A chance to be an extra on the television series "Homicide" fetched $2,800 -- the highest single bid -- in a heated bidding war at last Sunday's radio auction for Center Stage. And a lunch date with the popular show's Andre Braugher and his wife, Ami Brabson, went for $1,000.
Co-sponsored by WBAL-AM and The Sun, the event raised more than $149,000, bringing the 19-year auction total to more than $1.5 million.
Orioles-related items also proved to be favorites, said Sydney Wilner, auction coordinator. A chance to be a pre-game batboy or batgirl brought in $1,500. Eight different sets of club seats went for five times their value, and two front-row seats behind the dugout for opening night raised $750.
Trips around the world and nearly 800 other items with an estimated retail value topping $200,000 were auctioned during the 16-hour bidding. Proceeds will benefit Center Stage's operating budget.
High-school seniors interested in majoring in music in college next fall are invited to audition for scholarships at Essex Community College.
Scholarships, based on a student's talent and financial needs, are also awarded to current full-time music majors at the college.
Auditions are scheduled from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. March 16, but applications for auditions must be received by March 8. Call (410) 780-6521.
Book wins prize
Rick Bennet of Gaithersburg has received the 1995 Towson State University Prize for Literature for his novel "King of a Small World."
Mr. Bennet received his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1980.
The TSU Prize for Literature was established in 1979 through a grant from Alice and Franklin Cooley. It is awarded annually on the basis of the literary and aesthetic excellence of a work of fiction, poetry, drama or imaginative nonfiction by a Maryland writer under the age of 40.
* The Pumpkin Theatre has scheduled auditions for adult actors wishing to participate in the Storybook Theatre, a traveling troupe, for 7:15 p.m. March 12 at the Hannah More Arts Center at St. Timothy's School in Stevenson. Auditioners should be able to sing and move well and should bring a prepared song. Experience in children's theater is desired but not necessary. Actors, who will be paid, must be available for weekday and weekend performances. Call (410) 323-9402.