Auditions for “Doubt” at Church Hill Theatre

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Church Hill Theatre will hold auditions for Doubt, a Parable on Saturday, June 24 (1:30 to 3:00 pm), Monday, June 26 (6:00 to 8:30 pm), and Wednesday, June 28 (6:00 to 8:30 pm). Directed by Michael Whitehill, Doubt opens on September 9, 2017 and will run for three weekends.

Doubt, a Parable, written by John Patrick Shanley, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The memorable film version starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep was nominated for several Academy Awards. Set in 1964 at a Church School in the Bronx, the play examines faith and how far one is willing to go in the name of Truth. As director Whitehill notes, it is a life lesson for the pious and a warning against unfounded moral certainty.

The roles and approximate ages in Doubt are:
Father Brendan Flynn—late 30s
Sister Aloysius Beauvier—50s, 60s
Sister James—20s
Mrs. Muller—African American, mid 30s

Doubt, a Parable will challenge actors to look inside themselves for the performances they know they can give, and CHT auditions are a safe place to explore these strong roles. Director Whitehill will ask actors to do cold readings from the script, take some direction and practice movement exercises. As always, CHT invites both experienced and new actors to audition, and also encourages volunteers interested in production and back-stage positions to attend. Whitehill is currently seeking a stage manager, an assistant to the director and a dramaturg.  Contact him by phone at (443) 988-1947 or email at kayak@atlanticbb.net if you any questions about the play or his production.

“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” Opens at Church Hill Theatre

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You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, based on Charles Schulz’s beloved “Peanuts” comic strip with music, lyrics and book by Clark Gesner, opens at Church Hill Theatre on Friday, June 9. This catchy and family-friendly musical directed by Sylvia Maloney will run for three weekends, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

All the “Peanuts” characters, Charlie Brown (Matt Folker), Frieda (Morgan Armstrong), Marcie (Faith McCarthy), Pig Pen (Jarrett Plante), Lucy (Becca Van Aken), Linus (Elliott Morotti), Woodstock (Katie Sardo) and Sally (Maya McGrory) join in the singing of “Beethoven Day” led by Schroeder (David Ryan).

The CHT cast of outstanding adult actors quickly escorts the audience into the magical world created by Charles Schulz. As the show’s creator Clark Gesner explains, “None of the cast is actually six years old. And they don’t really look like Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” cartoon characters. But this doesn’t seem to make that much difference once we are into the play, because what they are saying to each other is with the openness of that early childhood time, and the obvious fact is that they are all really quite fond of each other.” The musical has charmed audiences since its premier in 1967, perhaps most memorably in the 1999 Broadway revival where Kristin Chenoweth and Roger Bart won Tony Awards for playing Sally and Snoopy.

Over the course of the show, Charlie’s young friends help him discover what it really means to be a “good man.” Along the way, Snoopy battles with the Red Baron, Lucy runs her psychiatrist booth and teaches alternative facts, Linus has a love-hate relationship with his blanket, Sally finds school exceptionally frustrating, and Schroeder seeks solace in his music. Charlie Brown just keeps stumbling along, with failures ranging from the kite-eating tree to the Little League Baseball Championship. By the end, all of us can agree that being a good person may mean trying your best and making the most of things.

Lucy (Becca Van Aken) coaches Charlie Brown (Matt Folker) center, surrounded by the cheering entire baseball team Sally (Maya McGrory), Marcie (Faith McCarthy), Pig Pen (Jarrett Plante), Frieda (Morgan Armstrong), Linus (Elliott Morotti), Schroeder (David Ryan) and Woodstock (Katie Sardo).

Church Hill Theatre’s production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown is directed by Sylvia S. Maloney, with music direction by Ellen Barry Grunden and choreography by Cavin Moore. Maloney has 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 with Jim Johnson as assistant stage manager.  Michael Whitehill is in charge of set design/construction, Brian Draper is the set artist and Doug Kaufmann, with assistants Molly Heal and Laura Crabtree, is the lighting designer.  Tina Johnson and Erma Johnson are in charge of costumes for the musical.

The production opens on Friday, June 9 and 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 churchhilltheatre.org.

Church Hill Theatre Announces Cast 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.

Schroeder (David Ryan) conducts the “Peanuts” Glee Club, 1st row L-R, Sally (Maya McGrory), Snoopy (Julie Lawrence) and Lucy (Becca Van Aken); 2nd row, L-R, Charlie Brown (Matt Folker) and Linus (Elliott Morotti) as they sing Home on the Range.

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 loveable blockhead himself, Charlie Brown.

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.

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.