Panel will discuss the role of theaters


March 19, 1995|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

A panel discussion of how well Baltimore theaters serve art, artists and audiences is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Cathedral Church of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway.

Participants include the moderator, actress Vivienne Shub; Philip Arnoult for Theatre Project; Denise Gantt and Linda Geeson for Center Stage; Donald Owens for Arena Players; J. Bruce Johnson for Vagabonds; Beverly Sokal for Fell's Point Corner Theatre; Vincent Lancisi for Everyman Theater and Tony Tsendias for Impossible Industrial Action Theater.

The requested donation is $4 per person or $7 per couple.

The discussion is sponsored by the Baltimore News Network as part of a series about the arts in Baltimore. For details, call (410) 433-0495.

Institute fund-raiser

ARTaFARE, a fund-raiser for the Maryland Institute College of Art that includes art auctions and themed dinners, is scheduled for Saturday at the institute, 1300 Mount Royal Ave.

The live auction begins at 8 p.m. in the main building. Artists who have donated works include Anne Truitt, Bud Leake, Grace Hartigan, Phil Koch, Raoul Middleman, Jeff Koons, Tammra Sigler, Amalie Rothschild, Joan Erbe, Trace Miller, Jann Rosen-Queralt, Liz Quizgard and David Bakker.

Some of the artworks, which go on display tomorrow in the main building, will be offered in a silent auction. Those who are interested in bidding in the silent auction can do so without purchasing an ARTaFARE ticket, but they must make their bids before the event. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

Participants can choose to attend one of eight themed dinner parties, which begin at 8:30 p.m. in the main building.

Tickets are $125 per person. Proceeds will benefit the institute's faculty development fund. For details about the event and reservations for the various dinners, call (410) 225-2263.

Grant for CTA

Children's Theater Association has received an $8,800 grant from the Baltimore Community Foundation to begin "Drama in the Curriculum," a method of teaching elementary school students by using role playing.

CTA is introducing this program at four schools: Belmont, Leith Walk and Mount Royal elementary schools in Baltimore and Sandy Plains Elementary School in Baltimore County.

The grant is part of a Community Foundation initiative that promotes curriculum-based arts education by fostering partnerships between arts organizations and schools.

Founded in 1943, CTA is a company of adult professional teachers and performers dedicated to bringing live theater to young Marylanders.

Reading a play

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival will hold a reading of an original play at 8:15 p.m. March 21 at the Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. A discussion and criticism of the play will follow the free reading. For details, call (410) 276-2153.


* The Spotlighters Theatre will hold auditions for its May production of "The Trip to Bountiful" at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the theater, 817 St. Paul St. The production calls for one woman aged 60 or over, two women aged 25 to 40 and four men aged 25 to 40. Those auditioning will read selections from the script. For details, call (410) 522-7353.

* Bowie Community Theatre will hold auditions for its production of "The Curious Savage" at 7:30 p.m. March 27-29 at the Bowie Playhouse in White Marsh Park. The production, directed by Laura Foran, calls for six women and five men ages 25 to 55. For details, call (301) 858-1479.

* Arena Players will hold auditions for the musical "Gini" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and March 31 at the theater, 801 McCulloh St. Actors, singers and dancers of all ages are needed for roles. Those auditioning should prepare a song and be ready to demonstrate basic dance movement. For details, call (410) 728-6500.

* Auditions for "The Gospel at Colonus" are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 27 at the Dunbar Theater Auditorium. Male and female actors and singers should prepare a two-minute monologue and a song. Bring musical score, head shots and a resume. For details, call (410) 298-5489.

* Female dancers can audition for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at 5 p.m. March 30 at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Dancers should possess a strong background in dance -- preferably in jazz, modern and ballet -- be a high school graduate, at least 18 years old and available to travel. Wear leotard and tights for the audition. Candidates will be judged on personality, appearance and ability to learn routines. For details, call (800) 880-3047.

* Men and women over the age of 17 can audition to enter the Clown College of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at 5 p.m. March 30 at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. For details, call (800) 755-9637.

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