Center Stage is seeking young playwrights

Arts Notes

March 23, 1997|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Maryland students in elementary, middle and high schools have until April 18 to submit original scripts for consideration in Center Stage's annual "Young Playwrights Festival."

Winning playwrights -- one from each school level -- will be selected to participate in a daylong performance workshop May 19 to learn how a play goes from the page to the stage. The workshop will be led by professional directors, actors and other theater artists.

At the end of the day, Maryland's first lady, Frances Hughes Glendening, will be the host at an awards ceremony during which the three playwrights will receive cash prizes and see their plays presented at Center Stage in a staged reading by professional actors before an audience of students, faculty, parents and the public.

The Young Playwrights Festival, one of Center Stage's Theater for a New Generation and Education programs, is the culmination of this season's "Playwrights-in-Schools" residencies. Through the program, professional playwrights have been teaching the elements of writing in Maryland schools for the past 13 years. For festival entry guidelines and more information, call 410-685-3200, Ext. 361.

Billie Holiday contest

Fifteen amateur vocalists will participate in the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition semifinal and final rounds from noon to 4 p.m. April 12 at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St.

Each semifinalist will have 10 minutes to perform one song recorded by Billie Holiday and one song of choice. The final round will feature each of the five finalists singing an additional song.

Three winners will be selected. First prize is a $1,500 cash award and a possible featured performance at Artscape '97; second prize is $1,000; and third is $500.

A post-competition reception will take place 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Redwood Grill, 12 S. Calvert St.

Admission is free. Call 410- 396-4575.

Funds for the Walters

The Friends of the Walters, a volunteer group that raises money for the Walters Art Gallery, needs about 100 volunteers for its second annual "April Foolishness." The fund raising is scheduled from 7: 30 p.m. to 1 a.m. April 18 at the gallery, 600 N. Charles St.

Volunteers will take tickets, handle the crowd and enjoy the evening's activities, including music and food, at no charge. Tickets for nonvolunteers are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Call 410-576-1515.

Wine poster competition

There's still time to enter the 1997 Maryland Wine Festival poster design competition. Artists have until 3 p.m. April 21 to submit an application and original design to the Carroll County Arts Council, 15 E. Main St., in Westminster.

One poster design for reproduction, sale and promotions will be selected from the entries. The winning artist will receive $1,000, and honorable mention ribbons will be awarded to runners-up. Call 410-848-7272 or 410-876-8550.


Phoenix Festival Theater, Harford Community College's community summer theater, continues adult auditions (16 and older) for the three-production summer season from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Chesapeake Theater on campus, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. Scheduled this season are "Noises Off," a farce, June; "Annie," a musical, July-August; and "Sweet Charity," a musical, September. Those auditioning for musicals need to bring sheet music for any song; for the farce, be prepared to read scenes from the script. For more information, call 410-836-4369.

Auditions for the comedy "No Sex Please, We're British" take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre, 100 E. Chesapeake Ave. All roles are open and paid. Character actors of various ages are needed. For more information, call 410-321-6595.

The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre holds auditions for "Anything Goes" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Germantown Elementary School, Cedar Park Road. Prepare a song and bring sheet music or a music tape. Technicians and backstage hands are also needed. For more information, call 410-268-9212.

The Covered Bridge Theatre Company, in residence at Cecil Community College, will hold auditions for its summer musical, "Damn Yankees," tomorrow and Tuesday at the Cultural Center on campus, 1000 North East Road, North East. Callbacks are scheduled for March 26. Come prepared with a song and be ready to dance. An accompanist will be provided. To schedule an audition, call 410-287-1023.

Local artists wishing to be part of the 1997-1998 "Performing Arts for Everyone" season at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts must audition by March 31. From those who apply, more than 300 individuals and groups will be selected to appear as part of the Millennium Stage performances, daily; the Thirteenth Annual Open House Arts Festival, Sept. 7; Holidays at the Kennedy Center, each December; and the Kennedy Center Spring Celebration, spring 1998.

For more information on auditioning, call 202-416-8043.

Pub Date: 3/23/97

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