Garfield sched­ules sum­mer per­for­mance se­ries for kids

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — Each year a por­tion of the Play­mak­ers ex­pe­ri­ence at the Garfield Cen­ter for the Arts at the Prince The­atre in­cludes three in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mances in ad­di­tion to putting on their own pro­duc­tion.

These shows, spon­sored by the Hedgelawn Foun­da­tion, fea­ture mul­ti­cul­tural artists who in­tro­duce Play­mak­ers to a va­ri­ety of the­atri­cal arts. Past per­form­ers have in­cluded dancers, mu­si­cians, sto­ry­tellers and pup­peteers.

This year the Play­mak­ers are putting to­gether “Alice in Won­der­land” and some pieces of the Hedgelawn per­for­mances will be in­cor­po­rated into their play in Au­gust.

At 2 p.m. Wed­nes­day, July 18, the Garfield Cen­ter will be host­ing a presentation by Ari­anna Ross about “The Magic of the Sea.”

Dis­cover the many mag­i­cal, mys­ter­ies of wa­ter and how the In­done­sians rely on it for their ex­is­tence. Ex­plore life above and un­der sea level through song, story, and dance. Be­come a manta ray and a shark as you lis­ten and par­tic­i­pate in folk tales and true sto­ries from In­done­sia. Stu­dents gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of world cul­tures and ma­rine bi­ol­ogy in this sto­ry­telling assem­bly.

At 1 p.m. Wed­nes­day, July 25, the Garfield is host­ing a mu­ral paint­ing work­shop with lo­cal artist Fredy Granillo.

Granillo is a Sal­vado­ran mu­si­cian, painter and ce­ramist. He grad­u­ated from El Sal­vador’s Au­ton­o­mous Na­tional Univer­sity in 2012 with a de­gree in ce­ram­ics.

In this work­shop he will be lead­ing the Play­mak­ers campers (and any other par­tic­i­pants) in a largescale mu­ral paint­ing ex­er­cise. The fin­ished prod­uct will serve as one of the main back­drops dur­ing the Play­mak­ers per­for­mance of “Alice in Won­der­land.”

A work­shop on The His­tory of Stage Makeup con­cludes the se­ries at 1 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Aug. 1.

Lead by Marti Gould Cum­mings, par­tic­i­pants will en­gage in a makeup ap­pli­ca­tion demon­stra­tion as well as a lec­ture on the many dif­fer­ent roles that makeup has played on stage over the years. Cum­mings grew up on a small farm in Kennedyville.

At the age of 17, he moved to New York City and ap­peared in the Off-Broad­wayDrama Desk nom­i­nated show “Twist,” which threw him into the drag com­edy scene.

His ca­reer as a drag artist has taken him all over the world. He has played sold out shows at 54 Be­low and through his talk show “Stage Fright,” he has in­ter­viewed hundreds of Broad­way stars, shar­ing the stage at his shows with over 20 Tony Award win­ners and nom­i­nees.

Through his drag per­sona Cum­mings has pro­moted aware­ness for many LGBT char­i­ties in­clud­ing the Ali For­ney Cen­ter, GMHC, the Het­rick Martin In­sti­tute and Bai­ley House. He is cur­rently co-pro­duc­ing and star­ring in “Shade: Queens of NYC” on Fu­sion and serv­ing as Pres­i­dent of the Hells Kitchen Democrats.

These shows are fam­i­lyfriendly and open to every­one. Tick­ets are $5 for the Magic of the Sea per­for­mance on July 18 and $10 for the per­for­mances on July 25 and Aug. 1 (no charge to cur­rent Play­mak­ers).

Call the Box Of­fice at 410810-2060 or email Tess Ho­gans (thogans@garfield­cen­ter.org) for more in­for­ma­tion.

In ad­di­tion, don’t for­get to mark your cal­en­dars for the “Alice in Won­der­land” shows, sched­uled for at 7 p.m. Fri­day, Aug. 10 and Satur­day, Aug. 11 and at 3 p.m. Sun­day, Aug. 12.

The Garfield Cen­ter for the Arts at the Prince The­atre is lo­cated at 210 High St., Ch­ester­town. For more in­for­ma­tion visit garfield cen­ter.org.

MARTI GOULD CUM­MINGS

FREDY GRANILLO

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