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 www.GarfieldCenter.org 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 www.garfieldcenter.org/whw 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 www.garfieldcenter.org/employment 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 thogans@garfieldcenter.org. 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 www.garfieldcenter.org, email boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org 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 thogans@garfieldcenter.org.

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 www.garfieldcenter.org 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 wowowow.com 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.

For more information, visit garfieldcenter.org or email dianelandskroener@gmail.com.

Mister Roberts Opens Next Weekend at the Garfield Center


Director Tess Hogans and her cast of 22 men, 1 woman and (1 dog!) invite you to the Garfield Center for the Arts for the first play of the 2017 theatrical season; Mister Roberts. Running three weekends from February 3rd – 19th, this play is a rowdy and realistic saga about a crew of sailors aboard a Navy cargo vessel in the Pacific during WWII.


John Mann, Paul Cambardella and Will Robinson in rehearsal.

The cast includes actors who frequent the Garfield stage, as well as many new faces, including a few veterans of the US Navy. The role of Lt. Douglas Roberts is portrayed by John Mann of the Sultana Education Foundation, and he is joined on stage by Will Robinson as the Doc, Morgan Jung as Lt. Pulver, Chris Williams as the Captain and Bill Blake as Chief Dowdy. The crew is made up of Kirby Powell, Cody Collins, Chris Walmsley, Troy Strootman, Zac Ryan, Paul Cambardella, Robin Wood, Ian Ellison, Tennant Allen and Jackson Williams. Bella Williams plays Lt. Ann Girard, James Diggs is Chief Johnson, John Caraway plays the LCT Officer, David Ryan is the Shore Patrolman, Ken Noble is the Shore Patrol Officer, and both Skip Bushby and Tom Dorman have double roles as a Military Policeman, Medical Corpsman and Radio Announcer. John Mann’s Labrador retriever, Angus, plays Rear Admiral Wentworth’s dog. Julie Lawrence is Assistant Director and Hester Sachse is the Stage Manager.

During the run of Mister Roberts there will also be a display in the Kohl Lobby of the Garfield Center that honors local veterans, titled “Stories in Service”. Hogans, along with Garfield photographer Jeff Weber and reporters from The Kent County News, photographed and interviewed over 40 local veterans from all branches of service, to honor these men and women for their service to our country. Due to overwhelming response to the series, The Kent County News will continue to highlight one veteran per week through the month of March.

The show opens February 3rd with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm until February 19th. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and military and $10 for students. Purchase your tickets online at www.garfieldcenter.org, call 410-810-2060 or visit the Garfield Center Box Office at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

New “Roots” Concert Series Announced at the Garfield


byrd wakenMusic lovers rejoice! 2017 brings a new five-concert series to the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown. “Roots at the Garfield” will explore all of the great music genres that touch the soul and set your feet to tapping; early blues, bluegrass, folk, r&b and rock. Over the last 3 years, the Garfield has been host to the “Blues at the Garfield” series; six blues concerts per year that brought some incredible talent to the Chestertown stage. The Nighthawks, Damon Fowler, Debbie Davies, Sue Foley, Corey Harris, Sherman Holmes, Deanna Bogart and Bill Kirchen were just a few of the blues acts that the series showcased over three years.

This year, “Roots at the Garfield”continues to bring great musical acts to Chestertown, while exploring a wider variety of genres. The first concert takes place on January 28th, with Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboy.

“Byrd is a preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd “one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years.”

Multi-instrumentalist Johnny Waken cut his teeth on electric guitar in Pittsburgh with rock legend Norm Nardini, opening for The Blues Brothers Band on their Red, Hot & Blue tour in 1992. On stage and after hours, he jammed with members of Bon Jovi and the legendary Steve Cropper. At the age of 24, Waken left music to pursue primitive skills and through-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2000 with an eleven-pound pack. Returning to music years later Johnny joined theatre troupe Paperhand Puppet Intervention, contributing to scores for nine shows and winning 4 Indy Awards for best original music.

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboy are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. Between heartbreaking ballads and hell-raising sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show. “

Concert tickets are $30 general admission and $20 for students. However, you can also purchase a subscription to the entire five-concert series and save $25! Subscribers enjoy preferred seating options and a discounted ticket price while supporting the series and helping the Garfield continue to bring outstanding music to Chestertown. Single subscriptions are $125 and a couples subscription is $250.  The entire series is generously sponsored by Andrew and Leslie Price.

Other concerts include The Leyla McCalla Trio on March 18th, The Steel Wheels on June 9th, David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience on July 22nd and Hannah Gill & The Hours on September 9th.

Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online at www.garfieldcenter.org, by calling 410-810-2060 or in person at the Garfield box office, located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

Mark Your Dates: 2017 Season at the Garfield Center Announcesd


The Garfield Center for the Arts (GCA) in Chestertown is pleased to announce its 2017 season of theatrical productions. Presented by the GCA and directed by a group of talented local directors, this season offers a variety of shows – comedy, drama, a holiday favorite, some locally written productions and children’s programs – MUSICAMP in July and Playmakers in July/August.

The season opens February 3 with Mister Roberts, written by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan and directed by Tess Hogans. This rowdy, realistic saga about a group of American sailors aboard a Navy cargo vessel in the Pacific during WWII won the 1948 Tony Award for best play. The Chestertown Spy will be partnering with the GCA during Mister Roberts to showcase a collection of interviews from Kent County’s own military veterans. Performances run February 3-19.

In April, the GCA will presentThe Women, written by Clara Boothe Luce, and directed by Diane Landskroener. This acerbic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various wealthy Manhattan socialites and up-and-comers, and the gossip that propels and damages their relationships, runs April 14-30.

The Garfield’s own ten-minute play festival, produced by Mark Sullivan, is known affectionately as Short Attention Span Theatre.  Now in its thirteenth season, “SAST”runs from June 23rd to July 9th. An audience favorite, SAST features the local talents of dozens of directors, writers and actors.

Director Bonnie Hill returns to the GCA in October with A. R. Gurney’s Sylvia. This story revolves around a dog named Sylvia, the couple that adopts her, and the comedy that results. It premiered in 1995 Off-Broadway.

Closing the 2016 season, director Jim Landskroener will bring the holiday classic,Miracle on 34th Street to the Garfield stage from December 1 to 17.

Written by Valentine Davies, this is a heart-warming story about the real magic of Christmas which earned him an Academy Award for Best Story when it opened on the silver screen in 1947.

The Garfield Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to invigorate the cultural life of our community by nurturing, celebrating and supporting arts and artists through performance and education.” For more information, please visit www.GarfieldCenter.org, or call the box office at 410 810 2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD, 21620.