The Baltimore musical trio Helicon is among 50 groups in the nation to receive a grant to participate in an arts project in a different country, the National Endowment for the Arts has announced.
Helicon will receive $2,400 to provide musical performances at the Third International Hackbrett Festival in Munich, Germany, this November. The trio consists of Ken Kolodner (hammer dulcimer and fiddle), Chris Norman (wooden flutes) and Robin Bullock (guitar, cittern and fiddle). They will perform in concert with 24 other hammer dulcimer groups from around the world. This money comes from a partnership between the endowment and Arts International.
This year grants were given to arts projects in 34 countries. These awards allow U.S. artists to explore other cultures and to share their experiences with their local communities. The endowment's international program distributes the grants under three categories: The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions, Travel Grants Fund for Artists and the U.S.-Mexico Creative Artists' Residencies.
* AXIS Theatre will hold auditions for "The Shard Story" by playwright Aaron Mack Schloff from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday at the theater in the Meadow Mill complex, 3600 Clipper Mill Road. The production needs four men age 20-45 and two women age 18-40. For details, call (410) 243-5237.
* "The Will Rogers Follies" will hold an open call for the Broadway and national touring companies on Friday at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Hopkins Plaza. Auditions for boys and girls ages 7-10, 4 feet 1 inch tall through 4 feet 4 inches tall, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Auditions for male and female chorus members will be held at 6 p.m. Women must be 5 feet 6 inches or taller; men must be 5 feet 11 inches or taller. For details, call (410) 625-4238.
* Auditions for "Under Milkwood," a production by the Colonial Players of Annapolis, will run at 2:30 p.m. next Sunday and 7:30 p.m. May 25 at the Colonial Players Annex at 2132 Renard Court, Annapolis. The production, directed by Frank Moorman, runs July 23-31. The cast calls for men and women ages 20-60. For details, call (410) 280-5132.
* The Bowman Ensemble will hold auditions for "Animal Farm" and "The Adventures of Old Edgar and Wilcox" at 7 p.m. tomorrow at McDonogh School on McDonogh Road. Performances are in July and August. For details, call (410) 889-0406.
* Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra is looking for musicians ages 9 to 21. Auditions, which begin at 5 p.m. May 24, are by appointment. Interested musicians will be required to play several scales and a two-minute piece of their own choosing. All instruments are needed. Under the direction of Anne Harrigan, the orchestra is in residence at Essex Community College. For appointments, call (410) 821-5783.
* Diverse Works Performance Program at Maryland Art Place seeks performance artists, actors, dancers, writers, poets, musicians, composers and visual artists. The program involves three weeks of rehearsals -- July 19-Aug. 8 -- culminating in a weekend of performances of original works. Auditions, which are scheduled in advance, will take place June 19 at Maryland Art Place. For details, call (410) 962-8565.
* The Towson Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines is looking for new members for its barbershop-style singing group. No formal musical training is required. Interested women may attend a rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in May or June in the hall of the Towson Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake and Highland avenues. For details, call (410) 828-0453.
Everyman Theatre will have a fund-raiser with entertainment by the cabaret ensemble Destination Anywhere from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at Spike and Charlie's Restaurant, 1225 Cathedral St.
Founded in 1990 by Vincent Lancisi, Everyman Theatre has produced "The Runner Stumbles," "Hot L Baltimore" and "National Defense." Its production of "Bus Stop" will run at Theatre Project in June.
Tickets to the benefit are $75 each. For details, call (410) 987-1625.