Summer Positions at Church Hill Theatre

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CHT’s 2017 Green Room Gang Sr. production

Church Hill Theatre is accepting applications for the following paid staff positions for the 2018 Green Room Gang program. The theater requires a Green Room Gang Sr. director and a Green Room Gang, Jr. director along with two interns to work with the directors during the 5-week summer program.

Green Room Gang is a summer theater workshop that consists of two camps. GRG Sr. is a five-week, full day program of theater instruction for youths entering grades 6—12 that culminates in a fully staged musical for public performance. GRG Jr. is a four and a half week, half day program for youths entering grades 1—5 which also culminates in a fully staged musical production. Both camps are in session Monday through Thursday.  GRG Sr. begins June 18, 2018 and ends with performances July 19, 20 and 21, 2018; GRG Jr. starts June 20 and culminates with the production at the same time.

The directors of Green Room Gang are the instructors and artists who oversee and orchestrate the theatrical education of the Green Room Gang students and the mounting of fully scripted productions by creatively facilitating all aspects of the productions.  The directors have the challenging task of bringing together the many complex pieces of a production—the script, actors, set, costuming, lighting, sound and music—into a unified whole.  They will be responsible for all aspects of the production; however the focus of the position is the instruction of the students and the casting, directing and rehearsing of the show.  Applicants should have extensive formal education and experience in all aspects of theatre, and should be able to work closely with young people.

The interns of the Green Room Gang will have duties that vary with the nature of the script, the director, the designers and the production facilities. An effective intern will adapt to the needs of each production. He or she will always make it his/her priority to see that the director has everything he/she needs to bring the play’s vision to the stage.  They will work closely with the directors of both GRG Jr. and GRG Sr. and will assist in instructional, directing and production aspects of the camp. The two intern positions require a HS diploma as well as college training in a variety of the aspects of theatre.

For more information and applications for any of these positions, please contact the Church Hill Theatre Executive Manager Hester Sachse at 410-556-6003.  The deadline for applications to be received by Church Hill Theatre is November 24, 2017.

Auditions for “Biloxi Blues” at Church Hill Theatre

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Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy about Army basic training during World War II. The play won multiple Tony Awards and the 1988 movie adaptation is still a fan favorite. Biloxi Blues will lead off Church Hill Theatre’s 2018 season, with performances from January 19 – February 4. The rehearsal schedule will take into account holiday periods.

Biloxi Blues has excellent roles for young men (the draftees), a few older men, and two women (one playing a student, one an experienced woman of the world). There are also a number of non-speaking parts that would be a great introduction for first-time actors.

Auditions, on the Church Hill Theatre main stage, will be held on:

Monday, November 6 at 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 pm

Saturday, November 11 at 12:30 pm 

Biloxi Blues is directed by Michael Whitehill, who most recently directed Doubt: A Parable.  Auditions will include cold readings from the script and some voice and movement exercises (an a capella piece for the role of Carney and a “special audition surprise” for everyone). As always, CHT invites both experienced and new actors to audition and welcomes volunteers interested in production and back-stage positions.

Michael Whitehill can be reached at 443-988-1947 or kayak@atlanticbb.net for any questions about the play or audition process.

 

 

Church Hill Theatre & The Peake Players to Present Joint Production of Carrie the Musical

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A telekinetic spirit in Carrie the Musical, opening October 27.

In a unique collaboration, Chesapeake College’s drama department and Church Hill Theatre will team up for a community presentation of Carrie the Musical from October 27 – November 12, 2017. Combining the college’s young actors eager to experiment with a challenging musical and CHT’s long-standing reputation for professional production values, Carrie promises to be an exceptional experience. Productions will be held on both the Church Hill stage and at the college’s Cadby Theater.

Based on a novel by best-selling author Stephen King, Carrie tells the story of a high school prom gone horribly wrong. Mistreated by her domineering mother and bullied by cruel classmates, Carrie discovers supernatural powers—and uses them in a destructive finale. The music is full of catchy and vibrant tunes, and while perhaps too violent for very young children, Carrie is a must-see addition to the Halloween season.

Director Rob Thompson, a Chesapeake College professor, has assembled an outstanding cast, with many talented newcomers to the Church Hill stage. Shannon Whitaker will play Carrie; Maureen Curtin will portray her mother, Margaret.  Carrie’s classmates Sue, Tommy, Chris, and Billy are played by Reilly Claxton, Jacob Wheatley, Olivia Litterall and Brandon Walls. The sympathetic Miss Gardner is Samantha Smith. Other featured characters are played by James Kaplanges, Kiya Cohen, Shannon Landers, Catherine Jacobs, Morgan Jung, Sean Priest and Albert Conteh. Students, dancers, telekinetic spirits, police officers and others include Anna Terry, Savannah Bixler, Briana Litteral, Gracie Jordan, Megan Kaley, Alyson Farnell and Morgan Jung.

Shannon Whitaker as Carrie with members of the company.

Carrie the Musical, by Lawrence D. Cohen, Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore will open on Friday, October 27, 2017, and run through Sunday, November 12. Because this is a joint production, Carrie the Musical will spend its opening weekend at Chesapeake College’s Cadby Theatre, and the subsequent two at Church Hill Theatre.  Subscription tickets and membership discounts for Church Hill Theatre will be honored at Church Hill only.

Please note the following performance sites and times carefully:

Chesapeake College, Cadby Theater: October 27, 28 and 29, Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2.

Church Hill Theatre: November 3 – 12 Fridays and Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 2.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, with special prices for groups of ten or more. Reservations for Cadby Theatre on the Chesapeake College campus can be made by calling 410-827-5867 or visiting the Chesapeake College website

For Church Hill call 410-556-6003 or go online to Church Hill’s website 

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See the Magic of Willy Wonka and Dr. Seuss at Church Hill Theatre

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Talented local youngsters will entertain audiences of all ages in performances of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka KIDS and Seussical JR. at Church Hill Theatre from Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23. For almost 20 years, Green Room Gang campers have honed their acting, singing and dancing skills to produce fully staged musical productions.

Mischievous Oompa Loompas put naughty children in sticky situations in CHT’s Green Room Gang Junior production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka KIDS.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka KIDS is a colorful musical adapted for children from Roald Dahl’s unforgettable book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” as well as the 1971 film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder.

Looks like somebody found a Golden Ticket! Join Green Room Gang Junior as they journey into Willy Wonka’s magical factory in Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka KIDS.

The cast of CHT’s Green Room Gang Senior production of Seussical JR. welcomes audiences to the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss.

Seussical JR. is a fantastical musical adventure co-conceived by Eric Idle (of “Monty Python” fame) that transports audiences to the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss and includes such memorable characters as the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and the tiny Whos of Whoville.

The colorful characters of Dr. Seuss come to life in the CHT’s Green Room Gang Senior production of Seussical JR.

Becca Van Aken served as director to younger performers in Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka KIDS and Shannon Whitaker directed the middle and high schoolers in Seussical JR. Interns Georgia Rickloff and Iz Clemens ably assisted the directors with instruction and production. Shelagh Grasso and Sylvia Maloney, retired educators and avid CHT volunteers, served as producers for the camp. A small staff provided overall technical support for the productions, including Carmen Grasso and Brian Whitaker who designed and built the set, Tina and Erma Johnson who created the costumes, and Nic Carter who was responsible for the light design.  S.G. Atkinson was the photographer. Several past GRG students volunteered as camp helpers, and many parents and other volunteers helped with costumes, sets, props, and backstage responsibilities, making this annual production a true community effort. 

Horton the Elephant searches frantically for a very special clover in the CHT’s Green Room Gang Senior production of Seussical JR.

Shows will be on the evenings of Thursday, July 20 and Friday, July 21 at 7 pm and there will be matinee performances on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students; only cash or check will be accepted for this production. At these shows, audiences will also have the opportunity to participate in Church Hill Theatre’s “Sweets for Stucco” fundraiser to support their historic exterior stucco restoration, which is a $19,000 project.

The theatre is located at 103 Walnut St. in Church Hill, MD, 21623

Reservations for CHT’s Green Room Gang 2017 performances can be made by calling the Church Hill Theatre office at (410) 556-6003.

For more information, visit the theatre website, contact theatre manager Nina Sharp by email at execmanager@churchhilltheatre.org or call the Church Hill Theatre Office 410-556-6003

Church Hill Theatre Elects New Board of Directors & Announces 2018 Season

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Retiring and Current Board Members: CHT’s retiring and current Board Members: standing (left to right): Christopher Wallace, Sylvia Maloney, Robert Bryan, Michael Whitehill, Patrick Fee, Charles “Pat” Patterson, Thad Bench, Juanita Wieczoreck, John Haas, David Bowering, Rachel Goss. Seated (left to right): Becca Van Aken, Shelagh Grasso, Kendall Davis, Michelle Christopher, Julie Bedell.

At its annual meeting on June 20, members of Church Hill Theatre discussed results of the current season, elected a new board of directors, recognized significant volunteer contributions and made plans for the 2018 season.

CHT Executive Manager Nina Sharp presented a report on the past year’s successes and announced the theatre’s “Throw Us a Bone” fundraising campaign, the goal of which is to raise money to support the theatre’s exterior Stucco Restoration project. The $19,000 repair work will be partially funded by Preservation Maryland’s Heritage Fund. Chairman Charles “Pat” Patterson and volunteer coordinator Rachel Goss thanked retiring members Shelagh Grasso, Juanita Wieczoreck, John Beck, and Howard Mesick (in absentia) for their years of dedicated service as Board Members. Goss also presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to the Christopher family for their outstanding dedication to all volunteer aspects of CHT such as working backstage, Front of House, special events, and much more.

Retiring Board Members: CHT’s Executive Manager Nina Sharp (left) congratulates the retiring Board Members and thanks them for their “thyme.” (Board Members left to right): Juanita Wieczoreck, Shelagh Grasso, and John Haas. Not pictured: Howard Mesick.

Newly elected members Thad Bench, Robert Bryan, Jennifer Moore, Kendall Davis, and Julie Bedell will join the currently existing CHT Board of Directors: David Bowering, Patrick Fee, Michelle Christopher, Laura Van Wie McGrory, Rachel Goss, Sylvia Maloney, Charles “Pat” Patterson, Christopher Wallace, Becca Van Aken, and Michael Whitehill. At an organizational meeting following the election, the Board determined officers would remain the same: Patterson will continue as CHT Board Chairman, David Bowering as Vice Chairman, Sylvia Maloney as Treasurer and Becca Van Aken as Secretary.

During the meeting, Program Committee Chair John Haas shared the list of projected plays for CHT’s 2018 season. The committee has proposed a mix of plays and styles for next year, including Neil Simon’s unforgettable comedy Biloxi Blues; Earnest Thompson’s heartfelt On Golden Pond; the colorful musical Pippin with book by Roger O. Hirson Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Wendy Wasserstein’s comedy/drama The Sisters Rosensweig; and Brenden Behan’s black comedy The Hostage. In addition, Church Hill Theatre will produce its annual Green Room Gang summer musicals performed by GRG Juniors and Seniors, and the Education committee hopes to add a youth winter holiday production.

Volunteers of the Year: Rachel Goss (center) presents Michelle Emerson Christopher (left) Ron “Speedy” Christopher (right) and their two sons “Little Speedy” (top) and Connor (bottom) with the Volunteer(s) of the Year award for their endless contributions to Church Hill Theatre.

Coming up at Church Hill Theatre are the Green Room Gang final performances of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka KIDS and Seussical JR., which will play July 20th through 23rd, Thursday and Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Local playwright Earl Lewin’s production of his newest play Orlando Rising will open one week later, and will run two weekends: July 28th through August 6th, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. In September, Director Michael Whitehill will bring John Patrick Shanley’s award-winning Doubt, a Parable to the CHT stage, which will play September 8th – 24th. The CHT 2017 season will close with a collaborative production of Carrie the Musical, based on the novel by Stephen King. This musical, directed by Chesapeake College’s Robert Thompson, will run October 27th – November 12th. The first weekend of performances will run at the Cadby Theatre at Chesapeake College, and then travel to the Church Hill Stage for the final two weekends.   

For more information on the Church Hill Theatre, visit the theatre’s  website, follow CHT on Facebook, or call the CHT Office at 410-556-6003.

Final Weekend for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Church Hill Theatre

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This weekend is your final chance to see Church Hill Theatre’s production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, based on Charles Schulz’s beloved “Peanuts” comic strip with music, lyrics and book by Clark Gesner. This catchy and family-friendly musical directed by Sylvia Maloney will play one final Friday and Saturday June 23rd and 24th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday the 25th at 2:00 p.m.

Charlie Brown (Matt Folker) seeks help from “Doctor” Lucy (Becca Van Aken)

The CHT cast of outstanding adult actors quickly escorts the audience into the magical world created by Charles Schulz. As reviewer Peter Heck states, “The premise of the comic strip – children performing their normal activities while expressing deeper, more adult thoughts – nicely translates to the stage, with adults cast in the role of the “Peanuts” characters… [Charlie Brown is] a delightful story of childhood and a little boy with a big heart… a show that delivers a lot of laughs and sends the audience home with a warm feeling.”

Snoopy (Julie Lawrence) celebrates the very best time of day: SUPPERTIME!

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown runs through June 25. Discounts are available for CHT Members and groups of 10 or more. Reservations are strongly advised and can be made by calling 410-556-6003 or online at the theatre’s website.

: Charlie Brown (Matt Folker) gives it his all at the baseball game in CHT’s production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

: Charlie Brown (Matt Folker) gives it his all at the baseball game in CHT’s production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Sally (Maya McGrory) lets the audience in on her newest philosophies .

Valentine: Woodstock (Katie Sardo) and Snoopy (Julie Lawrence) enjoy their Valentines, as Charlie Brown (Matt Folker) mourns his empty mailbox.

Schroeder (David Ryan) & Sally (Maya McGrory)

Snoopy (Julie Lawrence) tells the story of raging a battle with the Red Baron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church Hill Theatre Announces Casting for “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”

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Director Sylvia Maloney proudly brings Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip to the Church Hill Theatre stage as this year’s summer musical performance. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised), with music, lyrics and book by Clark Gesner, will open on June 9th and run for three weekends.

Charlie Brown is light-hearted, tender and energetic. As in the comic strip, we share Charlie’s frustrations and pleasures as he interacts with his big, wide and wonderful world. But in this musical stage version, the characters quickly move off the page and into our hearts. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy, who is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder; the frustrated and frustratingly naive Sally, who is still teasing blanket-toting Linus; the playful but sometime manic dog Snoopy; and the lovable blockhead himself, Charlie Brown.

Marcie (Faith McCarthy), Frieda (Morgan Armstrong) and Sally (Maya McGrory) discuss the music they are learning at rehearsal for CHT’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, opening June 9th.

Church Hill Theatre’s production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised) is directed by Sylvia S. Maloney, with music direction by Ellen Barry Grunden and choreography by Cavin Moore. Maloney has assembled an able cast: Matt Folker as Charlie Brown, Becca Van Aken as Lucy, Elliott Morotti as Linus, Maya McGrory as Sally, David Ryan as Schroeder and Julie Lawrence as Snoopy.  Other “Peanuts” characters are played by Samantha Smith, Faith McCarthy, Amy Gilliland, Morgan Armstrong, Jarrett Plante, and Katie Sardo.  Devin Kirchner is the production stage manager, Michael Whitehill is in charge of set design/construction, Brian Draper is the set artist, and Doug Kaufmann is the lighting designer.  Tina Johnson and Erma Johnson are in charge of costumes and Jim Johnson is part of the technical staff.

The show opens on Friday, June 9, and runs through June 25, with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 pm and Sunday shows at 2 pm.  Reservations can be made by calling 410-556-6003 or online at churchhilltheatre.org. – Church Hill  Theatre, Church Hill, MD.

Charlie Brown rehearsal – Director Sylvia Maloney at piano as the cast practices their songs.

Schroeder (David Ryan) conducts the “Peanuts” Glee Club, first row left to right, Sally (Maya McGrory), Snoopy (Julie Lawrence) and Lucy (Becca Van Aken); second row, left to right, Charlie Brown (Matt Folker) and Linus (Elliott Morotti) as they sing “Home on the Range.”

Cast Chosen for The Game’s Afoot at Church Hill Theatre

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Director John Norton has announced the cast for CHT’s final 2016 production, the fast-paced mystery/comedy, The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays by Ken Ludwig. The play takes place on Christmas Eve, 1936, when a house party hosted by William Gillette, an actor famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, turns murderous. This glittering whodunit has murder, infidelity, wit, and surprises—something for everyone.

games-afoot-cast

Photo: From left to right: James Diggs, Laura Wallin, Maggie Garey, Jim Landskroener, Diane Landskroener, Juanita Wieczoreck and Lindsey Hammer. Not pictured: Kirby Powell

Jim Landskroener plays William Gillette, the noted portrayer of Sherlock Holmes. Gillette’s houseguests, and potential suspects, are his fellow cast members: Lindsey Hammer fills the role of the ingénue Aggie Wheeler; Kirby Powell as character actor Simon Bright; James Diggs in the role of the experienced actor Felix Geisel; and Laura Wallin as the sarcastic actress Madge Giesel. Other characters are Diane Landskroener, cast as influential columnist and critic Daria Chase; Juanita Wieczoreck as the intriguing Inspector Harriet Goring; and Maggie Garey in the role of Gillette’s mother, Martha.  Garey and Hammer are Easton residents; the other cast members hail from Chestertown.

Although this will be Norton’s directorial debut at Church Hill Theatre, he recently appeared as an actor in CHT’s production of Visit to a Small Planet. He has broad experience as an actor and director with the Tred Avon Players in Oxford. After a career as a TV producer in Baltimore, John now owns his own production company specializing in videos and 3D animations.

Because of the Christmas Eve setting in The Game’s Afoot, Santa will be visiting the Church Hill Theatre on the final Saturday of the production! From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 19th, Santa will be on stage to pose for photographs and take down Christmas wishes. For a $5.00 donation at the door, parents, grandparents, siblings, and more can bring a camera or phone to take photos of their little loved ones and enjoy cookies with the elves afterwards.

The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays will open at Church Hill Theatre on November 4 and will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm through November 20.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for members and $10 for students, with special prices for groups of ten or more. CHT offers 2 for the price of 1 tickets on opening night, Friday November 4, to those who reserve by phone. Reservations can be made by calling the CHT office at 410-556-6003 or online at www.churchhilltheatre.org

Saint Georges Blues at Church Hill Theatre

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image001Saint Georges Blues; A second chance at love collides with unlikely events to create a national music festival in a small country town.

This true story written by Earl Lewin is a contemporary comedy-drama that deals with small town personalities confronted by the “new people” bringing change to a small Chesapeake and Delaware Canal town. The protagonist, Marge, a long time resident of Saint Georges wants to own the only business in town, Saint Georges Country Store. It’s up for sale. Divorced with two grown kids, and an elderly aunt with Alzheimer’s, Marge can’t afford it. Joe, a Delaware Bay river boat pilot, is in love with Marge. He has the bucks but is Marge willing to take a chance on marriage after her 20 year marriage and a rough divorce? Joe is very persuasive and has big plans. She accepts. Everything is looking great and then fate steps in.

Featuring Peggy Chiras, Michele Christopher, John Haas, Tom Dorman, Steve Hazzard, Jane Jewell, Howard Mesick, Chris Rogers, Juanita Wieczoreck

Saint Georges Blues will be performed September 29th through October 9th 2016 at 8 pm Thursdays thru Saturdays, a special 2 PM matinee will be performed on Saturday October 1st followed by the 8 PM evening performance. A matinee will be performed at 2 pm on Sunday October 9th. Tickets $15.00 For additional information contact Church Hill Theatre.