The Big Three

September 14, 2006

THEATER

BE SPELLBOUND

Brush up your orthographic skills. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee launches its national tour at the Hippodrome Theatre on Tuesday. The Broadway musical -- in which adult actors portray adolescents competing in a spelling contest -- has a score by William Finn, a 2005 Tony Award-winning script by Rachel Sheinkin and direction by James Lapine.

But audiences don't just sit back and watch the actors sing and spell. A few select theatergoers also appear on stage at each performance. If you'd like to test your spelling prowess alongside William Barfee, Leaf Coneybear and Olive Ostrovsky (to name a few of the characters), arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain time and sign up at the desk in the lobby. Participants will be chosen from those who sign up. And, says director Lapine, "We want good spellers. We want people who really give us a run for our money."

.......................

Showtimes at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 1. Tickets are $27-$72. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit broadwayacross america.com.

.......................

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

CONVENTION

BLAST TO THE PAST

Miss the good old days? Think they don't make 'em like they used to? Then hop in your Edsel and go to the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention today through Sunday in Aberdeen. The convention features meet-and-greets with former TV and movie stars, showings of old programs and flicks, old-time radio presentations and re-creations, author talks and panel discussions, a marketplace with nostalgic items for sale, an antique car show and more.

Attendees can meet Marta Kristen (Lost in Space), Barry Morse (Space: 1999 and The Fugitive), Buck Biggers (creator of Underdog), David Hedison (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea), Lana Wood, Richard Herd, Kenny Miller and others.

.......................

The convention begins at 6 p.m. today with movie showings only, then continues with activities / events from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Clarion Hotel, 980 Hospitality Way, Aberdeen. Admission is $45 for all days; $15 for a day pass. Call 717-456-6208 or visit midatlanticnostalgia convention.com.

.......................

[LORI SEARS]

FESTIVAL

HAMPDENFEST, HON!

Head to Hampden, hon, Saturday, and celebrate the area's unique charm at Hampdenfest. The annual festival offers live music, arts and crafts for sale from local artisans, the Hampden Idol singing contest, kids activities, lots of food and more. This year's musical performers are set to include pop group the Oranges Band, bluegrass act the Satyr Hill Band, indie rockers Water School and others.

.......................

Hampdenfest takes place 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday on 36th Street from Chestnut Avenue to Falls Road. Free admission. Visit hampdenfest.com.

.......................

[LORI SEARS]

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.