New Season for McLean Orchestra

The McLean Orchestra, in association with Creative Cauldron, will kick off its 2005-06 season with a free family concert at 3 p.m. Sunday featuring music inspired by literature.

According to a news release, "magic" wands will be available so kids can help conduct the orchestra as it performs the John Williams score from the film "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

Students from the Kintz-Mejia Academy of Ballet in McLean will dance two folk tales from Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite."

The highlight of the concert, orchestra officials said, will be a dramatic interpretation of John Alden Carpenter's "Adventures in a Perambulator," in which the audience is invited to imagine life's simple pleasures as seen through the eyes of a baby.

The McLean Youth Orchestra will host an instrument "petting zoo" before the show.

Creative Cauldron is a nonprofit arts foundation in Northern Virginia.

The orchestra performs at the Oakcrest School, 850 Balls Hill Rd., McLean. For information, visit www.mclean-orchestra.org.

A Close Look at Miniatures

The Vienna Arts Society will hold an "Art in Miniature" exhibit from Monday to Oct. 26 at the Vienna Art Center.

John Allen Thompson, president of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, will judge the event. The awards will be announced Oct. 15.

A watercolor workshop by Pat Weaver will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Oct. 7. To register, call 703-759-5320.

The art center is at 115 Pleasant St. For information, call 703-319-3971 or visit www.viennaartssociety.org.

Calling High School Playwrights

Oct. 7 is the deadline to apply for the annual high school playwrights mentoring program and competition sponsored by George Mason University's Theater of the First Amendment.

At the end of the mentoring program, students submit their plays to the Theater of the First Amendment's First Light Festival competition for high school playwrights. The festival is March 18-19.

The winner of the competition will be invited to a five-day professional workshop and receive a public reading. Runners-up will have selected scenes read at the event.

Applicants work with a professional playwright, director or dramaturge on play development during the fall.

Applicants who are selected will be notified by e-mail. They will be required to attend an information session with local playwright and GMU theater professor Paul D'Andrea at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 at the university's Harris Theater.

Students then will meet with professional artist mentors who will work with them from October through Dec. 16, the deadline for submission of their final drafts.

To apply, print the application form from the theater company's Web site, www.gmu.edu/cfa/tfa, and mail it along with a two-page writing sample to: First Light Festival, Theater of the First Amendment, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., MS 3E6, Fairfax, Va.

For information, send an e-mail to smaloney@gmu.edu and include "First Light Festival" in the subject line.

The Theater of the First Amendment provides playwrights with opportunities to explore and create new work.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY

and STEPHEN C. FEHR

Pauline D. Lorfano's "Mini Pond" is part of the "Art in Miniature" exhibit being offered at the Vienna Art Center. The show opens Monday.