New curator joins historical society

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Nancy E. Davis, former director of the Octagon Museum in Washington, was appointed to the position of curator at the Maryland Historical Society. She will assume the post Oct. 1.

One of Ms. Davis' principal duties will be to help determine the content of the major exhibition on Maryland history to be installed in the former Greyhound Bus Terminal building, located behind the society's complex in the 200 block of West Monument Street. Renovation of the building will begin this year, with no scheduled completion date.

Ms. Davis will also manage the society's exhibition schedule and oversee collection development, among other duties. Now 47, she has a doctorate in American studies from George Washington University with an emphasis on architecture and decorative arts. She was director of the Octagon Museum, a combined architecture museum and period house, from 1986 to 1994, and has also worked for Gunston Hall museum house in Virginia and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Theater seeks staff

Liberty Showcase Theater has openings for director, musical director, choreographer, technical director, producer, publicist, accompanist, set designer, stage manager and others for the winter production, "Little Shop of Horrors," as well as the spring production of "Alice in Wonderland." Send resume by Sept. 15 to Liberty Showcase Theater, c/o Glenn Solomon, 2133B Woodbox Lane, Baltimore, Md. 21209. (410) 653-1184.

Classes and performances

Essex Community College has 13 vocal and instrumental groups performing everything from madrigal chamber music to jazz, and they are open to people of all ages -- from childhood to senior citizens. Call (410) 780-6521.

Classes in art, dance, drama and music for children and teens will be offered in the fall semester at Essex starting Sept. 11. Groups meet after school, evenings and Saturdays in locations around Baltimore county. Call the Creative Arts Center at (410) 780-6533.

Artworks sought

Loyola College is accepting entries of paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and crafts for its 30th Annual Festival of the Arts to be held Oct. 1. For information, call (410) 617-5151.

Composers invited

Baltimore Choral Arts Society invites young composers to submit a work to be considered for inclusion in the society's holiday program. This is not a competition, and only one work will be chosen. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1. Send works to Baltimore Choral Arts Society, 1316 Park Ave., Baltimore Md. 21217.

Open house

The Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture and School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St., will hold an open house noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 7. Activities include visits with artists in their studios, demonstrations and a children's chalk-art workshop. (410) 396-4641.

Illustrated lectures

The Women Composers Orchestra will sponsor four illustrated lectures to mark Baltimore's Arts and Humanities Month. The talks will be given at 1 p.m. each Thursday in October at the Renaissance Institute, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. (410) 532-3162.

Writers' conference

The Baltimore Writers' Alliance will hold a conference aimed at helping local writers get published, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18, at Burleigh Manor Middle School, 4200 Centennial Lane. Ellicott City. Fee is $45 before Nov. 1, $50 after Nov. 1.

Featured speakers include David Simon; Kim Marcum; Ramsey Flynn; Clarinda Harriss; Rafael Alvarez; Jim Sutton, marketing manger for Tom Clancy's "Hunt for Red October," and Joel D. Joseph of Ottenheimer Publishers. Send reservations to Baltimore Writers' Alliance, P.O. Box 410, Riderwood, Md. 21139. (410) 484-7088.

Playwrights workshop

The Fell's Point Corner Theater will hold a playwrights workshop Thursdays, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 14 through Nov. 2. Workshops are limited to 10 each. Call Jim Carey at (410) 467-2777 or Patsy Parker at (410) 26-5234. FPCT will also hold a workshop in the use of creative drama for professionals Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Auditions

* Theater Hopkins will have its annual call for actors and backstage volunteers and skilled technical staff 4 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Merrick Barn on the campus at Charles and 34th streets. Plays to be produced this season include "The Madwoman of Chaillot," "The Lady from the Sea," "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "The Millionairess." Actors should bring a resume and photograph and prepare at least one monologue. Those interested in backstage or technical work should also bring a resume. For audition appointments, call (410) 516-7159 weekdays between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

* The Maryland State Boychoir will accept applications for membership in September and October. Boys should be 7 to 18 years old, live in Maryland, have a love for music and a willingness to work toward a professional performance level. Prior musical training is not necessary, but an audition is required. Call Frank Cimino at (410) 668-2003.

* The Pumpkin Theater will hold auditions for "Peter Pan in Neverland," 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, at the Hannah More Arts Center, St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson, one mile north of Beltway exit 22. Parts are available for men and also for boys between the ages of 8 and 14. Some dance experience is preferred. Fluid stage movement is needed, and singing is also required. Bring sheet music for a prepared song. Dress to do some simple dance steps and movement. Performances are scheduled for December. Call (410) 323-9402.

* The Handel Choir has a limited number of openings in all voice ranges and will audition for new members in September and October. Call (410) 366-6544 to schedule an audition time.

* The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Choral Society has openings for anyone who likes to sing. Auditions are not required. The Society will hold a welcoming reception/rehearsal 5:15 p.m. Sept. 19, in the East Wing Auditorium of the School of Hygiene and Public Health, at the southeast corner of Wolfe and Monument Streets. This is open to the Hopkins community and

the general public. (410) 955-3363.

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