Local performers will be on stage at Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival

September 05, 1993|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Baltimore folk guitarist Eddie Brooks is among the local talent who will perform at the ninth annual Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival on Sept. 12 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

This year's free open house, which is designed to celebrate regional talent, will offer performances by more than 50 jury-selected actors, musicians and dancers. Events will run from noon to 6 p.m. on 10 indoor and outside stages within the performing arts complex.

Other Baltimore performers who will appear are jane & julia, a progressive music duo; Variety in Motion, a duo who perform a mini-circus with acrobatics and juggling and Terra Nova, a quartet performing contemporary folk music.

(Mr. Brooks will perform at 1:15 p.m. at the River Terrace South Stage and at 4 p.m. at the Roof Terrace Coffeehouse. Jane & julia will perform at 3 p.m. at the Roof Terrace Coffeehouse. Variety in Motion will perform at 1:45 p.m. at the Plaza Activity Stage. Terra Nova will perform at 1:45 p.m at the River Terrace North Stage.)

Free tickets are required for admission to performances in the Terrace Theater and Theater Lab. These tickets are available one half hour prior to each show time.

The open house will offer activities for children.

All theaters are accessible to people with disabilities and many performances will be sign language-interpreted. For details, call (202) 416-8300 or TDD (202) 416-8728.

* The Elkridge Chorus of the Sweet Adelines, International, will offer women six free vocal lessons in four-part harmony on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Hilltop Elementary School on Route 648 in Ferndale. For details, call (410) 544-9986.

* Donna Comegys, a Baltimore attorney with extensive performing-arts experience, will oversee the $1.4 million "Theater for a New Generation" project at Center Stage.

The five-year program, funded by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, is designed to help develop younger and more diversified audiences. It includes one-hour "Encounter" productions created to introduce students to theater as well as backstage tours, classroom visits and post-play discussions for high school and college students. It will also offer adults ages 21-30 a low-priced subscription series.

Center Stage hopes to expand its under-30 audience from about 6,500 to 27,000 in four years.

A native Baltimorean, Ms. Comegys attended Ithaca College and American University, Washington College of Law. While pursuing her education, she served as choreographer and co-director of KUUMBA Theater Company and traveled as a cast member and advance person for Up With People. She has worked in production and on the air for WBAL-TV, WEAA-FM Radio and Maryland Public Television.

* Cherry Adler, executive director of Library Theatre in Bethesda, has been elected chairperson of the Maryland State Arts Council. Ms. Adler founded Library Theatre, a non-profit professional theater for children which travels to elementary schools and libraries, in 1970. Since then, the theater has produced more than 80 musical-theater productions designed to inspire children to read. In recognition of her work, Ms. Adler has received the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award, a certificate of excellence from the Presidential Scholar Program of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the D.C. Mayor's Arts Award.


The Handel Choir of Baltimore, directed by T. Herbert Dimmock, will hold auditions for experienced singers for the 1993-1994 season. The chorus of 80 voices rehearses from 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays. Rehearsals begin the first week of September. The season will include pieces by Handel, Bach and Orff. To schedule an audition appointment, call (410) 366-6544.

Singers are invited to join the Choral Arts Society of Carroll

County, directed by Patricia Sparti. This season includes works by Schubert, Rutter, Haydn, Mozart and Handel. The chorus rehearses in Westminster and performs at Western Maryland College. Rehearsals begin in mid-September. For details, call (410) 243-0557 or (410) 857-9144.

Auditions for F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre production of "Annie" are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the theater, 100 E. Chesapeake Ave. All roles are open except for Daddy Warbucks, Grace Farrell and Rooster. Call (410) 321-6595.

The Asili Repertory Theatre is holding auditions for "The Talented Tenth." The all-black cast requires male and female adult actors and one male juvenile. The company is also seeking a stage manager and sales person. For audition and production information, call Sanifu Onaje Mwananchi at (410) 462-6782.

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