Merely Players to audition adults, kids for `Raggedy Ann and Andy'

NEIGHBORS

August 25, 2002|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IN 1932, AN aspiring actor made his way to Hollywood. He secured an audition at RKO Studios. The director wasn't very impressed, and he wrote in his report that the actor "can't sing, can't act. Balding. Can dance a little."

Despite the review, the studio heads decided to give Fred Astaire a chance and offered him a role in the Joan Crawford-Clark Gable film Dancing Lady. The rest, as they say, is history.

Local would-be actors looking for their big break could get it this week. Director Starr Lucas of the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts will be auditioning adults and children ages 7 and older for a production of Patricia Thackray's Raggedy Ann and Andy. Audition times are 7 p.m. Thursday and noon Saturday.

The show will be presented by the Merely Players, which welcomes performers with little or no acting experience to audition.

"Anyone can come out," said Wayne Shipley, executive director of the arts center. "One of the missions of the Merely Players is to give people a chance to perform, especially those who have never had a chance to perform."

Lucas, a Brooklyn Park native and graduate of North County High School, has directed other productions at the center. This is her first assignment for the Merely Players.

Actors should be prepared to read from the script and participate in warm-up activities. The center is at 194 Hammonds Lane.

Information: 410-636-6597.

New York bus trip

The new school year begins this week, and that means that the holiday season is just around the corner. If you would like to get a head start on that holiday shopping or if the kids are insisting on the absolute latest school fashions, be sure to join the Brooklyn Park High School Alumni Association on its fall bus trip to New York on Oct. 5.

The bus will leave the Bingo World parking lot at 6:30 a.m. Passengers also will be picked up at the Joppa/Magnolia park-and-ride in Harford County.

Guests will be dropped off at 50th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. Spend the day shopping, seeing the sights or taking in a Broadway show. The bus will leave New York at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for members of the alumni association and $35 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-789-7214 or 410-636-3269.

Annual crab feast set

The Arundel Improvement Association is making sure that everyone has a chance to get his or her fill of Maryland's favorite delicacy this summer. The association will hold its annual crab feast from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at its hall, 705 Cross St.

Tickets are $30 each and will entitle the bearer to a traditional Maryland crab feast menu. M&M Diversified will provide music from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Food will be served from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.

Reservations: 410-789-2192 or 410-761-1769.

Bingo shifts to Friday

St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church has changed the date of its bingo party.

The party will now be held on Friday. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Early bird games will begin at 7 p.m. and regular games at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be sold before the games begin and during intermission.

St. Athanasius is at 4708 Prudence St. The church hall is smoke-free and wheelchair accessible.

Information: 410-792-2481 or 410-636-6496.

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