Mount Clare acquires Carroll portrait


June 26, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Mount Clare Mansion has acquired an 18th-century portrait of barrister Charles Carroll painted by John Hesselius, one of the most important Colonial portraitists.

The portrait, which shows the barrister as he appeared at the time he was building Mount Clare, his summer home on an 800-acre plantation, was donated by National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maryland.

John Hesselius was one of few artists working in the middle Colonies whose training and background was exclusively American.

At time of the American Revolution, Charles Carroll (1723-1783) wrote the state's declaration of independence and helped draft the state's first constitution. The half-length portrait shows him attired in a buff-gray frock coat, high shirt collar and vest with a tricorn hat in his left hand.

The painting was owned by descendants of the Carroll family until it was bequeathed to the Colonial Dames this year.


* Auditions for F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre's production of "South Pacific" are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the theater, 100 E. Chesapeake Ave. For details about the production, which runs Sept. 16 to Nov. 20, call (410) 321-6595.

* Auditions for Colonial Players' production of "Lend Me a Tenor" are scheduled at 2:30 p.m. today and at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at 2132 Rinnard Court in Annapolis. The play calls for men in their early 30s to mid 50s and for women from their mid 20s to early 50s. For details, call (301) 622-1148.

* The Musical Theatre Machine will hold auditions for its first non-musical, "A Streetcar Named Desire," at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday at the Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. Todd Pearthree will direct the November production. The auditions will cast the roles of Blanche, Stanley, Stella and Mitch. For details, call (410) 825-2554.

* The Vagabond Players will hold auditions for "What the Butler Saw" at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the theater, 806 S. Broadway. The script calls for one man in his mid-20s, one woman in her mid-20s, three men aged 30 to 60 and one middle-aged woman. For details, call (410) 563-9135.


Denise A. Gantt will become project director of Theater for a New Generation, Center Stage's $1.4 million effort to attract and cultivate new audiences between the ages of 14 and 30.

The audience development project, which began last year, is funded by a five-year grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Resident Theater Initiative.

Ms. Gantt has worked at Center Stage since 1989, most recently serving as associate director of development. Her new duties include developing new outreach, marketing, internship and educational activities to attract and involve young theater-goers.


The Playwrights Theatre of Baltimore and the Philadelphia Theatre Cooperative are accepting full-length unproduced plays from Maryland playwrights for a staged reading during the 1994-1995 season. The submission deadline is July 15. Playwrights should submit one copy of the play, a writing resume and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Larry Putgenter, Literary Manager, Playwrights Theatre, Superba Arts & Commerce Centre, 908 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Md. 21230.

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