Finals approach in vocal competition


April 03, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

Fourteen amateur vocalists from Baltimore City and Baltimore County will sing in the semifinal and final rounds of the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St.

Sponsored by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, the annual competition supports local emerging artists. The winner will receive $1,500 and will perform at Artscape this summer. Runners-up will receive $1,000 and $500.

Each semifinalist will perform one song recorded by Holiday and one song of her own choice. The five finalists will perform another song.

The semifinalists, who will appear in alphabetical order, are Cynthia Audrey, Julie Bauer, Faye Brown, Beanie Chambers, Sabrina Doughty, Joanne M. Douglas, Denise Hall, Sandra Lynne Jenkins, Stephanie Jordan, Doreen Newman, June Page, Robin Rouse, Daisy Sherrod and Denise Weems.

Judges are local vocalist Karen Goldberg; Larry Jeter, owner of the record store Dimensions in Music; and Bob Matthews, columnist for the Baltimore Afro-American. For details, call (410) 396-4575.


A presentation of "Quilt Voices," a drama that depicts mid-19th-century Maryland with excerpts from women's diaries and letters, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St.

Originally developed in conjunction with a quilt exhibition at the society, the free program is funded by the Maryland Humanities Council. For details, call (410) 685-3750.


* Singers, comedians, jugglers, magicians and other performers are invited to audition Saturday and April 10 for spots in the Harborplace Street Performer's Program.

Each act is allowed 15 minutes to audition. Approximately 40 entertainers -- deemed most entertaining by a panel of local judges -- will receive regular slots to perform at the Harborplace amphitheater.

For details about auditions and about where to send pre-audition videotapes of performances, call (410) 332-4571. Videotapes must be received by April 9.

* The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival will hold auditions for its summer productions of "Macbeth" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and April 10. For an audition appointment and information, call (410) 426-5662.

* Phoenix Festival Theater, a cultural project of Harford Community College, will hold auditions for its 1994 productions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and April 10 in the Chesapeake Center of the college, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. The productions are "Brigadoon," "Bus Stop" and "Gypsy." For details, call managing director Terrie Raulie at (410) 836-4369.


The Children's Theater Association is holding its annual children's fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 10 at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

The fair is the major fund-raiser for the organization and offers entertainment geared to children ages 3 to 12. More than 100 performers will sing and dance during the day. Other activities include dressing up in costumes, face painting, mural painting and petting animals from "Scales and Tales," the "Zoo Show" and the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Admission is $3 for children and adults. Call (410) 225-0052.


Musicians ages 11 to 15 are invited to compete in the regional Young Soloists' Audition June 4-5 at Catonsville Community College. The application deadline is April 30. For details, call (410) 455-4149.


The Baltimore Playwrights Festival Inc. has selected 11 plays for full production at theaters around town.

They are "Slower Delaware" by Mark Scharf of Gaithersburg (Harbour Theatre); "Silly Putty Man" by Greg Jenkins of State College, Pa. (Vagabond Players); "Now Gotta Be Now" by Mark Walston of Olney (Vagabond Players); "Listen for the Miracle" by Mary Cinnamon of Laurel (Spotlighters Theatre); "To Get to the ++ Other Side" by Carol Weinberg of Parkville (Spotlighters Theatre); "Abstract Purple" by Steve Harper of Baltimore (Fell's Point Corner Theatre); "Ghosts Play One" by Steve Schutzman of Baltimore (Fells Point Corner Theatre); "Between the Lines" by Bob Bowie of Baltimore (Fell's Point Corner Theatre); "From Vision to Inheritance" by Brian Klaas of Baltimore (Axis Theatre); "Completely Different Birthing Stations" by Kimberley Lynne of Baltimore (Axis Theatre), and "Billy Would Have Been Thirty Today" by Robert L. Taylor of Owings Mills (Avalon Theatre).

For details on the productions, show dates and ticket prices, call (410) 276-2153.

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