Beech Tree Puppets presents The Crystal Ball at Christian Community Church in College Park, Sep 30 at 11am

Beech Tree Puppets presents The Crystal Ball at Christian Community Church in College Park, Sep 30 at 11am

Beech Tree Puppets presents
The Crystal Ball
based on the Grimm’s tale.
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11am

Location: Christian Community Church, 4221 Metzerott Road, College Park

Follow the young prince on his journey to save his brothers, who have been transformed into animals by an evil sorceress. To save his brothers and win the princess, he overcomes great challenges. Ingrid and Ole Hass guide their handcrafted, multicultural marionettes while singing, narrating and playing instruments. The 40-minute performance will entertain audiences of all ages. Admission is free, though a free-will offering would be welcome.

Admission is free.

Maryland Opera Studio presents Town Hall at Clarice Smith, Sep 16 at 6pm

Maryland Opera Studio presents Town Hall at Clarice Smith, Sep 16 at 6pm

Maryland Opera Studio: New Work Reading of Town Hall

Saturday, September 16, 2017 . 6 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall

In a small town, somewhere in America, a community gathers to ask their Senator questions about the politics of the day. But the conversation turns into a heated debate with mortal stakes when a retired librarian takes the event hostage, and forces a young intern to live-stream the proceedings on social media. Theo Popov (composer) and E.M. Lewis (librettist) are recipients of the Second Annual Opera Composition Commission, a partnership between the Maryland Opera Studio and the Artist Partner Program of The Clarice that supports the creation of new opera work. This performance is a preview of the completed work, which will premiere in February 2018.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required.

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NextNOW Fest at Clarice Smith, Sep 15-16

NextNOW Fest at Clarice Smith, Sep 15-16

NextNOW Fest

Friday, September 15, 2017. 6:00PM
Saturday, September 16, 2017. 6:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

NextNOW Fest is an arts festival for Terps, by Terps. Co-curated with student groups and on-campus departments, this artistic playground amplifies the voices of intriguing, inventive performing and visual artists from around campus and the country.

Often surprising, sometimes unconventional and always exciting, NextNOW Fest creates an unexpected festival experience at the creative hub of the performing arts at the University of Maryland.

Theatre events include: Big 10 New Play Reading: Twilight Bowl, Alumni Play Commissions and James Allister Sprang

Most events are Free, no tickets or RSVP required. Click here for more information.

Sign up for 2017 Fall Camps and Classes

Sign up for 2017 Fall Camps and Classes

Prince George’s County
Registration for 2017 Fall classes opens August 14, 2017 for residents and August 21, 2017 for non-residents of Prince George’s County.
2017 Fall Children Drama Classes at the Kentland Community Center, Mon-Fri, Sep 6-29, Oct 2-31, Nov 1-30
2017 Fall Children Drama Class at Bowie State University, Sat, Sep 9-Nov 18
2017 Fall Teen Drama Class at Bowie State University, Sat, Sep 9-Nov 18
2017 Fall Teen Theater Skills Workshop at Huntington Community Center, Mon & Fri, Sep 9-Nov 18
2017 Fall Home-School Theater Class at Huntington Community Center, Tue, Sep 19-Nov 7

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.