Havre de Grace Mosaic Project

Announcing:
Auditions, all ages, for the Original Production of The Mosaic: Voices from the Past, Season One, 1900-1925.

Based on real people and real stories from Havre de Grace.

Auditions are Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26
Fire House Studio at the Opera House (2nd floor), 121 N. Union Avenue
Children: 6 - 7 pm, Adults 7 - 9 pm
Performances will be July 28-31 and August 5-7.
For more information, call 443-502-2005.

Please prepare a 2-minute audition piece or be prepared to sight-read from the script.

This is a large cast production. All parts will have multiple roles. A few parts will include singing and dance. This will be an immersive production in which the time period is enhanced through costuming, music, and incidentals.

Sample characters:

  • Mac (adult male) is the anchor to the show as both a narrator and one who slips in and out of other character roles.
  • Mildred (adult female) elderly woman who loves to tell tales about her childhood and the street she grew up on (Stokes Street)
  • R. Madison Mitchell (adult male) tells his story in a narrative poem.
  • Mothers to Mac & Mario (adult females), one Italian, one not, who break up a fight with their boys, and then sing a duet about being alike and yet different.
  • Anne & Theresa Palmer (young adult females), sisters who enjoy the Bayou Hotel dances, quick-witted.
  • Zelda (adult female) a loud & boisterous, yet agile circus performer who loves to dance.
  • Mrs. Smithson (adult female, specifically African American), the grammar school teacher at the Colored School in Havre de Grace.
  • A variety of men who can play anything from rough fishermen to small business owners to priests and gentlemen.
  • A variety of women who can play anything from housewives to speakeasy owners to suffragettes.
  • At least a dozen children who can play parts aged 6 - 14, at least six African American kids for the school scene, but will be peppered through the show. Need additional kids for other scenes.

About the Havre de Grace Mosaic Project

The Havre de Grace Mosaic Project is an arts-based expression of the personal stories of people, places, circumstances, milestones and objects that have contributed to the unique personality of the City of Havre de Grace.  Supported by a grant from the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, the Mosaic Project is all about YOU.

Here's a little sneak peek of our 2022 multi-media performance. This video is four of the stories we hope to include. The video was recorded "In the Studio," casually, with scripts and actors in everyday dress. The stories were interpreted, created, and directed by Irmgarde Brown and recorded by JimmyO Burril. Incidental music is provided by Sylke Bargsten at the piano and soloist, Jackie Brandon. Local actors are Dickie Mahoney, Joey Tramontana, Lexi Newberry, Tom and Barbara Hartzell, Bob Willenbrink, Al, Kathy, and Natasha Herlinger, Jess Hutchinson, and Lilli Burril.

We want you to share your family genealogies and the stories of your parents and grandparents.  We want to capture these narratives, pictures, and anecdotes, and bring them to life.  But we need your help.

This project's strengths are its collaborative nature with existing organizations within the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, and how it utilizes and highlights the unique history and resources of the area, particularly within Havre de Grace and its environs.  The Mosaic Project will enhance people's awareness and appreciation of this area through the arts.  These performances and displays will provide both entertainment and information to visitors and locals alike.

Due to the delays caused by Covid 19, the research part of our project, which began in the Fall of 2019, will continue through 2021.  This research will be conducted in partnership with several existing organizations.  Havre de Grace history has already been documented in a variety of arenas via taped and transcribed interviews for the Harford Living Treasures Project; displays and primary sources housed in area museums (Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, Maritime Museum, Decory Museum, Concord Point Lighthouse and Lighthouse Keeper's House, the Colored School Foundation and Cultural Center, Steppingstone Farm Museum and Havre de Grace Historical Preservation), local antique stores, Mary L. Martin Ltd Antique Postcards, Harford County Public Library, Maryland Collection, Historical Society of Harford County; and, private collections held by local historians, genealogists, storytellers, and librarians. Several representatives from these organizations have already been invited and have agreed to participate in the research and collection module of the Mosaic Project.

We Want Your Story!

Timeline

September, 2019: Receive grant early phases of the Havre de Grace Mosaic Project from the Lower Susquehanna Greenway; Grant has been extended due to Covid through June 2022.

October 2019: Begin building Mosaic Project Team for research, discovery and initial vignettes. DONE.

November 2019: Review existing oral histories at DigitalMaryland.org, Living Treasures, Ellie Mencer’s Stories of Havre de Grace, HdG Colored School Museum oral histories, Harford Community College Civil Rights Project, Havre de Grace Alliance Distrix Project, and Marita O’Connell’s HdG historic district’s house stories. DONE.

January 2020: Begin collecting stories from “new” people recommended by team and partners and launch web page. Due to Covid 19, continue research and story collection through 2021 and into the first half of 2022. Phase ONE complete.

March-April 2020 to present: Begin work on printing and collecting Havre de Grace Mosaic Historic Photographs for 2022 Exhibit. Still in progress. Phase ONE to be completed by performances in July/August 2022.

March 2019 - January 2021 - Pause due to Covid 19 pandemic

March 2021: Begin virtual presentations (when possible) of some of the Mosaic vignettes. These will be called “The Mosaic Project: Behind the Scenes” and are sneak peeks into the full-length production. DONE.

March 2021: Invitation to artists to participate in collaborative discovery of the stories for the full production of the First Annual Havre de Grace Mosaic 2022 to be performed in late July and early August in celebration of the Opera House anniversary.

March 2021 to present: Preparation for “Dawn’s Early Light” production for May 1, 2021 performance in conjunction with Defender’s Day at Tydings Park. DONE.

Plans for May 7, 2022 are being hampered by Covid illnesses. Watch this space.

May 2021: Live production of Dawn’s Early Light. Completed and repeated (in a mini version) the following weekend for the arrival of the "Pride of Baltimore II" DONE.

January 2022: Invitation to artists to participate in collaborative discovery of the stories for the full production of the First Annual Havre de Grace Mosaic 2022 to be performed in late July and early August in celebration of the Opera House anniversary. IN PROGRESS.

May 26-27, 2022: Auditions for The Mosaic: Voices from the Past, Season One: 1900-1925. All ages are welcome. Auditions will be at the 2nd Floor Fire Hall above the Opera House. 6 - 7 pm for children; 7 - 9 pm for adults.

July 29-31 and August 5 - 7 pm, 2022: Live Performance Weekends. Tickets will be on sale soon.

 

Project Team and Contact Info

All HdG Mosaic Team Members can be contacted through the Havre de Grace Arts Collective, 443-502-2005 or by email, HdGMosaicProject@hdgartscollective.org

• Irmgarde Brown, project coordinator
• Ron Browning, Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission
• Pat Cole, President, Havre de Grace Colored School Museum and Cultural Center, Inc.
• Susan Deeney, retired librarian, research and discovery
• David Dirlam, PhD, Author of Teachers, Learners, Modes of Practice: Theory and Methodology for Identifying Knowledge Development
Routledge Explorations in Developmental Psychology, 2017
• Tom Fitzpatrick, local citizen, history buff, original founder of HdG Main Street
• Rebecca Jessop, Executive Director of Havre de Grace Arts Collective, grant coordinator
• Kathy Keen, Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission
• Bob Lackey, historian and writer, consultant
• GayLynn Price, retired HCPS teacher, costumer
• William Price III, Havre de Grace Arts Collective Board Chair, project artistic director
• Christopher Providence, Havre de Grace Arts Collective volunteer
• Deb Stathes , Chair, Havre de Grace Twinning Association.
• George Wagner, Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum, Casual Historian and Images
• Bob Willenbrink, retired professor and department head, Missouri Western State University, research and discovery, artistic direction