Concerts offer restless kids a summer break

Carroll Arts Center is alternative to sports

Family: events, activities

July 08, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

Surely they're not bored yet. Summer's just begun. They're free of school. They should be rejoicing, filling their time with summertime reading and visits to the pool, playing outside and noodling on the computer. Yep, they've done all that, you say. And still the kids are bored.

You can keep them occupied, at least for a little while, Thursdays through Aug. 12 at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster at the second annual Summer Concert Series for Kids, which features pantomime, dancing, world music, physical comedy, drumming and juggling.

The renovated arts center, formerly an art-deco movie theater, opened its doors in April 2003 and now houses a 263-seat theater, an art gallery and two art instruction classrooms.

"All communities need some non-sports options for kids during the summer," says Sandy Oxx, executive director of the Carroll County Arts Council and the series' creator. "You can't play dodgeball for the entire nine weeks [of summer]. I started this series so that the children who attend our annual arts camps would experience live professional performers. I've tried to use groups that are not only entertaining, but also educational, [in the hopes] that children could be exposed to new cultures and art forms."

The Summer Concert Series runs from 11 a.m. to noon each Thursday in the center's theater.

Today's show, "The Miraculous Magical Balloon," a pantomime, theater and dance performance, features the international group Synetic Theater. Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili, a husband-and-wife team from the Republic of Georgia, and Andrei Malaev-Babel from Moscow, star in the wordless comedy show. Afterward, the cast will teach audience members the basics of pantomime.

The musical show on July 15, "Kidsinger Jim," starring kids entertainer Jim Hossick, is sold out, as is the Aug. 5 show "Souper Music: Songs With Something to Say," with kids singer-songwriter Sue Trainor.

But seats are still available for the other shows, including the July 22 show starring musician Tim Gregory and his musical cast from Nada Brahma Productions. The performance "World Music and Dance" introduces children to song and dance from various world cultures, with Gregory and his cast exploring the role of music in many lands.

On July 29, Grammy-winning percussionist Moziah Saleem will take the stage, performing his "African Drumming" show. Audience members will see and learn about an array of African drums and discover their uses in communication, as well as music. At the end of the show, children will be invited onstage to join in a drum call.

Rounding out the series will be Michael Rosman and his "Amazing Feats of Comedy" show Aug. 12. Rosman, a comedian, juggler and unicyclist, blends original physical stunts with slapstick humor.

The Summer Concert Series for Kids runs from 11 a.m. to noon today, July 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5 and 12. At press time, shows on July 15 and Aug. 5 were sold out. The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Tickets are $5; $4 members. Call 410-848-7272.

For more family events, see Page 37.

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