Waterside performances of 'The Pirates of Penzance' slated in St. Mary's City


What better place to stage "The Pirates of Penzance" than on the waterfront?

That will be the setting for the St. Mary's College presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan's ever-popular 19th century musical, which opens a nine-performance run Friday.

The action of the musical, to be performed by InterAct, a Washington-based theater group, will begin on the Maryland Dove, a re-created 17th century sailing vessel, before moving to Brome's Wharf on the St. Mary's River. Bench seating is available, though audience members are invited to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

The musical runs Friday through next Sunday; July 26-28 and Aug. 1, 2 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors. For more information, call (301) 862-0380.

'Critics' Picks'

During the spring, two nationally known art critics paid visits to the studios of 10 area artists as part of Maryland Art Place's annual Critics' Residency program. Each chose one work to be shown in the group show "Critics' Picks," which will have its opening reception Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the non-profit artists' gallery at 218 W. Saratoga St.

This year's visiting critics are Charles Biasiny-Rivera, editor of Nueva Luz, a periodical devoted to the work of Hispanic artists, and David Carrier, a contributing editor of Art International and Leonardo.

The artists whose works were selected are Luis Flores, Sara Glik, Penny Harris, Holly Hoffman, Connie Imboden, Jennifer La Chapelle, Chevelle Moore, Gina Pierleoni, Robert Salazar and Will Walter. Also, Henry Barrow, Louis Bowers, Ellen Burchenal, Susan Campbell, Mary Ann Crowe, Betsy Damos, Laura Wesley Ford, Patricia O'Malley, Mary Deacon Opasik and Elizabeth Whitely.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 24. MAP is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 962-8565.

Gospel music

A free concert of gospel music will be given today from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Brewers' Park, at the corner of Lombard and President streets.

Sponsored by the Baltimore City Life Museums, the concert features the Chancel Choir of the Shiloh Christian Community Church, which will present a wide range of historical black

church music.

The concert is presented in conjunction with the BCLM's exhibit "Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Rise of Black Churches in Eastern American Cities, 1740-1877." The exhibit is on view through Aug. 11 at the Sondheim Gallery of the Courtyard Exhibition Center, 800 E. Lombard St. For more information, call 396-4545.


The following auditions are coming up:

*Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St., for "The Nerd," tomorrow and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Call 243-8626.

*Act Two Dinner Theatre, 8014 Pulaski Highway, for adult roles for "The Sound of Music," tomorrow and Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Auditions for children's roles will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be auditions for "Babes in Toyland." Call 882-0970.

*Cockpit in Court, for the Post-Show Cabaret, next Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., in Essex Community College's Humanities and Arts Building, Room 336. Call 483-1162.

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