Past performers return for Totem Pole benefit Alumni show: Dramatic vignettes and music will be presented next weekend in Chambersburg, Pa.


More than 30 performers who have appeared at Totem Pole Playhouse -- the Fayetteville, Pa., summer theater under the artistic directorship of Baltimorean Carl Schurr -- will present a benefit for the theater titled "Music and Memories from Totem Pole Playhouse" at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 and 3 p.m. Oct. 1. This unusual reunion show will feature dramatic vignettes and music from favorite Totem Pole productions. "Music and Memories" will be presented at the Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. Tickets are $15 and are available through the Capitol Theatre Box Office, (717) 263-0202.

Hispanic Drama

Fell's Point Corner Theatre is calling for participants for a Hispanic-American Drama Exploration Series. Staged readings of the works of Hispanic and Hispanic-American playwrights will be held throughout the 1995-1996 season. Directors, actors and others who would like to participate are invited to attend the first meeting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. The theater is at 251 S. Ann St. For information, call (410) 466-8341.

Baltimore poets

Baltimore poets Elisabeth Stevens and Marta Knoblock will read from their works and discuss "Getting Ideas: How Poetry and Fiction Come to Be" at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Julia Rogers Library of Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Ms. Stevens has received writing awards from the Maryland Poetry Review and the Baltimore Writers Alliance and has served as an art critic for The Sun, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Ms. Knoblock received the 1988 ARTSCAPE Literary Arts Award for her poetry collection, "The Song of What Was Lost," and the 1993 Columbia Book Award for her second book, "Sky Pond." For information, call (410) 337-6361.

Open house at BMA

The Baltimore Museum of Art announces FREESTYLE, a thematic open house to be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, beginning Oct. 5. The museum galleries will be open and mini-tours of exhibitions will be conducted. There will be music and performances, food provided by Donna's at the BMA, and a film, courtesy of the Baltimore Film Forum. For more information, call (410) 396-6314.

Colonial concert

David and Ginger Hildebrand will perform music of Colonial America at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in a free concert at Anne Arundel Community College. The Hildebrands use reproductions of such 18th-century instruments as the hammered dulcimer, baroque guitar and mandolin. Their music is heard on movie soundtracks and in stage productions. The concert will be held in the humanities lecture hall on the college's Arnold campus on College Parkway, just off Route 2. For more information, call (410) 541-2280.

Men of Color benefit

The Men of Color AIDS Prevention Project (MOCAPP), an AIDS awareness and education organization, is sponsoring a four-performance run of the one-person show, "FREEda Slave: Mask of a Diva" at Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St., at 8 p.m. Oct. 6-8, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 8. Written by Baltimore playwright Darryl LeMont Wharton, "FREEda Slave" will star Dale Madison as an urban African-American drag queen. Admission $12 in advance or $15 at the door, except for the Oct. 6 opening and post-performance reception, which costs $25. All proceeds benefit MOCAPP. For more information, call (410) 752-7191.


* St. Martin's Community Theatre will hold auditions from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at 375 Benfield Road, Severna Park, for "Amahl and the Night Visitors." Casting needs: adults for the roles of Mother, Kaspar, Melchior, Page and villagers/shepherds. Come with a prepared tape or sheet music for accompanist, and a photo and resume. For more information, call (410) 544-8574. Musicians are needed for the orchestra. Oboe, harp, bassoon, violin and string-bass players should contact Marsha Goldsmith at (410) 647-3055.

* The Office of Therapeutic Recreation Services of the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold auditions for "Scrooge . . . the Musical" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 and from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Eastern Regional Performing Arts Center, 7701 Wise Ave., Dundalk. Auditions are open to children and adults with and without disabilities. Technical people are also needed. For more information, call (410) 887-5370; for TDD call (410) 887-5319.

* The Baltimore City Youth Ballet will hold auditions for its 1995 production of "The Nutcracker Suite" on Oct. 1 at the Sudbrook Arts Centre, 4300 Bedford Road. Boys and girls ages 7 through 18 with ballet training are needed. Audition time is 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ages 7-8; 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 9-10; 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ages 11-12; and 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m for ages 13-18. There is a $10 audition fee, and registration must take place 15 minutes before audition time. Rehearsals will be held on weekends in October, November and December. For more information, call (410) 887-1244.

* Fell's Point Corner Theatre will be holding auditions for "A Christmas Carol" on Oct. 2-3 at 251 S. Ann St., at 6:30 p.m. for children and 7:30 p.m. for adults. Monologues are not required. For more information, call (410) 466-8341.

* The Vagabond Players will hold auditions for "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-3 at the Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway, Fells Point. The script calls for three men: a 25- to 35-year-old; a 35- to 45-year-old with an Irish dialect; and a 45- to 60-year-old with an English dialect. For more information, call (410) 563-9135.

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