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Upcoming Events
Arena Stage

August Wilson Festival Panels:
                Arena Stage is hosting a yearlong festival to honor the work of August Wilson.
As a part of the festival Arena will be hosting three panels throughout the 2019/2020 season.

Women of Wilson Panel: April 25
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in the Molly Smith Study
This will consist of a panel of women, including award-winning actress, director and producer Michele Shay (Broadway’s Seven Guitars),
who have originated and defined Wilson’s strong female characters. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Soyica Colbert,
chair of the Department of Performing Arts, director of Theater and Performance Studies
and a professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University.

Maryland Community Theatre Festival
Congratulations to Silver Spring Stage
Outstanding Production
Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Cliff Smith Award for Excellence in Directing

in the 2020 MCTFA Festival
The Rockefeller Special
by Ryan Stevens

Paid Internships Available
Wolftrap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Deadlines are February 1st for Internships
March 1st for Apprenticeships
Paid Full-time summer positions
(35 Hours/Week)
We are looking for students that have completed at least one year of undergraduate study or alumni no more than two years out of school.
All positions are paid and we provide a well-rounded, education experience for each of our interns and apprentices
complete with many professional development opportunities.

Cate Bechtold | Director, Internships and Community Programs, Education
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Road | Vienna, VA 22182 | Office: 703.255.1933

Montgomery Playhouse and
Kentlands Community Players
One Act Festival
February 7th at 6:30 pm
February 8th at 2:30 pm
Kentlands Carriage House
321 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD
(Pending rights)

Overtones (Directed by Michael Abendshein) - 4W - 20s / 30s
Harriet and Margaret agree to meet for tea to reminisce. But will Hetty and Maggie, their more primitive selves, allow the meeting to go smoothly?
Or will their base desires ruin everything?

Blooming of Ivy (Directed by Steven Bienstock) - 1M 1 W - Both 60s
Two neighbors, both widows rediscover feelings for one another.

Reservations (Directed by Kryss Lacovaro-Curtis) - Up to 11 actors 5M 5F 1 M/F all ages
Over the course of a blind date, a woman's actions and emotions are guided by allegorical aspects of her personality seated at a nearby table.
Which slice of her psyche will seize the evening??

The 146 Point Flame (Directed by Stan Rosen) - 1M, 4F - 20s / 30s
This piece is based on the historic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City. Through words, movement and music, four young women share their dreams, thoughts, fears and feelings about their ultimate destinies. An Italian immigrant, Vincenza, shares her last night on Earth
with romance, smiles and dancing. Tessa celebrates her life with a story about her brother and mother. Sisters Lena and Yetta meditate
on the strength and endurance of moving from Russia to America and the parallels of moving from life to the afterlife.
Touching and poetic, this piece illuminates the definition of human courage.

Performances the weekend of April 17th
Asbury Methodist theatre facility.

2nd Star Productions
A new musical adventure by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin
Based on the classic book by Roald Dahl

Direction by TJ Lukacsina
Produced by Kelsey Meiklejohn Bowen
Music Direction by Chris Pinder
Choreography by Rikki Howie
Saturday, February 8th from 1-4 PM, and Monday, February 10th from 7-10 PM.
Child actors are asked to audition during the first hour of each of these slots: 1-2 PM on February 8th, and 7-8 PM on February 10th.
Bowie Playhouse
16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, MD 20715
Doors will open before auditions start, please arrive promptly.
Callbacks will be Saturday, Feb 15th at 1 pm by invitation only.

Those who wish to audition may attend either the Saturday or Monday auditions.
Please keep Saturday afternoon (Feb. 15th) clear in case you are called back.
If you are needed for callbacks, you will be notified by phone and/or email during the week.
Regular rehearsals will be held on Tuesday nights (7-10 PM), Thursday nights (7-10 PM), and Saturdays (11 AM - 3 PM).
Not all actors will be required for all regular rehearsals.
Technical rehearsals run every night of the week leading up to opening (5/24 - 5/28.)

Performances are May 29 - June 27, Fridays through Sundays, at the Bowie Playhouse
Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 PM, and Sundays are at 3 PM.
Our closing performance on Saturday, June 27th is a 3 PM matinee.

We welcome non-traditional casting - all ages, sizes, ethnicities, and gender identities are encouraged to audition.
No roles have been pre-cast. (The roles of Matilda and other children may be double-cast, at the director's discretion.)

Audition Preparation:
If you have one, please bring a theatrical resume for the production team.
We will take headshots during the audition to be used as part of the audition process.
Please bring a written list of any and all possible conflicts that you have or may have from March through May.
-Prepare a vocal piece, no more thn 32 bars in length, that shows your vocal and acting range and provide sheet music in the correct key.
Please do not use selections from this show.
An accompanist will be provided.
There will be a required dance audition - please arrive dressed to move.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Opens February 21st
Kensington Arts Theatre

No Sex Please, We're British
by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott
Directed by Bruce Hirsch
Produced by Ruth Orland and David Gross
Dash Samari, Kelly Dobkins, Jill Vanderweit, Noah Steurer, Stephen Swift, Ted Culler, Ken Kemp, Alison Starr and Kristen Scott  

This is a classic British sex farce with unexpected events, unwanted arrivals, plans that go awry, seven doors, scantily clad women,
a scantily clad man, lots of action and a cudgel! Don't forget the cudgel!

February 21st through March 8th
Kensington Town Hall
3710 Mitchell St., Kensington, MD
Additional information and tickets can be found on the KAT Website.

Opens February 21st
Victorian Lyric Opera Company
Gilbert and Sullivan's
The Pirates of Penzance
Directed by Amy Sullivan

Friday, February 21 & Friday, February 28, at 8pm
Saturday, February 22 & **Saturday, February 29 at 8pm
*Sunday, February 23 & Sunday, March 1 at 2pm
F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre
603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD 20851
Nearest metro: Rockville Metro Stop
*Community Outreach Matinee
- 12:45-1:30pm: Backstage tours
- Post-show talk-back session with cast & crew
**Celebrate Frederic’s 21st Birthday
- Pre-show festivities & cake
Tickets: Opening Night - $14
$28 adults, $24 seniors, $20 students with valid ID
Group discounts are available by calling the box office; 240-314-8690

Lights! Camera! Pirates!
The Victorian Lyric Opera Company is proud to present a new take on a beloved classic, The Pirates of Penzance, opening February 2020.
Director Amy Sullivan's Old Hollywood inspired production will dazzle and delight audiences with all the glitz and glamour of your favorite movie musicals. This fully-staged production, including full orchestra, captures the spirit of vintage Gilbert & Sullivan while charting course
to entrance a whole new generation of opera-goers.

Sandy Spring Theatre Group
and the City of Gaithersburg
by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz

Director: by David Fialkoff
Music Director: Justin Dayhoff
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 7-10 PM in the Arts Barn Gallery
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 1-4 PM in the Kentlands Mansion
Callbacks Monday, March 2nd, 2020, 7-10 PM in the Arts Barn Gallery
Casting (No roles are pre-cast):
Jesus: Male, 18-40 - Charismatic and high energy, yet gentle and loving. He is the deceptively calm leader of the troupe. Vocal range top: G5, bottom: A3
Judas: Male, 10-40 - Jesus' most ardent disciple. Also charismatic, but in a revolutionary way. Vocal range top: G5, bottom: A3
Ensemble: 8 to 10 men and women, ages 18+. People of ALL types are most welcome to audition!
Performances will take place on three weekends from May 15 to May 31 (9 performances) at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn.
For auditions:
Please prepare 32 bars of a song NOT from the show. An accompanist will be provided or you may sing a capella.
Auditioners will be asked to do cold readings from the script.
A short dance/movement routine will be taught.
For additional information, please contact

Based on the Gospel according to St Matthew Godspell recounts the last days of Jesus, and includes dramatized versions of several
well-known parables. And yet it is something more - a religious experience, a demonstration of joy, and a celebration of the family of man.
The cast are conceived as clowns, improvising scenery and costumes, and using many well-known theatrical devices, pantomime,
vaudeville, and varied musical styles to interpret one of humanity's greatest events.

Sandy Spring Theatre Group is a non-profit, all volunteer community theatre and all roles are unpaid.

Opens March 13th
Bowie Community Theatre
by August Wilson
March 13-29, 2020
Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM
Sunday matinees at 2PM
Additional Saturday matinee on March 21st at 2PM
Bowie Playhouse
White Marsh Recreation Park
16500 White Marsh Park Drive Bowie, MD 20715
(Handicapped parking and theatre facilities available)
Bring one non-perishable food item for donation to the Bowie Food Bank in exchange for one FREE concession item!

Tickets $22/General Admission $17/Seniors (62+) and Students
Group rates available.
Cash and check ONLY accepted at Box Office.
Major Credit Cards accepted online.

This sensational drama centers around Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues
who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime,
Troy's bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play ball.

Movement and Voice Workshop
Kentlands Community Players
Discover Your Embodied Voice
Discover your voice, use it to connect to your body and let your body think for you, free you of thoughts,
show you your authentic body language, and ability to use full range of motion.
This workshop is for people with any level of movement experience.
Through simple movement exercises and theater techniques you will:

  • awaken your physical awareness of sounds and their impact on your body
  • feel more alive and embodied and try a new way of meditating in motion
  • explore the ways to experience your emotions through movement and become a more active agent in your life