New Year's Eve fest needs professional performers


First Night Annapolis, an annual celebration of the lively arts on New Year's Eve, is seeking professional performers from all disciplines. Singers, dancers, musicians, poets and narrative artists, ethnic and folk artists, actors, storytellers, mimes, street theater performers, bands and orchestras, creators of light sculpture and installations, ice dancers, choirs and chorales can apply to perform at this event until Aug. 1.

First Night Annapolis consists of 10 hours of entertainment with more than 200 indoor seated professional performances in spaces such as City Hall, St. John's College, the U.S. Naval Academy and historic houses. All performers and artists are paid. For details, call (410) 268-8553 or (410) 947-9332.

The Baltimore Area Contemporary Arts Presenters, a operative association of organizations that promote contemporary performing and media arts, is offering $10 annual memberships that provide discounts to BACAP events and calendars of coming programs.

Members will receive discounts at programs sponsored by the Baltimore Film Forum, the Baltimore Museum of Art's Off the Wall series, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Discovery series, Center Stage, the Chamber Jazz Society, the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore, the Columbia Festival of the Arts, Dance on the Edge, Maryland Art Place, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Theatre Project, Towson State University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. For details, call (410) 225-2300.

Arts organizations in Anne Arundel County have received in grants from the Maryland State Arts Council for the fiscal year 1994.

The recipients are: the Annapolis Chorale; the Annapolis Opera Inc.; Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre; Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Association Inc.; Annapolis Theater Project Inc.; Anne Arundel Senior Assistance Programs Inc.; Ballet Theatre of Annapolis Inc.; Bay Winds Band Inc.; Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra Inc.; Community Outreach Arts Foundation Inc.; First Night Annapolis Inc.; Highland Beach Historical Commission; Kunta Kinte Celebrations Inc.; Maryland Association for Family and Community Education Inc.; Maryland Federation of Art Inc.; Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts; Performing Arts Association of Linthicum Inc.; Saint Charles Chorale at Charlestowne, and St. John's College/the Mitchell Gallery.

The state also awarded $41,069 to the Anne Arundel County Commission on Culture and the Arts.


The Matthew Players will hold auditions for the musical revue "Rodgers & Hart" at 7 p.m. July 26 and 27 in the auditorium of Cardinal Shehan School, 5407 Loch Raven Blvd. Take music and prepare to sing and dance. For details, call (410) 433-1732.

The Tower Showcase Theatre will hold auditions for actors, singers and dancers at 7 p.m. tomorrow and July 26 at 6307 Reisterstown Road. Actors should take resumes and $ 1/8 photographs and prepare two-minute monologues. Singers and dancers should take recorded music for accompaniment. Directors, technicians and general volunteers are also needed. For details, call (410) 358-1131.

The Laurel Oratorio Society will hold an open house and rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Laurel Presbyterian Church on Old Sandy Spring Road. Regular rehearsals will resume at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17. The choir, under the direction of Walter G. Edmunds, will perform Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" this season. No auditions for the choir are required. For details, call (301) 490-7504.


The Baltimore Playwrights Festival is accepting submissions of original plays for staged readings during the 1993-1994 season and full productions during the summer of 1994. For full submission guidelines, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Baltimore Playwrights Festival, c/o Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore, Md. 21231.

The ninth annual Foodscape exhibition, a multimedia arts spoof Artscape, will run today through Aug. 1 at the Mount Royal Tavern, 1204 W. Mount Royal Ave. The reception is at 5:30 p.m. today. This year's artists include Jim Burger, Richard Deurer, Michael Hamilton, Terrance Haney, Chris Hartlove, J. Kelly Lane, Nik Moon, Ann Naito, Richard Roth and Ron Russell.

The Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in Laurel has openings in its print studio for artists selected through a juried competition for printmakers and photographers on Sept. 15.

The studio is fully equipped for printmaking and contains two darkrooms. Rent is $6 per square foot per year for artists living in Prince George's County or Montgomery County and $6.25 for artists living elsewhere. For details about applying, call (410) 792-0664 or (301) 953-1993 or (TTY) 490-2329.

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