February 1, 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community
Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Maryland Arts Day
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 8:15 am - 2:00 pm
St. John's College and Miller Senate Building, Annapolis, MD
Early Bird Registration: $25 until February 9, 2018
Regular: $40 February 10 through February 16, 2018
Keynote Speaker:  Adam Lerner, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Register NOW for the most important arts advocacy event of the year. Join the chorus of voices that will be making the case  to Maryland lawmakers for public funding for the arts.  This exhilarating event brings together more than 500 arts advocates, artists, educators, administrators, board members, volunteers, and more from across the state. In addition to remarks from lawmakers passionate about the arts and the presentation of the annual Sue Hess Arts Advocate of the Year Award, attendees will hear from dazzling keynote speaker Adam Lerner (Director and Chief Animator, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver), and have the opportunity to champion the arts directly with their lawmakers.  For more information and the agenda, visit
Charles County Arts Alliance
2018 Scholarship Program is Open!
Deadline to Apply: Noon, March 9, 2018

Each year the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) awards $1,000 scholarships to one outstanding graduating senior from each high school in Charles County who plans to continue studying the Arts (performing, visual or literary) at a four-year college or university toward a career in the Arts.

Additionally, the PNC Foundation is sponsoring two $1000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate a financial need and plan to continue studying the Arts at a four year college or university toward a career in the Arts. 

Go to or 
click  HERE to download the CCAA Scholarship Application for High School Students;  click  HERE  to download the PNC Foundation Scholarship Application for High School Students Meeting the Financial Need Requirements.

Charles County Public School Seniors may also see their College and Career Advisors for a copy of the application.  

Complete applications must be submitted through the US Postal Service to the CCAA Office, PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695, in sufficient time to be received (not postmarked) by noon, March 9, 2018.

Applications may also be hand-delivered to the CCAA Office at 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646, between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900,, or

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ArtsFest is Saturday, June 9, 2018!

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College of Southern Maryland Cause Theatre
Thursday, February 1, 7:30 pm
Friday, February 2, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 3, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre Room 143
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5
Due to mature content and heavy subject matter, this production may not be suitable for all audiences.

I n a dark classroom, eight students sit in an "official lockdown," not knowing if it's just a drill or an actual emergency. When a hysterical younger girl bolts from the room and the teacher follows, the remaining students are left alone to decide if it's safer to stay or run. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
The Newtowne Players
A Streetcar Named Desire
Now through Sunday, February 11, 2018
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Seniors (65+), Students, Military
$10 Children 12 and Under
Thursday: All Tickets $10

The play reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject and ignore the realities of life. For more information, visit .
Port Tobacco Players
Boeing Boeing
Last Weekend! 
Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Seniors (60+), Youth to 18, Military

(Comedy) It's the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. A riotous farce! For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819 or visit

Port Tobacco Players Auditions Open for Ages 18 and Up
Calendar Girls
Saturday, February 3, 10:00 am
Monday, February 5, 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 10, 10:00 am (Callbacks, First Rehearsal)
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Synopsis: (Comedy) Based on a true story, members of the Women's Institute in Yorkshire, England, prepare and publicize an unusual "alternative calendar" to raise funds for leukemia research. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script.  Performance dates are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 4 to 20, 2018.  For more information and a complete list of characters, visit, or contact the producer, Kathy Mead, at 240-346-6448.

The Newtowne Players Auditions
A Night on Broadway
Saturday, February 3, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday, February 5, 6:30 pm
Callbacks, Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 pm
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park

This is a Broadway musical revue featuring some blockbuster songs from Broadway hits like  Anything Goes, Beautiful, Dear Evan Hansen, Finian's Rainbow, Ghost the Musical, Gypsy, Into the Wood, Jersey Boys, Kiss Me, Kate, Little Women, My Fair Lady, The Pajama Game, Pippin and School of Rock.  Parts open for up to four men and four women. Performance dates are May 11 - 20, 2018. Visit  for complete audition requirements. For more information, contact director Thom Esposito at 240-298-1037, or, or musical director Diane Trautman at 301-481-7773, or

The United States Navy Band Commodores
Tuesday, February 6, 7:00 pm
Henry E. Lackey High School
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head 
Free Admissio n !

Jazz is America's music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy's premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for over 40 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. For more information visit or contact Alan Freeman at 301-753-1753, ext. 153617, or email

Maryland Community Theatre Festival Association
and Port Tobacco Players
Maryland Community Theatre Festival
Two Sessions!
Friday, February 9, 8:00 - 11:00 pm
Saturday, February 10, 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Port Tobacco Players Theatre
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 per Session

On Friday, plays will be presented by Newtowne Players and Colonial Players; while on Saturday, Thunderous Productions, Silver Spring Stage, Montgomery Playhouse and Sandy Spring Theatre Group will present their offerings.  Dinner and awards presentations follow the Saturday session at Casey Jones.  For more information, visit

Music Teachers Association of Charles County
Ensemble Festival
Saturday, February 10, 11:30 am and 3:00 pm
Christ Church, 112 Charles Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public!

Concerts feature piano duets and ensembles with flute and violin.  For more information, contact Krista Keysar at
Jay Armsworthy & the Sons of the American Legion
Bluegrass Series
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Sunday, February 11, 2:00 pm
American Legion Post 238,  Rts. 381 & 231, Hughesville
Admission: $20 (Children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult)

For more information, visit

College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick
Ward Virts Concert Series
Tanya Langlois, Mezzo-Soprano
Sunday, February 11, 3:00 pm
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick 
Free Admission

Praised for her "wonderfully rich and expressive voice" (DC Theater Scene), mezzo-soprano Tanya Ruth Langlois has appeared across the United States and in Europe singing in recital, oratorio performances, and on the operatic stage. T anya teaches voice and piano privately throughout the DC metro region and is Director of Music at Saint Nicholas Lutheran Church in Huntingtown, Maryland. For more information, visit 
Watermelon One-Act Festival
Call for Scripts
Submit up to three scripts per playwright
Deadline: February 14

WOAF is scheduled for the weekend of June 2-3 (with technical rehearsals on the previous Thursday and Friday)  and will be hosted once again by St. Mary's College of Maryland at the Bruce Davis Theater located in the Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center, 18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary's City. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase an original one-act play in a competitive environment.  All participants will receive a free DVD of their performance and adjudication. V isit   fo r more information.

College of Southern Maryland Children's Theatre
Amazing Grace
Friday, February 16, 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 17, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $7 Adults and Seniors, $5 Youth of High School Age and Below

This is the story of a little girl who loves acting out stories, those told and read to her by her grandmother as well as ones she reads on her own. She also makes up her own stories, acting out the most exciting parts. When Grace is in her playworld, everything to her is real. In her imagination, she becomes the characters. Grace is told by two of her classmates that she can't be Peter Pan in the school play because she is a girl and because she is black. In the end, Grace shows us that she can indeed do anything she sets her mind to. For more information, contact the Box office at 301-934-7828.

Port Tobacco Players
Friday, February 16 and 23, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 17 and 24, 8:00 pm
Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
4185 Indian Head Highway
Tickets:  $15 Adults; $12 Seniors, Youth, Military

Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award.  For more information, visit or call 301-932-6819.
College of Southern Maryland
Benny C. Morgan Series
Antony Zwerdling
Saturday, February 17, 3:00 pm
Building A, Auditorium
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Free Admission

Antony Zwerdling is an active performer in the DC area, performing over 25 operatic  roles. He appears with numerous opera companies, including Washington National Opera, Opera Lafayette, Wolf Trap Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lake George Opera, and Washington Concert Opera. Zwerdling  received his Bachelors degree from Northwestern University and Masters from Boston University. In 2007, he earned his Doctorate from Shenandoah Conservatory, writing about songs of Samuel Barber. He is an active voice teacher, maintaining a studio at Hood College and College of Southern Maryland. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

College of Southern Maryland
Call for Performers for the 6th Annual Renaissance Festival
Performer Worksheets Must Be Submitted by February 28
La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Festival dates: April 21 - 22, 2018

Actors and musicians needed! You could wander the festival with your talent and entertain the people! Street performers are vital for creating an immersive experience at a Renaissance festival. Town Folk and Wandering Talent will be trained in the basics of street performance and improvisation by someone with 19 years of experience performing at Renaissance Festivals. Evening and weekend rehearsals will be required.  Contact the Renaissance Festival Director, Erin Timmermann, at 

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Seven-Up High School Exhibit
Now through February 11
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park.

This exhibit is only open to local high school student artists who are selected by their art teachers. For more information, call 301-743-5159, or visit

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Tall Tales: Ceramic Sculpture Culture  Exhibition
February 5 - March 1
Artist Lecture: Thursday, February 22, 12:30 pm
Community Education Building (CE), Room 101
Reception to Follow
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; 
Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center,  8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

This exhibition showcases contemporary ceramic works made by the resident artists at Baltimore Clayworks.  From figure sculpture to functional pottery, the work in this exhibition represents the range of possibilities in the field of ceramics. For more information, visit
Howard County Arts Council
Call for Artists with Public Art Experience
Deadline to Apply:  March 2, 2018
Click HERE for Guidelines and Submission Information

The Howard County Arts Council is currently seeking proposals from artists and sites for A RTsites 2018 , a one-year outdoor sculpture exhibit on display from August 2018 to July 2019. Selected artists will be awarded a $2,500 grant to participate in the exhibit.  For more information and to apply, visit


Mattawoman Creek Art Center's "Express Charles County in Art" 
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through June 30, 2018
E-Wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Gallery Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through April 20, 2018
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show by Vicki Marckel, through April 2018
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through February 3, 2018
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm; Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm; and Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
New show opens on February 3, with the "Meet the Artists" Public Reception on Saturday, February 24, 2:00 - 4:00 pm!

For more information about the Galleries, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, February 1, 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month 
For more information, call 301-934-9001

A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley.  At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.  Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, February 3, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of  King Lear . That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.  Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians, dedicated to keeping art and humanity alive. When the troupe arrives in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band's existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

Life Journeys Writers Guild
Readers Lead! Leaders Read! But Writers Rule the World!
Two Sessions Remain!
Tuesday, February 6 and 13, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
3261 Old Washington Road, Suite 2020, Waldorf 
Registration Required. Fee: $30 per Session
Deadline to Register: Friday Before Each Class
Click HERE to go to the Website to Pay with PayPal

In these classes, you will discover how to perfect your elevator speech, self-branding and presentation, story creation, publishing industry knowledge, critical thinking/persuasiveness/
communication skills, purpose and literary passion, and much more! This class is a must for business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurial adults and young adults. For more information, call Yvonne Medley at 240-427-5594, or

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, February 8, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. I n the fictional New England town of Starkfield, an unnamed narrator is forced to stay at the home of Ethan Frome during a winter storm. He relates his encounter with Frome, "the most striking figure in Starkfield, he was but the ruin of a man, with a careless powerful look - in spite of a lameness checking each step like the jerk of a chain". When the beautiful cousin of Frome's bitter wife comes to help with housekeeping, Frome's attraction to her does not go unnoticed.
Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, February 27, 6:30 pm
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864

I sland Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende.  From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, author Isabel Allende tells the story of a mulatta woman, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny.
Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, February 28, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. 
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.   One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly, thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.  Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children. 
Community Senior Centers
Get the SCOOP on What's Happening!
The Department of Community Services operates each of the County's Senior Centers, where citizens 60 and older may access a variety of programs and services, including:  Social/Recreational activities, Clubs, Special Events, Trips, Nutritious Lunches, Health and Screenings Programs, Health Scope/Visit the Nurse, Educational programs, Physical Fitness programs, Creative Arts, and Computer Lab/Classes.  For more activities and events, get the February copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 

Charles County Public Library
Stream TV, Movies and Music for FREE 
Click HERE to start your hoopla experience today!

CCPL is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. Hoopla is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of Movies, TV Shows, Music, eBooks, Audiobooks and Comics. With hoopla, you can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content with your library card, and the best part... no late fees! Each cardholder is allowed six checkouts per month. All content is accessible via hoopla's mobile app and online at

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CCAA Board of Directors

Gale Kladitis, President
Robert Rausch, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Cindy Johnson
Joseph Wimberly

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Cindi Barnhart
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The Newsflash is published every Thursday.  If you would like your event included, contact the CCAA office by email at or phone 301-392-5900, no later than the Monday before your event.

The CCAA is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.  All membership dues and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
Mailing Address:  PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646

About the Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.


The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is to stimulate, promote, encourage, and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit.  Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes ALL the arts in Charles County:  music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.

The CCAA is the official arts council of Charles County and is recognized as such by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) of the State of Maryland.  In this capacity, the CCAA serves as the "umbrella" organization for the arts community in Charles County.  The CCAA promotes Charles County arts organizations and individuals, provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and the schools through its annual arts grant programs, sponsors the creation and presentation of new, diverse cultural activities and special events for the community, provides arts scholarships, and ensures the Charles County's underserved population, people with disabilities, residents with limited income, minorities, and senior citizens have access to the arts. The CCAA builds partnerships with local government, the business community and the educational community, in an effort to enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens of Charles County.