Broadway Stars Performing at the Garfield


The board of directors of the Garfield Center for the Arts are proud to announce the Theatre’s 2017 gala fundraiser; Broadway by the River! Hosted by Marti Gould Cummings and featuring an evening of intimate performances and conversations with cast members Brandon Hudson of Hamilton and Michelle Dowdy of Hairspray, Broadway by the River will deliver some of that “Big Apple” theatre magic to Chestertown on Friday, April 7th at 8pm.

Marti Gould Cummings (formerly of Kennedyville) is a comedian and host who most recently hosted the PBS show SIP N CHAT on New York’s WNET Channel 13. He can be seen as a regular guest host on MTV Live with Mike Kelton and weekly at his Broadway talk show, Stage Fright, that has featured over 25 Tony Award winners and nominees as guests. His comedy concerts have sold out across the country and in London. As an actor he was featured off Broadway in the Drama Desk nominated musical Twist, at Webster Hall in Life & Death of Kenyon Phillips directed by Tony Award winner Cady Huffman and on the hit NBC sitcom 30 Rock. For more info

Brandon Hudson moved from St. Louis in 2013 with a bachelors degree in Dance from Lindenwood University. His most recent credits include: Hamilton: An American Musical on Broadway, the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the international tour of West Side Story, a 2017 Mark Webb film The Only Living Boy in NY and a lab series by Estée Lauder.

Michelle Dowdy played Baltimore’s leading lady, Tracy Turnblad in the 2005-2008 Original Broadway Cast of Hairspray. Other theatre credits include: Regional: The Wild Party, Hairspray (RCL), Songs for a New World and The Vagina Monologues. She is a nightlife and cabaret Artist. Her one-woman show, A Brass Act, debuted at 54 Below and you can find it on iTunes. Hudson and Dowdy will be joined by Cummings for some of their singing performances.

Cummings wanted to share some of the NYC theatre world with the community where he grew up, and the Garfield was the perfect venue. He writes, “As my career grows I want to bring a little of that Broadway energy to the Eastern Shore.” Those lucky enough to get tickets will be able to hear Hudson and Dowdy perform songs from their respective shows, without paying the Broadway ticket price.

Tickets to this exciting event are expected to sell out. Limited VIP “Broadway Pass” tickets are $100 each and include front row table seating as well as entrance to an exclusive meet-and-greet with the performers after the show. Tickets for the front row of the balcony are $75, and general admission is $50. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 410-810-2060 or in person at the Garfield Box Office, located at 210 High Street in Chestertown. Purchase your tickets now to show your support for the Garfield’s mission of nurturing, celebrating and supporting the arts and artists through performance and education.

Peabody Conservatory Children’s Opera at the Garfield


The Peabody Conservatory of Music’s opera department will be at the Garfield Center for the Arts at 10am on Tuesday, March 28th with a performance of Papageno! This special morning show is part of the Garfield Center’s Educational Outreach Program and is made possible by support from the Kent County Arts Council and the Hedgelawn Foundation. Papageno! is a 55–minute condensation of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute and is ideal for a younger audience.


The main plot thread of the original opera is maintained, but the whole thing is presented from Papageno’s point of view, with the other characters as adjuncts to his story. Those familiar with the opera will note that the roles of Papageno, Papagena, Monostatos, and the three Ladies are virtually complete; Tamino, Pamina, and the Queen of the Night sing about half their music; and Sarastro and all the priestly characters are omitted. The roles of The Queen of the Night and Papagena are doubled by two of the three Ladies.

The Educational Outreach Program at the Garfield Center offers bi-annual high quality multi-cultural performances as a field trip opportunity to the local public and private schools. Tickets are $5, with special rates available for school groups. Tickets for individuals can be purchased only at the door, while school groups should contact the Garfield Center ahead of time to make seating arrangements. Please call 410-810-2060 or contact to reserve your seats. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

Jazz Concert at The Garfield Center


Saturday, April 1, 2017 won’t just be April Fools’ Day – it also will be Music Lovers Day at The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre in Chestertown, Maryland.

WAMMIES* award-winning jazz guitarist Rick Whitehead will team up with jazz and classical pianist Stef Scaggiari to bring the audience an exciting program of selections from the standard jazz repertoire and pieces composed by Whitehead and Scaggiari.

After solo stints during the first half of the program, the two artists will come together after Intermission for vocals with piano by Scaggiari with accompaniment by Whitehead on guitar. The program’s finale will include one of Whitehead’s signature entertainments – requests from the audience that Whitehead melds into a melodic whole – a piece of music that is new and different for every performance and that is a true gift for listeners!

This fun evening begins at 7 PM. Tickets, $15 each, are available online at or by calling the Garfield Center Box Office at (410) 810-2060. The Garfield Center is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown, Maryland on the beautiful Eastern Shore.

About Rick Whitehead. Rick Whitehead, one of the Baltimore-Washington area’s most honored and sought-after guitarists, was the featured guitarist with the Airmen of Note for 22 years. He retired from the Air Force in 1991 and now performs, teaches, and records jazz standards and his own compositions. According to Eric Brace of the Washington Post, “Whitehead’s style encompasses the entire history of jazz guitar.” Rick’s last appearance in Chestertown was at last year’s Chestertown Jazz Festival.

About Stef Scaggiari. Centreville resident Stef Scaggiari is well known to area classical and jazz buffs for his “lyricism, flawless technique, and crystalline touch” (Jazz Times Magazine). Jazz vocalist Ethel Ennis notes that Stef is one of the few musicians who has “successfully bridge[d] the artificial gap between classic European music, American Jazz, and popular song.” From Bach to Billy Joel – it is all in Stef Scaggiari’s repertoire.

This concert is part of the Garfield Center’s new initiative to add jazz and classical music to its musical programming. These new concerts are programmed by Kent County resident and life-long classical and jazz music lover Muphen R. Whitney. The next concert in this series will be on Saturday, May 6 at 7 PM and will feature the D’Amore Duo with classical guitarist William Feasley and oboist Emily Tsai.

* WAMMIES are awarded each year by the Washington Area Musician’s Association. Whitehead won in 1998 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album (“Live in Captivity” recorded with his jazz trio) and in 2006 for “Best Jazz Instrumentalist”. (For further information:

Leyla McCalla Trio at the Garfield Saturday March 18


cover-shotThe new Roots at the Garfield concert series continues March 18th at 8pm with a performance by the Leyla McCalla Trio. A Haitian-American who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, Leyla McCalla plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty — it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary.

Born in New York City to Haitian immigrant parents, and raised in suburban New Jersey, Leyla experienced a renewed sense of connection with her Haitian heritage after moving to New Orleans in 2010. “I feel very at home here,” she says. “The more I learned about the history of Louisiana, its ties to Haiti and French speaking culture, the more sense of belonging I felt and continue to feel.”

The relocation led to her appearance on the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ GRAMMY-nominated 2012 album Leaving Eden, as well as extensive concert dates as a touring member of the group. It also deeply enriched Leyla’s own music and sharpened her sense of purpose, setting her on the path that ultimately resulted in the making of her album, “Vari-Colored Songs”.

This concert is the second in the five-part Roots at the Garfield series, sponsored by Andy and Leslie Price, which brings early blues, bluegrass, folk, r&b and rock music to Chestertown. Remaining concerts include The Steel Wheels on June 9th, David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience on July 22nd and Hannah Gill and the Hours on September 9th. Tickets are $30 general admission and $20 for students. Subscriptions to the entire series and tickets to individual concerts are available by calling 410-810-2060, online at or at the box office. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

12th Annual Dr. Maria Boria Women Helping Women Concert


The theme for 12th Annual Dr. Maria Boria/Women Helping Women concert is SHINE A LIGHT. The all-star performers who have joyfully entertained the community for the last eleven years invite the public to join in this year’s celebration on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 pm at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre in Chestertown, MD. Tickets cost $25 each.

The event was originally created to assist in funding a free medical clinic for migrant workers in Marydel established by Chestertown’s own Dr. Maria Boria. This year, in addition to our fundraising efforts for the clinic, Dr. Boria wanted to reach out to our local community and SHINE A LIGHT on a serious public health issue – the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic – that is devastating our families on the Eastern Shore.

Beth Anne Langrell has been an integral part of the Women Helping Women concerts as a performer.  She currently serves as the Executive Director, Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons, Inc.  Since 1986, For All Seasons has provided mental health treatment and crisis services to men, women, children and families in the five counties of the Mid-Shore.  Beth Anne brought to Dr. Boria’s attention For All Seasons new partnership with Dr. Eric Ciganek and Corsica River Substance Use Disorder Services that provides mental health, substance use disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment in their Chestertown offices.  Funds raised from the sale of tickets to the Women Helping Women concert will benefit the migrant workers served by Dr. Boria at the Marydel free clinic and help For All Seasons, Inc. provide services to our community – regardless of one’s ability to pay.

The show is produced by Sue Matthews with musical direction by Joe Holt and is hosted by Jen Friedman. Performers are Sydney & Madeleine Berna (Dr. Boria’s granddaughters), Nevin Dawson, Barbara Ferris, Jen Friedman, Meredith Davies Hadaway, Rebekah Hardy Hock, Joe Holt, Beth Anne Langrell, Jodie Littleton, Sue Matthews, Beth McDonald, Melissa McGlynn, Tom McHugh, Bob & Pam Ortiz, Barbara Parker, Caitlin Patton, Mary Phelps, John Schratwieser, Nina Sharp, and Mary Simmons.

As this event always sells out, you are encouraged to purchase tickets now by going online at or by calling the Garfield Center at 410-810- 2060.

The concert and donations are the sole source of funding for the Marydel clinic. If you are unable to join us for the show, please consider making a donation by check to Women Helping Women, 203 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. 100% of private donations are used for the Marydel Clinic.

Garfield Summer Camps Accepting Intern Applications


gca playmakersThe Garfield Center for the Arts is now accepting applications for a limited number of summer intern positions during the Playmakers Summer Theatre Camp and MUSICAMP. Playmakers runs 4 weeks from July 17th- August 13th and MUSICAMP runs July 10th – 14th at the Garfield Center. Applicants should be over the age of 17, with backgrounds in theatre and early childhood education preferred. Please visit to apply online or pick up an application in the Garfield Center Box Office.

The theatre is also considering applications for volunteer positions during the camp, those aged 16 and older are encouraged to apply. For questions about the positions available, or about Playmakers Summer Theatre Camp, please contact camp director Tess Hogans, at The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

Mardi Gras Masquerade Dance Party at the Garfield Center


Attention! Revelers of all ages are invited to the annual Mardi Gras Masquerade, Music and Dance Party at The Garfield Center for the Arts on Friday, February 24th. The perennially popular Dixie Power Trio will entertain beginning at 7 pm; with the lobby doors opening at 6:30 pm.

The Dixie Power Trio is a four-piece group dedicated to the music and sounds of Louisiana. The group is based in Fredericksburg, VA and has toured extensively throughout the United States in support of their eight independently produced recordings.  “Big Parade” is the band’s most recent release and was recorded in 2013. In a typical set the DPT will play a gumbo of different styles including zydeco, Cajun, New Orleans jazz, funk, street parade, and rock.  The songs are a mix of Louisiana-flavored originals and covers—all with a unique, happy-go-lucky attitude.  The band’s music has been featured on NPR’s “All Thing’s Considered” and on several WB television shows.  Over the past few years the DPT has shared the concert stage with many Louisiana music luminaries including Wynton Marsalis, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Terrence Simien, Chubby Carrier, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Olympia Brass Band, and Beausoleil.

Costumes are not mandatory, but highly encouraged! Intermission will feature King Cake and a special performance by Philip Dutton & the Alligators. A cash bar will include Mardi Gras specials, and beads and masks will be available for those who need to accessorize.

Reservations Recommended! General Admission is $25; but a $30 “Backpack” ticket ensures that $5 will be donated to the local Backpack program, which provides needy children with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food over the weekends. Student tickets are $15 with ID. For more information, visit, email or call 410-810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD.

Registration Open for Summer Camps at the Garfield


PM_reg_poster1This summer marks the 14th year of Playmakers Summer Theatre Camp at the Garfield Center for the Arts, and directors Tess Hogans and Catherine Bushby are thrilled to announce that this year the campers will be presenting The Princess Bride. The camp will run for four weeks from July 17th to August 11th and is open to ages 8-15.

Also included in the cost of the Playmakers camp is the Hedgelawn Performance Series. These exciting multi-cultural performances introduce Playmakers to a variety of theatrical arts. Playmakers interact with Professional Artists who provide three Fridays of interactive, educational entertainment. These performances are open to the public for a minimal admission fee.

The cost for campers aged 8-10 is $345, and $385 for ages 11-15. The 11-15 year old campers play the larger roles and the 8-10 year old campers make up the chorus and supporting characters. Scholarships are available on an as-needed basis, and anyone interested in more information about Playmakers should contact Tess Hogans at

Children interested in musical theatre should register for the week-long MUSICAMP, which runs July 10th-14th. This camp culminates with a performance of The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever on Friday, July 14th at 7 p.m.
 MUSICAMP is a great introduction to the stage for ages 8-15, and meets Monday through Friday 9:00am to 3:30 p.m. During the week all campers will participate in acting, singing, choreography and set design. MUSICAMP is an intensive musical theatre experience with age-appropriate content and expectations. The show is directed by Julie Lawrence and ably assisted by Rachel Craig and Charlice Culvert.

Registration is now open for both camps!

Please visit and click on the “Summer Camps” tab. Space is limited; sign up today!

Open Auditions for “Love, Loss and What I Wore”


LLWIWauditionlogo_smAuditions for the Garfield Center for the Arts’ April production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore” will be held on Tuesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 23 at 6 pm and Saturday, February 25 at 11 am. The play, by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, is based on the book by Ilene Beckerman.

This funny, compelling play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covers all the important subjects — mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. Liz Smith on wrote, “So funny and so powerful; so dear and so sweet; so remindful of our female wiles, our worries, our insecurities, our remembrances of mother, father, sisters, brothers, lovers … it can’t miss.”

Director Diane Landskroener seeks to cast five women, in ages ranging from late 20s to 70 or so, and encourages everyone with an interest in performing on stage to try out.

Performances are scheduled for three weekends: April 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30.

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