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Conference is in search of gifted writers


The National Playwrights Conference and New Drama for Media Project of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center are accepting scripts to be considered for the July 1996 conference.

The conference is devoted to discovering gifted writers and helping them to develop their talents. Submit original, full-length works for stage, screen or television that have never been produced and are not under option.

Writers must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The deadline is Dec. 1. For an application, send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope to National Playwrights Conference, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, 234 W. 44th St., Suite 901, New York, N.Y. 10036.

Master classes

Ib Anderson, Goucher College ballet guest artist-in-residence and former principal dancer for the New York City Ballet, will hold open master classes from Oct. 6 through Oct. 16 in the Todd Dance Studio of Goucher College. High-intermediate and advanced students through high school age are invited to attend. Classes are $10 each. Call (410) 337-6390.

Oleszko to lecture

Performance artist and costume designer Pat Oleszko, who has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and has performed at the Museum of Modern Art, will present a slide lecture and video presentation at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 as part of the Maryland Institute, College of Art's Mixed Media Series. The lecture will take place at the Maryland Institute Mount Royal Station Auditorium.

AIDS benefit

Tommy Tune, in cooperation with Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts, has donated several pairs of tickets to see the pre-Broadway engagement of "Buskers" at the Mechanic Theatre, posters from the show and a pair of dancing shoes, all autographed by Mr. Tune, to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

These and other prizes will be raffled off at the 2 p.m. Sept. 17 screening of "Hello Dolly!" -- Mr. Tune's first film. Movie tickets are $3, and raffle tickets are $1.

The screening, at SONY Theatres Valley Centre, will also benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The theater is located at 9616 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills. For more information, call (410) 363-4194.

Community theater

The second annual Best of Baltimore Community Theatre Showcase will be presented at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Theatre at Essex Community College, 7201 Rossville Blvd., Rosedale. It features more than a dozen community theater companies. Tickets are $10. Call the Cockpit in Court Box Office at Essex Community College at (410) 780-6369.

Fells Point exhibit

The first Creative Alliance Members Show, a group exhibition of work in all media that will hang in seven venues in the Fells Point area, will run Sept. 27 through Oct. 28.

The show will feature work by Creative Alliance artists Joyce Scott, Mary Opasik, Dan Shapiro, Tom Seiler, Edda Jakab and Jennifer McBrien-Dixon. A gala reception for the show will be held simultaneously at all venues from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 28.

Locations are Halcyon Gallery and Margaret's Cafe Open, both at 909 Fell St.; Funk's Democratic Coffee Shop, 1818 Eastern Ave.; Adrian's Book Store Cafe, 714 S. Broadway; Baltimore Camera Works, 1809 Thames St.; Vagabond Theater, 806 S. Broadway; and Daily Grind Coffee Shop, 1726 Thames St.


* Moonlight Troopers of Anne Arundel Community College will hold auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts, 101 College Parkway, Arnold, at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19.

Auditioners should have a song prepared and bring sheet music for an accompanist. For more information, call (410) 541-2457.

* Merrick's Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for Mary Chase's "Harvey" at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 and 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at 2132 Turkey Point Road in Essex. Auditioners will be asked to read from the script. For further information, call (410) 687-8265.

* The Canticle Singers, a Baltimore-area women's classical music chorus, starts rehearsals for the fall season this month. Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings in the Towson area. The chorus is open to women of all vocal ranges. Call (410) 828-7922.

* Young Actors Theatre, a new theater company for children ages 10 to 18, will be holding auditions for its debut production of "The Wiz" at McDonough School from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 or Oct. 5. For more information, call (410) 581-4761.

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