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Coming Attractions: PEEPshow still going strong into second weekend

Easter is upon us, and here at the Carroll Arts Center, that means we are going full swing with the 12th annual PEEPshow. From today through April 23, we are showing off the creativity of Carroll countians and artists across the region with a spectacular display of marshmallow masterpieces. There is life after PEEPshow, however, so check out the other programming we have for the spring and summer by going to our website at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org. If you aren’t a member of the Carroll County Arts Council, please consider joining. Members get a 10% discount on most programs.

A View from the Gallery

The PEEPshow, the largest event in Carroll County, runs for one more weekend, through April 23. We have approximately 160 entries, ranging from life-sized sculptures and oversized characters to posters, dioramas 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.

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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 five 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 Peeps 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 now through April 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., including Easter Sunday, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Now Playing

On Saturday, May 4, join us for the Carroll County Playwright’s Festival. Five local playwrights will perform readings from their original material, followed by a question-and-answer period and reception. The event starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

The next day, Sunday, May 5, Caring Carroll teams up with Sunday Night Big Band to raise awareness and funds for the programs that connect volunteers with seniors living in isolated areas of Carroll County. The show begins at 2 p.m., and you can get tickets for $20 at our website at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

On Saturday, May 11, join us as the Carroll County Cloggers present “Clogging Soul to Sole.” This performance features the first percussive dance form in the USA known as Appalachian Clogging and live Old Timey Music by Thomas Jolin, mixing vocals with hammered dulcimer, banjo, button accordion and harmonica. Experience the evolution of clogging expressed through the soles of this talented dance club. There will be an opportunity for audience participation in a beginner Folk Dance. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

Behind the Scenes

If you have a budding actor in your family 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.

Encourage your child’s creativity with our Make It and Take It Art Class series. This session of classes is more than refrigerator art. Each work of art will be properly mounted to be hung on a wall or used as decoration. The classes are taught by different teachers who bring their own skill, creativity and enthusiasm to each class. Ages 5-8 meet on for six Tuesdays beginning April 30, and ages 9-12 meet six Thursdays beginning May 2 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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.

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