Happy spring, everyone! At the Carroll Arts Center, we are celebrating this season of new beginnings with a wide variety of fun programs, exhibits, and of course, the PEEPshow. Find out about all of our programs at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org. If you aren’t a member of the Carroll County Arts Council, please consider joining. Members get a 10 percent discount on most programs.
Come see a showcase of Carroll County’s young talent in the Carroll Arts Center’s production of “A Year with Frog and Toad Kids.” A cast of talented young Carroll County actors, grades 3 through 5, take the stage in this adaptation of the children’s books and three-time-Tony-nominated Broadway hit musical. This whimsical show follows two friends, the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through four fun-filled seasons. The show is Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 31 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. The production is a culmination of a rigorous rehearsal process under the direction of Lindsay Sier, the Arts Council’s Theatre Coordinator.
Friday, April 5, Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC) present “Colette” at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century. Sponsored by Byrdcall Studio, tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.
If you’re a fan of legal thrillers, join Carroll County Public Library and A Likely Story Bookstore on Monday, April 8 as they present An Evening with Lisa Scottoline, the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels. Tickets are $29, and attendees receive Scottoline’s newest book, “Someone Knows,” one day before its release to the general public.
A View from the Gallery
You have a few more days to see Youth Art Month at the Carroll Arts Center. Now through March 26, all three of our galleries are filled with colorful creativity in this annual showcase featuring the best student art from our county’s elementary and middle schools. It’s also a joyful reflection on the wonderful art teachers in our school system. Don’t miss it!
Mark your calendars for the 12th Annual PEEPshow, April 12-23. This sweet event features a display of more than 150 sculptures, graphic arts, oversized characters and mosaics created and inspired by PEEPs® candy. In our theatre, enjoy short PEEP® videos and footage of PEEPs® being created at the Just Born factory. All this marshmallow madness is a fundraiser for the Carroll County Arts Council. Your votes count toward selecting the Grand Prize Winner and Audience Favorites. Vote chips are sold at the entrance — make sure to get plenty! You can also vote online for your favorites. The top 5 entries that receive the most online votes also get a prize.
Of course, PEEPshow is about more than the art — it’s about the time-honored theatre tradition of concessions. Our concession stand offers PEEPs® and other candy, PEEP® popcorn and, new this year, slushies in souvenir PEEP® drink cups! Join us for all the fun you have come to expect, including the PEEP-Mobile and PEEPs mascots.
The 12th Annual PEEPshow takes place April 12-23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Behind the Scenes
Join Susan Williamson for our Spring Art History series, three Thursdays in March, April, and May. Things kick off on Thursday, March 28 with “Bernini and Borromini, Architects of Baroque Rome” from 1 to 2 p.m. You can get tickets for the whole series for $20.
If you have a budding actor in your family in grades 6 through 8, sign them up to Take the Stage. This class is designed to boost their self-esteem and explore their creativity without the pressure of learning lines. The young actors-to-be will learn basic theatre skills, public speaking skills, short & long term improvisation, and spontaneity through games and exercises in a fun, fast-paced, and supportive environment. The class runs six Saturday mornings, April 27 through June 1 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sign up at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
It’s not too early to start thinking about summer camp! Our art and theatre camps begin June 24 and run through July 19, depending on the subject and ages. Register online at our website.
If you have enjoyed programs at the Carroll Arts Center and would like to volunteer, click the “Volunteer Sign Up” button on our website at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.