Comedic play opens today at Western Maryland College...

ARTS NOTES

March 01, 2002

Comedic play opens today at Western Maryland College

George F. Walker's Escape from Happiness, a comedy about a dysfunctional family, opens today at Western Maryland College.

Directed by the college's Ron Miller, associate professor of theater, the play will be performed at 8 p.m. today, tomorrow, Sunday, Thursday, and March 8 and 9 in Alumni Hall.

Part of Walker's East End series, Escape from Happiness takes place during two days in the kitchen.

The contemporary farce opens with a crime in the family home. The police investigate and learn more than just whodunit. Although family members have their goals, they finally realize how much they need each other.

The cast features Chrissy Anderson (Elizabeth); Chris Hickle (Tom); Amy Hyde (Gail); David Kemp (Junior); Julie Keough (Mary Ann); Jonah Knight (Policeman Mike Dixon); Melissa O'Brien (Nora); Jon Parke (Stevie Moore); Mike Pitsikoulis (Rolly Moore); and Maya Redfearn (Policeman Dian Black).

Admission is $5, $3 for seniors and students. The production includes adult language and stage violence.

Information: 410-857-2448.

Reading bash is for all at Westminster's TownMall

Carroll County Teachers Association and Carroll Association of School Employees will sponsor a celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday tomorrow at TownMall of Westminster to promote reading.

Scheduled events include a Green Eggs and Ham breakfast at 10 a.m. for the first 100 children and appearances by the Cat in the Hat and the Keyote, mascot of the Frederick Keys.

Readers will include former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson, author Lois Szymanski, state Del. Carmen Amedori, WTTR radio personality Dwight Dingle, principals and other school officials.

The event will feature book swaps, giveaways and activities for children, such as puppet shows, face painting, and make-and-take items. Children are asked to take books in good condition to swap. The event is free, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

High school students can share poetry and other readings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The events also are sponsored by Carroll County Board of Education and Carroll County Public Library.

Information: 410-848-0983.

Folk musicians to perform this month in Sykesville

Uptown Concerts will sponsor performances by folk musicians at Baldwin's Station in Sykesville.

Singer-songwriter Bill Morrissey will perform Wednesday. He has been called the musical poet laureate of New England. Tickets are $14.

Peter Mayer will perform his songs about mountains, motorcycles, pubs and humor March 13. Tickets are $12.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are required.

Baldwin's is at 7618 Main St. Information: 410-795-1041.

Arts council gallery to hold evening of poetry, music

Common Ground on the Hill and One Tree Productions are sponsoring an evening of poetry and music from 6 to 8 Thursday at the Carroll County Arts Council gallery, 15 E. Main St.

Barbara DeCesare and Emery Pajer will read poetry and fiction.

Admission is $2 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-857-4075.

Musical duo to present free concert at college

Nancy Roldan and Jose Cueto will perform at 5 p.m. March 8 in McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College.

The free concert will feature highlights of Tango Times, a program they have performed worldwide.

In addition to touring, the duo conducted a workshop and concert at the 2001 Maryland State Music Teachers Association conference at the college.

Roldan (piano) and Cueto (violin) are founders of the Alborada Chamber Music International (formerly called Cygnus), an international chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of traditional and novel repertory, as well as directors of the new Catonsville Music Series.

Information: 410-857-2599.

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