July 16, 2008
The Talent Machine Company didn't look far for the backbone of its new show, Camp Hawyah - The Musical: The entire artistic team consists of company veterans. Director Steve Love adapted it from a show he co-wrote with Jake Thornhill that debuted in summer 2003. Love started at age 8 with the Talent Machine, was a regular in productions through his teen years, then went on to a professional stage career in such venues as Toby's Dinner Theatre. He took on this writing and directing assignment out of devotion to the young performers who wanted to revive the Camp show.
June 23, 2008
You can easily spend $4 or more for a gallon. Yet you feel you can't live without the stuff. But it may be time to explore alternative sources. We're referring, of course, to that great lubricant of modern life: bottled water. (What, you had some other expensive liquid in mind?) Maybe oil and water don't mix, but that's not to say they don't affect each other. The economy is sagging, and high gasoline prices are taking much of the blame. When filling up the minivan sets you back $75, there's an inclination to cut back on frills - for instance, things you can get almost for free.
March 18, 2008
We leave no garish moment unturned," Jack Everly says, as he surveys the gold glitter curtain on the back wall of Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the faux-neon light strip flashing pink along the rim of the stage. Out in the lobby, Everly, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's principal pops conductor, looks over the gaming tables that have been brought in to add extra atmosphere for the "Pops Goes Vegas" show. "Part of me is enjoying this enormously, and another part of me goes, `Oh, dear, have we gone too far?
October 27, 2007
William Baron and Wilbur Baron -- who were billed as the tap-dancing Baron Twins -- were 8-year-olds when they first glided across the Hippodrome Theatre stage performing their signature six-minute mirror dance in 1930. Now 85, and inseparable as ever, they live around the corner from each other in Pikesville. "We have our aches and pains, but we see each other and socialize as often as possible," said Wilbur, who quickly points out his twin is "10 minutes older than me." They were born in Youngstown, Ohio, the sons of a tailor who later moved his family to Baltimore.
February 19, 2007
ALFRED DESIO, 74 Dancer, choreographer Dancer and choreographer Alfred Desio, a Broadway veteran who invented a form of electronically enhanced tap dancing called Tap-Tronics, died Wednesday. Mr. Desio died of complications of bladder cancer at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles, his wife and dance collaborator, Louise Reichlin, said Friday. Mr. Desio created Tap-Tronics in the 1980s, a concept that allows tap dancers to make their own music by means of microphones in their shoes.
January 21, 2007
Judy Templeton will offer Razz-A-Ma-Tap dance classes for boys at 5 p.m. Thursdays, starting this week, at Slayton House in Wlde Lake Village Center. The eight-week series will include tap technique, drills and basic combinations. Brian Best and Templeton will teach techniques of musical theater for adults - singing, dancing, acting - and combine the newly learned skills into vignettes of Broadway shows from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting this week. There is a fee. Information or registration: 410-772-9448.