Play It Again — at Garfield Center

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Come and celebrate the 75th Anniversary of one of the all-time great films at the Garfield Center!

In 1943, “Casablanca” won three Academy Awards, including the Oscar for Best Picture. Today, 75 years after its release, the film is still considered a classic.

On Warner Bros. back lot in Burbank on May 25, 1942, the first day of shooting for the new film “Casablanca,” the production schedule called actors Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Dooley Wilson to the set at 9 a.m. to shoot a flashback scene set in Paris, where the romance between Rick and Ilsa began.

Seventy-five years later, the film has reportedly been screened more times in theaters and on television than any movie in history.

On Saturday, November 25, come to the Garfield Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. for a special 75th anniversary celebration of the film. The event is FREE with donations to the Garfield encouraged. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown and can be reached at 410-810-2060.

Celtic Duo Cassie and Maggie at Garfield Center Nov. 12

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Cassie & Maggie, the Nova Scotian sister duo, bring their unique style of Celtic music to the Garfield on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. The Garfield has once again joined forces with Rock Hall’s home for live music, The Mainstay, to bring this incredible group to Chestertown for a one-night only concert performance.

Born to a family with a rich musical heritage and raised in Nova Scotia, a province steeped in musical culture and traditions, the girls have used their unique up bringing as a springboard for their own brand of Celtic Roots music. Equally at home playing tunes passed down through generations of musicians, as seamlessly weaving themes from the Moonlight Sonata into sets of sure fire reels, Cassie and Maggie are turning heads wherever they go.

Their accolades and awards speak of a young duo that will surely continue to do great things; 2016 Live Ireland “Female Singer of the Year”, 2015 Live Ireland Radio “New Group of the Year”, Canadian Folk Music Award nominees for “Young Performers of the Year”, two time East Coast Music Award nominees for Traditional Album and Traditional/Roots group album and double Music Nova Scotia Award nominees for New Artist and Roots Album of the year.

“Of the numerous East Coast artists the club has featured, these two young ladies inhabit the rare air of the greats. At an age (each in their early twenties) where they only have more to achieve and develop as performers and writers, Cassie & Maggie MacDonald gave the sort of performance you’d expect from seasoned veterans of their craft.” -The Calgary Herald

“Cassie & Maggie both play and sing with a wonderful combination of verve and skill on a program of original and traditional songs and tunes. This is traditional music played with a modern edge” –New Classics, UK

“The dynamic duo, two sisters whose deep family musical heritage is the launching pad for the finest Nova Scotia fiddle tunes, vocals and step dancing. They are the ‘real deal’ whose talent is only exceeded by their charm and passion.” – Warren Robinson (Artistic Director Goderich Celtic Roots festival/ past VP of Folk Alliance)

Co-sponsored by The Mainstay and The Garfield Center for the Arts, the concert on November 12th is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online, over the phone by calling 410-810-2060, or in person at the Garfield Center box office. The Garfield Center is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

Garfield Center to Honor Veterans

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The Garfield Center for the Arts and The Kent County News have partnered to celebrate Veteran’s Day on Friday, Nov. 10 with the Stories in Service Celebration, an evening of stories and songs honoring our local veterans. Featuring performances by the Chester River Youth Choir and the Kent County High School Band, this free community event begins at 7 p.m. at the Garfield Center for the Arts.

William Wesley Jackson in World War II uniform

Stories in Service is the pet project of the Garfield’s Theatre Manager, Tess Hogans. Hogans began interviewing local veterans with the help of the Kent County News staff and theatre photographer Jeff Weber back in January. Her goal was to offer retired and active duty service members an opportunity to share their thoughts or memories from their time in service. Hogans was directing the Garfield’s production of Mister Roberts at the time, and during the run of the show in February 2017 there were about 50 interview posters hanging in the Garfield’s Kohl lobby for all to see. The Chestertown Spy and The Kent County News also took up the project, posting each interview.

On Nov. 10, the project expands to showcase a video that Hogans has created with photos and audio clips from a selection of the interviews that she conducted. She writes, “I was only able to print three or four sentences of the interviews on the posters. I wanted to let an audience hear more of what these remarkable men and women had to say, and in their own voices.”

William Wesley Jackson

One of the veterans interviewed in January for the project was William Wesley Jackson of Worton. Mr. Jackson was a Private First Class in the US Army during WWII, and was honorably discharged on Nov. 21, 1945 after serving under General George Patton and fighting on the beaches at Normandy. When asked about his time in service he said, “We landed on Normandy Beach. Up over the hill, there were minefields. When you went in them, you had to make the same steps you did going in and going out. Some didn’t make it back.” Mr. Jackson passed away in August of 2017. The Stories in Service celebration on Nov. 10 will be dedicated to his memory.

Any questions about the Stories in Service project or about the event can be directed to Tess Hogans by calling the Garfield at 410-810-2060 or emailing thogans@garfieldcenter.org. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

 

Downrigging at Garfield Center

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Jonahtan Boulware, Executive Director of the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City

Celebrate the tall ships coming to Chestertown with a full schedule of events at the Garfield Center for the Arts.  Captain Jonathan Boulware lectures on the recovery and rebirth of New York’s South Street Seaport Museum on Friday October 27  and The Pam Ortiz Band plans to pack the Garfield for an 8pm concert on Saturday, October 28.

On Friday October 27, Capt. Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City will provide an entertaining, historical, celebratory tour through the history of the port of New York; the Museum that aims to interpret that history; and an overview of the recent, multiple-award-winning restoration of the mighty 1885 iron sailing ship Wavertree. Join the Captain for an hour of history, hyperbole, and a photo journey through New York’s port. This event is free and begins at 8 p.m.

Pam Ortiz

Then join us at 8 p.m. October 28 for an evening of songs of the sea, water and ships. It promises to be a fun night of new songs, old and new friends. The Pam Ortiz band has performed sold out Downrigging shows for the past five years. Join the celebration on Saturday night at the Garfield Center for the Arts. The band will perform a set celebrating songs of water, sea and sailing and a set of original tunes and stories written by songwriter Pam Ortiz. Tickets are $15.

Tickets for the Pam Ortiz Band concert can be purchased at the Garfield Box Office, online at the Garfield’s website or by calling 410-810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street, Chestertown.

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It’s a Dog Life! “Sylvia” Opens October 13 at The Garfield

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Jennifer Kafka-Smith, Will Robinson, Christine Kinlock

The Garfield Center for the Arts’ fall production Sylvia by A.R. Gurney opens at 8 pm Friday, October 13. Originally produced at the Manhattan Club in 1995 with Sarah Jessica Parker in the title role, this sparkling comedy is about a marriage and a dog.

Empty nesters Greg and Kate move to Manhattan after raising their family in the suburbs. While at the park, Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart stray, and brings her home. With his career in a tailspin, Greg welcomes the distraction of dog ownership, while Kate, whose career is coming to fruition, affirms that “the dog phase of my life is definitely over”. Sylvia promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, straining their marriage with hilarious and touching effect.

Will Robinson as Greg, the husband, and Christine Kinlock as Sylvia the dog.

The show, directed by Bonnie Hill features a strong and talented cast. Will Robinson, last seen in Mr. Roberts at Garfield, will play Greg, a New York businessman whose mid-life crisis involves Sylvia. Jennifer Kafka-Smith, who was last seen in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, plays his sophisticated and long-suffering wife. A newcomer to the Garfield, but not to theater, Christine Kinlock, last seen in Shore Shakespeare’s summer production A Midsummer Night’s Dream, tackles the title role with gusto and charm. Bryan Betley completes the cast, playing the dog park visitor Tom, Kate’s friend Phyllis, and the androgynous marriage counselor, Leslie.

Along with the Director and Producer Julie Lawrence, the Production team includes Butch Clark, technical director and light design; Earl Lewin, set design; Patrick Fee; sound design; Steve Atkinson; stage manager; Meg Lenher, assist. stage manager; and Juanita Wieczoreck, costumes.

“Sylvia” will run two consecutive weekends, October 13 – 15, and October 20 – 22. Performance times are 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 pm matinees on Sundays. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for the military or seniors aged 65 and older, and $10 for students. The show is sponsored in part by Running W Kennels, a safe and convenient dog boarding service for pet owners in Chestertown and the northern Eastern Shore of Maryland. Their staff provides quality pet care at affordable prices, with a personal touch. If Greg had ever had to leave Sylvia with a boarding service, he would have picked Running W!

Tickets are available online on the theater’s website www.GarfieldCenter.org or by calling the box office at 410-810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street, Chestertown.

Jennifer Kafka-Smith as Kate, the wife.

 

Hear This! Garfield Installs New Hearing-Assist System

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The Garfield Center is able to use their new sound system with a special feature that was recently installed with the help of MidSouth Audio and grants from the Schumann and Grey Family Foundations. Starting this October, there will be a limited number of hearing assist headsets available for use to the Garfield audience members during shows. These devices are small, about the size of a cassette player, and are connected wirelessly to speakers hidden on the Garfield stage. This allows audience members who are hard-of-hearing to be able to hear performers as if they were standing on the stage themselves! The system also integrates with newer hearing aids to play the audio from the stage directly into the patron’s own hearing device, travelling through a receiver that you can wear in a loop around your neck.

The theatre offers these devices for free on a first come, first serve basis, and may decide to order more of them if a greater need becomes apparent. When attending your next Garfield show, simply request a hearing assist device from the box office when purchasing your ticket. These devices can be used anywhere in the theatre, no matter if you are seated downstairs in front of the stage or up in the highest section of the balcony. To reserve a hearing assist device, tickets or handicap seating for a particular event, you may contact the Garfield ahead of time by calling 410-810-2060.

Christmas Joy! Open Auditions for Miracle on 34th Street

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Miracle on 34th Street – scene form the movie

Auditions for the beloved holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street, will be held at Garfield Center for the Arts on Tuesday and Thursday, September 19 and 21 at 6 pm, and Saturday, September 23 at 11 am. Directed by Jim Landskroener, the play runs three weekends from December 1-17.

By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing countless children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy.

All ages are needed for this show, and all levels of acting experience are welcome! Familiarity with the play is beneficial, but not necessary. Scripts will be available at the Garfield. Be prepared to do cold readings from the script. Anyone interested in assisting backstage is also encouraged to come to auditions

If you have any questions about the production, please contact the Garfield by emailing info@garfieldcenter.org or by calling 410-810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

Cast Set for Sylvia at Garfield Center

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The cast of Sylvia — Bryan Betley, Christine Kinlock, Will Robinson and Jennifer Kafka Smith

Director Bonnie Hill has assembled a talented cast for the upcoming A.R. Gurney show, Sylvia, playing at the Garfield Center for the Arts for two weekends this October.

Greg, played by Will Robinson, is a man of middle age, a restless empty-nester, tired of his job in finance, looking for meaning in his life. Christine Kinlock plays Sylvia, an exuberant and beautiful lab/poodle mix, astray in Central Park, looking for a new home. When they meet, it is love at first sight.

But Greg’s wife Kate, played by Jennifer Kafka Smith, a busy rising star in the public school system, is looking forward to some independence now that the couple no longer has children to care for, and is less than thrilled by the clever and coquettish canine who jumps, slobbers, sits on her couch, and takes Greg’s attention away from his marriage. Bryan Betley completes the cast, playing Kate’s friend Phyllis, marriage councelor Leslie and dog park visitor Tom.

Sylvia is a smart, silly, sophisticated, and occasionally salty comedy about relationships, nature, and growing older. The show runs October 13-22, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for members of the US military and seniors aged 65+, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 410-810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

 

 

Folk Duo at the Garfield August 26th

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Start with two compelling voices, an uncanny sense of harmony and a deep grounding in traditional American music. Add in stunning guitar work and a warm, intimate performance style, and what do you get? Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz. This dynamic duo will be appearing at the Garfield Center for the Arts on August 26th for a 7 p.m. concert, and you don’t want to miss it. As Andy Wallace, the former program director of the National Folk Festival says, “Martin and Susanne make beautiful music together.”

Martin is internationally known as an interpreter of pre-war blues and other roots music. He started his career recording with and accompanying legendary folk musicians such as U. Utah Phillips, Rosalie Sorrels, and Jim Ringer and Mary McCaslin. Susanne is a veteran of the Boston roots music scene.  A life-long singer, she slips seamlessly into any genre, making it her own; soulful blues singer one minute, sassy honky-tonk gal the next. Together they embrace a deep love and respect for the roots of classic blues, old time, early country, and honky tonk. At the same time, they make the music their own, presenting it with style, grace and wit.

Martin and Susanne played and sang together for three years in Honky Tonk Masquerade, a honky tonk/western swing band, before striking out as an acoustic duo. Their performances have delighted audiences from Maine to Georgia.  Their first CD together, Old Songs, New Hats, was released late in 2015.

Tickets are $15 general admission and are available by calling 410-810-2060, online at www.GarfieldCenter.org or at the box office. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.