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 The Hobbit and the Hedgelawn series ties into that theme. On Wednesday, July 13th at 2pm, the Garfield Center will be hosting a presentation by Lesole’s Dance Project, a traditional and modern dance company founded in 2003 by native South African Lesole Maine. They will be presenting three main exciting dances; The Ndlamu, Gumboot and Pantsula. The Playmakers will try to incorporate some of these movements into their characters.
Wednesday, July 20th at 2pm, the Garfield is proud to present a workshop lead by a Tucker’s Tales Puppet Theatre, who will be showing the campers how to create puppet versions of their characters in The Hobbit, as well as showcasing puppetry techniques. Pre-registration is required for all non-Playmakers, as materials are limited. The campers will use their puppets in their own performance of The Hobbit.
A showcase of Russian heritage by the group Barynya concludes the series on Wednesday, July 27th at 2pm. They will use vibrant music, traditional instruments and fascinating costumes to engage the audience. Founded in 1991, Barynya has performed in many national and international venues as well as hundreds of schools. The Playmakers hope to represent some of the themes encountered in Russian heritage in their portrayal of the proud northern mythical people they will play on stage; Tolkien’s Dwarves.
These shows are family-friendly and open to everyone. Tickets are $5 and group rates are available (no charge to current Playmakers). Please call the Box Office at 410-810-2060 or email Tess Hogans ([email protected]) for more information. In addition, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the “The Hobbit” shows, scheduled for Friday, August 5th at 7pm, Saturday, August 6th at 7pm and Sunday, August 7th at 3pm.
The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD, 21620. For more information please vist www.GarfieldCenter.org.