Opera company adds 7th 'Carmen' show

Arts Notes

March 22, 1998|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Owing to the overwhelming response to Bizet's "Carmen," the Baltimore Opera Company has added a seventh performance for 8: 15 p.m. Saturday at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave.

"The addition makes another 2,400 seats available to the public," said Michael Harrison, the opera company's general director. "The 'Carmen' production has attracted almost 10,000 subscribers and 4,721 single-ticket buyers to become the biggest selling opera in the company's history."

According to Harrison, this year's opera season already has broken attendance records with more than 48,000 tickets sold to date. The season closes with Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman," April 30 through May 10.

"Carmen," sung in French with English surtitles, opened Thursday. Remaining performances are at 3 p.m. today, 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday, 8: 15 p.m. Friday, the additional performance Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets for the additional performance start at $45, with student prices of $10 for grades one through 12, and $25 for college students 18-24.

For tickets, call 410-727-6000.

Young playwrights sought

Maryland students in elementary, middle and high schools have until April 17 to submit original scripts for consideration in Center Stage's annual "Young Playwrights Festival."

Three plays will be selected for a staged reading by professional actors May 18.

The winning playwrights -- one from each school level -- will receive cash awards and participate in a daylong performance workshop led by professional directors, actors and other theater artists.

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 14 years. For information, call 410-685-3200, Ext. 361.

'Scenes from Shakespeare'

Some of the mid-Atlantic's most prestigious Shakespearean actors will speak some of the Bard's most endearing and enduring lines when the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival presents "The Best of the Bard: Scenes from Shakespeare" at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Vagabond Theater in Fells Point.

Coordinated by board member Ann Mainolfi and Shakespearean actor and director Christopher Marino, the fund-raising event supports the company's high-school residency program scheduled for next fall and a major tour planned for next spring.

A reception with the cast after the performance is included in the ticket price of $35 ($20 for students and seniors). For reservations, call 410-837-4143.

Human Rights film fest

The Human Rights Watch Global Showcase International Film Festival starts at noon tomorrow with a screening of "The Betrayed," Clive Gordon's 1995 documentary about the Russia-Chechyna war, as told through the mothers of Russian conscripts.

The weeklong series of films, which were selected from last year's annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival, runs through March 28. Films include the award-winning "Fear and Learning at Hoover High" (about the effect of Proposition 187 on one Los Angeles school); "Blacks and Jews," about the coalitions and misunderstandings between those two ethnic groups; and "Waco: The Rules of Engagement," the Oscar-nominated documentary about the 1993 standoff between the federal government and the Branch Davidians.

All films will be shown on videotape at the East-Wing Auditorium, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Hygiene Building, 615 N. Wolfe St. Tickets are $3, $1 students, $2 for Johns Hopkins employees, and are available at the door 30 minutes before shows.

'Long Way Home' showing

The Tenth Annual Baltimore Jewish Film Festival continues at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday with the Oscar-nominated "The Long Way Home," about the liberation of concentration camps at the close of World War II. The film's development executive, Robert Novak, will be in attendance.

"Passover Fever," starring Israeli superstar Gila Almagor, will be shown at 8: 30 p.m. April 4, and "Aaron's Magic Village," the first-ever Jewish animated musical, is scheduled for 3 p.m. April 5.

All screenings take place at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, and tickets are $6. Call 410-323-1717.

Workshop on directing

A six-week directing workshop with Barry Feinstein will be conducted at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning this week, at the Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St.

Students will learn directing techniques and work on scenes for public performance. The cost is $50. Call 410-337-7569.

Auditions

Bowie Community Theatre. "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me." 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Bowie Playhouse, Whitemarsh Park, Route 3. Needed are three men, ages 20-65. Also needed are technicians and backstage person. Call 410-757-5259.

Prince George's Little Theatre. "The Play's the Thing." 7: 30 p.m. March 30-31 at Charles Carroll Middle School, New Carrollton. All roles open. Needed are six men, ages 25-60, and one woman, age 25-35. Cold readings from the script. Call 301-322-7220.

Baltimore Playwrights Festival XVII. Male and female actors, of varying ages and ethnic backgrounds, and production staff members are needed for summer play festival. 7 p.m. April 5 at Spot-lighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St.; 7 p.m. April 6 at Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway; and 7 p.m. April 7 at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. Prepare a short monologue and be ready to read from scripts. Bring resume and head shot. Call 410-276-2153.

Pub Date: 3/22/98

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