Garfield Announces 2018 Summer Performance Series for Children


Each year a portion of the Playmakers experience at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre includes three interactive performances in addition to putting on their own production. These shows, sponsored by The Hedgelawn Foundation, feature multicultural artists who introduce Playmakers to a variety of theatrical arts. Past performers have included dancers, musicians, storytellers, and puppeteers.

Fredy Granillo

This year the Playmakers are putting together Alice in Wonderland and some pieces of the Hedgelawn performances will be incorporated into their play in August. On Wednesday, July 18th at 2 pm, the Garfield Center will be hosting a presentation by Arianna Ross about “The Magic of the Sea”. Discover the many magical, mysteries of water and how the Indonesians rely on it for their existence. Explore life above and under sea level through song, story, and dance. Become a manta ray and a shark as you listen and participate in folk tales and true stories from Indonesia. Students gain a better understanding of world cultures and marine biology in this storytelling assembly!

Wednesday, July 25th at 1 pm, the Garfield is hosting a mural painting workshop with local artist Fredy Granillo. Granillo is a Salvadoran musician, painter and ceramist. He graduated from El Salvador’s Autonomous National University in 2012 with a degree in ceramics. In this workshop he will be leading the Playmakers campers (and any other participants) in a large-scale mural painting exercise. The finished product will serve as one of the main backdrops during the Playmakers performance of Alice in Wonderland.

Marti Gould Cummings

A workshop on The History of Stage Makeup concludes the series on Wednesday, August 1st at 1 pm. Lead by Marti Gould Cummings, participants will engage in a makeup application demonstration as well as a lecture on the many different roles that makeup has played on stage over the years. Cummings grew up on a small farm in Kennedyville. At the age of 17, he moved to NYC and appeared in the Off-Broadway-Drama Desk nominated show “Twist,” which threw him into the drag comedy scene. His career as a drag artist has taken him all over the world. He has played sold out shows at 54 Below and through his talk show “Stage Fright,” he has interviewed hundreds of Broadway stars, sharing the stage at his shows with over 20 Tony Award winners and nominees. Through his drag persona Cummings has promoted awareness for many LGBT charities including The Ali Forney Center, GMHC, The Hetrick Martin Institute, and Bailey House. He is currently co-producing and starring in “Shade: Queens of NYC” on Fusion and serving as President of the Hells Kitchen Democrats.

These shows are family-friendly and open to everyone. Tickets are $5 for the Magic of the Sea performance on July 18th and $10 for the performances on July 25th and August 1st (no charge to current Playmakers). Please call the Box Office at 410-810-2060 or email Tess Hogans ( for more information. In addition, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the “Alice in Wonderland” shows, scheduled for Friday, August 10th at 7 pm, Saturday, August 11th at 7 pm and Sunday, August 12th at 3 pm.

The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD, 21620.  For more information please visit

Free MUSICAMP Performance on July 13th


MUSICAMP returns to the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown for its sixth year, featuring local talent ages 8 to 15. This year the production is, “Steamboatin’: A Musical Journey Along the Mississippi.” Written by Jill & Dr. Michael Gallina and directed by Julie Lawrence.  Join us in this family friendly show as we celebrate the advent of the steamboat in the southern United States during the 19th century.

About the playwrights: Dr. Michael and Jill Gallina have achieved national prominence as award winning composers of musical plays and choral music for youth in elementary, middle, junior and senior high schools. Their clever creations in story and song have consistently won awards from the Parents Choice Foundation, American Library Service and ASCAP. Their music has been featured and performed on the Disney Channel, The World’s Largest Concert, PBS, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Sing for the Cure, The New York Philharmonic, The Boston Pops, and in a documentary on children’s rights for the United Nations. In addition, the Gallinas are recipients of the Stanley Austin Alumni Award from the College of New Jersey for their many accomplishments in the field of composition.

MUSICAMP is a 5-day intensive musical theatre experience where campers sing, dance, act and create scenery for their show. Every camper gets lines in the play and everyone is on stage the entire time. At the end of the week, kids transform into their characters and present an amazing stage production that highlights their varied talents. MUSICAMP is staffed by camp founder and director Julie Lawrence, musical director Rachel Craig, art consultant Charlice Culvert and counselor Paul Cambardella.

Support our local talent with your attendance and applause! The show on Friday, July 13th at 7pm is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. For reservations and more information call the Garfield Center box office, 410-810-2060 or visit This year’s MUSICAMP was generously sponsored by United Way of Kent County and Mr. Charles Lerner.

The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.

Open Auditions for the Musical “Animal Crackers”


Auditions for the Garfield Center for the Arts’ production of the musical comedy Animal Crackers will be held at the Garfield on June 26th at 7pm, June 28th at 7pm and June 30th at 11am. No previous acting experience is required. This musical marks Jennifer Kafka Smith’s directing debut at the Garfield, after being seen on stage in many productions including My Fair Lady, Short Attention Span Theatre, and Sylvia. Kafka Smith has also served as the props mistress for nearly every Garfield Center production since the spring of 2016.

In Animal Crackers, the well-known explorer and hunter Captain Spaulding has just returned from Africa, and is being welcomed home with a lavish party at the estate of influential society matron Mrs. Rittenhouse when a valuable painting goes missing. The intrepid Captain Spaulding attempts to solve the crime with the help of his silly secretary Horatio Jamison, while sparring with the anarchic Signor Emanuel Ravelli and his nutty sidekick The Professor.

“Delicious… A nonstop riot – a profusion of puns, gags, and hysteria with only an occasional pause (or maybe, gasp) for breath.” – The Washington Tribune

– Prepare an up-tempo song either from a Broadway musical or from the era of the 1920/30s. Please bring sheet music. We need to hear you sing with piano accompaniment.
– Come prepared to move. Please wear closed shoes and clothing appropriate for dancing.

Director Kafka Smith is seeking a cast of 14, with some extras. Age is not a key factor. The cast includes:

Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho) – He is funny and fierce, with incredible verbal dexterity. He’s the anchor of the team; a charming wiseguy. A strong character actor, must be extremely comfortable with physical comedy and be able to sing and dance. This does not require a Groucho impersonation, but certain characteristics of voice, movement, and delivery are part of the role. Tenor.

Horatius Jamison (Zeppo) – The straight man to Groucho’s antics. Tenor.

Emanuel Ravelli (Chico) – Ravelli is a band leader; the musical actor in the ensemble. Ideally seeking an actor who plays the piano and/or other instruments. A loose cannon with great improv sensibility. A character singer. Must be able to speak with old world Italian accent. Baritone.

The Professor (Harpo) – Has an uninhibited, playful, childlike demeanor with an irrepressible libido, seems oblivious but knows what is going on around him, carefree and innocent he does not observe boundaries of class, status, gender, age, and property, steals things but it seems like more of a game than a malicious or desperate act, must be extremely adept at physical comedy, while an exact impersonation of Harpo is not necessary certain characteristics of movement and delivery are a part of the role, experience with mime/clowning a plus. (Male/Female).

Mrs. Rittenhouse – The host of the party, a wealthy society matron who is always put together, a real dame, money is no object, preserving and asserting her status is an ongoing occupation; must have strong dance/movement ability and be adept at physical comedy; strong vocal skills, able to sing in the 30s style; Mezzo-Soprano.

Hives – Head Butler of Mrs. Rittenhouse. Hives is extremely witty and great with status. Verging on stuffy. Very Jeeves-like the servant who can insult you to your face, but you take it as a compliment. Baritone.

M. Doucet – Doucet is an art-loving Frenchman/woman, cultured and dripping with arrogance, a bit of a drama queen. Tenor/Soprano. (Male/Female)

Arabella Rittenhouse – Arabella is Mrs. Rittenhouse’s daughter, an educated debutant who has been out in society for two months, smart as a whip and knows what she wants, she and Wally Winston make a sophisticated and erudite couple. Soprano.

Mrs. Whitehead – Mrs. Whitehead is a neighbor and rival of Mrs. Rittenhouse, a conniving socialite trying to thwart Mrs. Rittenhouse’s success, she’s sharp, smart, sarcastic and clever, lacks ethics and morals. Soprano.

Grace Carpenter – Grace is Mrs. Whitehead’s sister and partner in crime, sexy and worldly-wise. Soprano.

Wally Winston – Wally Winston is a hard-working newspaper columnist, sexy, sarcastic and full of charm, an intellectual with a great love of life. Tenor.

John Parker – John Parker is an earnest young lover. A traditional leading man interested in Mary Stewart. Tenor.

Mary Stewart – Mary Stewart is the earnest ingénue, has a big heart and believes in a brighter future. Soprano.

Roscoe W. Chandler – Roscoe W. Chandler is a wealthy, single tycoon, has millions, supports the arts and wants to marry Mrs. Rittenhouse; must be able to do some physical comedy and have strong movement skills. Baritone.

Other roles include: Sgt. Hennessy, Second Policeman, Dream Dancer, Scouts, Harem Girls, Ensemble

All parts will sing and dance (move).

Performances of Animal Crackers are scheduled for three weekends: September 14-16, September 21-23, and September 28-30, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, and Sundays at 3PM.

For more information visit or call the GCA Box Office at 410-810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown, Maryland.

Short Attention Span Theatre Opens At The Garfield Center June 22


Producers Diane Landskroener and Mark Sullivan invite you to the 14th year of Short Attention Span Theatre at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre.

Join us for an engaging evening of 10-minute plays, designed to hold your attention for just. long. enough. The Play Fest will showcase a range of actors, directors and authors – featuring original works by local playwrights!

The plays selected for this year’s SAST production are:

All Over But The Shouting – Written by Brent Lewis (LPS) – Directed by Mark Sullivan

Binged There, Done That – Written by Ken Preuss – Directed by Hester Sachse

Just Desserts – Written by David MacGregor – Directed by Diane Landskroener

Kung Foolery – Written by Brett Hursey – Directed by Jim Landskroener

LA 8 AM – Written by Mark Harvey Levine – Directed by Bryan Betley

Misfortune – Written by Mark Harvey Levine – Directed by Kirby Powell

The New Me – Written by Rich Pauli (LPS) – Directed by Melissa McGlynn

The Stand In – Written by Brett Hursey – Directed by Brad Chaires

Featured actors in this year’s play fest are:

Brad Chaires and  Jim Landskroener in All Over But The Shouting, Lis Engle, Jennifer Kafka Smith, Bryan Betley, Dan Guidice, Bryan Zajchowski & Robbie Spray in Binged There, Done That, Jennifer Kafka Smith, Zac Ryan, Phebe Wood & Melissa McGlynn in Just Desserts, Dan Guidice, Gretchen Sachse, Diane Landskroener in Kung Foolery, Melissa McGlynn, Paul Cambardella, Tilly Pelczar & Kirby Powell in LA 8AM, Zac Ryan, Georgia Rickloff & Beverly Hall Smith in Misfortune, Lis Engle & Dan Guidice in The New Me and Brianna Johnson, Jen Friedman & Thomas Martinez in The Stand In.

Joining SAST for the 5th year is Hey, Wait A Minute! our one-minute play fest directed by Tia Glomb. HWM will be performed in the Kohl Lobby at 7 p.m. before the Friday and Saturday night performances of Short Attention Span Theatre. The HWM cast features Ian Ellison, Jen Friedman, Brianna Johnson, Brownie Southworth, Annie Southworth, Isabella Southworth & Robbie Spray.

Short Attention Span Theatre opens Friday, June 22, and runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday through July 8. Thank you to those who have chosen to support SAST through the Name in Lights campaign!

Performances are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 and $5 for students with ID (plays include some adult content, and may not be suitable for children under 13). Take advantage of the Garfield’s recurring opening night discount and get $5 off when you wear your Garfield t-shirt!  Call 410-810-2060 or visit

Become a Short Attention Span Theatre (SAST) Sponsor


Purchase a 10-minute for $10 sponsorship during Garfield Center for the Arts’ Short Attention Span Theatre playfest and you’ll see your name or a special message (keep it clean, folks!) projected on stage during intermission at all 9 SAST performances AND listed in the program booklet (if you choose). Businesses can purchase a sponsorship and include name, logo, and/or a message for $20. All sponsorship entries must be received no later than 3 pm on Friday, June 15th.

SAST will run for 3 weekends: June 22-24, June 29-July 1, and July 6-8. The play fest showcases a range of actors, directors and authors–featuring original works by local and regional playwrights. Performances are at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and Saturdays at 3 pm. Tickets are $15, and $5 for students. Plays include some adult content and may not be suitable for children under 14. Purchase your tickets online at, call 410.810.2060, or visit the Garfield Box Office at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

Please visit to sponsor. Thank you!

Liberty City Radio Theatre Comes to Chestertown


After breakout performances in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the “new-style old-time” radio show sets up to transmit from Philadelphia to Chestertown, by way of Garfield Center veteran, Bill Arrowood, for just one evening, on Friday June 8 at 8pm.

Arrowood writes, “We have done several successful shows in Philadelphia, and I felt it was high time that I brought this show to the Garfield stage and share the fun we are having in the big city with all my friends back home.”

Liberty City Radio Theatre is a live radio show, with actors on stage taking on multiple roles recreating the golden era of the theater of the mind.  Newly written and adapted episodes for modern audiences complete with on-stage sound effects and live music mix a dash of nostalgia, a pinch of noir and an ample smattering of wit, mixed and served for a delightful and delectable evening for all ages.

At the Garfield Center, Arrowood last produced the River City Revue; Cavalcade of Comedy in 2014, as well as the Christmas program, “Live from WVL, It’s A Wonderful Life” in 2011.  The current production is a melding of the two shows and features five unique short episodes, musical performances and even a chance for audience participation. Musical accompaniment provided by Music Life’s Bill Drazga and a few other local surprises.

A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to KCHS Radio Station, WKHS, to preserve and educate a new generation of radio professionals.

Ticket are $15 general admission. For details about Liberty City Radio Theatre please visit For ticket sales or to learn more about the event on June 8th, visit, or call the box office at 410-810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

Movie Night at The Garfield Presents: Royal Wedding


The Garfield Center for the Arts will be pulling out the popcorn on Friday, June 1st for a 7pm screening of the film, Royal Wedding. This will be the fourth in a series of films to be shown at the theatre in 2018. In honor of the real royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, audience members dressed in their British-wedding best will be eligible for a discount on their concession fare. Ladies, bring out those fascinators!

Since the September 2017 installation of the Garfield’s new projector screen, the theatre has been showing classic films whenever their programming schedule permits. The concession stand will be selling popcorn for the evening, as well as the usual theatre bar fare.

About the film: American sibling song-and-dance team Tom (Fred Astaire) and Ellen Bowen (Jane Powell) are in London in 1947, when all of England is in a tizzy over the impending nuptials of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Ellen falls head over heels for the dashing Lord John Brindale (Peter Lawford), and Tom becomes equally smitten with the elegant Anne Ashmond (Sarah Churchill). The film features one of Astaire’s most legendary dance performances; dancing across the ceiling of a hotel room.

The film showing is free, with a $5 suggested donation. For more information about this screening of Royal Wedding, the Movie Night at the Garfield series, or any other upcoming theatre events, please visit, or call the box office at 410-810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

The Story of Anne Frank at the Garfield Center May 17


The Bright Star Touring Theatre Company of Asheville, NC will be at the Garfield Center for the Arts at 11am on Thursday, May 17th with a performance of The Story of Anne Frank.  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.The Story of Anne Frank is a 45–minute engaging play that celebrates the courage shown by Anne Frank and her family. This production is designed to offer an engaging and accessible approach to this time in history and is ideal for ages 10 and up.

Each year, Bright Star Touring Theatre serves nearly 1,000 audiences in schools, theaters, libraries, museums and more across the country. They offer a wide variety of curriculum-based programs. The company has gained international support, accepting an invitation from the U.S. Embassy to visit Moscow, Russia with their programs. Bright Star is committed to providing professional theatre to audiences at an affordable rate. Information about all their interactive shows, including production videos, photos, study guides and more is available online at

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 $10, 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.

The Garfield Center Seeks Actors for Short Attention Span Theatre


The Garfield Center for the Arts is holding open auditions for their 14th annual 10-minute play festival, Short Attention Span Theatre and the one-minute plays held in the theatre’s lobby during the festival, Hey, Wait A Minute! Auditions will take place on the following dates:

Thursday, May 3 @ 7pm
Saturday, May 5 @ 11am
Tuesday, May 8 @ 7pm

Actors should be prepared to do cold readings from provided scripts.  No experience is necessary.

Short Attention Span Theatre will run three weekends: June 22-24, June 29-July 1, and July 6-8.

Everyone is encouraged to audition. Those who are unable to attend auditions can contact the theater at 410-810-2060 to make other arrangements.  Stage crew, set builders, set painters, costumers and assistant directors are also needed. Anyone interested in helping should stop by the Garfield during auditions to leave their contact information.

For more information, contact SAST producers Mark Sullivan and Diane Landskroener at, or call 410-810-2060 or visit our website The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

About Short Attention Span Theatre (SAST):

At the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, playwrights, directors and actors who delight in the art of the 10-minute play are at it again! Short Attention Span Theatre offers an evening of 10-minute plays, designed to hold your attention for just.long. enough. The plays will feature a multitude of actors, directors and authors, as well as the world premiere of original works by local playwrights.