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Opens November 10th
Bowie Community Theatre
The Old Settler
Drama by John Henry Redwood
Produced by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals
Directed by: Lorraine Brooks

Performance Dates: November 10 - December 10, 2023 (excluding 11/24-11/26)
Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 2PM
The Bowie Playhouse
16500 White Marsh Park Drive; Bowie, MD

In World War II Harlem, New York, a fifty-five-year-old spinster (or as they were called in those days—an Old Settler), Elizabeth Borny,
takes in a young male roomer, Husband Witherspoon, to help her with the rent. Husband has come to Harlem from South Carolina to search for his girlfriend,
Lou Bessie Preston. Also living with Elizabeth is her sister, Quilly McGrath, fifty-three. There is an ominous cloud of tension that hangs over Elizabeth
and Quilly's relationship. This tension is further exacerbated when Elizabeth and Husband take to liking each other. Quilly, who doesn't like Husband living with them
in the first place, surely doesn't approve of their "carrying on," especially since Elizabeth is old enough to be Husband's mother. It is this "carrying on"
that exposes a thirty-year-old wound which, until now, only had a bandage—now the wound can heal for the sisters.


Opens November 24th
The Arts Barn in partnership with
Montgomery Playhouse
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
Based on the beloved characters from Jane Austin's "Pride and Prejudice"

Spend the holiday season with your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters as they gather at Pemberley, the stately home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy.
In this clever and charming sequel to Jane Austen's masterwork, the bookish and oft-forgotten middle child of the Bennet family finally has her day.
An unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence and the chance to be the heroine of her own story.

November 24th through December 10th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 2PM
(December 2nd Performance will be at 2PM)
The Arts Barn
311 Kent Square Road Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Tickets $22, $20 Students, Youth 14 and under $15
Recommended for ages 12 & up.
Online ticket sales end two hours prior to performance.
Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Arts Barn box office or by contacting the Arts Barn.

The British Players
Spring 2024 Production
The Dresser
by Ronald Harwood
Directed by Chrish Kresge
Produced by Caroline Gelb

Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Thursday, Dec. 7th (callbacks) 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Kensington Town Hall
3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD
Cold readings from the script. British accent preferred.
Bring: Your personal calendar for potential rehearsal conflicts.
All roles unpaid.

The Dresser is a 1980 play by Ronald Harwood which tells the story of an aging actor's personal assistant, Norman, struggling to keep his master's life together.
As World War II rages, backstage in a provincial English theatre, the ageing, once-famous classical actor is troubled. 'Sir' is one of the last of a dying breed of
great Shakespearean actors, unwilling to take to the stage tonight, while his faithful dresser Norman urges him to put on another great performance.
The Dresser is a compelling exploration of the dynamics within a theater company, particularly the bond between the actor and his dresser. The characters,
especially Sir and Norman, are richly developed, and the play delves into themes of aging, loyalty, and the power of art. It has been adapted into a successful film
and has been performed by scores of theater companies around the world. Based on the author's own experiences as dresser to Sir Donald Wolfit,
this brilliantly written, bracing and heartbreaking drama is an elegy to a by-gone era.

Production Dates:
Friday, March 8th - Saturday, March 24th 2024
Kensington Town Hall, MD
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday Matinees – 10 performances.
Rehearsals will take place at Bannockburn Community Clubhouse, Bethesda, MD beginning January 9th 2024
Contact and further info: Chrish Kresge

The Characters in "The Dresser" by Ronald Harwood, including their alternate roles:
Norman (the Dresser) - Norman is the dedicated dresser for Sir, the lead actor. His primary role is to assist Sir in preparing for his performances,
but he also takes on other roles within the plays they perform.
Sir/King Lear - Sir is the aging and temperamental lead actor of the theater company, known for his portrayal of King Lear.
He struggles with his health and career, and his role in the play is central to the story.
Her Ladyship/Cordelia - Her Ladyship is Sir's wife and a member of the theater company. She also takes on the role of Cordelia in "King Lear,"
one of the characters within the play they are performing.
Irene/Map Carrier - Irene is a member of the theater company, and she takes on various roles in the productions.
She also plays the role of the Map Carrier within "King Lear."
Madge - Madge is another member of the theater company and plays various roles in the productions.
While not a central character, she adds depth to the ensemble of actors.
Geoffrey Thornton/Fool - Geoffrey Thornton serves as the company's stage manager. He is responsible for the logistical aspects of the tour.
In the play within a play, he also takes on the role of the Fool in "King Lear."
Mr. Oxenby/Edmund - Mr. Oxenby is another member of the theater company. He also takes on the role of Edmund, one of the characters in "King Lear."
Duke of Gloucester/Knight - The Duke of Gloucester is a character within the play "King Lear," and one of the roles played by members of the theater company.
The Knight is another character within "King Lear."
Duke of Kent/Gentleman - The Duke of Kent is a character within the play "King Lear," and another role played by members of the theater company.
The Gentleman is a supporting character within "King Lear."

Colonial Players of Annapolis
Spring 2024 Musical
The Baker's Wife
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Joseph Stein
Directed by Michelle Bruno
Produced by Richard Atha-Nicholls

Audition dates:
Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 16, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, December 18, from 7:00 p.m  - 10:30 p.m.
The Colonial Players Annex
2132 Renard Court, Annapolis, MD 21401

Callbacks will be by invitation only.
Tuesday, December 19, 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

All roles are open and non-paying.
The show requires 13 - 20 performers.
Pre-registration is required:

To be considered for a role, auditioners must provide proof of vaccination.

Performance Dates: March 1 – 30, 2024

Show Synopsis:
Set in a small French provincial village in the 1930’s, The Baker’s Wife is a gently comic and bittersweet fable of life, love and bread.
An amiable older baker and his beautiful wife come to a small town replete with petty feuds and comically calcified relationships.
When the wife runs off with a handsome young chauffeur, the town is changed forever.

For full details, vocal ranges, and character breakdowns please visit:

Seeking Musical Director
Kentlands Community Players
They're Playing Our Song
Book: Neil Simon
Music: Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics: Carole Bayer Sanger
Produced by: TAPP in partnership with Kentlands Community Players

Performances April 12 - 28, 2024
The Gaithersburg Arts Barn

Seeking a Musical Director to serve as the coordinator of all musical elements within the production.
Key responsibilities include:
- Coordinate all musical elements of the production
- Be involved in the development and rehearsal of the music ensemble
- Attend  rehearsals to provide musical direction and input
- Attend all technical rehearsals to ensure musical elements are seamlessly integrated
- Participate in production meetings to align the musical vision with other aspects of the production

About the Production
"They're Playing Our Song" is a captivating musical based on the real-life relationship between Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager.
In this heartwarming story, a wisecracking composer meets an offbeat lyricist, and though their initial collaboration is rocky,
they navigate a series of trials and hurdles to find true love by the final curtain.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume showcasing previous work to

Opens January 12th
Sandy Spring Theatre Group
& Gaithersburg Arts on the Green Present:
Arsenic & Old Lace
by Joseph Kesselring
Directed by David Levin

January 12-28, 2024
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 2pm
Gaithersburg Arts Barn
311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878


Abby Brewster Karen Winokur
Martha Brewster Julia Frank
Mortimer Brewster John Van Eck
Jonathan Brewster Ted Culler
Teddy Brewster Jim Ketterman
Elaine Harper Maureen Betz
Rev Dr. Harper/Lt Rooney Nathan Chadwick
Dr. Einstein Steve Kaufman
Officer Brophy Peter Orvetti
Officer O'Hara Trish Pisarra
Officer Klein Margaret McCabe Janicki
Mr. Gibbs/Mr. Witherspoon Ed Silverstein

Job Posting!
Tim Mooney Rep

Touring and Sales Administrator/Coordinator

Tim Mooney is looking for a part time Assistant to handle Administration and Coordination of his Touring Educational Theatre Offerings,
including his "Breakneck Shakespeare" series, (hoping to someday cover every Shakespeare play,) "Man Cave; a One-Man Sci Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy" ,
and his signature "Moliere Than Thou",.among others.
Click on the link above for his wesite with a full description of all his work.

The full Job Posting can be found HERE.

Especially looking at candidates who come with a working understanding of theatre, touring and/or Shakespeare.
The position starts at $20/hour with the opportunity for a bump-up after six months, and a down-the-line possibility for a successful candidate to go full time.
We begin interviewing the second week of September.

Please let me know what our wonderful local theatre community is doing.
I'm still happy to post any notices you have.

Above all else, be safe!
Be creative, but be safe.