FLICC (Film Lovers in Carroll County) to screen movies at the Carroll Arts Center
FLICC will screen Knuckleball! at the Carroll Arts Center on Thursday, October 16, at 7:30 pm.
Knuckleball! is the story of a few good men, a handful of pitchers in the entire history of baseball forced to resort to the lowest rung on the credibility ladder in their sport: throwing a ball so slow and unpredictable that no one wants anything to do with it. The film follows the Major League’s only knuckleballers in 2011, Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey, as they pursue a mercurial art form in a world that values speed, accuracy, and numerical accountability. 2012; Not Rated; 93 mins

The story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. FLICC will screen this film twice at the Carroll Arts Center on Friday, October 17 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Drs. Meyers & Nickolas, LLC. 2013; PG-13; 128 mins

The Lunchbox
FLICC continues their annual tradition of screening a movie right before Thanksgiving that brings attention to hunger in our own community along with a canned food drive. This year FLICC has chosen the 2013 romantic film The Lunchbox to be screened at the Carroll Arts Center on Friday, November 21, at 1 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
This film is the story of that one mistakenly delivered lunchbox, which connects a young neglected housewife, Ila Singh, to Saajan Thomas, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Ila begins a fantastical affair with a mystery suitor, pouring her heart into cooking meals for him. They exchange notes via the lunchbox and create a fantasy life that threatens to overwhelm their reality. Sponsored by Performance Food Group, The Lunchbox runs 104 mins and is rated PG.

Festival of Wreaths

The Festival of Wreaths will be on the 2nd floor of the Arts Center from November 29 through December 7 and be open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

Proceeds from the week-long silent auction benefit the Carroll County Arts Council. The Gallery of Gifts will be in the 1st-floor Tevis Gallery and runs November 22 – December 23.

The Festival of Wreaths will feature approximately 150 uniquely-decorated theme wreaths that range from wacky to whimsical and from elegant to eclectic. There is an amazing level of creativity, engineering and generosity exemplified in the diverse entries.

The public is invited to vote for their favorites throughout the event and awards in several categories will be presented on Saturday morning. Wreath bidding ends promptly at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 7. High bidders need not be present at auction close. Admission is free.

Bye Bye Birdie

Slick back your hair or put on your poodle skirt and join this cast of young actors, singers, and dancers as they take the stage at the Carroll Arts Center this November in a fully staged production of the musical Bye Bye Birdie: Young Performers’ Edition. This beloved classic Broadway musical tells the tale of a rock singer as he travels to a small Ohio town to make his farewell television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.

Performances of Bye Bye Birdie will be held on Friday, November 14 at 7 p.m; Saturday, November 15 at 3 pm & 7 p.m; and Sunday, November 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for CCAC members, students & seniors.

3rd Annual Theatre Showcase

The Carroll Arts Center will host the third annual Carroll County Theatre Showcase on Saturday, October 25 at 8 p.m. Local theatre companies will be presenting a wide variety of short scenes and musical numbers as well as improvisational theatre. These performances will serve to shine a much-deserved spotlight on the talents in our community and to inspire audiences to support these outstanding performing groups.

Groups participating will include Carroll Community College, the Carroll County Arts Council, Curtains Up Productions, McDaniel College, September Song, TACTICC, and Theatre Without Limits.

Audience members can support a particular participating theatre company by purchasing Showcase tickets directly from that group. Tickets will be $10.

National Players present To Kill a Mockingbird

The National Players will return to the stage of the Carroll Arts Center with a stunning performance of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Carroll Arts Center on Sunday, October 19 at 3 p.m.

America’s longest-running touring company presents this classic tale of justice in 1930s in the South. A sleepy Southern town confronts difference and justice through the eyes of 6-year-old Scout. In the heroics of her father, the struggles of her friends and neighbors, and the threat of a boogeyman, Scout lives through the joys of childhood innocence and the pains of growing up.

Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, National Players is proud to stage this tale for the first time in its 65-year history. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for CCAC members, 18 & under, seniors 60+.

Let’s do the Time Warp…Again!

It’s just a jump to the leftÉ.and then a step to the right. With your hands on your hips, you bring your knees in tightÉ

The Carroll Arts Center will be hosting its annual screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday, October 31 at 10 p.m. Halloween is the perfect night to don your fishnets and stiletto heels and brush up on your Time Warp steps!

The campy horror film initially flopped when it was released in 1975, but now claims to be the largest grossing movie that never received a wide release. It has never quite faded away and has since grossed more than $140 million.

The film features a young Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Tim Curry as the transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter. The plot begins with the misadventures of Brad Majors (Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Sarandon) as they are stranded on a dark country road with a flat tire during a downpour.

Before the film, the audience will get a refresher course on the steps to the Time Warp dance and prizes will be given for the best costumes.

Tickets are $15 or $13 for CCAC members. A limited number of special pre-packaged “audience interaction kits” will be on sale for $5. The kits contain all the props needed to “prop”-erly interact with the movie, and a card explaining when to use them. Please note that outside props will not be permitted. The film is rated R and runs 100 minutes. FLICC passes will not be accepted.

Upcoming Theatre Performances at McDaniel College

BURIED CHILD Directed by Tad Janes
With Buried Child, the 1979 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Sam Shepard takes a macabre look at one American Midwestern household. In a squalid farm home, a family filled with suppressed violence and an unease born of deep-seated unhappiness keeps a dark secret. The dysfunctional family includes a ranting alcoholic grandfather; a sanctimonious grandmother who goes on drinking bouts with the local minister; and their sons, Tilden, an All-American footballer now a hulking semi-idiot; and Bradley, who has lost one leg to a chain saw. Into their midst comes Vince, a grandson none of them recognizes or remembers, and his girlfriend, Shelly, who cannot comprehend the madness to which she is suddenly introduced. Shepard’s volatile drama is alternately grisly, recognizable and menacingly funny.
Wednesday, October 1 through Saturday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Directed by Elizabeth van den Berg
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare takes us deep inside an enchanted forest filled with impish fairies, young lovers, and romantic magic. The play details the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. Involved in these (mis)adventures are four young Athenian lovers trying their best to partner successfully. When the lovers cross paths with a troupe of actors and the forest’s mischievous sprites, a series of mishaps occurs and nothing is what it seems. Among the most popular of all of Shakespeare’s comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream delightfully celebrates the whims of love.
Wednesday, November 19, through Saturday, November 22, at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall.

Upcoming Theatre Performances at Carroll Community College

Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot re-examines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous and unexplained sinner. Filled with the poetry of “lowdown street talk,” this play “presents dilemmas of ancient Galilee in terms winningly accessible to the twenty-first century.”
This program is recommended for mature audiences, and is not intended for small children. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Theater in the Scott Center. Thursday, Oct. 9,
7:30 p.m. Post-show Talk Back with cast and invited experts; Friday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday,
Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

INHERIT THE WIND Directed by Emily Hall
Inherit the Wind, inspired by the Scopes trial of 1925, creates a fictional account surrounding a trial that challenged public teachings and religion.
In this gripping courtroom drama, the accused is a slight, frightened man who has deliberately broken the law. His trial is a Roman circus. The chief gladiators are the two great legal giants of the century. Like two bull elephants locked in mortal combat, they bellow and roar at one another. The spectators sat uneasily in the sweltering heat with murder in their hearts, barely able to restrain themselves. At stake is the freedom of every American.
Theater in the Scott Center. Thursday, Nov. 20,
7:30 p.m. Post-show Talk Back with cast and invited experts; Friday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m.