News &Notices: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 12:59 PM

Updated often, please check regularly for the latest news!!!

Opens February 9th
2nd Star Productions

Urinetown the Musical
Music & Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book & Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Director/Choreographer - Davis Wootton-Klebanoff
Music Director - Jennifer Butler
Producer - Crista Drysdale & Karen Monteith

February 9 - March 2, 2024
Friday & Saturdays 8:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm.
Closing Saturday performance is a matinee.
The Bowie Playhouse
16500 Whitemarsh Park Drive, Bowie MD 20715

Tickets and more information at

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire
of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, environmental collapse, privatization of natural resources, bureaucracy, municipal politics,
and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets.
The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs.
Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Content Note: There’s no vulgarity or sexual innuendo in Urinetown and its comedy extends far beyond toilet humor.
The lyrics and jokes are clever enough to appeal to adults, and clean enough for children younger than high school age.
The musical does address violence and death. Parents and guardians, we recommend that you read reviews of the show from other venues
to decide whether the content is right for the child you’re thinking of bringing.

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.

Opens February 9th
Montgomery Playhouse
Steel Magnolias
by Robert Harling
Directed by Vanessa Markowitz

Through February 29th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM
Sundays at 2PM
Tickets $22 - $20 Students (15-21)


In Chinquapin, Louisiana everybody who is anybody gets their hair done at Truvy’s beauty shop—where the women are all sass and brass.
Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six southern spitfires gather each week to gossip and support each other through thick and thin.
But those bonds are tested when the ladies face a life-changing event. Infused with heart and humor, Steel Magnolias is a hilarious story of love, loss, and enduring friendship

Truvy: Rachel Brightbill
Annelle: Sara Joy Lebowitz
Clairee: Carole Preston
Shelby: Emily Ray
M’Lynn: Jill Goodrich
Ouiser: Hillary Mazer

Rockville Little Theatre
Murder On the Orient Express
by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Laura W. Andruski

Sunday, February 18 @ 1 PM
Monday, February 19 @ 7 PM
The Pump House
401 S. Horners Lane, Rockville, MD 20850
All our shows use Open Casting, with no roles pre-selected.
RLT is committed to diversity, open to non- traditional casting, and actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. All roles are unpaid.
Please download, fill out and bring the audition form and conflict sheet with you to the audition.
This audition packet includes everything you need for your audition.
Please choose TWO of the short monologues from this packet to prepare for your auditions. Please choose two different characters. 
Auditions will also consist of cold readings from the script.
You must be at least 18 years old to audition. 
For questions or more information, please contact Laura W. Andruski at 240-242-9735 or email
See our website for audition forms and more information.

Performance Dates May 3, 4, 5*, 10, 11, 12* (Mother’s Day)
Friday & Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays* @ 2pm

Female Identifying* – 5
Male Identifying** – 7

Hercule Poirot**
(Belgian, 40’s – 60’s) 

World famous detective, meticulous, witty, oddly charismatic in his own way, slightly pompous, passionately driven to find the answers, strong moral compass, very aware of his ability and his well-deserved reputation.

Monsieur Bouc**
(Belgian, 30’s – 50’s) 

Director of Wagon-Lit, the train company that owns the Orient Express, a good humored man, playful, generous, proud, an excellent host with a love of luxury and grandeur.

Mary Debenham*
(British, 20’s – 40’s) 

A governess, capable yet romantic, anxious about her journey on the Orient Express, there is a sadness around her eyes, clearly has a secret and an unknown relationship to Colonel Arbuthnot. 

Hector MacQueen**
(American, 20’s – 50’s) 

Secretary and assistant to Samuel Ratchett, tightly wound, edgy and nervous, always seems to be on the verge of falling apart.

Michel the Conductor**
(French, 30’s – 50’s) 

Polite, hard-working, happy to have a good position on the Orient Express, eager to please. 

Princess Dragomiroff
(Russian, 40’s – 70’s) 

Royalty, a sweeping, impressive presence, intimidating, impatient, everyone knows when she enters the room.

Greta Ohlsson*
(Swedish, 20’s – 40’s) 

Missionary, inherently odd, very strict and religiously devout, plain with a sheepish, almost frightened quality. Princess Dragomiroff is paying her way in exchange for helping her on her journey.

Countess Andrenyi*
(Hungarian, 20’s – 40’s) 

Beautifully and exquisitely dressed, like something out of a fairy tale, with a warmth that wins over everyone she meets.  Intelligent, her delicacy belies a steely edge; she is no wilting flower. 

Helen Hubbard*
(American, 40’s – 70’s) 

Eccentric, bold and outspoken with a touch of flamboyance, from the American Midwest, jovial, deliciously nosy and brash, often flirtatious.  She can talk to anyone, even if they don’t want to listen.

Colonel Arbuthnot**
(Scottish, 20’s – 40’s) 

Handsome, very matter of fact, clearly has a secret and an unknown connection to Mary Debenham.  He enjoys the sense of adventure that the Orient Express provides; takes charge when he needs to.

Samuel Ratchett**
(American, 40’s – 60’s) 

American businessman with a gangster’s edge, evil at heart and frightening, unforgiving, stern demeanor, pushy, domineering.

Head Waiter**
(Turkish, 20’s – 50’s) 

Snooty and smooth, a (phony) name dropper.


Bethesda Little Theatre
Trivia Tonight!

What do you get when you mash up a musical revue with a game of trivial pursuit? The next great musical production from Bethesda Little Theatre.
The show will feature Broadway songs as well as pop favorites, with standards from Broadway’s Golden Age up through today’s newest classics.
Throw in a little dance and a game of musical trivia and you get Trivia Tonight!

February 28th, 7 - 9 PM
March 2nd, 1 - 3 PM
Palisades Community Church
5200 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Please have 1 song prepared that best showcases your voice, ballad or up-tempo.  An accompanist will be provided.
Please bring sheet music in the key in which you will be singing. There will be a simple movement tryout as well.

You may complete the audition form ahead of time by clicking this link. There will also be blank forms at the audition venue.
Auditions are on a first-come, first-served basis.  All singing roles are unpaid as we are a volunteer-run community theatre group.
Due to restrictions at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, cast and crew must be 18 years old by June 1, 2024.
Bethesda Little Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Rehearsals will be at Palisades HUB on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-10 and Saturdays from 1-4 (with the exception of tech week), beginning on March 20. 
You will be asked to complete a conflict calendar, so please have your conflicts available. Inquiries can be sent to

Performance Dates: June 7, 8,14, and 15 at 8 PM and June 9 and 16 at 2:30 PM at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD.

Auditions! Call for Performers!
The British Players

In with the Old & In with the New!  AUDITIONS for The British Players’ 60th Anniversary Music Hall will be held:
Tuesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 20th from 7 pm to 9 pm
Kensington Town Hall
3710 Mitchell St. Kensington, MD 20895.
Call backs will be Saturday, March 23rd 10 am to 12 pm. 
SIGN UP HERE: to secure an audition slot.

Performers can be any or all of these types, ex. Jugglers, Comedians, etc. can also be singers and dancers.
Please note your talent(s) when you sign-up.
Please SIGN UP HERE: to secure an audition slot.
Any performer who wants to audition to dance, should sign-up for both a Solo and Group slot.

Singers and/or Dancers - Audition should consist of 24 to 32 bars (or a verse and chorus) of a song that showcases your voice.
Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Come prepared to learn and perform a short choreographed routine.

Comedians - Prepare a 1.5 to 3 minute stand-up routine.

Jugglers - Please no sharp instruments, prepare a 1.5 to 3 minute routine.

Magicians - Prepare an 1.5 to 3 minute routine.

Ventriloquists - Prepare a 1.5 to 3 minute routine.

All other Actors - Prepare thy selves. If your unique talent isn't specifically listed, this one's for you!
Prepare a 1.5 to 3 minute showcase of your talent.

All roles are open, unpaid, and available for ages 17 and older.
Curious what Music Hall is? Visit our About Music Hall page to read about its history,
or watch Let’s All Go To the Music Hall The British Players’ Online Music Hall produced in 2021, to get a feel for the style and flow of the show.

For more information, visit

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.