September 23, 2019
Volume 19-23
Welcome to Artist Alley,
 Washington County Arts Council's electronic newsletter. We hope this publication will engage you with the arts in your community.
 WCAC welcomes your ideas and support as it continues to take the lead in bringing together the community's art organizations to strengthen our region's arts culture.
 For artist information, arts events, calls for art, and more visit WCAC's web page... .
September 2019 Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council presents a juried exhibit “Purple Haze: Selective Perception” for the month of September 2019. The juried community art exhibit will run through October 1, 2019. The exhibit, “Purple Haze: Selective Perceptions,” strives to build awareness in our communities to “stand against substance abuse.”
October 2019 Exhibit

The Washington County Arts Council presents “Family Tree” an exhibit featuring Elizabeth Beachley, Bruce Field, Clinton Jones, Richie Jones, John Komorowski, Pat McCleary, Jene Meier and Laura Rittenhouse. The exhibit opens with a Reception on Thursday, October 3, 219 from 5 pm – 7 pm and continues through October 29, 2019.

Artist Talks will be held on Saturday, October 5 & 26, 2019 at The Gallery, 34 S Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown.
Call for Artists!
Connect with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, September25, 2019 from 7:30 - 9:00 am
Free light breakfast & coffee for Chamber members

whose works will be on display through the end of October

Washington County Chamber of Commerce
1 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
The WCAC board is happy to announce that the Guest Celebrity Chefs for The Art of Cooking 2020 which will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 (Snow date: Sunday, January 26, 2020) are:

  • Scott and Kim Bowen
  • Bill and Karen Henry
  • Jim and Mindy Marsden
  • John Salvatore & granddaughter, Ellen Salvatore
  • Carl and Monika Wertman

Pieter Bickford and Michelle Lovelace will be the co-emcees for the event and Mike Johnston returns as the wine aficionado.
Julie Westendorff and The Allegany Arts Council hosted the fall retreat for County Arts Agencies of Maryland (CAAM). CAAM is a statewide assembly of arts councils established to foster, promote, and develop skills and articulate the needs of Maryland's diverse arts communities. CAAM brings together leaders of arts councils throughout Maryland who are working to champion the arts in their communities and works in cooperation with the Maryland State Arts Council and Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) to increase artistic opportunities for Maryland artists, arts organizations and citizens.
The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the new Performing Arts Center at the Maryland Theatre!

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Open House - 11am to 2pm
Ribbon Cutting - 4:30pm

The Maryland Theatre board, staff, and supporters are excited to share the much-anticipated opening of the crown jewel of downtown Hagerstown's Arts & Entertainment District! The public is invited to the unveiling of this amazing facility. Tour the new event spaces including the Grand Lobby, Cocktail Lounge, VIP Suite, The View Studio and the Ballroom. The official ribbon cutting and a champagne toast will follow at 4:30pm.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater's 35th Season continues with Stephen Sondheim's thriller Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Playing 10 performances only, beginning September 13 and continuing through October 27th.

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight TONYs, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s ( A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun!

The musical is preceded by a buffet meal beginning at 6:00pm. There is one matinee on Sunday, October 27th at 1:00pm (meal). 

Tickets cost $49.50 and include salad bar, hot buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, and iced tea. Bar tab and gratuity not included.

For tickets visit  or call 301-739-7469.

The historic Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater, which has been newly remodeled, is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
HollyFest Applications Now Available

Deadline: October 7, 2019
Valley Art Association members will exhibit their work on the theme of “Make Me Laugh” at the Mansion House City Park, Hagerstown, Maryland from Friday September 6th to September 29th. Hours are Fridays & Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm, Sundays 1 to 4 pm. Free admission. For more information call 301 797-2867 or
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater presents
Theatre for Young Audiences stage: THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW!

This take on the spooky classic story by Washington Irving, is presented with all the thrills, chills and laughs that keep young audiences on the edge of their seats. The storybook tale revolves around the main characters—the bumbling schoolteacher Ichabod, the coquettish Katrina and Ichabod’s brutish rival, Brom Bones. There are also six characters who play storytellers, keeping the action and pace moving throughout. As much fun as the play presents, it saves the best for last—the ride of the headless horseman.

Tickets are now on sale at  or call 301-739-7469.
Get yours today!

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear…. In the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
You're Lookin' at Country -
The Music of Loretta Lynn is set to play Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 1:00pm at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater.
Kip Young (as Lynn) performs her hit songs and fan favorites like "Blue Kentucky Girl," "You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man," her signature song “Coal Miner's Daughter,” and MORE! Dale Young will be sharing Lynn’s history and some little known stories about this legendary lady of country music. Dale also joins Kip to recreate her duets with Ernest Tubb and Conway Twitty. Don’t miss this epic tribute to one of Nashville’s most talented and eternally popular singer/songwriters… Ms. Loretta Lynn!

All seats cost $49.50 and include dinner rolls, soup, salad bar, hot buffet, dessert and coffee, tea, and iced tea. Bar bill and gratuity not included.

For tickets visit  or call 301-739-7469 Tuesday through Friday.

The historic and newly remodeled playhouse is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear. In the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
Carol Williams: Fibers of Defiance
Textile Quilting, Metal Framings and Written Word at the Engine Room Art Space
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 3-7 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 3-27
Engine Room Art Space
36 N Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Ms. William’s “work with fabrics and buttons is a re-purposing of the traditionally feminine art form of sewing and quilting, which has been historically classified as craft.” The artist’s exhibit “uses the “women’s work” of quilting and sewing to make statements about women; our images, our challenges, our obstacles and our status…..pieces tells a story or describes an experience, embellished with buttons, but always with fabrics that contribute to the depth of ….connection to cloth. Even as the textile industry continues to be one of the largest, and most polluting, industries on earth, our dependence on fabric is a daily, and very personal, essential connection.”
Valley Art Association members will exhibit their art work on the theme of “Abstract” at the Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown, Md from October 4th to October 27th. Hours are Fridays & Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm, Sundays 1 to 4 pm. Free admission. For more information call 301 797-2867 or
The Mountain Maryland Artist Studio Tour program an initiative of the Allegany Arts Council located in Cumberland, Maryland takes visitors away from the usual gallery experience to visit artists in their studio environments, where they see artists in their natural habitats.
Held annually, the Artist Studio Tours including member artists of the Allegany Arts Council living and working in Allegany and Garrett Counties. Each year, approximately 20 studios are represented, with media ranging from jewelry, to ceramics, wood-turning, and furniture design. The Tours are self-guided and visitors may view as many studios as they choose.
In 2019, the Artist Studio Tours will take place October 19 and 20 from 11:00AM-5:00PM daily.
Two Rivers String Quartet Concert present "Classic Contours"
Trinity Episcopal Church, West German Street, Shepherdstown, WV
7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Friends of Music will present the first concert of their 2019-2020 season on Saturday, October 5. The concert will feature the Friends' resident small ensemble, the Two Rivers String Quartet. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown, WV. Entitled "Classic Contours," the concert will include three works: • Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) –– Fratres • Charles Gounod (1818–1893) -–– Quartet No. 3 in A minor • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) -–– Quartet No. 14 in G major Jed Gaylin, the Friends of Music's Music Director, calls the Quartet "one of the Friends' most important assets." "For this concert," he said, "these talented musicians will bring us a program that runs from mystical to rollicking and at the same time celebrates clarity of expression. The music of Arvo Pärt is imbued with a kind of spiritual minimalism that entrances in its simplicity. Gounod's quartet shifts from a similar kind of austerity through charm into playfulness. Mozart's quartet, which is a homage to his older witty friend, Haydn, is also filled with cheer and brilliance." Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $25 per person ($22.50 before September 23).
Tickets and memberships can be purchased on the Friends' website at or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443). Visa and Master Card will be accepted. The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence in the region. For full information about the Friends and their concerts go to
Fee: Free to friends members; others $25
For information contact, Jennifer Perrotte at 304-876-5765 or
Sumi-E Ink Painting Workshop hosted by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 10 AM until 1 PM

In this workshop, participants will explore the basic fundamentals of Sumi-e painting. Participants will learn about the unique materials required and the basic techniques involved to create a Sumi-e of bamboo. All materials will be provided.

Cost: $35 for WCMFA Members, $40 for general public
Instructor: Sukey Rankin
Call the museum at 301-739-5727 or follow the link to register.

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive in City Park
Hagerstown, MD 21740 301-739-5727
The Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown presents
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
at The Maryland Theatre
Friday, October 25, 2019
Happy Hour 6:30 pm
Movie Begins 8 pm

The Maryland International Film Festival - Hagerstown presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the historic Maryland Theatre featuring a VIP Happy Hour & Costume Contest!

C'mon everyone! Let's do the Time Warp Again! Join us for this "fabulously freaky" cult classic on October 25! Happy Hour starts at 6:30 pm in the new Performing Arts Center Cocktail Lounge with music, beer, wine and costume contest.

Happy Hour/Costume Contest –SOLD OUT
Movie Tickets Only - $15 advance/$20 at the door

The Maryland Theatre
S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
The Maryland Theatre hosts Jay and The Americans
Sunday, October 27, 2019 • 3:00pm
Jay and The Americans first record was "Tonight" (from the Broadway Musical West Side Story), and their breakout hit song was "She Cried". Jay and The Americans next chart hit was "Only In America", followed by top ten hits "Come A Little Bit Closer" and later "This Magic Moment".

Where were you when you first heard "Cara Mia"? Jay and The Americans pay tribute to the late Roy Orbison with "Crying", and no other band in history has sold more copies of the song "Some Enchanted Evening" than Jay and The Americans!!!

Jay and The Americans were a major force in starting the Rock and Roll revival with their album "Wax Museum", where they paid tribute to many great Rock and Roll artists with their versions of such great songs as "Hushabye", "Walkin' In The Rain", and a song that reached the top ten "This Magic Moment". You will hear all of these songs, which are featured in the new Jay and The Americans show.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Authentic Community Theatre presents
Beauty and the Beast
at The Maryland Theatre

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Friday, November 1, 2019 • 7:30pm
Saturday, November 2, 2019 • 7:30pm

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater is proud to present ELVIS In Concert Tribute on Friday, November 1st at 6:00pm, Saturday, November 2nd at 6:00pm and Sunday, November 3rd at 1:00pm.

It's time to get "All Shook Up," as Jeff Krick Jr, one of the country’s premiere Elvis Tribute Artists, takes The Playhouse stage! Elvis In Concert Tribute will take your breath away! Jeff has performed in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Headlined on Cruise Ships! Preceded by salad bar, hot buffet, dessert, and coffee, tea and iced tea. Cash bar. Bar tab and gratuity not included.

Tickets cost $49.50 and may be purchased at  or by calling 301-739-7469.

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
The Maryland Theatre presents
One Woman Sex and the City:
A Parody on Love, Friendship and Shoes
Show Date - Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00pm

Join actress and comedian Kerry Ipema as she portrays all 4 of our favorite women Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda in this 90 minute love-letter and hilarious tribute through six seasons of this mad-cap series. Kerry portrays Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda as they eat brunch, banter, argue and swoon over men and Manolos.

Ipema and co-creator and director T.J Dawe (One Man Star-Wars/One Man Lord of the Rings) bring all of our favorite moments to life. The naked dress, the "post-it note" and the "tantric sex demonstration" all weave their way into this fantastic send-up. Who can forget how the Cosmopolitan drink swept into our lives? Mr. Big may even make an appearance.

One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody on Love, Friendship and Shoes reminds us all of the power of friendship and why this show so firmly remains in our hearts and minds. We "can't help but wonder" what waits in store for YOU at this perfect girls-night out.
Unleash your inner Carrie Bradshaw and treat yourself to a VIP brunch in the Maryland Theatre Ballroom before the off-Broadway performance of Sex and the City!
Doors open at 12 pm
Tickets to the brunch are $39.00 and includes:
•   Complimentary Mimosa or Cosmo
•   Buffet Brunch
•   Photo Opportunities
•   Entertainment by DJ Sidekick
•   Giveaways & Prizes
Additional drinks are available for purchase. And for the ladies - a specialty shopping area!
PS - Don't be afraid to bring your own Mr. Big - men are allowed.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Russian Ballet Theatre presents
Swan Lake
at the Maryland Theatre
Thursday, November 7, 2019 • 7:00pm
If you think you have seen Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, think again! Russian Ballet Theatre’s new production bestows the splendor of tradition with new magical trimmings! Original sets are hand painted following century old traditions of set making and over 150 magical costumes are hand sewn! Nadezha Kalinina’s (Mariinsky Theatre, Omsk Theatre, Teatro Lirico) choreography is brought to life in all of its whimsical grandeur.

The Russian Ballet Theatre have partnered with PLUS1, an initiative that connects artists with causes, so that $1 from every ticket sold will support local public school teachers and their classroom projects in Hagerstown and surrounding areas through

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Friday Night Fever
featuring the New York Bee Gees.
Friday, November 8, 2019 • 7:00pm

The New York Bee Gees Tribute Show is comprised of some of Long Island New York's most versatile and exceptionally talented players. The band includes present or former members of well known, world renown acts including The Alan Parsons Project, Happy Together Tour, Meatloaf, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, Riot, Herman's Hermits, Enrique Iglesias, The Rippingtons and more. Based in New York the show has played to sell out shows at The Paramount Theater and BB King NYC.

Performances are regularly at The NYCB Theater at Westbury, Resorts World Casino, Empire Casino, The Suffolk Theater. B.B. King NYC wrote, "The NY Bee Gees Tribute Show presents the most extravagant Bee Gees show a fan can experience. The band offers all of the classic 70's disco hits from Stayin' Alive to Night Fever while embracing their early works such as To Love Somebody, I've Got To Get A Message To You and Massachusetts. The New York Bee Gees delivers songs from every decade of the Bee Gees catalog with a stunning production, powerful vocals and the professional stage presence to fill any club or casino."


The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Rockabilly The Night Away

Saturday, November 9, 2019 • 8:00pm

Willy Barry, just back from playing Las Vegas, and His Chaperons perform the greatest hits from your favorite Rock-A-Billy artist. Nothing like listening to Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis and others to get your toes a-tapping and your heart a-racing. Come on out for a good old fashion Rock-a-Billy night of music.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Candlelight Yoga with Michelle Grimes
at The Maryland Theatre Ballroom
11/15/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Yoga and Meditation Instructor Michelle Grimes will lead you through a one-hour yoga session to relax you, sharpen your concentration and relieve muscle tension & strain - by candlelight. Afterwards, enjoy a glass of wine and light snacks in the new Maryland Theatre Ballroom. Don't forget to bring a yoga mat - and a clear mind.

Tickets are $30 and include: • 60-minute Yoga Session •Glass of Wine • Light Snacks
Tickets on sale to the general public, Friday October 4, 2019 at 11 am

Contact Melissa Fountain at 301-790-3500 or
Motown Christmas
at The Maryland Theatre
11/19/2019 at 7:00pm

A Motown Christmas features a world-class vocal group, assembled from past and present members of Motown's most legendary groups...The Temptations, The Miracles and The Capitols. A Motown Christmas is a powerful family-oriented show combining Motown's greatest hits with everyone's favorite holiday classics. This show features those famous Motown trademarks...dazzling choreography and unforgettable harmonies all performed in that memorable, soulful Motown style.

Fee: $39-$54
Contact Anne Hunt at 301-790-2000 or
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience
Saturday, November 23, 2019 • 7:30pm

Zoso -The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it's much more than just being a tribute. It's about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly wound talent and authenticity. Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. In eighteen successful years of touring, they have perfected their art. As one of the longest tenured Zeppelin tributes, Zoso's 2400 live shows around the world, including a slot at Bonnaroo in 2003, have established them as the most traveled and successful band in the market.

Zoso's live shows are not about simply playing the right notes, they are about aura and feeling, harkening back to the unique atmosphere Led Zeppelin created. It’s in the way they play: Each band member's mastery of authentic vintage instruments coupled with spot on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, their compelling stage persona and distinct Led Zeppelin sound, with astounding visual imagery recreates the music, magic, and mystery of a Zeppelin concert. The impact is so powerful that band members constantly hear from young rockers that they were the catalyst behind turning them into new, die-hard Zeppelin fans.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Boys & Girls Club of Washington County
presents Tim Hawkins
at The Maryland Theatre
Sunday, November 24, 2019 • 3:00pm & 7:00pm

Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been establishing himself as one of the most in-demand comedians in the country. With 300,000,000 video views online and over 100 sold-out concerts every year, his Jackwagon Crew has grown into a revolution of multi-generational proportions. But don’t take it from us...

Tim's gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted, the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. The perils of marriage, homeschooling, and growing up in the Midwest may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for really good punchlines.

Sure he's funny, but fans are often even more amazed at his singing voice and guitar chops. Tim's hilarious music videos have brought him viral YouTube fame with fan favorites including The Chick-fil-A Song, Yoga Pants, Aging Rockers, Things You Don’t Say to Your Wife, Cletus Take the Reel, A Homeschool Family, and The Government Can. Still, Tim is no rock star: "It's not like I have a choice. Comedy is my only life skill."

Tim reminds us that for life's many difficulties, laughter is always the best medicine – when the medication runs out. He just released his 9th comedy DVD, "Just About Enough". Tim lives in Missouri with his wife and four crud muffins.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Fun, Fellowship & Family Dinner
at The Maryland Theatre Ballroom
Start Time: 1:30pm/5:30pm

Fun, Fellowship & Family Dinner The Maryland Theatre and the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, MD are teaming up bring you Fun, Fellowship & Family Dinner in the new Maryland Theatre Ballroom prior to each Tim Hawkins performance! Family are invited to enjoy a "quick service" meal from Subway plus Chick-Fil-A's famous ice tea and lemonade. The Boys & Girls Club will be hosting kid's games & activities. There will be family photo opportunities, raffle prizes and plenty of hospitality! $5 from each ticket will be donated back to Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, Maryland.
Times: 1:30pm & 5:30pm

Contact Melissa Fountain at 301-790-3500 or
Tiny Tim's Holiday Feast
at The Maryland Theatre

Enjoy a holiday feast with characters from Totem Pole Playhouse's A Christmas Carol in the Maryland Theatre Ballroom! Tickets are $31 and include a traditional holiday dinner buffet (with cash bar), dessert, prizes, photo opportunities with characters from the Dickens classic, plus live music from holiday carolers (Maryland Entertainment Group). “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Ebenezer Scrooge $3 from each ticket will be donated to local organizations for Micah’s Backpack.
Fee: $31

Contact Melissa Fountain at

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Maryland Theatre presents
Eric Byrd Trio Performs A Charlie Brown Christmas Live!
in the Ballroom
Friday, December 13, 2019 • 7:00pm

Celebrate the Holiday season at The Maryland Theatre. The show begins with a screening of the Peanuts holiday classic followed by a live performance of the Vince Guaraldi masterpiece score, complete with choral accompaniment during "Christmastime is Here".

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts hosts “The Blues and The Abstract Truth” exhibit from June 8, 2019 - January 12, 2020

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Authentic Community Theatre presents
West Side Story
Friday, January 17, 2020 • 7:30pm
Saturday, January 18, 2020 • 7:30pm

Tickets on sale to the general public Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11 am

TONY AWARD WINNER Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel Dumott Schunard in the Original Broadway Cast and the 2005 film RENT) stars in Authentic Community Theatre’s production of WEST SIDE STORY!

Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in one of the most important and powerful musicals of all time.

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.
At seven different locations across Maryland, MSAC will be hosting its second annual Regional Arts Institutes as part of our professional development series this fall for all arts constituents (independent artists, arts organizations/programs, County Arts Councils, A&E Districts, etc.). 
1. One-on-one networking and resource opportunities
2. New MSAC Strategic Plan
3. Launching of the Independent Artist Network
4. Review of the Grants for Organizations on-year full application
5. Presentations by MSAC Partners, MD State Department of Education, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance & more
Maryland State Arts Council
- MD State Department of Education
- Maryland Citizens for the Arts
- Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance
- Maryland Nonprofits
- Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Dates & locations with Eventbrites
All links can be found on the MSAC website .
If you would like to promote the RAI in your area, see below for specific links:
September 20 - Washington College, Chestertown

September 24 - Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown

September 26 - Carver Center, Baltimore

September 27 - The Writer’s Center, Bethesda

October 1 - Ocean City Art League, Ocean City

October 4 - Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons
October 8 - Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park

For information contact:
Amelia Rambissoon
Marketing & Communications Manager
Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC)
O 410-767-6542 | E
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