Time running out to see production by Talent Machine


If you've been hearing about "Superstar Express" for several years, but haven't allowed yourself the indulgence of enjoying it, your opportunities are running out.

The fabulous production by the Annapolis Talent Machine Company has scheduled its final curtain July 12.

There's a month of three-day-a-week performances before that, however, at St. John's College.

Director/choreographer Bobbi Smith assures fans that the show isn't resting on its laurels. Each year's production has changed with the talents of new cast members and the developed skills of veterans. This year the production brought back as many veterans as it could for the four-week run and has a number of surprises in store.

The Talent Machine, devoted to giving theater training to youngsters while also having fun, boasts a long list of graduates who have gone on to perform professionally or teach, or who still are active in the Annapolis theater scene.

Activities each summer include several productions and intensive summer theater camps for youngsters. The latest addition is Camp Wee Wanna Be, targeting talented youngsters for whom the age of 10 is a distant goal.

"Superstar Express -- The Finale" runs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from June 19 to July 12.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" opens July 17 and runs through Aug. 9. Ms. Smith has been waiting years for the right mix of talent for this challenging show, and is pleased to be able to mount it just as a national touring company takes off with a revival of the early Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

For information on these and other Talent Machine Company activities, call Ms. Smith at 956-0512. Better yet, buy tickets.


The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society and the Galesville Heritage Society have extended to July 15 the deadline for submission of drawings for the third Southern Anne Arundel County calendar.

Sites selected for the 1996 calendar are Tulip Hill near Galesville, St. James Church in Lothian, St. Matthews Church in Shady Side, the Friendship Parsonage in Friendship, the abandoned West River Methodist Church in West River and Smith's Lumber Co.'s original building in Churchton. Others are Obligation Farm in Harwood, Lerch House in Shady Side, R & M Antiques in Galesville, the South River Club House, the Winchester House in Galesville and Twin Cedars in Owensville.

Drawings for the calendar must be in pencil, ink or charcoal and measure 17 inches high and 22 inches wide. Entries should be submitted to Newell Cannon, 5313 Sweetwater Drive, West River 20778.

The calendar will be printed by September, when the sponsors plan an introductory artists reception.

For more information, contact Mrs. Cannon at 867-4763.


Artists of a different sort are being sought again for the juried competition of outdoor sculpture sponsored by Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Friends of the Maryland Federation of Art and Friends of Quiet Waters Park.

The planned exhibit will run from October to September 1996, with an additional year possible.

The sponsors are seeking existing artworks and proposals for site-specific or environmental work. There is a $10 entry fee for up to 10 slides.

For more details, contact Mike Purvis at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis 21401, or call 263-5544.


Indulge yourself in the second and last London Town Afternoon Tea from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, with herbal and traditional teas and scones, shortcakes and other English treats.

The $8.50 admission includes refreshments, a guided tour of the National Historic Landmark London Town House and admission to the 8-acre woodland garden.

London Town House and Garden is on the banks of the South River in Edgewater. Reservations for the afternoon tea are necessary. Call 222-1919.

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