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Arts brief

August 28, 2005

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SHARPSBURG - Antietam Women's Ensemble, a community chorus in Sharpsburg is accepting new members for its second concert season.

Rehearsals are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg, and begin Monday, Sept. 12. Concerts are Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20. Interested singers should contact Georgiann Toole at 301-432-6964, or send e-mail to SinginAWE@aol.com.

Since Tolson's Chapel was built in the mid-19th century, the November concert will feature American music from that period, as well as modern music which refers to that era in text or subject matter. For information on the concert, go to www.antietamwomensensemble.org.




Playhouse presents reading


FREDERICK, Md. - The New Play House has been invited to present a staged reading at the fourth annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

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Page-to-Stage runs Saturday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 5, and celebrates new plays and musicals. More than 25 theater companies from the metropolitan area will participate in readings, events, and panel discussions. Admission is free with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

The New Play House will perform a staged reading of "Take Stock" by Jonah Sea Knight at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, in the Kennedy Center's south atrium.

A staged reading involves minimal props and sets, as well as no technical aspects such as lighting or sound. Actors read from scripts in hand.

For more information, call 1-301-668-8019 or e-mail newplayhouse@yahoo.com.




Festival seeks volunteers


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va.


The first Potomac Arts Festival, which will be held Friday, Oct. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 30, in Shepherdstown, is seeking volunteers.

About 30 volunteers are needed to help set up and work on-site during the festival at the National Conservation Training Center in tandem with the third annual American Conservation Film Festival. The festival will feature nature-inspired arts and crafts offered for sale by 40 artists and craftspeople who have been selected by professional arts jurors.

The Potomac Arts Festival is sponsored by Potomac Valley Audubon Society. Proceeds will be used for the society's environmental education programs and its Yankauer Nature Preserve in northeastern Berkeley County.

To volunteer or for information, call festival coordinator JiJi Beckett at 1-540-955-3553 or send e-mail to artfestival@potomacaudubon.org.

For information about the festival, go to www.potomacaudubon.org.

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