Children's workshops celebrate heritage


January 29, 1995|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

"Cultural Expressions," a series of free children's workshops designed to celebrate Baltimore's African-American heritage, is scheduled next month at School 33 Art Center in South Baltimore.

The workshops, for children aged 7 to 14, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 at the art center, 1427 Light St.

The programs are: Maskmaking led by Patria Hill Feb. 11; an opera-appreciation workshop led by Yvette Lewis Feb. 18 and a writing workshop, led by Eugene Williams Jr., Feb. 25.

"Cultural Expressions," organized in collaboration with Federal Hill Elementary School, is the art center's first such series of free programs. Feb. 1 is the deadline to register for the entire series or for individual programs. To register, call (410) 396-4641 or (410) 396-4642 TDD.

Essays and oratory

The deadline is Jan. 31 for Maryland high school students to submit essays to the Fourth Annual Black History Month Oratory Contest. Awards are $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

To enter, students in grades nine through 12 should submit an essay based on one of the following quotes from African-American leaders:

* "Ours is a system of government which has withstood the test of time because fairness means that any part of our system can be challenged . . . and can be changed . . . when deemed necessary." Douglas Wilder.

* "It is not your environment, it is you -- the quality of your mind, the integrity of your soul and the determination of your will -- that will decide your future and shape your life." Dr. Benjamin E. Mays.

* "Just being bright is not enough." Marva Collins.

* "Race and gender are shadows . . . character, determination, attitude and service are the substance of life." Marion Wright Edelman.

The essay must contain an opening thesis, supported by examples, and a conclusion. It must be typed and double-spaced. Entrants must be prepared to memorize and present their essays before an audience in a time period of two to three minutes.

Applicants should send the essays to Black History Month Oratory Contest, c/o WJZ-TV, 3725 Malden Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21211. Each applicant may enter only one essay. The application, which must be postmarked by Jan. 31, must include the student's name, address, age, telephone number, school and grade.

Judges will evaluate essays for their creativity and their relevance to their chosen themes.

Twenty finalists will present their essays before the judges and an audience at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

This contest is sponsored by the Baltimore Museum of Art, Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits and WJZ-TV.


* Auditions for Covered Bridge Theatre's April production of "The Butler Did It" are scheduled at 7 p.m. Feb. 6-7 at the Milburn Stone Memorial Theatre at Cecil Community College, 1000 N. East Road. For details, call (410) 287-1037.

* The Barnstormers Theatre of Catonsville Community College will hold auditions for an April production of the musical "Leader of the Pack" at 7 p.m. Feb. 5-6 in CCC's Fine and Performing Arts Center Theatre in Q Building on campus. Those auditioning should come prepared to sing and dance. For details, call (410) 455-4145.

* The Moonlight Troupers at Anne Arundel Community College will hold auditions for a spring production of "Winnie the Pooh" at 7 p.m. Feb. 6-7 in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts on campus, 101 College Parkway. The production, directed by Barbara Marder, calls for at least 13 actors; most roles can be played by men or women. For details, call (410) 541-2283.

* The Heritage Players will hold auditions for the spring production of the musical "Nunsense" at 7 p.m. Feb. 5-6 at Ames United Methodist Church, 9 Walker Ave. in Pikesville. Auditioners should bring a prepared song and be prepared to dance and read from the script. For details, call (410) 484-3515.

* The Boston Street Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for the musical "Baby" from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at the theater, 5625 O'Donnell St. For details and appointments, call (410) 633-9500, Ext. 375.

* The Baltimore County Youth Ballet will hold auditions for its spring production of "Coppelia" Feb. 5 at the Sudbrook Arts Centre, 4300 Bedford Road. Auditions are open to students aged 7 through 18 who have had ballet training.

Audition times are 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for children aged 7 and 8; 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. for children aged 9 and 10 and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for those aged 11-18.

The audition fee is $10. For details, call (410) 887-1244.

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