The world is full of undiscovered talent. Just click on the television. OK, forget that. Turn the television off. For some real talent, make your way to the Harborplace Amphitheatre Saturday and watch the Harborplace Street Performers Auditions.
An annual event, the auditions feature only the creme de la creme of street performers, from jugglers and unicyclists to comedians, magicians and musicians. And the 22 hopefuls will be performing live, before you, the audience, and a panel of judges, including members of Cirque du Soleil's Dralion.
Allotted just 15 minutes, each performer must wow the judges with his or her talent and creativity and should display professionalism and lots of audience appeal. If accepted, the performers will become members of the Harborplace Street Performers Program and will garner a regular performance slot at the Harborplace Amphitheatre.
Acclaimed juggler/comedian Michael Rosman will serve as master of ceremonies and will perform his act before the auditions begin.
Catch the live auditions from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Harborplace Amphitheatre between the Light and Pratt Street pavilions. Free. Call 800-HARBOR-1.
Let down your hair for a whimsical musical version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Rapunzel, performed by Baltimore Children's Theatre this weekend and April 19 at Slayton House in Columbia and May 24 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
The tale of the tower-bound woman with long, golden, flowing locks stars Ana Maria Florencia in the title role, Jacquie Donley as the Wicked Witch and Ashley Clements as Mrs. Carrot. This original production, written by local playwright Mark Andrew Beachy, features a humorous fashion show -- "The Salad Dressings of the Seasonings" -- by the Enchanted Vegetables.
See "Rapunzel" at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 19 at Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. Performances are also at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. May 24 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. $8-$10. Call 410-203-1757.
`Tubby the Tuba'
Quick, what's the smallest instrument in the orchestra? How about the largest? Do you know which instrument can make the softest sound? Which can make the loudest sound? You'll learn all about the orchestra's four instrument families -- brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion -- at the program Tubby the Tuba Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
This "Family Series" program teaches children all about the opposites in music and tells the tale of Tubby, a sad tuba that never gets the chance to play a melody until, finally, he finds one that suits him and gets to play with the orchestra.
Tubby the Tuba is performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with conductor Lara Webber, principal tubist David Fedderly (playing the music for Tubby), narrator Rheda Becker and the Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers, who will be dressed as the different instruments of the orchestra.
Performance pieces will include Dorff's The Tortoise and the Hare and Kleinsinger's Tubby the Tuba. The show is geared to children ages 3 to 6 and their families.
(The smallest instrument is the piccolo; the largest is the tuba. All instruments can be loud as well as soft, depending on how they are played.)
See "Tubby the Tuba" at 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $12. Call 410-783-8000.
How do you spell ... ?
The players are poised and ready, the competition stiff. Come and witness the angst, the joy, the frustration and the unbridled victory of -- you guessed it -- the spelling bee.
The sixth annual Police Athletic League-sponsored spelling bee, for youths in first through sixth grades, takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.
Participants will include children from all 18 PAL centers. And competitions will be divided into grade level, with six different challenges. Every participant receives a small prize, and grand prize winners in each grade level receive a DVD.
The public is invited to watch the spelling bee at no charge. Call 410-396-2166 for more information.
For more family events, see page 40.