Jeanne Kelly founded Encore Chorale, a singing group for seniors ages 55 and up, in 2006-2007. The chorale operates under the aegis of Encore Creativity for Older Adults, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Deale, Md. Locally the chorale meets at Myerberg Senior Center, 3101 Fallstaff Road, Baltimore, Md.
Sponsored by the Carroll County Public Schools Gifted and Talented program, the musical is intended to bridge the gap between middle and high school theater programs, since drama courses are not offered to middle school students.
But celebrating 50 years of The Beatles shows the band was more than a passing fad; it's a testimony to their enduring appeal. Current musical groups and figures such as Arcade Fire, Flaming Lips, Gnarls Barkley and Tori Amos credit The Beatles for their own creative directions. Go to a film revival showing "Yellow Submarine," and you will find 6 year olds joyfully jumping up and down in the seats and aisles.
If you want to laugh a lot, go see "Spamalot" at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia. It's a fast-paced production that makes the most of its jokes thanks to a talented cast whose timing is as sharp as the medieval knights' swords.
Choir members from 21 area churches and synagogues, accompanied by pianists and a brass section of the U. S. Army Field Band, performed the seventh annual Sing for King to a full house at Laurel High's auditorium Sunday night.
The arts world tends to think in terms of September-to-June seasons, rather than calendar years, but it's still fun to look back on the past 12 months and relive the performances that offered extra satisfaction.
The Apex, which showed pornographic films in a squat two-story brick building in Upper Fells Point for more than four decades, stopped its screenings Nov. 31. Owner Sukhvir Singh is making the 672-seat spot available for rent.
For 48 years, Baltimore Actors' Theatre, based in Rodgers Forge, has performed "Babes in Toyland," 30 of those years at Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College in Towson. This year the show runs Dec. 7-8.
How successful is Colonial Players' current production of "Annie?" Well, after the first weekend, available seats for this heart-warming family-friendly show were all but sold out — including a recently added matinee performance on Sunday, Dec. 8.
In addition to the usual flurry of such perennial favorites as Handel's "Messiah" and Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," this year's lineup gains fresh spice from several new-to-Baltimore productions, including a play about the last Christmas of the Civil War and stage adaptations of popular holiday movies.
The sound of 150 children playing instruments — the violin, the trumpet, the oboe, the harp — spills out of every classroom, filling the air and remarkably transforming this elementary school in a raggedy neighborhood of West Baltimore into a music conservatory.
In addition to the usual flurry of such perennial favorites as Handel's "Messiah" and Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," this year's lineup gains fresh spice from several new-to-Baltimore shows, including a play about the last Christmas of the Civil War and stage adaptations of popular holiday movies.
Laurel Shopping Center was developed by Berman Enterprises, partners Melvin and Wolford Berman and Arthur Robinson. The developers used unusual and over-the-top promotions leading up to the Nov. 14, 1956 opening.