Last night’s opening of the newly renovated Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts theatre was met with plenty of accolades, applause and continued community support, as even more plans were introduced for the hub of performing arts in Annapolis. Phases for additions and re-do’s of hallways, bathrooms, gym (transformation into a small theatre), balcony and control booth were announced with a slideshow depicting what looks like a fitting and shiny, brand new center of the arts.
As the audience members found their seats, a quartet from the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra performed – the group was the first to take a bow in the new theatre. Then came performances by Live Arts Maryland, Annapolis Opera, Ballet Theatre of Maryland and an Annapolis Symphony quartet – the four resident companies of Maryland Hall. Patrons and board members of Maryland Hall and its four resident companies were on hand, as were several political representatives, for a lively night celebrating, what truly was an occasion meriting celebration.
A particularly touching moment came when Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch directed his words at Pat Edwards, a local champion of the arts, as he mentioned her husband, Arthur Edwards (no longer with us) and the couple’s commitment to the arts.
Hope you enjoy the photos. Take a look at them here – http://annapoliscreative.smugmug.com/Opening-of-the-Newly-Renovated/
Please support the arts with your attendance at some performances this season. Just as we need great art and culture in our lives, the organizations that bring that to us, need people in their seats.
Tickets for Maryland Hall performances can be found here – http://www.marylandhall.org/all-performances