For those looking for a night out this week, a Carroll church is hosting one of the more famous musicals in history and Carroll Community College is opening a new art exhibition. Next week, look for McDaniel College Theatre's take on a Euripides classic.
Players on Air Inc. presents ‘Godspell’
Players on Air Inc. is presenting their spring musical, "Godspell," beginning Friday, April 13, at Crosswind Church in Westminster.
"Godspell" is a musical composed by Stephen Schwartz that opened off Broadway in 1971 and has been playing somewhere pretty much ever since. "Day by Day," the song most identified with the musical, was a hit single in 1972.
The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew. The parables are interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ treated briefly near the end of the performance.
Players On Air is a theatrical arts company based in southern Carroll County that was formed in early 2017.
A science fiction portfolio titled "First Contact" will be on display in the Babylon Great Hall, and Thomas Sterner's "Shaking the Tree" will be on display in the Gallery in the Scott Center.
According to the college, First Contact is the alien brainchild of Jessi Hardesty, a printmaker and the curator of collections and exhibits and discipline coordinator of Visual Arts at Carroll Community College. Some 23 printmakers from across the United States and beyond were invited to tackle the expansive science fiction genre in a variety of traditional print media.
The title of the exhibit, "First Contact," refers to the oft-used term for humankind's first contact with an alien race. This is the inaugural showing of the portfolio before it starts traveling the country.
Participating artists are Francisco Alonzo; Jamaal Barber; Douglas Bosley; James Chase; Aaron Coleman; Jacob Maurice Crook; Haig Demarjian; Tim Doyle; James Ehlers; Brian Reedy; Norberto Gomez Jr.; John Jacobsmeyer; Jun Lee; Emmy Lingscheit; Brad Luke; Nathan Meltz; Steven Munoz; J. T. Felix; Endi Poskovic; Ashley Shaul; Jessi Hardesty; Dylan Garrett Smith; Freda Sue; Evan Summer; and Christopher Wallace.
The solo exhibition of Sterner, a multidisciplinary, Maryland-based artist who serves on the board of the Carroll County Arts Council, draws inspiration from trees — their wood, roots, leaves and seeds symbolizing strength, hope, perseverance, wisdom and life.
McDaniel College Theatre presents "The Bakkhai," April 18 through April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall. The production is directed by McDaniel's theatre arts department chair, Elizabeth van den Berg.
This translation of "The Bakkhai," Euripides' Greek classic, is by award-winning Classics scholar, poet, and writer Anne Carson. The story examines what happens after Pentheus has banned the wild, ritualistic worship of the god Dionysos. A stranger arrives to persuade him to change his mind. There is a struggle to the death between freedom and restraint, the rational and the irrational, man and god.