Charm City Call Board: January 22 - 28
Welcome to Charm City Call Board for the week of January 22 - 28, keeping you up to date each week with all that is theater in Baltimore.
Discounts and contest notices are listed first. "On Stage" listings follow in this order: opening this week, in previews, current running productions, closing this week and upcoming productions. Audition and help wanted notices will be next (arranged by date), followed by "Backstage Babble" - news bites, your letters and book/CD recommendations and "Theatre Events" are at the end. I hope you find this format even more user friendly!
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NEW THIS WEEK!:
- TWO BEST BETS: The Turn of the Screw at Everyman Theatre and La Cage aux Folles at Toby's Baltimore! (See "Backstage Babble")
- Winters Lane Productions wants your help to select shows for their upcoming season! (See "Backstage Babble")
- More audition notices!
- A new opening at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company! (See "Theatre News")
- February Calendar listings!
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- La Cage aux Folles at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore: BWW Readers get 25% off all Thursday and Sunday Evening Performances of the award-winning musical! Call 1-866-99TOBYS and mention this discount! This offer good through February 24 only.
- The Mousetrap at Spotlighters: BroadwayWorld.com readers get $5.00 off per ticket for any performance of Agatha Christie's murderous thriller, The Mousetrap. Order tickets online at www.spotlighters.org and use code BWW-MT or bring a copy of this article to the box office to receive discount! See below for details about performances.
- Off the Map at Fells Point Corner Theatre: BroadwayWorld.com readers get $2.00 of per ticket for any performance of Off the Map. To receive discount, bring a copy of the article with you to the Box Office. See below for details about performances.
- Design a Costume for Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy, and win tickets to see your creation LIVE on stage at the Hippodrome. See contest article for details. Entry deadline is 1/26!
- Coming soon your chance to win a family four pack of tickets to the opening of Disney's High School Musical!
ONSTAGE THIS WEEK!
A five star system will be utilized in order to differentiate between the various levels of success: artistry and entertainment value. This system is not directly numeric, however. That is, a 4 rated show isn't necessarily twice as good as a 2 rated show; neither is a 4 rated show a "B" or an 80%.
◊◊◊◊◊ - The absolute best theatre has to offer! Missing this should not be an option!
◊◊◊◊ - This is excellent theatre! Do not miss this show!
◊◊◊ - This is a good production.
◊◊ - This is a fair production.
◊ - Save your money.
Be sure to contact the theatre directly for show times, dates and prices. All shows subject to change.
CURTAIN UP! Shows opening this week.
- ◊1/2Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy (Performance Piece): Hippodrome Theatre. Through 2/3. 1 hour, 50 minutes, including intermission. www.broadwayacrossamerica.com or 410-547-SEAT.
- ◊◊◊Mrs. Warren's Profession (Drama): Rep Stage. 1/23 2/24. 2 hours, 30 minutes, including intermission. Adult themes. www.repstage.org or 410-772-4900.
NOW PLAYING! Shows currently open. (See above to click on individual reviews and articles.)
LaCage aux Folles at Toby's Baltimore and Light Up the Sky at Vagabonds.
- ◊◊ Twelve Angry Jurors (Drama): Laurel Mill Playhouse. Through 2/3. 1 hour, 20 minutes, no intermission. Adult language and situations. www.laurelmillplayhouse.org or 301-617-9906. Review posted 1/12.
- ◊◊◊ 1/2 The Mousetrap (Mystery-Thriller): Spotlighters. Through 2/3. 2 hours, 15 minutes, plus intermission. Adult situations. www.spotlighters.org or 410-752-1225. Review posted 1/13. See above for BWW discount!
- ◊◊◊◊1/2 Light Up the Sky (Comedy): Vagabond Players. Through 2/10. 1 hour, 50 minutes, plus two brief intermissions. Mild adult language. www.vagabondplayers.com or 410-563-9135. Review posted 1/14. BEST BET 1/15!
- ◊◊ 1/2 Off the Map (Drama): Fells Point Corner Theatre. Through 2/17. 1 hour, 50 minutes, including intermission. Adult themes. www.fpct.org or 410-276-7837. Review posted 1/21. See above for BWW discount!
- ◊◊◊◊◊ The Sound of Music (Musical Dinner Theatre): Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia. Through 2/15. 2 hours, 35minutes, including intermission. Review posted 12/10. www.tobysdinnertheatre.com or 1-866-99TOBYS. BEST BET 12/11!
- ◊◊◊◊◊ The Turn of the Screw (Mystery-Thriller): Everyman Theatre. Through 2/24. 1 hour, 25 minutes, no intermission. www.everymantheatre.org or 410-752-2208. Review posted 1/19. BEST BET 1/22!
- ◊◊◊◊◊ La Cage aux Folles (Musical Dinner Theatre): Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore. Through 3/9. 12 hours, 35 minutes, including intermission. Adult themes, situations. www.tobysdinnertheatre.com or 410-649-1660 or 1-866-99TOBYS. Review posted 1/21. Look for information about BroadwayWorld Night at Toby's II, coming soon! See above for BWW discount! BEST BET 1/22!
The Turn of the Screw at Everyman, Off the Map at FPCT, and The Mousetrap at Spotlighters
CLOSING THIS WEEK! Your last chance
There are no shows scheduled to close this week!
SPECIAL THEATRE EVENTS!
SKETCH at Maryland Ensemble Theatre
- SKETCH (Comedy Troupe) at Maryland Ensemble Theatre. 1/25 and 1/26 at 8PM. See below for details and ticket information.
- Spunk (Play): The Kuumba Collective at The Theatre Project. 2/8 and 2/9 at 8PM. Call 443-802-1725 for more information.
- Carmen Jones (Concert Version) (Staged Concert): 2/15 at 8PM. www.winterslaneproductions.org or 410-780-6369.
OPENING SOON! Shows opening in February.
Three Irish Plays at Performance Workshop Theatre
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Drama): CENTERSTAGE. 2/1 3/9. Review to be posted 2/7. www.centerstage.org or 410-332-0033.
- The Human Experience: The Works of August Wilson (Theatrical Presentation): Winters Lane Productions. 2/8 2/10. www.winterslaneproductions.org or 410-780-6369.
- A Doll's House (Drama): Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. 2/8 3/2. Review to be posted 2/9. www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com or 866-811-4111.
- The Comedy of Errors (Shakespearean Comedy): Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. 2/15 2/24. Review to be posted 2/17. www.baltimoreshakespeare.org or 410-366-8596.
- Six Dead Queens...and an Inflatable Henry (US Premiere Comedy): Mobtown Players. 2/15 - 3/8. Review to be posted 2/23. www.mobtownplayers.com.
- The Philadelphia Story (Comedy): Laurel Mill Playhouse. 2/15 3/9. www.laurelmillplayhouse.org or 301-857-2448.
- Pageant (Musical): Spotlighters Theatre. 2/15 3/9. Review to be posted 2/24. www.spotlighters.org or 410-752-1225.
- Three Irish Plays (Drama): Performance Workshop Theatre. 2/15 3/16. Review to be posted 2/18. www.performanceworkshoptheatre.org or 410-659-7830.
- Disney's High School Musical (Musical): Hippodrome Theatre. 2/19 3/2. Review to be posted 2/20. www.broadwayacrossamerica.com or 410-547-SEAT.
- Other People's Money (Drama): Dundalk Community Theatre. 2/22 3/2. Review to be posted 2/25. www.ccbcmd.edu or 410-780-6369.
- Spinning Into Butter (Drama): Theatre Morgan. 2/22 3/2. www.morgan.edu.
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Musical Dinner Theatre): Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia. 2/21 - 6/5. Review to be posted TBA. www.tobysdinnertheatre.com or 1-800-88TOBYS.
- The Little Foxes (Drama): McDaniel College. 2/28 3/3. Review to be posted 2/29. www.mcdaniel.edu or 410-857-2248.
A Year with Frog and Toad
- WHO: Catonsville Theatre Company
- WHAT: A Year with Frog and Toad: The Musical. Director: Lauren Spencer-Harris, Musical Director: Aaron Broderick. She will ask you to read from the script.
- WHAT TO WEAR AND PREPARE: Please wear clothes for movement. You will be asked to read from the script and sing 16 bars of a song of your choice, with piano accompaniment. No CD's or a capella.
- WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR:
- Frog Baritone
- Toad Baritone
- 2 women Mezzo/Alto
- 1 man Tenor up to a High A
- All ages and ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Non-traditional casting, all roles are open.
- WHEN TO AUDITION:
- Sunday, January 20, 2008 3-5 PM
- Monday, January 21, 2008 7:30 9:30 PM
- Call Backs Tuesday January 22, 2008 7:30 9:30 PM
- WHERE: Barn Theatre on the CCBC-Catonsville campus, 800 S. Rolling RD 21228.
- SHOW DATES: May 2 17th 2008
- INFORMATION: 410/455-4400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- WHO: The Sky is the Limit Theatre Company
- WHAT: Brigadoon
- PREPARE: Interested performers should be ready to sing and/or dance and bring a picture. The Sky is the Limit provides opportunities for people with and without disabilities to perform together in a barrier free environment.
- WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR: All roles are open.
- WHEN TO AUDITION: January 26: 12 3PM and January 28: 6:30PM 8:30PM
- WHERE: 7701 Wise Avenue, Dundalk
- SHOW DATES: May 1 - 4
- INFORMATION: Cathy Steffen at 410-282-0939 or email her at email@example.com.
4 By Tenn
- WHO: Spotlighters Theatre
- WHAT: 4 by TENN - four short plays by Tennessee Williams, directed by Barry Feinstein. 4 by TENN consists for four short plays from the early works of Tennessee Williams.
- WHEN AND WHERE TO AUDITION: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 7:30pm, at the theatre - 817 Saint Paul Street - Baltimore, MD 21202
WHAT TO PREPARE: Actors interested in auditioning should prepare a short (less than 2 min) monologue and be prepared to read sides and scenes from the various plays.
- WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR: Seeking men age 18 - 60; may be playing multiple roles in multiple plays depending upon range and ability.
PERFORMANCE DATES: Mar 21 - Apr 13, 2008; Fri & Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm
INFORMATION: Please direct questions to Info@spotlighters.org.
Heaven Can Wait
- WHO: OnStage
- WHAT: Heaven Can Wait, a play by Harry Segall. Heaven Can Wait follows the afterlife of Joe Pendleton, an up-and-coming boxer, accidentally taken before his time. Through a series of fantastic and farcical circumstances, Joe's quest to regain a suitable body inadvertently sets right a number of other people's "wrongs," and leads him to meet the love of his life. Heaven Can Wait is appropriate for theatre-lovers of all ages.
- WHAT TO PREPARE: Sides will be available at the auditions
- WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR: 12 men & 6 women ages 25 to 60
- WHEN TO AUDITION: Saturday, February 2 - 2-4pm & Sunday, February 3 - 2-4pm
- WHERE: Bloomsbury Community Center, 106 Bloomsbury Avenue, Room 218, Catonsville, MD 21228
- SHOW DATES: April 4 - 20 Fridays and Saturday at 8pm Sundays at 2pm
- INFORMATION: Contact Marie Sproul, Artistic Director of OnStage at 410-598-0572
Jesus Christ Superstar
- WHO: Emmanuel United Methodist Church
- WHAT: Jesus Christ Superstar
- WHAT TO PREPARE/BRING: 12-16 bars of a song that showcases your abilities in the style of musical theatre. If auditioning for a lead role, prepare an additional piece from the show.
- Please bring headshots/resumes (we will also take photos at the auditions), sheet music (no tapes or CDsan accompanist will be provided), and be prepared to move for dance auditions.
- WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR: Males and females, ages 14 - 70. Lead roles for 1 female and 7-10 males, plus a cast and chorus of 16-24 (lots of singing).
- WHEN TO AUDITION: Sat. Feb. 9th from 1:00 3:00pm and Sun. Feb. 10th from 1:00 3:00pm
WHERE: Emmanuel UMC, 10755 Scaggsville Road, Laurel, MD 20723-1223. Auditions will take place in the Sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall. Directions can be found at: www.eumclaurel.org/directions/
- PERFORMANCE INFORMATION: Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Ken Krintz with music direction by Mariano Vales, will run Thursday through Saturday evenings, May 15 May 17, 2007 (with an additional pay-what-you-can preview performance on Wednesday, May 14). Rehearsals will begin the week of March 2, 2007.
INFORMATION: please email the director at firstname.lastname@example.org or the music director at email@example.com or contact Maureen Rogers at 301-452-2557.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church, located at 10755 Scaggsville Road, Laurel, MDD 20723, needs choreographer for Jesus Christ Superstar. Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Ken Krintz with music direction by Mariano Vales, will run Thursday through Saturday evenings, May 15 May 17, 2007 (with an additional pay-what-you-can preview performance onWednesday, May 14. Rehearsals will begin the week of March 2, 2007.
For more information, please email the director at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Maureen Rogers at 301-452-2557.
BACKSTAGE BABBLE! News, Best Bets, etc.
BEST BETS: EVERYMAN'S THE TURN OF THE SCREW and TOBY'S LA CAGE AUX FOLLES!
You really can't get much more diverse theatre experiences than those provided by two of our area's finest regional theatres. Everyman presents the chilling ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, with amazing direction by Donald Hicken and even more amazing acting by Megan Anderson and Bruce R. Nelson. Two more stars were born over at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore when Larry Munsey and Darren McDonnell took the stage as Albin and Georges in La Cage aux Folles, the multiple Tony award winning musical by Jerry Herman of Hello, Dolly fame. A singing and dancing extravaganza, this high energy, feel-good musical will tickle your funny bone, warm your heart and leave you humming its songs for days. See above for information on both excellent shows!
WINTERS LANE WANTS YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR SHOWS TO PRODUCE!
I got a note from Anya Nebel, director of Winters Lane Productions just today. She recalled a poll we did several months ago, asking you what shows you'd like to see produced locally, and was hoping that all of you could offer some suggestions.
Some background: Winters Lane is a company that really pushes the limits way beyond what you'd expect from a community theatre musical production values and quality musicians are especially high. They also pride themselves on color-blind, multi-cultural casting. They don't shy away from the tough stuff their Dreamgirls was remarkable. Recent shows include Smokey Joe's Café, Once on this Island, Disney's High School Musical, and, if you can believe it The Life!
So, readers, I leave it to you. Please send me your suggestions at email@example.com. Deadline: 1/29/2008!
NEWS: LOCAL PLAYWRIGHT HAS ART GALLERY OPENING
Local playwright Joe Dennison, most recently of Perpendicular at last year's Baltimore Playwrights Festival, shows that his talents reach far beyond the page and the stage. He has an art exhibit, which will be on display at Magnolia Design at 246 South Conkling Street from January 19 February 23rd.
The official opening reception will be January 26th at the gallery from 6 8PM, with Mr. Dennison speaking at 7PM. For more information, please contact the gallery at 410-327-7035.
THEATRE EVENTS (New items in RED.)
January 18 27: QuestFest at Theatre Project
From Jan. 18-27, medieval morality tales will leapfrog into the 21st century when Theatre Project presents Ramesh Meyyappan's visual adaptation of Dario Fo's Mistero Buffo. Hailed as "beautiful and sensitive" by the UK's Sunday Times, Mistero Buffo is a series of humorous vignettes that poke equal fun at government, religion, the rich and the poor.
The theatre of Dario Fo animates the physical body of the actor and this provides the perfect opportunity for Ramesh Meyyappan, a deaf performer, who manages to skewer society without saying a word.
Meyyappan portrays multiple characters in this one-man-show. The drunkard seen throughout this adaptation is the common man who is judged by a self-righteous angel for purely wanting to enjoy life. The drunk himself believes that if man was put on earth by a higher power, then the higher power wants man to enjoy life. The drunk sees gluttony and greed in the upper classes, is exploited by his own boss, and tortured by a power- crazy pope. As in Fo's play, Christ appears in this adaptation -- not as a God-like Symbol -- but a positive life-affirming symbol who cares for and assists the drunk in his times of need.
As a curtain raiser before each show, Tim Chamberlain and Iosif Schneiderman will perform Swept Away. Featuring bits of mime and clowning, this short production details what happens to an immigrant artist who is separated from his family, country, language and art.
Both shows are presented at Theatre Project as a part of QuestFest, a two-week festival celebrating visual theatre. Mistero Buffo plays run at Theatre Project Jan. 18-27. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 seniors and artists and $10 students. Tickets can be purchased at www.missiontix.com or by calling 410-752-8558.
January 25 and 26: SKETCH Comedy Troupe Unveils New Project at Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Three maverick filmmakers, being Brian Artusio, Jack Colliver, and Matt Lee, have crafted a comedy show unlike anything you have seen before. Combining improvisation, sketch comedy, video shorts, live music, and even physical challenges, "Sketch" is truly a one-of-a-kind comedy troupe. Veterans both on stage and behind the camera, the three have brought their skills together to take the Maryland Ensemble Theatre by storm. These bold actors have been developing their twisted sense of humor and performance skills by involvement in many artistic venues in the Frederick community including: The Maryland Ensemble Theatre's Ensemble School, Actor's Anonymous, TJ Stage, Smithereens Productions, Frederick's 72 hour Film Festival Competition and countless hours of Guerilla-esque filming projects.
The members of "Sketch" have been keeping a cloud of mystery over their project, teasing potential audiences with vague marketing images and tempting invitations. The word on the street is that the project gathers much inspiration from current events, local color, avant-garde performances of film and theatre and Nickelodeon's popular television show "Slime Across America". The three young artists relay, "And if you still don't want to come see the show, just remember the "Sketch" motto: Everyone gets a prize no matter what".
Warning: "Sketch" is recommended for audiences 14 and up.
"Sketch" will be presented January 25th and 26th at 8 p.m. at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre. FSK Hotel, 31 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD. Tickets are $10, and a large portion of the proceeds will be benefited to a charity chosen by the audience. The show will be co-produced by The Maryland Ensemble Theatre's MET-X, which provides opportunities for alternative performances by artists in the community and MET ensemble. For more information or to make reservations call the MET Box office at 301-694-4744 or purchase at www.marylandensemble.org.
January 27: Spotlighters Holds Open House and Dedication of New Backstage
SPOTLIGHTERS Theatre invites BWW readers to an OPEN HOUSE and DEDICATION of their newly renovated Back Stage Area on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 6pm, including a lite fare reception.The dressing rooms will be dedicated in memory of Maria Lakkala and Bob Perry two Baltimore stars who left our spotlight in 2007.RSVP by January 22 to Info@spotlighters.org or 410-752-1225. There is no charge for this event.
Through January 27: QuestFest Returns to Baltimore/Washington Venues
Life changing a whole new way of looking at theater: That is how participants describe their experiences at QuestFest, an international visual theater festival produced by Quest, in partnership with Towson University, Baltimore Theatre Project, Creative Alliance, Round House Theatre, Center Stage, and Gallaudet University. QuestFest will return to the Baltimore Washington area festival January 1427, 2008, with performances and residences in venues and schools throughout the Baltimore Washington area.
The festival will feature an international roster of deaf and hearing artists in an array of family-friendly, cutting-edge work that welcomes all people.
This year marks the third QuestFest. This year's festival will feature performances such as Mistero Buffo, directed and performed by Ramesh Meyyappan from Singapore. Meyyappan wowed audiences at QuestFest 2006 and the QuestFest partners knew they had to invite this brilliant and innovative artist from Singapore to return; I Carried the Flag directed by Tim McCarty; Mosaic, conceived and directed by Miriam Ganz; The Snow Queen, directed by Mara Neimanis; and the Hong Kong Theatre of Silence.
Performance venues will include the Baltimore Theatre Project, the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, and the Studio Theatre, the New Studio Theatre and the Dance Studio, all at Towson University.
In addition to performances, QuestFest will also offer master classes, panel discussions, residencies, workshops and post-show discussions.
QuestFest is produced by Quest, a Lanham, Md. based organization that is internationally recognized for its innovative work in visual theater and its leadership in welcoming peopled from diverse backgrounds. QuestFest is completely accessible to deaf and hard of hearing audiences, and no sign language interpreters are required for any of the shows.
To reserve tickets or for more information about QuestFest go the Web site at www.questfest.org or call the Towson University Box Office at 410-704-ARTS (2787).
February 8 March 2: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company to Present Ibsen's Classic A Doll's House
The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will produce the immortal "door slam heard around the world" with its Classics-in-the-Box production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, February 8-March 2, 2008 at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City, Maryland.
A Doll's House, a searing drama that unintentionally helped fuel the women's movement of the late 19th century, follows Nora, the perfect wife and mother, who always has time for her children while satisfying her husband's every whim. To her husband, she is a little doll. A riveting chain of events leads to Nora's realization that she controls her own future. "The door slam heard around the world" is the critics' characterization of Nora's final action, and the start of Nora's new future.
The play was shocking in its time because Nora's empowerment and the decision she makes in its wake was the most profoundly feminist statement yet seen on European stages. A Doll's House was also particularly unique in its time for focusing on a female protagonist.
Directing A Doll's House is company member and Education Director Kevin Costa. Dr. Costa brings a wealth of professional directing and acting experience from theaters across the country. Past credits with CSC include: Mr. Purgon in The Imaginary Invalid, Grumio in Taming of the Shrew, several roles in King Lear, Touchstone in As You Like It and several roles in Henry V. Dr. Costa is also the Drama Department Chair at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland.
"Our hope is to re-examine, collaboratively, the fundamental predicaments at the heart of this play. Why is Nora's plight still compelling 127 years after the play's first appearance? Why do we remain drawn to her situation? Moreover, what does Ibsen explore about the human situation through each person in this timely drama? Like Nora at the end of the play, we can't and perhaps shouldn't have a definitive answer. This production, rather, will provide the opportunity for The Cast to attempt answers with the full knowledge that we may only find more questions," explains Costa.
The Cast is headlined by CSC Company Members Patrick Kilpatrick, Christina Schlegel, Scott Alan Small and Charlie Mitchell.
On Saturday, February 9, CSC will host its 2nd CSC: The Extended Version. The evening will begin at 6:30pm with the artist's commentary; a reading and discussion of CSC company member, Frank Moorman's paper discussing translations. This will be followed by the 8pm performance of A Doll's House. CSC: The Extended Version will conclude with the extras; a Q&A with the actors of A Doll's House.
Tickets for A Doll's House can be purchased online at www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com, by calling 866.811.4111 or prior to the performance at the box office. Groups of 10 or more, please call 410.313.8874 for group rates. For general information, call the CSC offices at 410.313.8874.