Original Stage Play – 1968. It was a turbulent time in American and especially in Memphis, TN. Memphis is known as the mid south and sits on the east bank of the Mississippi. In Tears of the Soul we will meet a family living through the unrest of the time. The nation was at the height of the highly protested Vietnam war which was returning black soldiers to their hometowns maimed, in boxes or in many cases not at all. Black empowerment was on the rise with militant groups struggling to use their power to create their own destinies. Even after the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a caste system still existed, especially in the south. Racism and violence were rampant in the growing urban ghettos and Martin Luther King, the prominent leader of the Civil Rights movement and non-violent protest met his demise on a Memphis balcony. Tears of the Soul is a portrayal of a family divided. The social climate in 1968 made life difficult outside and inside of the home. Family members with divergent viewpoints make it impossible to communicate. That was until one fateful day when tragedy collided with ideologies and each family member was forced to reevaluate their perspectives. Only by coming together was this family able to identify the true threat and free their souls from misconceptions, hatred and fear.
Tis the season to celebrate the holidays with the ARTS. Our county has so much to offer in the way of entertainment, you don’t have to travel far to find a wonderful play, musical, symphony or art exhibit to enjoy. If you are looking for that special gift to give, a pair of tickets or a season subscription to the performances of one of the many performing arts groups or a membership in one of the County Historic preservation organizations is a great way to support our artists and shop local!
Whether you travel North, South, East or West, coming up, we have some fabulous opportunities. In Edgewater there is still time to catch a performance by the National Ballet Company of Swing Time Nutcracker Sweet. See the information below:
Next Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17th at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will be “Messiah by Candlelight” presented by Live Arts Maryland.
Presented by the South County Concert Association will be “An evening of holiday carols with Tenora” on December 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Southern High School at 4400 Solomons Islands Rd, Harwood, MD
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Presents “Christmas Fiesta with Sultans of String”
On Friday December 16, at 8:00pm, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of José-Luis Novo, performs our Holiday Pops concert, entitled Christmas Fiesta with Sultans of String, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Check out the Maryland Hall website to find out about all the upcoming performance events at this venue.
Meet actress and writer Maia Rodriquez at a Free Event at the Chesapeake Center for the Arts/
In the Studio with Maia Rodriguez
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
in Studio 194 Theatre
Doors open at 5:30pm | Talk 6:00pm
Visit the Chesapeake Center for the Arts website to learn about other upcoming events and performances.
BABES in TOYLAND presented by West Arundel Creative Arts is playing weekends through December 18th at the Nichols-Bethel UM CHurch at 1239 Murray Road in Odenton. Afternoon performances make this a great event for younger children and you can purchase tickets at WACArts.com.
At the Compass Rose Theater, enjoy the class musical ‘CAMELOT” playing through January 22nd. The Compass Rose is located in the Annapolis Arts & Entertainment District at 49 Spa Road, www.compassrosetheater.org.
Many musicians will be performing in downtown Annapolis during MIDNIGHT MADNESS on Thursday December 15th. While you are downtown, look for Art in Public Places. There are several murals and large photographs on buildings to admire around the city in addition to traditional statues and handsome historic structures that include our State Capital, Hammond Harwood House and Wiliiam Paca House.
The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s grantee organizations offer plenty of art activities, camps, and classes for kids over the course of the summer. At the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts classes are available to kids of all ages including “Yoga for Little People,” “Creations in Clay,” and “Painting the Basics.” The Maryland Hall for Creative Arts also offers a class entitled “Little Masters,” where students learn about a master artist and then attempt to create a work of art in that artist’s style.
Anne Arundel County offers classes and camps to kids of all ages that focus on theater and the performing arts. The Children’s Theatre of Annapolis offers classes, workshops and camps for kids including the “Kids Cabaret,” a one week camp that focuses on the three fundamental elements of musical theater: singing, dancing and acting. The Compass Rose Theater offers acting camps for kids as young as three, and more advanced ones for teenagers taught by professional actors starting June 20th.
There are also plenty of children’s dance classes and camps available over the summer. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland has a number of classes available to even the youngest of dancers. The “Tiny Toes Ballet: Mommy and Me” class provides a platforms for dancers as young as two to learns the basics of ballet in a fun environment alongside a familiar adult. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland also offers more advanced classes to older students such as its “Teen Ballet” class. The West Arundel Creative Arts also offers a variety of dance classes from June 20th to August 12th.
On Sundays, July 10th and August 15th the Captain Avery Museum offers “Sundae Sundays” where families can enjoy a sundae while playing croquet or partaking in one of the other outdoor activities designed to keep kids entertained. The museum also offers discovery kits available for checkout from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays so kids can explore the local wildlife while simultaneously learning about Maryland’s ecosystems.
The Chesapeake Arts Center offers classes for children of all ages including The Family Pottery Workshop as well as hip-hop, ballet, and jazz classes.
Anne Arundel County even has summer options for the young historians in the family. The Historic Annapolis Foundation offers the “Riddle Me This” summer camp where participants explore the history of historic Annapolis’ most notorious pirates, and much more. The Historic London Town and Gardens offers kids the unique opportunity to experience life from three hundred years ago through its “Colonial Adventures” summer camp. Campers wear period clothing, and make colonial crafts and even eat like Historic London Town’s colonial settlers with meals prepared over open fires. The camp goes from June 20th – 24th and again July 18th – 22nd.
Great ideas for Family Holiday GIft Giving–The gift of experience! Anne Arundel County has some great family performances scheduled for the start of 2016. And even better, you can buy the tickets online and avoid the traffic rush while supporting local arts and historic preservation groups at the same time!
Annapolis Opera presents Cinderella, a children’s opera on Saturday January 30th and The Ballet Theatre of Maryland will be producing Sleeping Beauty April 15-24. These are wonderful performances to share with grandchildren. Children learn through stories and experiences. For the teenagers in your household, consider “The Diary of Anne Frank” playing mid March into April at the Compass Rose Theater. Learn more about the famous Maryland writer Edgar Allen Poe by spending An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe at the Hammond Harwood House January 15th or 22nd. February 6th experience the power of dance at the Chesapeake Arts Center when Full Circle Dance Company Presents: Human Conditions: Dance About Love, Loss and Life. There are so many performances and events available for the residents of Greater Annapolis and Anne Arundel County from Pasadena to Shadyside, make a New Year’s Resolution to take discover all the talent within our county.
In less than two weeks, many schools will be starting classes and with Labor Day just three weeks away, fall schedules are about to begin. Whether you have children at home or are looking for ways to expand your artistic horizons, throughout Anne Arundel County there are a variety of arts classes being offered by non-profit arts groups funded by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.
It doesn’t matter where you live, North County, South County, West County or in the city of Annapolis; it is easy to find a class. Think art classes are just about teaching how to hold a paint brush? Think again. At the Artfarm in Annapolis, art classes for children taught by Stacey Turner give students of all ages an introduction to different types of materials . Each class begins with a short presentation about an artist & their work. According to their class description, “The emphasis is on the distinctive style of each artist & their visionary contribution to the overall world of art.” Looking at the photograph above, you can see some of the results!
At West County Creative Arts, classes are being offered this fall with a focus on dance and drama. From Mini Shakespeare to Musical Revue, there are a lot of opportunities for young thespians to develop their skills.
In South County at the Historic London Town and Gardens are programs for children and their families that are being home schooled. One of the afternoon programs is called” Spin, Sew and Sail”. Participants will have the chance to dye fabric, sew canvas like an original master sailmaker, spin on a wooden wheel, and weave threads.
Looking for an inter-generational experience? At the Chesapeake Arts Center in a class taught by Anita Horwath, children and senior adults come together to perform improvisational scenes on diverse and timely topics focusing on situations facing Maryland citizens today. Share your own story and experience through acting and theatre and if you are a senior over 50, this class is free.
For adults who love jewelry and ceramics, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts has just the class to tickle your fancy. In this three day workshop for adults over the age of 16, you’ll learn glazing and decorating techniques for creating beads and buttons to make your own jewelry and clothing accessories.