Artful August at DCA

Cast of “Old Maid and the Thief” from left, Ashley Kitchelt, Tim Coffelt, Rebecca McCoy and Morgan Schyler.

Cast of “Old Maid and the Thief” from left, Ashley Kitchelt, Tim Coffelt, Rebecca McCoy and Morgan Schyler.

August heralds the return of opera to DCA with the performance of The Old Maid and the Thief Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. A comedy of errors and small town morality, The Old Maid and the Thief is presented by the Young Artists of WOW!, the Wye Opera Workshop, which is a division of the Wye Conservatory of Music based in Queenstown.

The cast will include Ashley Kitchelt as Miss Todd, Rebecca McCoy as Laetitia, Morgan Schyler as Miss Pinkerton, and Timothy Coffelt as Bob. The director is Cambridge resident Bonnie Forgacs and the accompanist is Becky Zinser.

The goal of Wow! is twofold; to give aspiring Eastern Shore artists the opportunity to further develop their vocal and acting skills and to bring opera to new audiences. Wow! enjoyed its inaugural performance in July 2009 presenting an evening with Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Sullivan, scenes from four of their operettas. During the next four summers they presented The Mikado, Iolanthe, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Our Town, and Cox and Box.

This latest production, The Old Maid and the Thief, is a one-act opera by Gian-Carlo Menotti originally conceived as a Radio-Opera. It received its World Premiere by the National Broadcasting Company on April 22, 1939. The opera enjoyed so much success that Menotti reworked it for the stage.

The Philadelphia Opera Company presented the first stage performance on Feb. 11, 1941. Plan now to attend this Wow! production to hear the beautiful music and incredible voices of these talented artists. Admission is free; donations welcome.

August in the galleries continues the exhibits Early Women of Architecture in Maryland and Current Architecture of the Chesapeake Bay Region designed by members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Chesapeake Bay Chapter.

The Early Women of Architecture in Maryland exhibit delves into the history of 12 extraordinary women who contributed their design talent to the built environment in Maryland. The traveling exhibit has been showcased in multiple jurisdictions, but this is the first time exhibited on the Eastern Shore.

In the adjoining gallery, the AIA Chesapeake Bay highlights current design work of their members – both women architects, and those practicing throughout the 11 counties that make up the Chesapeake Bay Chapter. Second Saturday Reception will be held on Aug. 11 from 5 -7:30 p.m. Sponsors of the exhibit installation and reception include Becker Morgan Group, Inc., Christine M. Dayton Architect, P.A., Gipe Associates, Inc., Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, Gilbert Architects Inc., and RMF Engineering, Inc.

The Friday Night Live Coffeehouse Open Mic takes over the gallery on Aug. 31 from 7-9 p.m., hosted by Maris Wicker. Come experience this fun, friendly, supportive atmosphere for acoustic musicians, poets, storytellers, and other folkies. To share your talent, call DCA at 410-228-7782 to be added to the lineup. Admission is free.


Summer arts for kids continues in August with two new sessions. Each runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. 2:30 p.m. and is open to ages 6 and up.

• Aug. 6-10 features “Artsy Upcycle”. Students will create wonderful, whimsical art with found objects and repurposed materials.

• Aug. 13 – 17 features “Walk Like an Egyptian”. Students will learn about life in ancient Egypt; build a pyramid, learn to write hieroglyphics, make a mummy, create a cartouche and more. Each week-long session is $135 for DCA members, $150 future members. Children should bring a lunch and drink. Scholarships are available – please enquire.

For more information on these and other activities at DCA call 410-228-7782 or stop by 321 High Street in Cambridge. Visit online at Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Barbara J. Seese, executive director.

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