Baltimore TheatreWorks will be very busy this spring. We are producing shows in two Baltimore City schools, hosting an Irish poet, and we need your help.
City Neighbors High School
At City Neighbors High School in Hamilton, we are producing a student-written play called Black Blues, which examines life in 1970 Chicago. Casting has been completed and our first read happened on Thursday, after waiting a few days for the snow to be cleared.
Amanda Rife, founding member of StillPointe Theatre Initiative, will be directing. Joan Weber, Baltimore TheatreWorks co-founder and Program Director, will be producing and working with tech and administrative staff students to build the show.
TheatreWorks Founder, Rain Pryor, put the program together with principal Danique Dolly to provide an in-school drama program for the public charter high school’s students. Rain will be joining the group to coach the students and give support when she’s not performing around the country . Drama Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.
The school is not rich and can not afford a big budget for the program. If we want to hire designers and build a set, we need to raise more money. Please take a moment to support theatre in Baltimore City Schools and click on the Donate Now button.
In addition to producing a student-written play, Baltimore TheatreWorks is hosting Belfast poet, Nathaniel Joseph McAuley, who will be teaching a one-week poetry residency to two classes at City Neighbors in March. Mr. McAuley is a graduate of Queens University, Seamus Heaney Centre with an M.F.A. in poetry and has been awarded a Northern Ireland Arts Council grant to travel to Baltimore. Please contact us if you are interested in having Nathaniel visit your school. There are only a couple slots available so message us soon.
Mount Royal Elementary Middle School
We are very excited to be returning to Mount Royal this spring. Principal Carolyn Freeland retired at the end of last year so we are working with the new principal, Job Grotsky. Mr. Grotsky had a career as a professional musician before becoming an educator. We look forward to developing our partnership with the school.
Auditions for Annie, Jr. will take place in early February and the performed is scheduled for May. Look for more details coming soon. Mount Royal is able to cover more of the costs for the program, but there is so much more we could do with donations from you.
Annie, Jr. will also be put together by the team of Amanda Rife and Joan Weber. Amanda is a dancer and choreographer, in addition to being a director, so the students at Mount Royal are in for an excellent experience. Joining Amanda and Joan will be Stacey Antoine as musical director. Stacey has been working with StillPointe Theatre Initiative, where he was musical director for their recent productions of Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Amanda, and Hair.
Look here for updates over the next few months as we put together two great shows in these schools. Thank you, as always, for your support. Baltimore TheatreWorks depends on it.