UMBC's Shakespeare is on another roll


June 13, 1993|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Shakespeare on Wheels, the University of Maryland Baltimore County's traveling theater, will launch its ninth summer season of free outdoor performances with "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at 7:30 p.m. July 2 and 3 on the Fine Arts Hillside of the UMBC campus at 5401 Wilkens Ave.

The summer theater program mounts a multilevel portable stage atop a 40-foot flatbed tractor trailer. To date, the program has reached more than 125,000 people in the region. The outdoor theater will present 53 performances at 28 sites throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington.

Baltimore area performances are: July 5 and 6 at Coppin State University; July 21 at Wyman Park Dell; Aug. 12 at Leakin Park; Sept. 2 and 3 at Coppin State University; and Oct. 2 and 3 at UMBC.

The performances, directed by Sam McCready, begin at 7:30 p.m. at all sites.

Shakespeare on Wheels receives grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as from the university and host sponsors. For details and information about other performance locations, call (410) 455-3058.


The Vagabond Players will present "Who's Afraid of Edward Albee?" an evening of scenes from Albee's "A Delicate Balance" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" at 8 p.m. June 23 and 24 at the Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway in Fells Point. The performances are free. For details, call (410) 563-9135.

Ryan Murray, a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, won first place and $2,500 in the annual Frances Hook Scholarship Fund national art contest, a competition that

encourages young artists by providing recognition and scholarships.

Mr. Murray, 19, was one of 170 winners in the competition this year. Six other students at the Maryland Institute each received awards of $500: Debra Soreff, 18; Steven Miller, 19; Christine Gyland, 19; Dennis Enguerra, 18; Chris Thomas, 19; and Raymond Stein, 20. In addition, 17-year-old Beth Bernhardt of Towson High School won an award of $350.

The competition is open to art students from elementary school through college.

The judges were Timothy Berry, professor at San Francisco Art Institute; Joan Stavely, professor at Ringling School of Art and Design; and Jill Sebastian, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

For information about the fund, contact the Frances Hook Scholarship Fund, 430-B West County Road D, New Brighton, Minn. 55112.


Auditions for "The Transfers," a 90-minute film about a special breed of psychics, are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at Dorsey Business Center, 6797 Deer Path Road. The Cloverleaf Productions film, which is planned for video release, needs one woman in her 40s, three women aged 40-60, a college-aged girl and two men aged 50-70. Those auditioning should bring a head shot and a resume. The film will be shot in July and August. For details, call (410) 536-1964.

Auditions for Act Two and Timonium Dinner Theatre's productions of "Gypsy" and "Fiddler on the Roof" are scheduled for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday at 8014 Pulaksi Highway. For details, call (410) 686-1126.

The Fells Point Corner Theatre will hold auditions for "Once on This Island" at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the theater, 251 S. Ann St. The production dates are weekends Sept 24-Oct. 31. The production requires a multi-racial cast. For details, call (410) 366-0396. Auditions for Edward Albee's "Tiny Alice" are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 28 and 29 at the theater. The production, directed by Steve Goldklang, will run weekends Nov. 19-Dec. 19. The production calls for one woman aged 35-40 and three men aged 30-50. For details, call (410) 435-7697.

Auditions for the Annapolis Company Theater's production of Macbeth will be 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today and Tuesday in the Great Hall of St. John's College in Annapolis. The performances, directed by Nathan Rosen, are July 23-Aug. 1. For details, call (410) 268-2793.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival will hold auditions for its 17th season from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium of the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Greenfield Street in Annapolis.

Actors must be older than 18, bring a picture and a resume, and prepare a Shakespearean monologue no longer than two minutes.

Actors accepted into the company will portray characters ranging from Henry VIII to a washerwoman. Actors take part in improvisation, stage combat, period dance and traditional stage shows. This year's shows include "Much Ado About Nothing," "Twelfth Night," an original musical entitled "The Right True History of the Hatfields and the McCoys" and living history programs.

The Renaissance Festival runs weekends Aug. 28-Oct. 17. There are no evening performances. Auditions are by appointment only. All positions are paid. For details, call (800) 296-7304.

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