In the comedic Rumors
by Neil Simon, four couples gather at the home of a deputy New York City mayor and his wife to celebrate their anniversary. The party never gets started because the host has shot himself and his wife is missing. The truth of what is going on gets harder to remember as guests arrive and new explanations come out. Hilarity abounds as the couples get more and more crazed, figuring out what has really happened. The show opens Sept. 24 and runs to Oct. 10, 2010.
In the British comedy Table Manners
by Alan Ayckbourn, Norman has captured the eye of his wife’s sister, but the best-laid plans prove impossible to achieve. While other family members and spouses help take care of mother and the house for the weekend, the six characters’ multiple seductions never take place, despite their daring and imaginative attempts. The show runs Nov. 5-21, 2010.
In conjunction with the Maryland Community Theatre Festival
Association, The Newtowne Players host the annual weekend festival of one-act plays, Jan. 14-16, 2011, showcasing community theater groups from around the state. Part of the American Association of Community Theatre’s national competition, this weekend brings many of the most talented and creative community theater performers, writers, directors and technicians together to showcase their work.
In John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable
, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper behavior. The show runs Jan. 28 to Feb. 13, 2011.
In The Newtowne Players’ second annual student production, join a crazy crew at the Home Sweet Home Boardinghouse, where life is anything but normal. Miss Harriet runs a clean, cozy home with the help of the none-too-bright and perpetually terrified Tweenie and accompanied by as zany a cast of boarders as you are likely to meet. The Boardinghouse
by Vern Harden runs March 3-13, 2011.
Throw together two suspicious couples, a jealous husband, mistaken identities, a well-meaning nephew with a speech impediment, a drunken bellboy, a revolving bed and a fake love letter, and you have the perfect setting for hijinks and confusion in Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear
. This adult comedy, which runs April 29 to May 15, will keep you wondering how things will be straightened out, as they miraculously seem to keep getting worse!
The annual Footlight Festival
, June 2-12, 2011, celebrates the talents of local playwrights as well as established one-act plays.
Enjoy a day in the life of Charlie Brown and his friends in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
, running July 29 to Aug. 14, 2011. Based on the cartoon strip by Charles Schultz, this bright and family-friendly musical brings the Peanuts gang to life on stage. Winner of two Drama Desk-Vernon Rice Awards and The Outer Critics Circle Award for Production.
All performances are held at Three Notch Theatre on 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park. Reservations are recommended. Please make reservations for any show by calling 301.737.5447 or visiting www.newtowneplayers.org
Raley, Watts & O’Neill and The Selective Group Foundation
Provide Matching Grants In Support of Sotterley Plantation
Raley, Watts & O’Neill Insurance and The Selective Group Foundation, the foundation of Selective Group, Inc., has joined forces to support the positive efforts of Historic Sotterley, Inc. through a $1,000.00 grant. The grant represents a $500.00 donation from Raley, Watts & O’Neill matched by a $500.00 grant from The Selective Group Foundation.
Rick Tepel, CEO of Raley, Watts & O’Neill said, “Sotterley is such an important and beautiful historical landmark and also provides so many educational resources - there is truly nothing else like it in Southern Maryland.” Mr. Tepel is a valued supporter and Board of Trustees member of Historic Sotterley, Inc.
“The Matching Grant program allows us to partner with our agents to support the needs of the communities in which we serve and operate,” said Tony Albanese, Senior Vice President, Bond and Agency Development.
“During these tenuous economic times, businesses are creatively finding ways to support Sotterley Plantation, and matching grants allow donated funds to be multiplied,” stated Nancy Easterling, Executive Director of Sotterley Plantation. “This generous grant will be applied toward the Riverside WineFest at Sotterley 2010, our well-established event now in its 10th year, with all proceeds directly supporting Sotterley’s significant educational programs. Our most sincere thanks to Raley, Watts & O’Neill and The Selective Group Foundation for being part of our continuing history.”
Raley, Watts & O’Neill Insurance is an independent insurance brokerage founded in 1954 in Lexington Park, MD. Visit them at www.rwoinsurance.com
Selective Insurance Group, Inc. is a holding company for seven property and casualty insurance companies rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best. Through independent agents, the insurance companies offer primary and alternative market insurance for commercial and personal risks, and flood insurance underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program. Selective maintains a website at www.selective.com
The Arts Council of Calvert County recognized the College of Southern Maryland with the 2010 Mary D. Harrison Award for its commitment to the arts at its annual meeting June 30.
CSM was chosen for its many contributions in bringing new artistic endeavors to Calvert County, said Arts Council President Bill Chambers. “All the years that I’ve been a resident of the county, and with our new dean, Rich Fleming, the commitment to the arts and being a part of the community has never been more of a priority than it is today,” Chambers said.
This is such an honor for us,” said CSM Vice President and Dean of the Prince Frederick Campus Richard Fleming. “I have always viewed our community college as being a part of the community, and to provide whatever services we can, whatever entertainment we can. I’ve lived in rural communities where in some cases we were the arts magnet for the entire community,” said Fleming.
Fleming listed the Twilight Performance and Ward Virts concert series, piano competition, theater productions and traveling cultural exhibits that are scheduled for the Prince Frederick Campus, adding that next spring CSM will break ground on a second building that will have a large multi-purpose room and will provide greater opportunities to bring the arts to Calvert County.
The Twilight Performance Series kicks off with Chautauqua, a yearly event presented in partnership with the Maryland Humanities Council and CSM. The July 8 event will include a music performance at 6:45 p.m. followed by a theatrical performance of “Sacagawea,” the American Indian woman who accompanied the Lewis and Clark expedition.
The Twilight Performance Series continues with weekly outdoor concerts on the Flagship Building lawn featuring bluegrass, jazz and Latin beat performances—all free of charge. This year’s series features the blues, bluegrass and jazz-influenced Fitzmaurice Band on July 15, swing-dance favorites Terence McArdle & Big Trouble on July 22 and the jazz trio of Alegria on July 29. All concerts begin at 6:45 p.m.
CSM hosts the Ward Virts Concert Series, beginning in October, which brings musicians and singers to the Prince Frederick Campus to perform on, or to be accompanied by, the world-class Boesendorfer grand piano, a donation from the Ward Virts Project named for a gifted local pianist who died in 1993. The series is sponsored by Edward and Patricia Mehosky, St. Clair and Mary Tweedie and Gerry Van De Velde and Rene Cunningham.
CSM is also host with co-sponsor ArtLinks to the Southern Maryland Regional Piano Competition providing a venue for serious high school pianists each April. Finalists of the SMRPC perform at events held at the Prince Frederick Campus throughout the year.
This year, CSM’s theater department is bringing 10 shows of its “Cause Theater” beginning in October to the Prince Frederick Campus. The Cause Theater program produces challenging and timely theater pieces that address social and health issues.
A traveling cultural exhibit, “Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors,” presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings artifacts, photographs and interactive screens of museum quality depicting farm life in Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin and farm life in Calvert County. The exhibit runs July 6 through Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be open during the Twilight performances.
For a listing of upcoming events, visit www.csmd.edu/Arts
or the calendar located at www.csmd.edu
ROCK THE NIGHT AWAY WITH PAT BENATAR & REO SPEEDWAGON
Friday, September 3 at the Calvert Marine Museum
Spark memories from the past and enjoy over three hours of live music with Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon on Friday, September 3 at the Calvert Marine Museum. Guitar prodigy, Tyler Bryant, will kick off the evening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for premium seats and $40 for reserved; additional service fees apply. Museum members may purchase tickets beginning Tuesday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. Remaining tickets will be available to the public, Tuesday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com
, by phone at 1-800-787-9454, or in person at Prince Frederick Ford/Dodge. To become a museum member and get your tickets in advance, please call 410-326-2042, ext. 16 or visit the museum’s website.
A history of hits, a desire to rock, and having fun doing it, have brought Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon together for the LOVE ON THE RUN Tour. Four-time Grammy winner with six platinum albums, and hit singles like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Shadows of the Night,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Love is a Battlefield” have made Pat Benatar a leading female rock vocalist of the 80’s and a true rock legend. Touring for more than thirty years and still going strong, Benatar has been married to guitarist, songwriter, producer, collaborator and soul mate, Neil Giraldo.
For decades, iconic vocalist, Kevin Cronin, has led REO Speedwagon to dozens of albums, thousands of concerts, with eyes always on the future. Celebrating the 30th anniversary this year of the popular Hi Infidelity album, REO Speedwagon will feature hits like “Take It on the Run,” “Keep on Loving You,” “Can’t Stop Rockin’, and “Can’t Fight This Feelin.” Band members include Dave Amato, Bruce Hall, Neal Doughty, and Bryan Hitt.
This event would not be possible without the generous support of many local businesses. Waterside 2010 sponsors are Cumberland & Erly, LLC, Prince Frederick Ford/Dodge, Coors, Coors Light, Killians (Bozick Distributors), All American Harley-Davidson, Quality Built Homes, Isaac’s Restaurant, The McNelis Group, DM Group, 102.9 WKIK, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Bay Weekly, Calvert Independent, Quick Connections, Comcast, United Rentals, Roy Rogers-Solomons, GTMR, Inc. and the Holiday Inn Select-Solomons.
Gates open at 6:00 p.m.; performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available, chairs and coolers are not allowed. For additional information, please visit the CMM website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com
. To reach a staff person, please call 410-326-2042, ext. 16, 17, or 18.
Faculty Excellence Adjunct Recipient: Keep Options Open
College students should keep their options open, says Paula Martino, because they never know when they may discover their life’s passion. Martino did just that a few years ago when she decided to pursue a master’s degree in art history, and now, as an adjunct professor and the most recent recipient of the College of Southern Maryland’s Faculty Excellence Award honoring part-time faculty, she is guiding students in the classroom and to historic sites around the world.
It all began after Martino, after finally completing a long-postponed bachelor's degree in business in 2001 at the University of Maryland, decided to channel her lifelong interests in art and archaeology toward formal graduate work. “I wanted to study something academically in a scholarly setting that I’d done as an amateur all my life,” she said. “I’m just so glad I did.”
Martino earned that master’s and has been bringing her love for history and the ancient world to CSM students since 2004. She has taken students abroad to see first-hand what they have been reading about in textbooks or viewing in electronic presentations. “I believe that college is supposed to be about experiencing new things,” she said, urging students to “take a class that’s outside your major, take an elective that doesn’t have anything to do with your major, just to get the experience. You never know what you might discover. I bring that [mind set] to the classroom because it’s precisely what I did.”
Although some of Martino’s students are interested in studio art or art history, many take her classes because they are seeking an elective in the humanities. That’s fine with Martino. “I want them to leave the class with some interest, no matter how small,” she said. “They may want to visit a museum they may not have otherwise visited or go see an exhibit they wouldn’t otherwise have paid any attention to because they had no prior information about the artwork, the culture, the period … if I can just broaden their horizon a little bit, that’s OK.”
Army veteran Melissa Milani, 34, is working toward an engineering degree and said she had no interest in art history before Martino’s Art 1010 course, History of Western Art. “It ended up being my favorite class,” Milani said. “She made art history absolutely fascinating, brought in the impact of social and economic times, showed us what was going on in the entire time period and how it affected the art.
“She brought her life experiences to the class. You can tell she is very passionate about the preservation of art.”
Martino’s lectures feature PowerPoint presentations and she also offers students opportunities for discussion. “One of the rules of my class is there’s no such thing as a dumb question. Just ask. And they do,” Martino said. “I try to engage them as much as possible, and to the degree we can, some scholarly argument, where I say, ‘I think it says this’ and one of my students says ‘no, it says to me something else.’
“As a student, I couldn’t stand going into a class and having someone just talk to me the whole time, so I can’t teach that way.”
In her courses, Martino tries to highlight the socio-cultural aspects of each time period - “why does art look the way it does at that time, who’s commissioning art and why.” She works to get her students to understand the power of images, “why human civilizations seem to equate monumentality with power. We love to build big things when we’re in charge,” she said, noting the immensity of the pyramids and the grand architecture often associated with dominant societies.
She has also developed courses at CSM, including one on the Art of Ancient Americas, focusing on Central and South America from 1500 B.C. to the 15th century.
But the best way to show students the power of art is to take them abroad to see the real thing, which Martino has done with travel study courses at CSM. Between 2005 and 2007, Martino took students to study ancient art and architecture in Rome, Pompeii, Naples, Capri, Delphi and Athens.
“There’s really nothing better than taking [students] to the top of the Acropolis and say, ‘Here it is.’ The looks on their faces,
the reaction is so rewarding,” Martino said. “I’m always harping that ‘context is important.’ When I take them to these places, they really get it.”
Martino fuels her passion for art history and archaeology - “ancient civilizations really turn me on,” she said - by staying involved in archaeological digs and organizations, including the Charles County Archaeological Society, where she is president. She also spent three weeks last summer at an excavation of Kabri, a Canaanite palace in Israel, where she was a part of a team that helped to uncover ancient art with connections to the European Mediterranean world. That work,
conducted during the summer months, often involved major excavation with picks and shovels before team members were able to use the fine tools to view the artifacts.
“I can study the stuff after it comes out of the ground, but I’m just more jazzed at being able to be there and being able to immerse myself into the archaeology of something,” Martino said. “It helps me enjoy it that much more.”
Martino said she is proud that she was selected by her peers for the faculty excellence award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching, curriculum, professional development, the college community and the community at-large. She is looking forward to more teaching opportunities at CSM, including a course on the Italian Renaissance and future travel study courses. And she wants to continue to connect with her students, who range from recent high school graduates to those in
their 40s and 50s, returning to school for second careers or finishing their degrees. “It’s a joy to teach them.”
Martino says she learns through her students as well: “They always throw me these questions out of left field.” For example, one student asked Martino how much one of the blocks used to build the pyramids weighs. “Great question, so I have to find out myself, and that broadens me (which online sources estimate at roughly 2.5 tons).”
Martino, a La Plata resident with three children, works full-time as the government affairs director of the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors. She said teaching has been incredibly rewarding and says she feels fortunate that she is able to do it near her home. “This feeds my soul,” she said. “This is my creative outlet, it helps me to give back to the community, just fulfills me in so many ways.”
For information on CSM's faculty excellence award recipients, visit www.csmd.edu/faculty