December 8, 2022

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Port Tobacco Players

Hello, Dolly!

November 25 to December 18, 2022

(Musical Comedy) Hello, Dolly! Is a family friendly, cheerful, and irresistible story about the joy of living life to the fullest. Shimmering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes, and alive thanks to the charisma and personality of one of the most fabulous characters ever on the musical stage, Dolly Gallagher Levi! Widowed Dolly is a turn of the century New York City socialite turned fast talking matchmaker, who has a solution to everyone's woes. Her latest clients are Horace Vandergelder, a well known half-millionaire, and a young pennyless artist, who is in love with Horace’s niece. As she tries to cover up her own romantic desires, Dolly’s scheming soon envelopes Horace’s lovable but foolish employees, a beautiful New York milliner, and her flighty assistant. Don’t miss this Golden Age classic filled with splendid singing and high energy elaborate dancing underscored by some of the most glorious orchestrations in musical theatre history!

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The Newtowne Players

Clue: On Stage

December 2 - 18, 2022

Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn

Written by Sandy Rustin

Additional Material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price

Based on the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture

Based on the Hasbro board game CLUE

​Original Music by Michael Holland

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT! 

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Twin Beach Players

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La Plata High School Theater

A Christmas Carol

adapted from the Charles Dickens Classic

December 20 and 21 6:30pm

Elementary School Matinee Performances Offered


This Christmas classic has been adapted by the students from LPHS Acting and Advanced Acting courses. It includes a more modern day approach to the story of Scrooge along with comic elements and music to sweep you into the holiday mood.

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Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance

SMTMD Contra Dance with caller Greg Frock

Saturday, December 10, 2022, 7:30 PM

Christ Church parish hall, Chaptico, MD

Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to swing, promenade, and do-si-do to lively jigs, reels and waltzes played by the Southern MD Open Band, with caller Greg Frock. 


No partner required.

Dance workshop for new dancers at 7:00 PM.  Bring a refillable bottle to stay hydrated. There will be an ice cream social and a brief SMTMD annual meeting during the intermission.

Christ Church parish hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico, MD. Go to for more information. Free admission, donations welcome!

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For more information about CCAA sponsored and supported galleries, contact our office at 301-392-5900 or
Visit our website to see the current gallery shows online!

Mattawoman Creek Art Center

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What's Starting Up at NCAC?

Join the Neighborhood Creative Arts Center and explore the world of art & music! We also have our Especially for Homeschoolers Co-Op and Rotary Interact!

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December 2022 Notable Author:

Elissa Brent Weissman

Elissa Brent Weisman grew up on Long Island, New York in a Jewish community and then attended Johns Hopkins College

in Baltimore where she met her future husband and where she ended up teaching. She has been writing, “ever since I could pick up a pencil.” She wrote her first novel, “The Ryland Revolt,” when she was 10 and tried to get it published but to no avail. She kept writing and is now best known for her Nerd Camp series which features Gabe, a probable nerd, who has the summer of his life at camp. It’s a summer filled with crazy bunkmates, a mysterious lice epidemic, a karaoke showdown, an intense Color War, and a midnight journey to Dead Man’s Island.

“I always imagine that my characters are Jewish,” said Weissman who as a child attended both Hebrew School and the local public school. This comes out in small references in her books, usually in cultural situations or normal conversation. For example, in “Standing for Socks” and “The Short Seller,” the use of grandparent names, holidays, or an upcoming bar mitzvah give the clues, but they are not a major part of the story. The exception is Weissman’s eighth children’s book, The Length of a String, which follows the quest of a now 12-year-old black girl, adopted as an infant by a Baltimore Jewish family, to find her birth family.

Weissman’s books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, NPR’s “Here and Now,” and more. She finally published The Ryland Revolt (first chapter only) when she included it in her anthology titled, Our Story Begins. It’s a compilation of the stories that, now famous children’s authors and illustrators wrote and drew when they were children.

Weissman moved away from Baltimore and currently lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband and their two children.

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The Charles County Chapter of the Maryland Writers Association assists new and established writers from the basics of the craft, editing, traditional and self-publication, marketing and many other aspects of writing. The Chapter coordinates book signings at various events throughout the year, and coordinated writing events to the Mattawoman Creek Art Center. The Chapter meets at Christ Church, 112 Charles Street, La Plata at 6 PM every third Wednesday of the month for a Critique Group, followed by a business meeting and writing prompts at 7 PM.
 Contact Lewis McIntyre at,
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Join CCPL for another Library After Hours featured event! 
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Maryland State Arts Council

MSAC is accepting applications for the Creativity Grant!

Click here for the Guidelines and Application Process.

Coffee with the Council: Legal Office Hours

Join MSAC, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MdVLA), and your fellow colleagues across the state for a Legal Office Hour.

When and where

Date and time

Tue, December 13, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST



Coffee with the Council: Open Discussion

When and where

Date and time

Tue, December 20, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST



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Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center

Come to Annmarie and enjoy a tour of "Out of Hand: Tradition Meets Tech," in the Kay Daugherty Gallery. After your tour, you can shop at Annmarie or go explore Solomons!



RONALD G. BROWN, Vice-President

CINDY JOHNSON, Secretary/Treasurer

GALE S. KLADITIS, Past President








Honorary Board Member


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The CCAA is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. All membership dues and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.


ROBERT K. RAUSCH - Executive Director

ISIA WASHINGTON -Program Specialist

CCAA Membership Organizations

African American Heritage Society of Charles County

Century 21 New Millennium Realtors

Charles County Department of Community Services

Charles County Fair, Inc.

Charles County Public Library

Charles County Public Schools

Charles County Youth Orchestra

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society

College of Southern Maryland

Community Bank of the Chesapeake

Edward L. Sanders Insurance Agency, Inc.

Indian Head Center for the Arts / Black Box Theater

Ivy and Pearls of Southern Maryland Community Charities, Inc.

Life Journeys Writers Guild

Masonic Lodge - La Plata

Mattawoman Creek Art Center

Music Teachers Association of Charles County, Inc.

Nanjemoy Community Center, DCS

National Association of American African Dance Teachers

Neighborhood Creative Arts Center

Port Tobacco Players

Southern Maryland Carousel Group

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters

Town of Indian Head

Upward Thrive Academy

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About the Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.

The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is to stimulate, promote, encourage, and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit. Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes ALL the arts in Charles County: music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.

The CCAA is the official arts council of Charles County and is recognized as such by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) of the State of Maryland. In this capacity, the CCAA serves as the "umbrella" organization for the arts community in Charles County. The CCAA promotes Charles County arts organizations and individuals, provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and the schools through its annual arts grant programs, sponsors the creation and presentation of new, diverse cultural activities and special events for the community, provides arts scholarships, and ensures the Charles County's under-served population, people with disabilities, residents with limited income, minorities, and senior citizens have access to the arts. The CCAA builds partnerships with local government, the business community and the educational community, in an effort to enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens of Charles County. 
CCAA Office Hours: Monday - Friday
Closed Wednesday's Summertime Hours
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM