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Common Ground concert series

Common Ground on the Hill will present a series of nightly concerts and dances the weeks of July 3 and July 10 in conjunction with its Traditions Weeks workshops at McDaniel College in Westminster.

The public is invited to attend the concerts at 8 p.m. the week of July 3 and 7 p.m. the week of July 10. Tickets are $10 for most events.

A Common Ground Grand Dance will be held July 3 and 10 in the Forum.

Concerts are: Blues Night, July 4 and 12; July 5, 6, 7, 11 and 14, staff concerts; and July 13, student open mike, all in Alumni Hall.

Information: 410-857-2771.

Auditions scheduled for 'Li'l Abner

September Song Community Theater will hold auditions for its 2006 production of Li'l Abner, under the direction of Mo Dutterer.

Auditions will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 6 and 10 and at noon July 8 at Century High School, 355 Ronsdale Road, near Eldersburg.

Those auditioning should prepare a song (an accompanist will be provided or actors may bring a tape or CD of music); dress comfortably; and be prepared to dance (bring appropriate dance shoes).

All readings will be done from the script.

Staff includes choreographer Tina DeSimone, choral director Erin Kaufman and stage manager Leigh Reger.

Information: 410-876-2179.

Moscow Ballet offers workshop

As part of its educational campaign, "Celebrating Children ... The Arts Can Make A Difference," the Moscow Ballet will hold its Swan Lake Summer Program at the Westminster Ballet Theatre, July 17-28.

Taught by a Moscow Ballet soloist, this intensive workshop includes classes in ballet technique, pointe and variations, character dancer, partnering, and repertory classes in which students will be taught excerpts from classical ballet.

Children ages 6 to young adults are invited to participate in this cultural training program.

To register, call 410-848-6048.

'Much Ado' coming to arts center

The Olney Theatre Center, in cooperation with Boston University Theatre Institute, will present William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at 7 p.m. July 11 at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

This human story and enduring comedy looks at the rocky road to marriage undertaken by the two protagonist couples, Claudio and Hero, and Beatrice and Benedick.

The play is witty and dramatic with its twists, turns and conclusion. This version is set in the South in the 1930s, complete with long hot days, lemonade and hand-held fans.

The cast of 13 actors under the leadership of artistic director Jim Petosa includes Boston University alumni as well as seven veterans of previous National Players tours.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for Arts Council members, seniors 60 and older and children 12 and younger.

Information: 410-848-7272.

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