Maryland's 'Star-Spangled' summer events [Pictures]
A rundown of some of the season's most patriotic goings-on as part of the "Star-Spangled 200" extravaganza.
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'Star-Spangled Swimmer! A War of 1812 Water Ballet,' July 26 and 27, Aug. 2 and 3( Zachariah Handler / July 3, 2014 )
So, what should one expect from Fluid Movement's contribution to Baltimore's Star-Spangled Summer? Historical accuracy, of course. And maybe just a little silliness.
"There will be totally true historical facts, told in ridiculous fashion, with some amazing water ballet numbers interspersed throughout," says Fluid Movement co-founder Valarie Perez-Schere, who is producing the show. "We had some bona-fide War of 1812 buffs do the script. They made sure there was a lot of factual stuff."
Perez-Schere says her troupe took a lot of inspiration from British Major General Robert Ross, who ordered the burning of Washington and was later killed during the Battle of North Point. Ross, she says, had quite the way with one-liners.
"He once said, 'I don't care if it rains militiamen,'" Perez-Schere says, noting this was said some 168 years before the Weather Girls recorded their disco hit, "It's Raining Men."
"I thought, 'OK, that's a number, 'It's Raining Militiamen,'" she says.
Another Ross one-liner: "Tonight, I dine in Baltimore or I dine in hell." (Supply your own retort here.)
As for the show overall? "People can expect something unique, fabulous, wonderful and sparkly," Perez-Schere promises.
Performances of "Star-Spangled Swimmer! A War of 1812 Water Ballet" are set for 5 p.m. July 26 and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 27 at the Druid Hill Park Pool, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Aug. 2 and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Patterson Park Pool. Tickets are $10 ($5 for the July 26 show). Information: fluidmovement.org.