Nathan Birch and writer Robert Hiles each received $20,000 creative fellowships.
Also: $5,000 to the Maryland Lyric Opera in Frederick; $3,000 to the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival in St. Michael's; $4,000 to the music department of the University of Maryland, College Park; and $4,000 to the Maryland Handel Festival in College Park. Writer Wayne Karlin of Lexington Park received a $20,000 creative writing fellowship.
Nationwide, the NEA gave almost 1,100 grants totaling $25.5 million for the first quarter of 1993. They included fellowships to .. individual creative writers, literary translators and choreographers as well as major grants to dance companies, music presenters, media arts centers, museums, professional opera companies and multidisciplinary presenting and touring programs.
* The Young Victorian Theatre Company will hold auditions for all singing/acting lead and chorus parts for its summer 1993 production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe" from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. today in the Bryn Mawr School music room, 109 W. Melrose Ave. in Roland Park. Prepare to sing one song or aria in English. For details, call (410) 435-2475 or (410) 659-1308.
* Encore Theatre will hold auditions for the musical "Raisin" at 2 p.m. today at 4801 Liberty Heights Ave. Bring resumes and be prepared to perform a musical number with your own accompaniment. For details, call (410) 466-2433.
* F. Scott Black's Towsontowne Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for principal roles for "La Cage Aux Folles" from noon to 2 p.m. today at the theater, 7800 York Road. Open roles include Albin, Jacob, Mme. Dindon and Jacqueline. Auditions for the Cagelles, both male and female, are from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday. All dancers should bring heels. For details, call (410) 321-6595.
* The Sweet Air Footlighters of St. John's Lutheran Church in Phoenix will hold auditions for the May production of "Oklahoma" from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today in the church hall, 3911 Sweet Air Road. For details, call (410) 666-7413.
* The Heritage Players will hold auditions for "Anything Goes" at 7 p.m. today and next Sunday at Ames United Methodist Church, 9 Walker Ave., Pikesville. Auditioners should bring a prepared song and be ready to dance. Call (410) 483-2055.
* The Covered Bridge Theatre of Cecil Community College will hold auditions for "The Diary of Anne Frank" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Elkton Center Theatre on Railroad Ave., Elkton. The production calls for five women and five men aged 12 to 60. The production will run April 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 and 15. For details, call (410) 287-1037.
Also, male actors aged 18-50 may audition for an opening on the spring tour of "Skipjacks, Crab Traps and Gunny Sacks" performed by the Discovery Players, a troupe of adults performing for young people in schools and libraries. (Discovery Players is associated with Covered Bridge Theatre.) Auditions are at 7 p.m. Monday at the Elkton Center Theatre. For details, call (410) 287-1037.
* Central Casting of Baltimore needs non-union extras for the film "Guarding Tess." Send a head shot and resume to Central Casting, 2229 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218. The film begins shooting mid-February and will last eight weeks. For details, (410) 889-3200.
Auditions for musicians interested in attending the 1993 summer session of Boston University's Tanglewood Institute are scheduled for 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at Goucher College.
The Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Mass., offers summer music programs for gifted high school and college-age musicians at the internationally renowned summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. There are instrumental, vocal, piano and composition programs. Students unable to audition in person may send audition tapes to Boston University's School for the Arts by March 1. For details and to make an audition appointment, call the Boston University School for the Arts at (800) 643-4796.
Applications for the second annual Rosa Ponselle "All Marylanders" Competition, a vocal contest for classical singers who live in Maryland and are younger than 21, are due next Sunday.
The competition will be held March 27 and 28 in Kraushaar Auditorium of Goucher College.
B6 For details and applications, call (410) 486-4616.