Mount Baker Theatre hosts three weeklong theater camps this month and in August, presented by Missoula Children's Theatre productions.
Missoula Children's Theatre's touring productions come complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup - everything it takes to put on a play, except the cast. Local students in first through 12th grade rehearse with the tour actors and directors each week from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and present two public performances on Mount Baker's main stage at 3 and 7 p.m. the Saturday following the camp.
"Hansel & Gretel" will be presented Saturday, July 21; "Jack & the Beanstalk" will be presented July 28; and "Cinderella" will be presented Aug. 11.
Show tickets are $10 adults, $6 youth and seniors. Details: mountbakertheatre.com.
WHATCOM SYMPHONY HAS INSTRUMENTS TO LOAN, TO HOLD AUDITIONS
Whatcom Symphony Orchestra is accepting applications for students interested in borrowing an instrument from its instrument loan program for the 2012-2013 school year. Instruments available include a Burkhart and Phelan piccolo, a Schreiber bassoon, a Holton double French horn, a full-size violin and two 3/4-size violins. For details, see whatcomsymphonyorchestra.com or contact Pat Nelson at 360-733-7651 or WSOPAT@Gmail.com.
Open auditions for positions in the all-volunteer orchestra will be held Aug. 27-28 at Garden Street United Methodist Church, with openings for violin, viola and bass, and for substitutes in all other sections. Audition repertoire is available at whatcomsymphony.com. To schedule an audition, contact Pat Nelson at Pat.Nelson@whatcomsymphony.com or at 360-733-7651.
FREE SUMMER CONCERTS COME TO ANACORTES
The Snohomish Artist Guild presents the free, family-friendly Cap Santé Marina Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Fridays at Seafarer's Memorial Park, on the Anacortes waterfront. Bring a chair, blanket and a picnic dinner.
There's a special children's theater daytime show Aug. 17. Details: snohomishartistguild.org. The lineup:
July 20: Chris Woods and Desperado, an evening of music by the Eagles
July 27: Michael Powers
Aug 3: The Tiptons
Aug. 4: Ska Fest with The Skabillons, Nigel Mustafa and The Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Aug. 10: Songwriters in the Round with Alice Stuart, Mark Riley and Leanne Trevalyan
Aug. 17: Circus Cascadia children's performance and workshop, for kids 5 to 12, noon to 4 p.m.
Aug. 17: Cloverdayle
WEEKEND ALIVE WITH MUSIC FESTIVALS
If you're thirsting for music festivals outside of Whatcom County, this is a good weekend to fill up the gas tank.
The 25th Mission (B.C.) Folk Music Festival at Fraser River Heritage Park runs Thursday through Sunday, July 19-22, with music by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Shooglenifty, Van Django, David Francey, Martin Hayes and others. Details: missionfolkmusicfestival.ca.
The 36th annual Darrington Bluegrass and Country Music Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, July 20-22, at the town's Bluegrass Park, featuring Queen's Bluegrass, the Boxcars,, the Spinney Brothers, the United States Navy Band Country Current, the Howdy Boys and others. Details: darringtonbluegrass.com.
The 25th annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival in the Methow Valley features Elvin Bishop, John Mayall, Ruthie Foster, Too Slim & the Taildraggers, Duffy Bishop and others, Friday through Sunday, July 20-22. Details: winthropbluesfestival.com.
Behind the Scenes focuses on the people who make the arts and entertainment world of Whatcom County happen. It appears in Take Five, The Bellingham Herald's entertainment section, each Thursday. Margaret Bikman is the Entertainment News Coordinator at The Bellingham Herald. Contact her at email@example.com or 360-715-2273.