Dreaming Zenzile at Clarice Smith, Aug 20, 4pm

Dreaming Zenzile at Clarice Smith, Aug 20, 4pm

Creation Residency 2017-18: Somi
Dreaming Zenzile (Work-in Progress)

Sunday, August 20, 2017 . 4 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, General Admission, Free

Dreaming Zenzile is a modern jazz play based on the extraordinary life of late South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba. Written by vocalist & songwriter Somi, the play features both original music and reinterpretations of Makeba’s popular repertoire through the modern jazz idiom and small ensemble arrangements.

Dreaming Zenzile is set in Castel Volturno, Italy on the night of Makeba’s final performance. Somi performs the role of Miriam Makeba. Framed as a meta-performance, Makeba moves between the memory and evocation of real and dreamed experiences about her life journey.

This project is largely inspired by Somi’s recurring dreams of being in conversation with Makeba that Somi began having after the loss of her father. During those conversations, Makeba would try to explain life choices Somi made as a professional artist to her father despite what he might have traditionally expected of Somi as an African woman by using Makeba’s own life in America as an example he might better understand. The piece, therefore, is a reflection on both Makeba’s biography and of those dreamed conversations. The word “Zenzile” is actually Makeba’s true first name, which means “you have done it to yourself” in her native language of Xhosa. In short, this work is meant to be an exposition of the burdens and freedoms that accompany the gift of song.

Free, no tickets required.

Into the Woods, Jr. at Laurel Mill Playhouse, Aug 4-20

Into the Woods, Jr. at Laurel Mill Playhouse, Aug 4-20

The Musical Theater Intensive at Laurel Mill Playhouse
Into the Woods Jr.
Book by James Lapine
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Original Broadway production produced by Heidi Landesman, M. Anthony Fisher, Rocco Landesman, Frederick H. Mayerson, Rick Steiner, Jujancyn Theaters
Originally Produced by the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA

Directed by Michael V. Hartsfield
Produced by Maureen Rogers
Assistant Producer – Dani Kellner
Costumer – Lynn Kellner

AGES: 8-18
DATES: June 12, 2017-August 20, 2017
TIMES: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00pm
Saturdays from 11:00am-2:00pm

PERFORMANCES: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from August 4-August 20

Location: Laurel Mill Playhouse

Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

Performances run weekends from Friday August 4, 2017 through Sunday August 20, 2017 with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for general admission. Admission for students (12 and under), active duty military and seniors (65 and over) is $17. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the link below. For further information, please call 301-617-9906 and press 2, or contact Maureen Rogers at maureencrogers@gmail.com or 301-452-2557.

Buy tickets here.

Oliver Twist at College Park Arts Exchange, Aug 4 & 5

Oliver Twist at College Park Arts Exchange, Aug 4 & 5

CPAE Summer Youth Musical – Oliver Twist

Join directors Laura Lising and Allison Hughes for a fun community youth production of Oliver Twist!

Location: College Park Arts Exchange, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 4512 College Ave, College Park MD 20740, 301-864-8880.

August 4 & 5, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7pm
Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 3pm

Auditions for Annie Get Your Gun by 2nd Star Productions, Jun 12 & 13

Auditions for Annie Get Your Gun by 2nd Star Productions, Jun 12 & 13

AUDITION NOTICE!! Annie Get Your Gun
by 2nd Star Productions
Direction by Atticus Boidy
Music Direction by Sandy Griese
Choreography by Morgan Gingerich

Auditions/Callbacks Detail:
Dates: Monday, June 12 & Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 PM, with Callbacks on Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 PM
Location: The Bowie Playhouse in Bowie, MD (16500 Whitemarsh Park Dr, Bowie, MD 20715)
Production Dates: Sept 22 – Oct 21, 2017, Fridays through Sundays

Synopsis: Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and when she’s discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. The stage is set for this classic musical comedy featuring famous Irving Berlin tunes including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun,” “I Got the Sun in the Morning,” “Anything You Can Do,” and many more!

Performance Location: 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse

We welcome non-traditional casting – all roles are open to all races and ethnic diversities!

Rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays beginning in July, with the exception of the final two weeks of Tech, for which all will be called nearly every night of the week. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at 2ndStarBowie@gmail.com.

For more information including instructions and parts to be cast, click here.

Mary Poppins by 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse, Jun 2-Jul 1

Mary Poppins by 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse, Jun 2-Jul 1

Mary Poppins
June 2 – July 1, 2017

Directed by Fred Nelson
Produced by Eugene Valendo
Music Direction by Sandy Griese
Choreography by Andrew Gordon

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm,
with the closing performance Saturday July 1st at 3 pm.

2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the Oscar-winning 1964 film, this authorized
Disney musical production was adapted for West End and Broadway by Julian Fellowes,
the creator of “Downton Abbey’, and won the Olivier award in 2005. The original
Broadway production ran for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for
nine Olivier and seven 2007 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Dancing chimney
sweeps, flying kites, spoonfuls of sugar, and classic Disney songs you know and love!

Tickets for shows at Bowie Playhouse are $22.00 for General Admission, $19.00 for seniors (60 and over) and full time students, and $12 for Children 11 and under. Buy tickets here.