The Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts is taking its show on the road to keep its name before the public while renovations continue at the building that will be its home, the old Brooklyn Park High School on Hammonds Lane. The center is to open in fall 2000.
Organizers have scheduled a show called "A Celebration of Dance" at Glen Burnie High School March 6 and are planning "A Celebration of the Written Word," focusing on poetry, in Pasadena in April.
Wayne Shipley, a center board member and guiding force behind its opening celebration last January, said the board is also considering celebrations of song and the fine arts as well as co-sponsoring a high school drama festival if members can find the money.
Adrienne Canterna, 16, of Linthicum Heights, who won the junior women's gold medal at the USA International Ballet Competition last summer, will headline the March 6 show. She said she is excited about appearing because the center awarded her a grant to help pay her way to the competition in Jackson, Miss.
Organizers say they hope attendance for the Glen Burnie High program approaches the 1,000 who came to the center's opening last January. Tickets are $5.
Last year's event was magical and memorable. It was a north county take on the famous line from "Field of Dreams": "If you build it, they will come." A thousand people came because the county was going to build it.
The electricity in the crowd at the old school that night contained a large element of pride and enthusiasm. I hope the spark will be rekindled as the center asks for community support.
As Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein said that night: "You have a ruby. All you have to do is polish it." It's time for all of us who care about the arts to help with the polishing.
Pub Date: 1/21/99