Shows Announced for CHT’s Green Room Gang Theatre Camp!

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Registration for Church Hill Theatre’s 19th consecutive year of the Green Room Gang youth theatre program is open and the shows have been selected! GRG Senior will be performing Seussical JR., and the Junior group will take on Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, KIDS.

The Green Room Gang Senior Program, for young people entering grades 6 through 12, begins on Monday, June 19th, 2017 and runs Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite characters from the Dr. Seuss canon in a fantastical musical adventure! Shannon Whitaker, who has served as GRG Intern for three years, will be instructing the Senior camp. Full tuition for the five-week GRG Sr. program is $550.00, with a 10% discount for CHT Members.

Shown in the photo are the students of Green Room Gang, 2016 at Church Hill Theatre in their curtain call pose. Front row is the cast of Green Room Gang, Jr. in their GRG t-shirts, and back row features the cast of Green Room Gang, Sr. who just finished performing Bugsy Malone, Jr.

Green Room Gang Junior participants, youths entering grades 1 through 5, will stage the story of unassuming Charlie Bucket and unforgettable candy manufacturer Willy Wonka, as a group of golden ticket-bearing children tour Mr. Wonka’s chocolate factory. GRG Jr. begins on Monday, June 26, 2017, and runs Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to Noon. Becca Van Aken returns for her 12th year as GRG Junior instructor. Full tuition for the four-week GRG Jr. program is $330.00, with a 10% discount for CHT Members.

Scholarships are available for both Senior and Junior camps. Previous GRG Intern Iz Clemens and Washington College senior Erin Coffman will be assisting both instructors as 2017 Interns. Emma Langfitt, who will soon complete her freshman year at Dartmouth, will be assisting the Junior camp. Final performances for GRG are Thursday and Friday, July 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23 at 2:00 p.m.

For more information, call the Church Hill Theatre business office at 410-556-6003, or email us at office@churchhilltheatre.org. The enrollment period  ends May 31st; be sure to fill out your child’s application with haste – GRG is first come, first served and fills up quickly! See you in the theatre!

Final Weekend of “Witness for the Prosecution” at Church Hill Theatre

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“You’ll be rewarded by this classic Christie play,” says local reviewer Peter Heck. Witness for the Prosecution, directed by Christopher Wallace, is a gripping duel between two legal giants arguing a capital murder case in foggy post-World War II London. This production was generously sponsored by Foam Works, LLC, and Heck assures audiences it is “well worth seeing.”

Leonard Vole’s wife Romaine (Nina Sharp) looks out to a tense courtroom, as Mr. Justice Wainwright (Charles “Pat” Patterson) adjudicates.

Based on a 1925 short story she later adapted for the stage, Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution has been delighting and perplexing audiences for almost a century. Simple man Leonard Vole has been accused of murder, but there are countless questions without answers for this capital charge. Christie provides both red herrings and legitimate clues, so audiences need to pay careful attention as they reach their own conclusions about Vole’s guilt or innocence. This drama would be an excellent introduction to live theater for middle schoolers and teens but smaller children might have trouble following the courtroom repartee.

Witness for the Prosecution will be playing for one final weekend: Friday and Saturday April 7th and 8th at 8:00 pm and Sunday April 9th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for members, and $10 for students, with special prices for groups of ten or more. Reservations can be made by calling the CHT office at 410-556-6003 or online at www.churchhilltheatre.org

“Witness for the Prosecution” Opens at Church Hill Theatre

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Witness for the Prosecution, directed by Christopher Wallace, is a gripping duel between two legal giants arguing a capital murder case in foggy post-World War II London. The play, which was generously sponsored by Foam Works, LLC, opens at Church Hill Theatre on March 24 and runs for three weekends. Based on a 1925 short story she later adapted for the stage, Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution has been delighting and perplexing audiences for almost a century. Like all classics, this play remains fresh because it’s based on human emotions—and an unhealthy dose of Biblical sin.

Leonard Vole’s wife Romaine (Nina Sharp) looks out to a tense courtroom, as Mr. Justice Wainwright (Charles “Pat” Patterson) adjudicates.

Simple man Leonard Vole has been accused of murder, but there are countless questions without answers for this capital charge. What relationship existed between attractive young Vole and his much older patron, Emily French? Leonard is devoted to his German-born wife Romaine, but is she an ideal character witness? Do the lead barristers live up to their reputations for brilliance? Much depends on circumstantial evidence: fragments of glass, a bloodstained jacket, and the exact timing of events. Christie provides both red herrings and legitimate clues, so audiences needs to pay careful attention as they reach their own conclusions about Vole’s guilt or innocence. This drama would be an excellent introduction to live theater for middle schoolers and teens but smaller children might have trouble following the courtroom repartee.

The stage version of Witness for the Prosecution, which opened in London in 1953, was followed by the hit 1957 film starring Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton.  A subsequent remake featured Edward G. Robinson, Beau Bridges, Diana Rigg and Sir Ralph Richardson.  A TV miniseries came out in 2016 and Ben Affleck is working with the Agatha Christie estate on a new film version.

Leonard Vole (Robbie Spray) stands on trial, as Inspector Hearne and Mr. Mayhew (Sheila Austrian and John Haas) consider the evidence.

Christopher Wallace has assembled a large cast that is sure to keep Delmarva audiences on the edge of their seats. Robbie Spray plays the murder suspect, Leonard Vole; Nina Sharp plays his wife, Romaine. John Haas plays Vole’s legal team of Mr. Mayhew. Howard Mesick plays the head of the prosecution team, Mr. Myers, Q.C. Others in the cast, playing police officers, lawyers, court officials and various witnesses include: Christine Kinlock, Pat Patterson, Sheila Austrian, John Terebey, Jim Johnson, Allan Price, Jane Terebey, Tina Johnson, Shane Moran, Perry Stutman, Lynn McLain, Steve Hazzard, Shelagh Grasso, and Kendall Davis.

The director’s back-stage production team includes Stage Manager Michelle Christopher, Producer Liz Clarke, Set Designers/Builders Michael Whitehill and Brian Draper, Costume Designer Juanita Wieczoreck, Light Designer Nic Carter and Sound Designer Patrick Fee.

Witness for the Prosecution runs from March 24 to April 9, 2017, with performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, with special prices for groups of ten or more. CHT offers special 2 for the price of 1 tickets on opening night, Friday, March 24, at the box office or 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

CHT’s Green Room Gang Theatre Camp Opens Registration

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Registration for Church Hill Theatre’s 19th consecutive year of the Green Room Gang youth theatre program opens on March 15th! The GRG Program has provided opportunities for young people of the Eastern Shore to experience true live theatre, from auditions to curtain call, for nearly two decades. CHT offers a standing ovation to our entire community for supporting arts education for our children throughout the years. Bravo!

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The students of Green Room Gang, 2016 in their curtain call pose. Front row is the cast of Green Room Gang, Jr. and back row features the cast of Green Room Gang, Sr. who just finished performing Bugsy Malone, Jr.

Begun in 1999, this exciting summer program of theatre games and training culminates in two fully staged musicals adapted for young performers. The Green Room Gang Senior Program, for young people entering grades 6 through 12, begins on Monday, June 19th, 2017 and runs Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will take a magical journey through the world of a play by means of dance, music, improvisation, theatre games, acting, staging and artistic interpretation to conceive a role from start to finish. Shannon Whitaker, who has served as GRG Intern for three years, will be instructing the Senior camp. Full tuition for the five-week GRG Sr. program is $550.00, with a 10% discount for CHT Members.

Green Room Gang Junior participants, youths entering grades 1 through 5, will do theatre games, learn basic acting skills, and explore singing and dancing while they create a musical especially written for young performers. GRG Jr. begins on Monday, June 26, 2017, and runs Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to Noon. Becca Van Aken returns for her 12th year as GRG Junior instructor. Full tuition for the four-week GRG Jr. program is $330.00, with a 10% discount for CHT Members. Scholarships are available for both Sr. and Jr. camps. Previous GRG Intern Iz Clemens and Washington College senior Erin Coffman will be assisting both instructors as 2017 Interns.

Final performances for GRG are Thursday and Friday, July 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23 at 2:00 p.m.

For more information, call the Church Hill Theatre business office at 410-556-6003, or email us at office@churchhilltheatre.org. The enrollment period runs from March 15th through May 31st; be sure to fill out your child’s application with haste – GRG is first come, first served and fills up quickly! See you in the theatre!

Audition Dates for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”

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Auditions for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, a musical comedy with book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, will be held at Church Hill Theatre on Saturdays, Feb. 25 & March 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sylvia Maloney, who recently directed Fiddler on the Roof at CHT, will direct this production with music direction by Ellen Grunden and choreography by Cavin Moore.

This classic musical, which depicts a day in the life of Charlie Brown and his friends from the beloved “Peanuts” comic strip, opened off-Broadway in March of 1967, playing for over 1500 performances and came to Broadway in a revised version in 1999. The revival featured Kristin Chenoweth as Sally and Roger Bart as Snoopy, each winning a Tony for their performance.

Casting needs will include principal roles for 4 men (ranging in age from teens to the 50’s) and 2 women (ranging in age from teens to the 50’s) along with 4 men and 4 women for Ensemble roles in the same age groupings.

Please come with a prepared song and sheet music (2 copies). Auditioners should also be prepared to read from the script and to learn a brief dance routine.  Technicians are also needed and should come to auditions.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown will play weekends from Friday June 9th through Sunday June 25th, 2017. For more information, call Sylvia Maloney at 410-778-3783 or email ssmaloney@verizon.net.

Final Weekend to See “Jake’s Women” at Church Hill Theatre

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The cast of “Jake’s Women”

This weekend is the final opportunity to see Church Hill Theatre’s 2017 season opener: Jake’s Women by Neil Simon, which local reviewer Peter Heck commends for its strong cast and dramatic effects. Director Shelagh Grasso suggests that Jake’s Women, written after the breakup of the playwright’s third marriage, offers a “peek into the mind of Neil Simon.”  Whether or not it is truly autobiographical, Jake’s Women is a classic Simon comedy which offers “a combination of real-life characters and sharp dialogue that audiences know to expect from Simon.”

Jake, a writer with both mental health and relationship issues, is trying to save his marriage. In the course of the play, he consults with both the audience and “ghost” women from his past, including his mother, a much-loved deceased wife, and his daughter. When real and imaginary women collide, even Jake’s psychiatrist is confused.

The Church Hill Theatre production of Jake’s Women will run through February 5, with performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays.  CHT offers discounted rates for groups of ten or more.  Call the box office at 410-556-6003 or visit the website www.churchhilltheatre.org for details and reservations.

Summer Positions Available at Church Hill Theatre

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Church Hill Theatre is accepting applications for three paid staff positions for the 2017 Green Room Gang summer program. The theatre requires a Green Room Gang Sr. director and two interns to work with the directors.  Green Room Gang is a summer theatre workshop which consists of two camps. GRG Sr. is a five-week, full day program of theatre instruction for youths entering grades 6—12 that culminates in a fully staged musical for public performance. GRG Jr. is a four week, half day program for youths entering grades 1—5 which also concludes in a fully staged age-appropriate musical production.  Green Room Gang Jr.’s director for 2017 is Becca Van Aken. Both camps are in session Monday through Thursday.  GRG Sr. begins June 19 and ends with performances July 20, 21, 22 & 23; GRG Jr. starts June 26 and culminates with the production on the same dates as GRG Sr.

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Green Room Gangs Senior and Junior pose for curtain call at the close of 2016’s summer camp.

The GRG Sr. Director will lead the production from concept to performances.  They will be responsible for all aspects of the production including costumes, props, lighting and sound; however, the focus of this job 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 well with young people.  In addition, applicants will be interviewed for the position and would be expected to come prepared to discuss possible shows and their vision for the shows.

The interns will work closely with the Directors of both GRG Jr. and GRG Sr. and will assist in instructional, directing and production aspects of each of the programs. The two intern positions require a HS diploma as well as experience and higher education in theatre.  All applicants will be interviewed for the positions.

For more information and applications for any of these positions, please contact the CHT Executive Manager Nina Sharp at 410-556-6003.  The deadline for applications to be received by CHT is February 24, 2017.

Church Hill Theatre Accepting Applications for Kids Workshop

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It’s still too cold to play outside, the Christmas toys have lost their appeal, and active kids are itching to do something creative, constructive, and fun. Enter center stage: one affordable, entertaining, and educational theatre workshop at CHT!

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Stretching is an essential part of warm-ups for these young actors!

Building on its celebrated Green Room Gang summer theatre camps, Church Hill Theatre is once again offering students a chance to B.A.S.K in the glow of the footlights in a series of Saturday workshops. Basic Acting Skills for Kids, now open for enrollment, will allow 3rd through 8th graders to use games and exercises to learn about character development through voice and body, scene preparation, movement, and more.

Taught by experienced youth theatre director Becca Van Aken and CHT Executive Manager Nina Sharp, the group will meet from 9 am – noon on Saturdays, February 4, 11, 25, and March 4 & 11. The students’ theatrical development will conclude with a performance for family and friends at the end of the final class. The cost for the five sessions is $100, which includes a keepsake t-shirt for your young actor! A 10% discount applies to all CHT members!

B.A.S.K. registration is open now through Friday, January 27th. Space is limited, so apply early! Please contact the Church Hill Theatre office at 410-556-6003 or via e-mail at Office@ChurchHillTheatre.org to register your child or for questions about this program and other upcoming events.

Church Hill Theatre Announces Auditions for “Witness for the Prosecution”

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witnessAuditions for Agatha Christie’s courtroom thriller, Witness for the Prosecution, will be held at Church Hill Theatre on Tuesday and Thursday, December 6  & 8 at 6 pm and on Saturday, December 10 at 11 am.  Christopher Wallace will direct the production and performances are scheduled for weekends, March 24 to April 9, 2017.

This classic mystery is a suspenseful thriller, which revolves around the murder of an elderly rich woman, a naïve young man who is the major suspect and the testimony of his shrewish wife.

Director Wallace is seeking a cast of 16 men and women, some who will play double roles, for the following characters:

Sir Wilfred Robarts: (middle aged/elderly) Queens Counsel. Accomplished, gracious and stately; Leonard Vole: (young) friendly, simple, cheery; Romaine: (mid-30s) Leonard’s “wife.” Foreign, cool, daunting, brazen, must be good with accents; Mr. Myers: (middle aged/elderly) Q.C. Lawyer for the prosecution in Leonard’s trial; Mr. Carter/Justice Wainwright: (middle aged/elderly) Carter is Sir Wilfred’s chief clerk: persnickety. The Judge is dignified, lawful, stoic, and precise; Mr. Mayhew/Mr. Clegg: Mayhew is the solicitor Leonard consults. He assists Sir Wilfred in pre-trial questioning. Nice man, shrewd, dry, precise, good knowledge of the law. Mr. Clegg is an assistant in the forensics lab he is unsure and full of himself; Janet Mackenzie: (50s) A domineering dour Scotswoman, the murdered woman’s housekeeper, loathes Leonard, Scottish accent; Inspector Hearne/Policeman: (30s/40s) Tall, good looking. Policeman, same with change of accent. Could be female; Greta: (young) Sir Wilfred’s secretary: fresh, blonde, pixilated; Dr. Wyatt: (middle aged) gives testimony in court. Male or female; The Other Woman: (young) Strawberry blonde. A small role but essential to the story line; Plain clothes detective/Warden: (any age) Male or female; Clerk of the Court/Usher: (any age) male or female; Foreman of the Jury: (any age) Male Juror 2: (any age) Female; and Juror 3: (any age) Male.

Please come prepared to do reading from the script.  For more information, please call the theatre at 410-556-6003 or email Nina Sharp at execmanager@churchhilltheatre.org.

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