October 10, 2019
Volume 19-26
Welcome!
Welcome to Artist Alley,
Washington County Arts Council's electronic newsletter. We hope this publication will engage you with the arts in your community.
WCAC welcomes your ideas and support as it continues to take the lead in bringing together the community's art organizations to strengthen our region's arts culture.
For artist information, arts events, calls for art, and more visit WCAC's web page... www.washingtoncountyarts.com .
October 2019 Exhibit






The Washington County Arts Council presents “Family Tree” an exhibit featuring Elizabeth Beachley, Bruce Field, Clinton Jones, Richie Jones, John Komorowski, Pat Mc Cleary, Jene Meier and Laura Rittenhouse. The exhibit continues through October 29, 2019.
Meet photographer Bruce Field one of the “Family Tree” exhibiting artists. You will have an opportunity to learn about the specific details of his photography…. artistic style, materials and process.
Call for Artists!








People's Choice Award Winner

Morgan Tucker, a BISFA 10th grade visual arts student, received the “Purple Haze: Selective Perceptions” Exhibit, People’s Choice Award sponsored by The Nora Roberts Foundation. Morgan’s art, “The Unforgiving Ruler of Life” received the most votes during the month-long exhibit at the Washington County Arts Council.
Washington County, MD,
Historical Society‎ presents
Water/Ways

It's the final week for Water/Ways at the Miller House Museum! The exhibit is open from 9am-4pm each day until Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Miller House Museum
135 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Call for Films!
Early Bird Deadline: October 31, 2019
The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the new Performing Arts Center at the Maryland Theatre!

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Open House - 11am to 2pm
Ribbon Cutting - 4:30pm

The Maryland Theatre board, staff, and supporters are excited to share the much-anticipated opening of the crown jewel of downtown Hagerstown's Arts & Entertainment District! The public is invited to the unveiling of this amazing facility. Tour the new event spaces including the Grand Lobby, Cocktail Lounge, VIP Suite, The View Studio and the Ballroom. The official ribbon cutting and a champagne toast will follow at 4:30pm.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Halloween Hill at Joyful Arts Studio
10/11/2019
6 pm – 9 pm

Joyful Arts Studio 21 E. Baltimore Street Greencastle, PA
Class tuition and supplies: $45
Beginner's welcome!
Come enjoy a Friday evening wind-down of painting to create this adorable Halloween Hill scene.

Contact Susan Shaffer at 717-658-2177 or susan@joyfulartstudios.com
Fall Fest at Catoctin Furnace

Spend a day celebrating autumn in historic Catoctin Furnace at the 9th Annual Fallfest! Watch apple butter boiling over an open fire and purchase a pint fresh from the kettle. Traditional food, including soup and scones will be available for purchase. Tour the historic furnace and houses, see the newly completed Forgeman’s House, and preview exhibits in the Museum of the Ironworker. Watch a blacksmith at work. Make a traditional handkerchief doll, sip apple cider, and enjoy an heirloom-recipe baked good.
October 11 & 12, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm. Free Admission.

443-629-8661

Catoctin Furnace
12610 Catoctin Furnace Rd.
Thurmont, MD 21788
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater's 35th Season continues with Stephen Sondheim's thriller Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Playing 10 performances only, beginning September 13 and continuing through October 27th.

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight TONYs, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s ( A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun!

The musical is preceded by a buffet meal beginning at 6:00pm. There is one matinee on Sunday, October 27th at 1:00pm (meal). 

Tickets cost $49.50 and include salad bar, hot buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, and iced tea. Bar tab and gratuity not included.

For tickets visit  washingtoncountyplayhouse.com  or call 301-739-7469.

The historic Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater, which has been newly remodeled, is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater presents
Theatre for Young Audiences stage: THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW!

This take on the spooky classic story by Washington Irving, is presented with all the thrills, chills and laughs that keep young audiences on the edge of their seats. The storybook tale revolves around the main characters—the bumbling schoolteacher Ichabod, the coquettish Katrina and Ichabod’s brutish rival, Brom Bones. There are also six characters who play storytellers, keeping the action and pace moving throughout. As much fun as the play presents, it saves the best for last—the ride of the headless horseman.

Tickets are now on sale at   washingtoncountyplayhouse.com/youth-theater  or call 301-739-7469.
Get yours today!

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater
44 North Potomac Street, Rear…. In the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Presents
Carl Orff's Epic 'Carmina Burana'
at New Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Complex
Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 20, 2019 @ 3:00 PM

Opening of the MSO’s 2019/20 season with one of the grandest statements in all of choral literature, Orff’s Carmina Burana is pure spectacle. Deceptively simple harmonies combined with contagious rhythms and dramatic vocal solos create a hypnotically primeval experience. Featuring the combined voices of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Frederick Children's Chorus, this audience favorite explores the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of indulging in life’s excess. Arguably the most iconic choral work of the twentieth century, its unforgettable opening, “O Fortuna,” has become a pop culture phenomenon.

Ticket Price: $19 - $79

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Tickets can be purchased online at www.marylandsymphony.org or by phone at 301-797-4000.

For Information:
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Box Office
28 W Washington St, Ste 2
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-797-4000
Stories In The Round - Dovie Thomason
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown meeting hall 13245 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD
Event Date: 10/21/2019
Start Time: 7:00pm
End Time: 8:30pm

Dovie Thomason is a much admired and internationally respected teller of traditional stories handed down from her Kiowa Apache grandmother, her Lakota family and Scots ancestors, as well as personal and historical narratives that broaden her listeners’ understanding of the cultures she experienced as a child. Ms. Thomason has shared her wisdom tales for decades with community organizations, festivals, schools, libraries, Head Start, University of Manitoba Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, American Folklore Society, The Shakespeare Globe Theater, TED Talks, NASA, and many others – and now our own Stories In The Round for the second time in three years.

Fee: $10 in advance $12 at the door
Contact Name: Fanny Crawford
Contact Phone: 301-730-1638
Contact Email: fanitsky@hotmail.com
Engine Room Art Space presents
Carol Williams: Fibers of Defiance…..
Textile Quilting, Metal Framings and Written Word
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 3-7 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 3-27, 2019

Ms. William’s “work with fabrics and buttons is a re-purposing of the traditionally feminine art form of sewing and quilting, which has been historically classified as craft.” The artist’s exhibit “uses the “women’s work” of quilting and sewing to make statements about women; our images, our challenges, our obstacles and our status…..pieces tells a story or describes an experience, embellished with buttons, but always with fabrics that contribute to the depth of …connection to cloth. Even as the textile industry continues to be one of the largest, and most polluting, industries on earth, our dependence on fabric is a daily, and very personal, essential connection.”

Engine Room Art Space
36 N Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Call (240) 675-5965
Valley Art Association members will exhibit their art work on the theme of “Abstract” at the Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown, Md from October 4th to October 27th. Hours are Fridays & Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm, Sundays 1 to 4 pm. Free admission. For more information call 301 797-2867 or valleyartinfo@gmail.com
TAG/The Artists Gallery

New works by two long time members of TAG/The Artists Gallery are the focus of the October exhibition. Sarah Higgins and Tricia Stockman bring their individual perspectives to abstract painting and photography, respectively.

In her show titled "Abstracted Realities," Sarah Higgins presents recent paintings and drawing that reflect her continuing interest in perceived reality. 

The photography of Tricia Stockman continues her exploration of the ubiquitous presence of birds. She concludes this presence can be predictable and universal. Through her photography Stockman suggests that birds are notations, exhibit repetitions and patterns when birds hold a "meet up."  The collection incorporates straightforward photography, photo collage and photo filters in response to the initial observation of birds on a wire.

TAG will also have a show of new work by other members of the gallery. The exhibition runs from Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 27. Opening reception for the artists is Saturday, October 5, from 5 to 9pm. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from noon to 9pm and Sunday, noon until 5pm, or by appointment. Learn more at theartistsgalleryfrederick.com or 301-696-8187.

TAG/The Artists Gallery
216 N. Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701 
For information contact Tom Ritchie 410 353-8306,  trit1801@gmail.com
Don't Miss
This Incredible Theater Event!
Delusion by Proxy
A black comedy about love & tyranny

Staged Reading by Author/Actress Brooke Adams
October 12 & 13, 2019 4-6 pm

The Frederick Arts Council presents a staged reading in partnership with the Endangered Species (theater) Project, featuring a guest appearance (Introduction and Q&A) by the play's author and actress Brooke Adams.*

*You may have seen Brooke at the 2019 Emmys with husband Tony Shalhoub!

$20

Sky Stage
59 South Carroll Street
Frederick, MD
Noteworthy Sundays at the
Washington County Free Library—
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Galen Abdur-Razzaq is an extraordinary flutist with an extensive performance career. He is also a riveting speaker with encyclopedic knowledge on the history of jazz and the Civil Rights Movement. Galen studied at Berklee College of Music and holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Performing Arts from Rutgers University, New Jersey.

This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
The Living Legacy National Speaking Tour:
A Conversation with David Driskell and Curlee Raven Holton
of the David C. Driskell Center
at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM in the Bowman Gallery
Admission: FREE

The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora organized the Living Legacy National Speaking Tour to present, celebrate, and document the achievements and legacy of its founder, David C. Driskell (b. 1931). This tour, a series of conversations between Driskell and Curlee R. Holton, highlights his contributions as an artist, scholar, and cultural historian and the contributions of African American artists to the country’s artistic heritage. Driskell has lived through and witnessed firsthand the dynamic historic changes that define America’s contemporary cultural landscape. In addition to Driskell’s singular accomplishments, he is a gifted and inspiring speaker whose personal narrative brings with it an intimate and powerful voice.

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-5727
Bus Trip:
Fallingwater & Westermoreland Museum of Fine Arts
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - Friday, October 18, 2019 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
$275 per person

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts’ Bus Trip: Fallingwater, Mill Run, PA and Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA
Hop on the bus with the Museum of Fine Arts and visit Fallingwater, the famed creation of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Polymath Park, and more!

Time Magazine called Fallingwater Wright's "most beautiful job," and it is listed among Smithsonian's "Life List of 28 places to visit before you die." The Westmoreland Museum of American Art was established in 1959 and features famous artists, such as Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, and more.

Depart WCMFA at 6:30 AM on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Return to WCMFA in the evening on Friday, October 18, 2019.
Overnight accommodations will be at the Hampton Inn, New Stanton, PA. Hotel provides complimentary hot breakfast. Rooms include two queen size beds and will be shared with a fellow traveler. A private room could be arranged for an additional fee.
$275 per person. All admission, tour costs, transportation, hotel rates, and taxes are included in the price.
The Mountain Maryland Artist Studio Tour program an initiative of the Allegany Arts Council located in Cumberland, Maryland takes visitors away from the usual gallery experience to visit artists in their studio environments, where they see artists in their natural habitats.
Held annually, the Artist Studio Tours including member artists of the Allegany Arts Council living and working in Allegany and Garrett Counties. Each year, approximately 20 studios are represented, with media ranging from jewelry, to ceramics, wood-turning, and furniture design. The Tours are self-guided and visitors may view as many studios as they choose.
In 2019, the Artist Studio Tours will take place October 19 and 20 from 11:00AM-5:00PM daily. http://artsaleandtour.com/what-are-the-artist-studio-tours/ .
Sons of Serendip to Perform In Hagerstown, MD on October 24, 2019

Live On Stage, Inc. and the Hagerstown Community Concert Association announce America’s Got Talent Finalists as part of their 2019 - 2020 Concert Season

Sensational vocal/instrumental quartet and America’s Got Talent Season 9 finalists, Sons of Serendip, are bringing their jaw-dropping sound to Maryland Theatre on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.  Advance tickets can be purchased at the Maryland Theatre Box Office or on their website www.mdtheatre.org, $25 for adults and $8 for Students under age 18. Lobby doors open one hour prior to the show. Theatre seating starts 45 minutes prior to the show for season/individual ticketholders and 30 minutes prior to the show for reciprocity ticketholders. Open seating, no reserved or assigned seats. For additional ticket information, visit the association web site at www.hagerstowncommunityconcerts.org. 

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-790-2000
The Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown presents
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
at The Maryland Theatre
Friday, October 25, 2019
Happy Hour 6:30 pm
Movie Begins 8 pm

The Maryland International Film Festival - Hagerstown presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the historic Maryland Theatre featuring a VIP Happy Hour & Costume Contest!

C'mon everyone! Let's do the Time Warp Again! Join us for this "fabulously freaky" cult classic on October 25! Happy Hour starts at 6:30 pm in the new Performing Arts Center Cocktail Lounge with music, beer, wine and costume contest.

Happy Hour/Costume Contest –SOLD OUT
Movie Tickets Only - $15 advance/$20 at the door

The Maryland Theatre
S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-790-2000
Shippensburg Swing Band
Halloween Dinner Dance

The Shippensburg Swing Band will host the annual “Halloween Dinner and Dance” on Friday October 25, 2019 at Premier Events, 429 East Orange Street. The dinner is a full buffet from salad to dessert and starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by dancing, a basket raffle, and a costume contest starting at 8:00 p.m. Live music for dancing will be provided by the Shippensburg Swing Band. Proceeds from the event support scholarships for local high school musicians.

The Shippensburg Swing Band, under the direction of Vicki Baker, is a swing band located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Our musicians hail from Shippensburg, Newville, Chambersburg, Waynesboro, and other surrounding towns. It is part of a three-band organization: the Shippensburg Band, the Shippensburg Blaskapelle German Band and the Shippensburg Swing Band. The music selections span from the 1930s through the 1950s, concentrating on the 30s and 40s styles of music.
Tickets for dinner and dancing are $30 per individual or $10 for dancing only. Tickets can be purchased online at www.shipband.org.
Proceeds from the dance, auction, and raffle goes towards providing music scholarships for local high school musicians. The Shippensburg Band is a 501c-3 non-profit organization.
Cumberland Valley School of Music
30th Gala Showcase Concert
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 615 PM)

VIP Reception begins at 6:00 PM in the Capitol Theatre Wood Center

Musical highlights include:

Tim Gotwald directing an inter-generational community band
· Autumn Turner, voice, singing “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess accompanied by Brian Helman, piano; Herm Hopple, bass; and Sam Hepfer, drums
· Co-founders Paula Hepfer, voice; Meagan Boozer, piano; Sam Hepfer, drums; and John Boozer, voice, performing a fun song together
· Fred Davison conducting a community choir (including current and former members of the Cumberbunds) performing “One Voice,” “Worthy to Be Praised,” and “It’s Ragtime.”
· Gloria McCauley, piano, one of our founding faculty members, will delight with a ragtime piece
and much, MUCH more!!
Patron Tickets: $40 (includes a VIP pre-show reception, preferred seating and listing in the program)

General Admission Tickets: $25

Students (ages 5-18) and CVSM immediate family members: $10

CVSM Students, Faculty & Staff and children under 5 are admitted free of charge

The Capitol Theatre
159 S. Main Street
Chambersburg, PA 17201
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Jay and The Americans
Sunday, October 27, 2019 • 3:00pm
Jay and The Americans first record was "Tonight" (from the Broadway Musical West Side Story), and their breakout hit song was "She Cried". Jay and The Americans next chart hit was "Only In America", followed by top ten hits "Come A Little Bit Closer" and later "This Magic Moment".

Where were you when you first heard "Cara Mia"? Jay and The Americans pay tribute to the late Roy Orbison with "Crying", and no other band in history has sold more copies of the song "Some Enchanted Evening" than Jay and The Americans!!!

Jay and The Americans were a major force in starting the Rock and Roll revival with their album "Wax Museum", where they paid tribute to many great Rock and Roll artists with their versions of such great songs as "Hushabye", "Walkin' In The Rain", and a song that reached the top ten "This Magic Moment". You will hear all of these songs, which are featured in the new Jay and The Americans show.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Washington County Roots -
Howard ' Blackie' Bowen
presented by the
Washington County Historical Society
at the Miller House Museum

Fri, November 1, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fans of Who Do You Think You Are? are sure to love our local edition. Our genealogists are hot on the trail of prominent Washington County local, Howard 'Blackie' Bowen, and they'll be revealing what they've found at a live presentation!
Join us and Mr. 'Blackie' Bowen as we travel back in time through his family tree, uncovering some of his family's most interesting stories and secrets, all the way back to the 1600s. We may even be able to dig up some family artifacts while we're at it! The presentation will include a cash bar and light refreshments.

$15

Miller House Museum
135 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
University Plaza
50 W Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 10 AM until 4 PM and
Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 12 noon until 4 PM

Join Main Street and the City of Hagerstown for third Annual Christkindl Markt in downtown Hagerstown! This event features local artisans selling their handcrafted goods as well as local food vendors (German beer, Gluhwein, Bratwurst and other tasty treats)!

New for 2019, we are expanding the event to a two-day event - November 30 & December 1!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Saturday, November 30
6:00am - 12:00pm - City Market (25 W Church Street)
10:00am - 4:00pm - Christkindl Markt (University Plaza)
1:30pm - Holly Fest (Maryland Theatre)
4:00pm - Downtown Tree Lighting (Public Square)

Sunday, December 1
12:00pm - 4:00pm - Christkindl Markt (University Plaza)
Authentic Community Theatre presents
Beauty and the Beast
at The Maryland Theatre

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Friday, November 1, 2019 • 7:30pm
Saturday, November 2, 2019 • 7:30pm

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater is proud to present ELVIS In Concert Tribute on Friday, November 1st at 6:00pm, Saturday, November 2nd at 6:00pm and Sunday, November 3rd at 1:00pm.

It's time to get "All Shook Up," as Jeff Krick Jr, one of the country’s premiere Elvis Tribute Artists, takes The Playhouse stage! Elvis In Concert Tribute will take your breath away! Jeff has performed in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Headlined on Cruise Ships! Preceded by salad bar, hot buffet, dessert, and coffee, tea and iced tea. Cash bar. Bar tab and gratuity not included.

Tickets cost $49.50 and may be purchased at washingtoncountyplayhouse.com or by calling 301-739-7469.

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater is located at 44 North Potomac Street, Rear in the heart of Hagerstown's City Center and Arts and Entertainment District.
St. Maria Goretti High School Players
present
Shakespeare Abridged
in the Ballroom of The Maryland Theatre

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 2:00pm      
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:30pm      
If you like Shakespeare, you'll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you'll love this show! All of Shakespeare's 37 plays done in 97 hilarious minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, this show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare! Join the St. Maria Goretti Players as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-790-2000
Tickets on sale to the general public Thurs., October 3, 2019 at 11am
Noteworthy Sundays at the
Washington County Free Library—
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm
 
Jennie Avila will perform selections from her Civil War true story songs. Experience the Civil War musically, through the eyes of Antietam area residents. Everyday people found themselves in the extraordinary circumstances of the Civil War: blue and gray, black and white, men and women, young and old... and of course a horse.
 
"Marvelous voice and songwriting...Great stuff!" -Jeff Shaara, author of "Gods and Generals"
 
Jennie Avila worked with the Boonsboro Museum of History, various WC Historical Societies, The Western Maryland Room in Hagerstown's Library, and local descendants of Civil War era. Her research spanned eight years, as more and more tales came out of the woodwork. These songs are based on true stories that Jennie could get her hands on and her heart around. Hear the eerie stories behind the stories, as well as Stephen Wright's handmade ceramic drums.
 
A veteran singer-songwriter, Jennie Avila has opened for many beloved performers such as; comedian Robin Williams, the Legendary Pete Seeger, Janis Ian and Richie Havens. She currently performs solo and with her Husband, Stephen Wright. She has composed 10 albums of original music. The most recent CD, entitled "Love & Lore of The Civil War", was inspired by true stories from the Antietam Battlefield area. It was preceded by "Civil War Stories in Song", an EP sponsored by the WC Convention and Visitors Bureau. Jennie Avila was honored to perform her original Civil War songs with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra as part of their 2013 and 2017 Salutes to Independence.
 
This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website.
 
This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
The Maryland Theatre presents
One Woman Sex and the City:
A Parody on Love, Friendship and Shoes
Show Date - Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00pm

Join actress and comedian Kerry Ipema as she portrays all 4 of our favorite women Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda in this 90 minute love-letter and hilarious tribute through six seasons of this mad-cap series. Kerry portrays Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda as they eat brunch, banter, argue and swoon over men and Manolos.

Ipema and co-creator and director T.J Dawe (One Man Star-Wars/One Man Lord of the Rings) bring all of our favorite moments to life. The naked dress, the "post-it note" and the "tantric sex demonstration" all weave their way into this fantastic send-up. Who can forget how the Cosmopolitan drink swept into our lives? Mr. Big may even make an appearance.

One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody on Love, Friendship and Shoes reminds us all of the power of friendship and why this show so firmly remains in our hearts and minds. We "can't help but wonder" what waits in store for YOU at this perfect girls-night out.
OPTIONAL VIP PRE SHOW BRUNCH WITH THE GIRLS
Unleash your inner Carrie Bradshaw and treat yourself to a VIP brunch in the Maryland Theatre Ballroom before the off-Broadway performance of Sex and the City!
Doors open at 12 pm
Tickets to the brunch are $39.00 and includes:
•   Complimentary Mimosa or Cosmo
•   Buffet Brunch
•   Photo Opportunities
•   Entertainment by DJ Sidekick
•   Giveaways & Prizes
Additional drinks are available for purchase. And for the ladies - a specialty shopping area!
PS - Don't be afraid to bring your own Mr. Big - men are allowed.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Russian Ballet Theatre presents
Swan Lake at the Maryland Theatre
Thursday, November 7, 2019 • 7:00pm

If you think you have seen Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, think again! Russian Ballet Theatre’s new production bestows the splendor of tradition with new magical trimmings! Original sets are hand painted following century old traditions of set making and over 150 magical costumes are hand sewn! Nadezha Kalinina’s (Mariinsky Theatre, Omsk Theatre, Teatro Lirico) choreography is brought to life in all of its whimsical grandeur.

The Russian Ballet Theatre have partnered with PLUS1, an initiative that connects artists with causes, so that $1 from every ticket sold will support local public school teachers and their classroom projects in Hagerstown and surrounding areas through DonorsChoose.org.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Friday Night Fever
featuring the New York Bee Gees.
Friday, November 8, 2019 • 7:00pm

The New York Bee Gees Tribute Show is comprised of some of Long Island New York's most versatile and exceptionally talented players. The band includes present or former members of well known, world renown acts including The Alan Parsons Project, Happy Together Tour, Meatloaf, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, Riot, Herman's Hermits, Enrique Iglesias, The Rippingtons and more. Based in New York the show has played to sell out shows at The Paramount Theater and BB King NYC.

Performances are regularly at The NYCB Theater at Westbury, Resorts World Casino, Empire Casino, The Suffolk Theater. B.B. King NYC wrote, "The NY Bee Gees Tribute Show presents the most extravagant Bee Gees show a fan can experience. The band offers all of the classic 70's disco hits from Stayin' Alive to Night Fever while embracing their early works such as To Love Somebody, I've Got To Get A Message To You and Massachusetts. The New York Bee Gees delivers songs from every decade of the Bee Gees catalog with a stunning production, powerful vocals and the professional stage presence to fill any club or casino."

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Rockabilly The Night Away

Saturday, November 9, 2019 • 8:00pm

Willy Barry, just back from playing Las Vegas, and His Chaperons perform the greatest hits from your favorite Rock-A-Billy artist. Nothing like listening to Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis and others to get your toes a-tapping and your heart a-racing. Come on out for a good old fashion Rock-a-Billy night of music.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Potomac Playmakers proudly announce the second show
of the 2019-2020 Season, Jack Neary’s comedy, “The Porch!”

“The Porch” takes place over Labor Day weekend in 2006. Three friends, all women in their late fifties or early sixties, sit on a front porch and comment—sometimes graphically—on anything and everything in their purview. Over the course of the play, their husbands are introduced into the action. Many topics are addressed, but under the camaraderie is a secret that won’t be revealed until the penultimate scene, which cements the bond established among these lifetime friends. Laughs abound from the very first scene and rarely let up. But then, since it's a comedy about real people, life steps in, plots twist, and lives change. It's a play about the challenge of enduring friendships, and has been compared to “The Golden Girls” and “Steel Magnolias.”

“The Porch,” directed by Cathy James with Rachael Thompson, stars Greg Berezuk, Wanda Dittmann, Tom Doty, Kimberly Jones, and Paulette Lee. “The Porch” is sponsored in part by a grant from the Washington County Arts Council and will run November 15-17 and November 22-24, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church, located at 31 W. Potomac Street, Williamsport, Maryland 21795. Showtime for the Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8:00 pm, while the Sunday matinee performances will start at 3:00 pm. Tickets for each performance are $15, and can be purchased at the door or online in advance at www.potomacplaymakers.org.

The Potomac Playmakers, founded in 1926, is one of the nation's longest running active community theatre groups. For more information, visit The Potomac Playmakers’ website at www.potomacplaymakers.org , email potomacplaymakers@gmail.com or call (240) 382-7269. Potomac Playmakers, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) all-volunteer, non-profit community theater company in business since 1926.

***PARENTAL ADVISORY – “The Porch” contains suggestive language and adult themes, and may not be appropriate for younger audiences. Parental discretion is advised.
Candlelight Yoga with Michelle Grimes
at The Maryland Theatre Ballroom
11/15/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Yoga and Meditation Instructor Michelle Grimes will lead you through a one-hour yoga session to relax you, sharpen your concentration and relieve muscle tension & strain - by candlelight. Afterwards, enjoy a glass of wine and light snacks in the new Maryland Theatre Ballroom. Don't forget to bring a yoga mat - and a clear mind.
Tickets are $30 and include: • 60-minute Yoga Session •Glass of Wine • Light Snacks

Tickets on sale to the general public, Friday October 4, 2019 at 11 am
Contact Melissa Fountain at 301-790-3500 or msf@mdtheatre.org
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra
presents “The American Symphony”
at The Maryland Theatre
November 16, 2019
7:30 PM

Bold, thrilling and moving all at once. Premiered 126 years ago upon Dvořák’s arrival in the U.S., his Ninth Symphony is emblematic of a foreigner’s portrayal of the life and times of early America. Experience a perfect collision of folk tunes and gypsy flavor from Dvořák’s native Bohemia and his impressions of an exciting turn-of-the-century life in the “New World.”
The first half of the concert features the MSO performing a fanfare composed by Kimo Williams and Price's Symphony No. 1 in E minor.
Tickets: $19 - $79
For information contact Michael Harp at 301-791-4000 or info@marylandsymphony.org

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-790-2000
The Maryland Theatre hosts
An Evening With Brooks Robinson
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2:00pm

From the time Brooks Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut in 1955, until he retired as a player in 1977, he added a new dimension to the third base position. He played his entire 23 year major league career for the Baltimore Orioles. Known as "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" it's been said that he was the best third baseman to ever play the game. During his tenure, the Baltimore Orioles had the best record in all of baseball.

Brooks played in 18 consecutive All-Star games and won 16 consecutive Gold Glove awards. When he retired, Brooks held nearly all the records for third baseman in Major League Baseball.

Elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, he received nearly 92% of the votes. A higher percentage than even Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mantle received when they were elected. Brooks was a true gentleman both on and off the field. It's been said that some players get candy bars named after them, but people named their children after Brooks Robinson.

Join us for An Evening with Brooks Robinson at the historic Maryland Theatre where Brooks will share stories about his remarkable career and reminisce about the games and players of his 23 years in the big leagues. Brooks' remarks will be followed by a question and answer period with the audience.

OPTIONAL PRE-SHOW MEET & GREET OPPORTUNITY

The Pre-Show Meet & Greet Opportunity is a separate ticket to be purchased in addition to An Evening With Brooks Robinson. Meet & Greet tickets are $80. This special opportunity will take place in The Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center from 1-2 pm and is limited to 75 people.
Meet & Greet ticket holders will be able to have ONE item signed by Brooks Robinson. If any Meet & Greet ticket holder brings more than one item for signing, they will be asked to leave.

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-790-2000
Motown Christmas
at The Maryland Theatre
11/19/2019 at 7:00pm

A Motown Christmas features a world-class vocal group, assembled from past and present members of Motown's most legendary groups...The Temptations, The Miracles and The Capitols. A Motown Christmas is a powerful family-oriented show combining Motown's greatest hits with everyone's favorite holiday classics. This show features those famous Motown trademarks...dazzling choreography and unforgettable harmonies all performed in that memorable, soulful Motown style.

Fee: $39-$54

Contact Anne Hunt at 301-790-2000 or  aeh@mdtheatre.org
The Golden Girls 2 -
Another Merry Murderous Christmas
Wed Nov 20, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Washington County Playhouse, Hagerstown, MD

Dorothy Zwieback, Blanche Delovely, Rose Niblet and Sophia Tiparillo are throwing another of their famous Christmas parties. But where IS Dorothy? Apparently, she's gone to pieces—the victim of a mad bomber. Everyone has a motive, but Lucy Lovett, Blanche's niece and Dorothy's literary agent, seems to be the only one with an alibi. Fortunately, obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk and assistant Sharona are on hand to solve the mystery, with the help of the guests!

• Ticket price includes Dinner & Show and coffee, tea, and iced tea. Bar tab and gratuity are not included.
• We reserve the right to reassign selected seating to accommodate patrons with special needs or groups.
• All sales are final. There are no cancellations, refunds, or exchanges.
• CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS.
• Tickets subject to a $3.75 Ticketing Operations Fee.

Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater & Children's Theater - 44 North Potomac Street, Rear, Hagerstown, MD, (301) 739-7469
The Maryland Theatre hosts
Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience
Saturday, November 23, 2019 • 7:30pm

Zoso -The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it's much more than just being a tribute. It's about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly wound talent and authenticity. Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. In eighteen successful years of touring, they have perfected their art. As one of the longest tenured Zeppelin tributes, Zoso's 2400 live shows around the world, including a slot at Bonnaroo in 2003, have established them as the most traveled and successful band in the market.

Zoso's live shows are not about simply playing the right notes, they are about aura and feeling, harkening back to the unique atmosphere Led Zeppelin created. It’s in the way they play: Each band member's mastery of authentic vintage instruments coupled with spot on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, their compelling stage persona and distinct Led Zeppelin sound, with astounding visual imagery recreates the music, magic, and mystery of a Zeppelin concert. The impact is so powerful that band members constantly hear from young rockers that they were the catalyst behind turning them into new, die-hard Zeppelin fans.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Boys & Girls Club
of Washington County presents
Tim Hawkins
at The Maryland Theatre
Sunday, November 24, 2019 • 3:00pm & 7:00pm

Tim Hawkins presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County
Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been establishing himself as one of the most in-demand comedians in the country. With 300,000,000 video views online and over 100 sold-out concerts every year, his Jackwagon Crew has grown into a revolution of multi-generational proportions. But don’t take it from us...

Tim's gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted, the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. The perils of marriage, homeschooling, and growing up in the Midwest may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for really good punchlines.

Sure he's funny, but fans are often even more amazed at his singing voice and guitar chops. Tim's hilarious music videos have brought him viral YouTube fame with fan favorites including The Chick-fil-A Song, Yoga Pants, Aging Rockers, Things You Don’t Say to Your Wife, Cletus Take the Reel, A Homeschool Family, and The Government Can. Still, Tim is no rock star: "It's not like I have a choice. Comedy is my only life skill."

Tim reminds us that for life's many difficulties, laughter is always the best medicine – when the medication runs out. He just released his 9th comedy DVD, "Just About Enough". Tim lives in Missouri with his wife and four crud muffins.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Fun, Fellowship & Family Dinner
at The Maryland Theatre Ballroom
Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm
Fun, Fellowship & Family Dinner The Maryland Theatre and the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, MD are teaming up bring you Fun, Fellowship & Family Dinner in the new Maryland Theatre Ballroom prior to each Tim Hawkins performance! Family are invited to enjoy a "quick service" meal from Subway plus Chick-Fil-A's famous iced tea and lemonade. The Boys & Girls Club will be hosting kid's games & activities. There will be family photo opportunities, raffle prizes and plenty of hospitality! $5 from each ticket will be donated back to Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, Maryland.
Times: 1:30pm & 5:30pm
$20
Contact Melissa Fountain at 301-790-3500 or msf@mdtheatre.org

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Noteworthy Sundays at the
Washington County Free Library—
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Balladeer Charlie Zahm returns to the Washington County Free Library for a Celtic Christmas concert! Our old friend, who has performed for the library many times over the years, returns with his big song bag filled with selections from Ireland and Scotland, and this time with some wonderful traditional songs of the season! www.charliezahm.com

This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
Santa Con in Downtown Hagerstown
A Fundraiser for Toys for Tots
Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 7 PM until 12 midnight

Everyone dresses like Santa (or Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer, etc.) and gets together for a jolly good time.
Bar hop in Downtown Hagerstown for a good cause and good fun.
Bring a new, unwrapped toy for our local Toys for Tots campaign.
Save the date … tell your friends … more details coming soon.
Tiny Tim's Holiday Feast
at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Enjoy a holiday feast with characters from Totem Pole Playhouse's A Christmas Carol in the Maryland Theatre Ballroom! Tickets are $31 and include a traditional holiday dinner buffet (with cash bar), dessert, prizes, photo opportunities with characters from the Dickens classic, plus live music from holiday carolers (Maryland Entertainment Group). “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Ebenezer Scrooge $3 from each ticket will be donated to local organizations for Micah’s Backpack.
Tickets $31

Contact Melissa Fountain at msf@mdtheatre.org

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Maryland Theatre presents Eric Byrd Trio Performs A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! in the Ballroom
Friday, December 13, 2019 • 7:00pm

Celebrate the Holiday season at The Maryland Theatre. The show begins with a screening of the Peanuts holiday classic followed by a live performance of the Vince Guaraldi masterpiece score, complete with choral accompaniment during "Christmastime is Here".

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts hosts “The Blues and The Abstract Truth” exhibit from June 8, 2019 - January 12, 2020

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-739-5727
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents “Home for the Holidays 2019” at The Maryland Theatre
Saturday, December 21, 2019 and
Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 3 PM

The most highly anticipated holiday show of the season – Home for the Holidays! There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with the music of the season delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Music Director Elizabeth Schulze conducts a program filled with all the magical elements you have come to expect – high energy, familiar carols, and lots of holiday warmth.
We can’t wait to celebrate the season with all of you!

Tickets $19 - $79

For information contact Michael Harp at 301-791-4000 or info@marylandsymphony.org
Noteworthy Sundays at the
Washington County Free Library—
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm

The King (Elvis Tribute Artist Randoll Rivers) is back to ring in the new year with style! As a child, Randoll would hear Elvis tunes around the house and fell in love with the music instantly. After watching several Elvis movies, he was captivated with Elvis' charm and charisma. Becoming an Elvis Tribute Artist has been a dream come true for Randoll. With each performance, he hopes to help keep the memory of Elvis and his music alive.

This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
Authentic Community Theatre and The Maryland Theatre present West Side Story
Friday, January 17, 2020 • 7:30pm
Saturday, January 18, 2020 • 7:30pm

TONY AWARD WINNER Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Angel Dumott Schunard in the Original Broadway Cast and the 2005 film RENT) stars in Authentic Community Theatre’s production of WEST SIDE STORY!
Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in one of the most important and powerful musicals of all time.
From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Tickets on sale to the general public Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11 am

The Maryland Theatre
21 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-791-2000
Noteworthy Sundays at the
Washington County Free Library—
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm

From Cabot, Vermont – Americana-roots and folk duo, Dana and Susan Robinson combine vivid, songwriting and storytelling, with fiddle tunes, clawhammer banjo, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing.

This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
Noteworthy Sundays at the
Washington County Free Library—
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Members of the Maryland Chamber Winds will perform solos, duos, and trios featuring works by Charles Koechlin, Valerie Coleman, Kaspar Kummer, and others.
This concert features Matthew Angelo on flute, Jeffrey Boehmer on clarinet, and Mason Adams on bassoon.

This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.

https://wcfl.librarymarket.com/events/noteworthy-sundays-your-library-maryland-chamber-winds
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
Noteworthy Sundays at the
Washington County Free Library—
Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library
Event Date: 04/19/2020
Start Time: 3:00pm
End Time: 4:00pm

Regarded for her beautiful tone and sensitive music-making, classical guitarist Candice Mowbray shares the expressive and communicative qualities of her playing through programs of modern and classic works: from the playful acrobatics in Danse rythmique by French guitar virtuoso, Ida Presti, to the elegance and solemnity of Fernando Sor's Fantaisie élégiaque, listeners enjoy her artful programming and thoughtful interpretations. Her delightful playing once elicited from a celebrated ballerina, “it makes me want to dance,” and guitar virtuoso John Feeley described her as "a beautiful player, so expressive and musical." This is a free event for all ages. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. For a complete list of our upcoming performances, visit the Noteworthy Sundays page on our website. This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the City of Hagerstown, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Hoeck, the Washington County Arts Council, and Western Maryland Regional Library.
100 S Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact : Sarah Nadeau at snadeau@washcolibrary.org or 301-739-3250 ext. 168
The City Ballet School and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will collaborate on the world premiere of a full-length story ballet to debut at the Maryland Theatre on May 30th and 31st, 2020.

The Spell features an original 100-minute score by composer Arshak Sirunyan, and choreography and stage design by City Ballet’s Artistic Director, Danielle Horochowski. Horochowski has choreographed Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and The Little Mermaid for City Ballet in recent years in addition to their annual performances of The Nutcracker. She is known for her vibrant storytelling and communicative choreography.

“The creation of The Spell has been an amazing adventure. It has been absolutely magical to hear the music for the ballet being created,” said Horochowski. “I am completely indebted to my incredible composer Arshak Sirunyan for creating this magnificent score. I am so grateful to Elizabeth Schulze for her partnership and her willingness to include the MSO in this journey. The ballet is an inspiration from one of my favorite childhood stories, and I am so excited to see it come to life!”

The Spell is a new fantasy story ballet based on the Grimm’s fairytale tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” The story depicts princess sisters bound by a secret spell to dance all night in the underworld ball. Desperate to discover why his daughter’s dancing shoes are worn out each morning, their father offers a prize to the man who can solve the mystery. A peasant boy falls in love with the youngest princess and sets off to solve the mystery.

Composer Arshak Sirunyan resides in South Carolina and has worked with dancers for many years. Primarily known as a jazz composer, The Spell is Sirunyan’s first full length ballet composition. “From the first conversations and a glance of the script, it was obvious that this was going to be an exciting and delightful journey,” said Sirunyan. “Now my job is almost complete with over a year and a half of work. I
can’t wait to see The City Ballet School and the Maryland Symphony, directed by the most extraordinary Elizabeth Schulze, to bring it to life!”

The Spell will feature a cast of over a hundred local and guest dancers alongside The City Ballet School’s Western Maryland City Ballet Company. Twenty- eight musicians from the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will perform the score for the first time, conducted by MSO Music Director, Elizabeth Schulze.

“Our collaboration with Danielle, Arshak and the City Ballet School is a dream come true for me and an opportunity for the orchestra to work outside the box and explore new ways of expression,” said Schulze. “We are thrilled to be part of this exciting project that will put a much-deserved focus on the exceptional talent right here in our community. Danielle’s brilliant choreography, accompanied by Arshak’s compelling score, promises an incredible weekend of dance and music.”

The performance will serve as many firsts for the community, as a collaboration of this magnitude has never been performed in Hagerstown. With female choreographers, in general, making up less than 20% of all choreographers, Horochowski’s world premiere will make her one of the first women to stage a full-length classical ballet featuring an original score performed with a symphony orchestra. The performance will also feature theatrical animation design by Mitch Stark and new costumes, set design and construction.

The City Ballet School will hold open casting auditions for children’s roles for The Spell on January 18th and all local dance students in the community are invited to audition. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 15th at 11:00 am and can be purchased through the Maryland Theatre Box Office and Ticketmaster.

The City Ballet School is offering sponsorship packages to the event that includes prime seating, advertising opportunities, VIP events and interaction with the artists. Visit WWW.THESPELL.NET for more information about the event.
The Maryland Theatre hosts the
“Celtic Woman Celebration -
the 15th Anniversary Tour”
Friday, June 5, 2020
Presale begins Friday, October 4, 2019 at 12pm ONLINE ONLY
Public sale begins Friday, October 18, 2019 at 12pm
Presale Passcode: VNCW

Public sale begins Friday, October 18, 2019 at 12pm

Feel the embrace of breath-taking music that transports you from your theatre seat straight to Ireland. Celebrating 15 phenomenal years of music-making this year, Celebration brings together our very favorite songs from the journey so far - songs that have created an incredible bond with audiences all over the world. To mark 15 years of harmony, history and hits, and to thank our fantastic fans, we bring you Celebration - The Tour.

The Maryland Theatre
21-27 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 790-3500
Maryland State Arts Council Call for Panelists
for the Independent Artist Award
Deadline: October 16, 2019
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