Arts & Entertainment

On Stage in the Schools

Talent abounds onstage in musical productions at nearby schools this spring.

Get ready to enjoy a tale as old as time! “Beauty and the Beast” began its run at Quince Orchard High School on April 12 – 13 and will conclude with performances at 7 p.m. on April 19 – 20 and at 2 p.m. on April 20. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for students (high school freshmen thru college with ID); $6 for children (8th grade and under) and senior citizens.

Ridgeview Middle School will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” on April 26 at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. on April 27. The Saturday matinee will include refreshments and an opportunity to take pictures with characters. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students.

On May 9 – 10, Lakelands Park Middle School will present Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland Jr.” at 7 p.m. Students will also perform a number from the show at Kentlands Day on May 4. A modified version of the classic Disney animated film, “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” is a musical that lasts about 90 minutes including the intermission. Tickets are $7 for students, $10 for adults.

Experience Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s covered wagon will roll into BlackRock Center for the Arts on April 20 at 1 p.m. Geared to ages 5 and up, “Laura Ingalls Wilder,” is a musical based on the beloved author’s children that follows the tomboyish Laura, her older sister Mary, her Ma, and her Pa as they travel across the unsettled frontier of the late-1800s American Midwest. They face many challenges, but powered by their devotion to each other and an unwavering “pioneering spirit,” they are able to overcome and ultimately thrive.

At 12 p.m. there will be a free pre-show party with snacks and activities, sponsored by Washington Parent.

Tickets for the performance are $14. To purchase, visit or call 240.912.1058. BlackRock is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown.

Magic, Interactive Theater Returns

Magicians Mark Phillips, Bob Sheets, Barry Wood and Brian Curry invite you to join them as members of the exotic, strange and amusingly interactive Comedy and Magic Society at the Arts Barn. The spring 2013 season will provide astounding magic and sleight of hand, all combined with interactive theater in a different show each night.

Audience members will step into the secret and very kooky world of the CMS, a collection of zany characters not quite clever enough to take themselves lightly. This season’s remaining “Society Meetings” — each with a different agenda, frequently with guest artists — will be held on April 26, and May 10 and 31. All performances begin at 8 p.m.

The Arts Barn is located at 311 Kent Square Road in Gaithersburg. Tickets are $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. The family-friendly shows are perfect for ages 10 and up. For information and tickets please call 301.258.6394. Tickets can also be purchased online at For information and directions visit

Spring Arts Barn Exhibit

The city of Gaithersburg presents an exhibit featuring oil paintings by Carol Bucklin and Ray Burns, photography by Fran Stetina, and metal sculptures and jewelry by Arts Entwine at the Arts Barn Gallery through May 26. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

In the early 1990s, Carol Bucklin was chosen to provide a series of wildlife illustrations for a World Wildlife Fund fundraising campaign. During that time she also released a successful limited edition lithograph print of the Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville, Md. Bucklin has worked many years in the publishing industry as both an art director and illustrator. She painted often as possible, taking on commissions and projects that personally challenged her. In 2009, Bucklin decided to go back into her studio to pursue her love of oil painting and wildlife illustration. She recently produced a body of work consisting of traditional miniatures, including landscapes, portraits of fruit, vegetables, and floral still life paintings in oil. A life-long resident of Maryland, Bucklin lives with her husband on a small horse farm, near the tiny town of Woodsboro, where her studio is located.

Much of Ray Burns’ work is “en plein air” or painted outdoors on location, typically for two hours to begin a painting. He often returns to a site to finish the painting when conditions allow, or paints in the same location with differing vantage points. Burns will continue on a painting outdoors until he is satisfied with the result. Sometimes he is able to finish a painting in two to three two-hour sessions, but often this luxury can’t be afforded due to variable weather and lighting conditions. Many of his townscapes begin on location and are finished in the studio. Burns’ use of color, texture and light helps create a specific mood in each painting. View his work at

Fran Stetina began his interest in photography while serving as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, photographing his girlfriend and soon to be wife, Mary. His formal photography studies began at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., and he has participated in many international workshops, most notably with the famous French photographer Lucien Clergue and landscape artist John Sexton. Stetina has participated in many group and individual exhibitions and has been a recipient of Maryland awards and recognition. He has traveled extensively around the world in search of interesting images and has taught and organized his own workshop, “Photo Treks,” for 10 years. View Stetina’s work at

Arts Entwine, formerly Midnight Blue, is a fine art studio located in the Arts Barn that specializes in a variety of media. This exhibit, entitled “Wu Xing” — the Five Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water,” include metal sculpture and jewelry. Midnight Blue/Arts Entwine founder Jaree Donnelly has had a passion for the arts from an early age, enjoying drawing, painting, music, crafts and photography. Donnelly continues to study studio art, photography, two-dimensional design and jewelry design, and she has taught at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn for nearly a decade. Jack Donnelly has now “officially” joined the studio. He also has had a lifelong love of art, enjoying drawing, painting, and music, and has found an affinity for working in three-dimensions with metal and wood. For more information about Arts Entwine visit

For more information please contact Andi Rosati at 301.258.6394, email, or visit the Arts Barn online at