Loop briefs

November 08, 2007

Holiday play auditions today in Hagerstown

Zion United Church of Christ will hold auditions from 7 to 9 p.m. today, for roles in an original, one-act Christmas play.

"Truck Stop Christmas" explores the story of the birth of Jesus - part modern telling of the birth story, part Bible study. There are nine speaking parts, with roles for two men and two women in their 30s or 40s; other roles are not age-specific. There is also a children's chorus that sings several familiar hymns. Actors are not required to sing in the show.

The performance will be Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Zion UCC. Practices will be Monday evenings, Nov. 19 through Dec. 17.

The church is at 201 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. Enter the door closest to the parking lot.

For more information, call Chris at 301-491-2966.

Gallery opens store in Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The board of directors of Council for the Arts announces the opening of its new retail store, Kaleidoscope Gallery and Gifts.


The store is in the Capitol Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St. Kaleidoscope showcases the handmade work of artists throughout the Cumberland Valley.

While the existing gallery will continue to feature two-dimensional fine-art pieces from local artists, Kaleidoscope will enhance the shopping experience by offering textiles, pottery, jewelry, wood turnings and more. Proceeds from sales at Kaleidoscope will support Council for the Arts' new and ongoing arts programming.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For information, call Kaleidoscope at 717-264-1099 or Council for the Arts at 717-264-6883.

Gallery offers space

Studio and classroom space is available for rent at The Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery, 4 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown.

Rooms of varying sizes are available for any art medium or any type of class. Artists can set their own hours and dates and teachers may set their class limit size and fees.

A commission will be charged by the school to cover costs. Public relations is provided by the school and the artist may display artwork in the gallery.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 301-791-6191, e-mail, or go to

Shepherd announces student vocal winners

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University Department of Music held its annual vocal competition at the Frank Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 13. Forty high school juniors and seniors from West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania participated.

Holly Kinnamont of Frederick, Md., won the first-place female vocalist award, receiving the Pearl and Edward Buck Memorial prize of $300. She attends Walkersville High School.

Miguel Amaguaa of Germantown, Md., was awarded the first-place male vocalist award, receiving the Jane Grissinger Memorial prize of $300. He attends Northwest High School.

Winning the second-place female vocalist award was Christina Kay of Harrisburg, Pa., receiving the Alice Frank Memorial Prize of $200. She attends Harrisburg Christian High School.

R.J. Pavel of Crofton, Md., won the second-place male vocal award of $200. He attends Archbishop Spaulding High School.

Megan West of Martinsburg, W.Va., won the third-place female vocalist award of $100. She attends Martinsburg High School.

Todd Kilmer of Carlisle, Pa., won the third-place male vocalist award of $100. He attends Carlisle High School.

Recognized with merit awards were Frederick High School student Colleen Hayes; Middletown High School student Victoria Stowell; Tuscarora High School student Andrew Trego; and Garrett Matthews of Germantown, Md.

The annual vocal competition, sponsored by the Shepherd University Department of Music, began in 1991 to offer classically trained students the opportunity to perform and compete. It is coordinated by Shepherd University voice instructor Barbara Buck Stenger.

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