Action Theater earns contract to tour Europe

Arts Notes

October 05, 1997|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

When the Action Theater's six-member ensemble took its "Beckettland" production to Scotland in August, they left Baltimore with high hopes. When they returned, they not only had exceeded all expectations but also had a signed contract with a Dutch agent who is organizing a European tour for the local troupe.

The actors -- Tony Tsendeas, Donna Sherman, Thomas E. Cole, Robb Bauer, Cassandra Davis and Paul Christensen -- performed their anthology of short plays by Samuel Beckett as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The nine-day event attracts about 800 national and international performance groups.

"We took a chance," said Tsendeas, the group's director. "But we pulled it all together, managed to do well and represent Baltimore. We left the impression that Baltimore was a real hub for the arts. It was nice step forward for us."

But not without overcoming initial adversities -- lost traveler's checks, illness, props impounded by customs and vanished electrical equipment.

Added Tsendeas: "Samuel Beckett's theme was, 'If you can't go on any more, all you can do is go on,' and on we went to rave reviews."

BOC master classes

Young singers will have the opportunity to learn from world-class masters when the Baltimore Opera Company starts its master classes Wednesday evening. And the public is invited to observe.

Baritone Sherrill Milnes will conduct the first in a series of master classes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday in Leakin Hall on the Peabody campus. Participating singers, who audition for the class, include students at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and members of the Baltimore Opera Chorus. Admission is $10. Call 410-727-6000.

Auditions

* Fell's Point Corner Theatre. "What Ever Happened to Jacob Marley?" 7 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday at the theater, 251 S. Ann St. Needed are children, teen-agers and adults of all ages. Soloists and choir singers also needed. Be prepared to read from script; singers should be prepared to sing familiar Christmas songs. Call 410-466-8341.

* Towson Dinner Theatre. "The Little Mermaid," a Young People's Theatre production. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 13-14 at the theater, 100 E. Chesapeake Ave. Call 410-321-6595.

Pub Date: 10/05/97

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