This undated photo shows actors Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in a scene from the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening." Small Town Stars Theater Company has a production of "Spring Awakening" at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster this weekend.
This undated photo shows actors Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in a scene from the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening." Small Town Stars Theater Company has a production of "Spring Awakening" at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster this weekend. (Monique Carboni / AP)

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a Western girl. I moved here from Colorado, where we get an average of 14 inches of rain a year. That’s why so many great western paintings show bright blue skies and desert landscapes.

I believe Westminster had more rain last week than my home state gets all year. Carroll County natives tell me this is unusual, but I think it’s a conspiracy to keep me from running back to the arid West.


Luckily, there are plenty of things to see and do indoors at the Carroll Arts Center, rain or shine. Whether it’s a movie, performance or a piece of artwork, we offer something for almost every art enthusiast in our community. Find all of our programs at

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This is your last chance to catch the musical “Spring Awakening,” presented by Small Town Stars Theater Company. Held at the Carroll Arts Center, this musical features the music of Duncan Sheik. The original Broadway production won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Coming Attractions: 'Captain Underpants' is next free summer movie; yArt Sale coming soon

As we reach the end of July, there are plenty of ways to beat the heat indoors at the Carroll Arts Center. Our mission is to enrich our community, both culturally and economically, by presenting, promoting and supporting the arts in Carroll County.

Set in 19th-century Germany, it is a coming-of-age story that explores the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality. This feature has mature themes, so leave the kids at home, but schedule a date night and enjoy the show. If you saw the show last weekend, tell your friends about it. It plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. You can purchase tickets online at

This week is also the last of our Free Summer Family Movie series, sponsored by Ting. On Tuesday night, Aug. 7, we are showing the last movie in the series, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” Bring the whole family this Tuesday to see the fifth and most recent movie in the “Pirates” franchise. Thanks to RockSalt Grille for sponsoring this feature. The movie gets underway at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn, candy and soft drinks can be purchased at our concession stand.

A view from the gallery

Mark your calendars for our sixth annual yART Sale, Aug. 18 and 19. If you have used artwork, art supplies, art books or frames, you can donate them to the Carroll Arts Center beginning Aug. 11, then come back the following weekend to shop.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, we will feature “previously enjoyed” artwork, frames, art supplies, and art books sold at bargain basement prices. On Sunday, Aug. 19, any remaining merchandise will be “pay-what-you-want” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can make us an offer and get a great deal!

Thrifty shoppers can change their home or office décor for a fraction of the cost of new artwork, while feeling good about going green by recycling, as well as supporting the Arts Council. Paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs will be sold at “yard sale” prices with most being under $20. Art books and supplies are also sold at deeply discounted prices. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted as payment.

Remember, the Carroll Arts Center features a variety of local artists and artisan in our gift shop. If you’re looking for something creative and unique, stop by and shop the wonderful jewelry, stained glass, pottery, candles and textiles we have for sale.

Behind the scenes

If you have a budding middle school actor in your family, get him or her involved with our production of “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Jr.” Auditions will be held for middle school-aged performers on Sunday, Aug. 12. Preregistration is required, so be sure to go online and get all the information.

The Carroll Arts Center offers a wide variety of classes for all ages. If you have a creative urge but are afraid your talent may be lacking, consider taking one of our adult classes. Whether its watercolor, mosaic, or sketching, you can find a complete listing of our classes at

In September and October, we are offering “Make It and Take It” art classes for ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 12. These classes take place over six Tuesdays, and allow students to experience their own creativity through projects they can complete in class. These are popular classes, so if you’re interested, be sure to register online.

You can see all our offerings, or become a member, at