Play festival | Friday, Saturday and Sunday
The Old Opera House’s New Voice Play Festival offers theater lovers the chance to see four new plays in a single performance.
Actors will stage a scene from the four plays deemed best by a panel of judges and then audience members will have the chance to vote for their favorite.
The action kicks off at the historic theater at 204 N. George St. in Charles town on Friday evening and will continue Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
To reserve seats, call the Old Opera House box office at 304-725-4420. Tickets for the 14th-annual event cost $15 for adults or $10 for students.
Dandridge film | June 27
Jim Surkamp’s award-winning film, “Shepherdstown’s Danske Dandridge in Her Own Words,” will be shown in Shepherdstown on June 27.
The free showing begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University comes a century after the death of Dandridge, the great poet and historian of Shepherdstown.
The evening also will feature a reading by poet Ed Zahniser. Terry Tucker, the internationally known composer who composed music from Dandridge’s poems, will be present is set to attend, along with actor Ardyth Gilbertson who portrays Danske.
Learn more by calling the Byrd Center at 304-876-5701 or find “Danske Dandridge” on Facebook.
“Rounding Third” benefit | June 28
Joe Yates, who served as an understudy at the Contemporary American Theater Festival’s staging of Richard Dresser’s “Rounding Third” back in 1997, will revive the work later this month as a benefit for the Jefferson High School Key Club.
Yates, along with Dr. David Didden of the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic, will star in the production. The Key Club – part of Kiwanis International – is dedicated to community service.
Theater lovers can see “Rounding Third” June 27 and June 28 at The Shepherdstown Community Center at 102 E. German St. The evening will begin with a spaghetti dinner served at 6:30 p.m. The play begins at 8 p.m. The cost is $25.
“The play was presented at the Contemporary American Theater Festival a number of years ago,” Yates explains. “I was an understudy for the production and fell in love with the show. It’s funny, touching [and] real.”
To reserve a seat, email RoundingThirdTix@gmail.com or call 304-676-8059.
Art gallery | Ongoing
Visit the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative Gallery to see Virginia Winston’s watercolor exhibit, “Seeing the Countryside Around Us.”
Winston’s work, a celebration of nature, may be seen at the gallery at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. For details, go to washingtonstreetartistcooperative.org.
History museum | Ongoing
Anyone who wants to know more about local history will enjoy the Jefferson County Museum, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The collection in the ground floor at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town includes thousands of items related to local history, including a 1799 letter penned by President George Washington, the wagon that took abolitionist John Brown to his execution and the uniform belonging to long-lived World War I vet Frank Buckles as well as new exhibits on African-Americans’ work as jockeys in the horseracing industry here, advertising trinkets given out to tout area businesses, and much more.
Admission costs $3 and is free to Charles Town Library patrons. For details, contact curator Jane Rissler (304-725-8628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Get in touch: Have an item for Out&About? Send your news by 2 p.m. Monday to Christine@spiritofjefferson.com or 114 N. Charles St., Charles Town 25414.