When I was in grade school and high school, I absolutely knew that I had a stage career in my future: I got good roles (Peter Pan with glasses and braces), good reviews, and truly loved the process.
When I got to college I discovered I had been a large fish in a very small pond, and would be lucky to get walk-on parts. I still love theater, though, and understand some of what it takes to pull it off.
A favorite form is the one-man show, and Annapolis gets a taste of one Thursday night, when the Reynolds Tavern presents dinner with Edgar Allan Poe.
David Keltz is the Baltimore actor who assumes Poe's persona for the evening of conversation, storytelling and historical insight.
Keltz has been portraying historical characters for several years. His presentation will be introduced by Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House. Jerome also will lead a postprandial discussion on Poe in the tavern's Franklin Street Pub following each performance.
Tickets are available for the 6 p.m. dinner, with Keltz's performance beginning at 7:45. The price is $41.95 a person, which includes a four-course dinner, the performance, tax and gratuity. Prepayment by credit card is requested.
For ticket information, call 626-0380.
High school students age 15 to 19, with more commitment to theater than I had, can audition for the Maryland Renaissance Festival's Young Actors' Ensemble on Saturday at Maryland Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ensemble members take workshops in Shakespeare, improvisation, stage combat, period history, and character creation. They perform four out of eight weekends at the festival. Workshops are free, and a small stipend is paid for performances.
Auditions are by appointment only. Call 1-800-296-7304 for information. (Oh, to be 17 again -- what an opportunity!)
A rare and lovely opportunity awaits those who want to give a very special honor: The South County Unit of the American Cancer Society will have your favorite person brought before a judge, tried and put behind bars.
The "felon" is allowed dozens of phone calls to friends, family, and business associates to raise his or her bail. The proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. It all happens Thursday, July 17, at Adam's Place for Ribs in Edgewater.
For more information, call the American Cancer Society at (410) 721-4304.
In other South County news, the yard sale scheduled by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society for Saturday has been postponed to July 4.
It will be held in conjunction with the Independence Day celebration at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum.
A concert at 1 p.m. by the Bay Winds Band of Annapolis will highlight the day. Also included will be a baking contest, games for children, and refreshments.
Donations for the yard sale are being solicited. Call the museum at 867-4486.
As I round out my first year in Annapolis, I continue to be charmed by the imagination and creativity that goes into fund-raising events here. A case in point is this Sunday's Annapolis Jazzfest '93, the first of what is hoped to be an annual event to benefit the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.
The creativity is a blend of great talent, a great venue and great timing. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. John's College on the lawn at the edge of College Creek.
The talent includes the Charlie Byrd Trio with Ethel Ennis; ragtime banjoist Buddy Wachter; the Stef Scaggiari Group with Sue Matthews; the Keter Betts Quartet; and Moon August.
Entertainment between sets will be provided by Fred Geil and the Strolling Four. Paul Pearson will be the master of ceremonies.
Tickets are $10 with reservation, or $12 at the concert; they are for sale at Faucett Boat Supplies, Encore Books at Severna Park Plaza and Riva Festival, and the Annapolis Symphony office in Maryland Hall. Children under age 12 will be admitted free.
For more information, call 721-8713 or 263-3341.