A new art exhibit is in place in the Government Plaza Gallery (205 Government St.) featuring mixed media work from eight local artists. Organized by the Mobile Museum of Art, it is in place until Jan. 3, 2020.
Participants include Georgia Jones Godwin, Joaquin M. Holloway Jr., Orren Kickliter, Duane Knight, Benjamin J. Shamback, Megan Gulland Shifflet, Charles Smith and Wanda Sullivan.
The gallery is in the building’s atrium and is open to the public free of charge. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lovable orphans loose in Langan Park
It takes a lot of chutzpah to try and turn the despair of Victorian England into delight, but Lionel Bart was up to the task. When he focused on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” in the 1950s, only the author’s “A Christmas Carol” had been turned into a musical, both for television. Bart wanted a full stage play for the tale of the wily street urchin and the characters he meets staying one step ahead of starvation and the workhouse.
Its 1960 premiere was a hit in London’s West End and reproduced the clamor on Broadway in 1963. A 1968 movie musical was widely hailed and awarded, earning 12 Academy Award nominations and winning six of them. It introduced songs such as “Consider Yourself” and “Food Glorious Food” to the popular canon.
Mobile’s longest-running children’s theater, Playhouse in the Park (4851 Museum Drive), will stage the multi-generational favorite from July 19 through Aug. 11. Tiickets go on sale at the beginning of July and are $16, $14 for students and seniors.
Friday and Saturday curtain is 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m.
For reservations, call 251-602-0630 or go to playhouseinthepark.org.
Duck stamp winners announced
For 25 years, the annual Junior Duck Stamp art contest has promoted wetland conservation in youngsters through an artistic medium. Kids from kindergarten through high school vie to have their artwork chosen for a decorative stamp in a contest encouraging students to learn more about wildlife, wetlands and waterfowl including ducks, geese and swans.
The Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge coordinates the contest and sponsors, receives and judges the artwork and provides prizes. Artwork is categorized by grade level with first, second, third place and honorable mention awarded. The overall best of show from each state advances to the next round in competition for National Best of Show to be printed as the Federal Junior Duck Stamp, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sells for $5.
The Pascagoula River Audubon Center hosts a free opening reception to view the winning artworks on Saturday, July 13, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit will be on display July 13 through Aug. 10.
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