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Perryville High School's commencement was not only a bittersweet time for the 180 members of the Class of 2015, many of whom are leaving friends they have had for four years, but also for the teachers who have worked with them during the same four-year period.
Theater groups, of course, schedule and plan their productions months, sometimes years, in advance of opening night. And so, with the tragic events this past week in France, it is perhaps a twist of irony that two local groups raise the curtain on 2015 with shows that pay homage to French satire and comedy.
"Rising Star" is an honor bestowed annually at this Saturday evening's Celebration of the Arts. This gala fundraiser — benefiting the Howard County Arts Council — includes food sampling from local restaurants and caters, a silent auction and the announcement of the year's Howie Award recipients, chosen for their contribution to the county's arts community.
"Shrek The Musical" presents stage manager Colin Parker, a 2009 Reservoir High School graduate, a challenge as it's presented by the Teen Professional Theatre of the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts.
Besides honoring veterans of the local arts scene, the Howard County Arts Council's Celebration of the Arts at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre on March 23 also honors young performers who are just starting out. Its Rising Stars Emerging Performing Artist Award Competition is for performing artists between the ages of 18 and 35. This year there are 10 contestants competing for a cash prize of $5,000.
Another classic American film set in Baltimore will be turned into a Broadway musical. Barry Levinson has adapted "Diner," his well-regarded 1982 movie, for the stage. With music and lyrics by rock singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, the new show is scheduled to open in New York next fall.