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Special Concert Performance!
The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra
To celebrate our upcoming production of RAGTIME, we're thrilled to present a one-night-only concert event,
featuring the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra!
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7 PM
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church [461 College Parkway, Arnold, MD]

The program will feature ultra-rare ragtime era compositions alongside popular favorites, including Sailing Down The Chesapeake Bay, five (5) Scott Joplin rags, show selections from Sissle & Blake's Shuffle Along (1921) and Irving Berlin's Watch Your Step (1914), and much, much more!

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at, or by calling 410-757-5700 or 301-832-4819.

ABOUT THE Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra:
The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra (PRSO) is “the premier American ragtime ensemble” as hailed by the Washington Post, and is rapidly becoming the leading professional ragtime orchestra in the United States. Formed by young virtuoso Andrew Greene at the University of Maryland, the PRSO recreates the syncopated stylings of a bygone era – ragtime, theater and dance music, as well as underscoring classic silent films using Mr. Greene’s collection of over 12,000 musical selections. The ensemble is primarily composed of young musicians, age 35 and below.

PRSO has appeared at leading venues including The Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, The American Film Institute, and at historic theaters, performing arts centers, colleges, universities, and concert associations across the United States. The PRSO’s work has been featured in documentaries, online video, and on radio and podcast programs across the country. Their website is

For more information about the program, visit:, call 410-757-5700 or 301-832-4819,
or email

Voices of Christmas
part of the Shiloh Baptist Church Candlelight Service
Saturday, May 12th from 9 until 11
Shiloh Baptist Church
8801 Ardwick Ardmore Road, Landover, MD.
The show will take place Sunday December 16th at 3:pm.
Auditions (and the show) will consist of cold readings of monologues of Biblical characters.
E-mail headshots and resumes to Director Fay Brake

Sandy Spring Theatre Group and the City of Gaithersburg:
by Diane Samuels
Directed by Bill Spitz
Monday May 14, Tuesday May 15 and possible callbacks on Thursday, May 17, all at 7:30 pm
Gaithersburg Arts Barn
311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD.
Auditions consist of cold readings from the script.
The ages describe the characters in the show. We are looking for actors who can play the age range listed for the given character.

Performances: Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16 and Thursday-Sunday, September 20-23
at the Arts Barn
All roles are unpaid.
Characters (5W, 1M)
Eva: 9, then 17. Evelyn’s younger self. German and English accents. 
Faith: 20s, Evelyn’s only child. English accent. 
Helga: 30-40 years old. German-Jewish woman of the late 1930s. German accent. 
Lil: 30-40, then 70-80. Eva/Evelyn’s English foster mother. English accent. 
Evelyn: 50s, English middle-class woman. English accent.
The Rat Catcher (5 separate roles): Adult male of indeterminate age. German accent,  various English accents (eg. British, Irish, Scottish). Short hair required, possibly clean-shaven face. 

Kindertransport is based on the experiences of children who were allowed to leave Nazi Germany for England in 1938/39 and who were separated from their families, many of whom perished during the Holocaust. Through flashbacks, the play presents the hardships faced by Eva at three different stages of her life: Eva as a nine year old child sent on a Kindertransport and taken in by a British family; Eva at 17, now assimilated and completely anglicized; and Eva, now in her 50s and known as Evelyn, who is confronted by her daughter, Faith, and forced to acknowledge her unspoken past.

If you have questions, please email

Summer Internships & Apprenticeships
Wolf Trap
Fostering the next generation of arts leaders

Wolf Trap internships and apprenticeships give budding professionals a competitive edge—whether they seek jobs in the arts or any other field.
Employers are looking for college graduates who can hit the ground running—those who don’t need training in basic workplace skills,
like inter-office communications and coordinating multiple projects.
Wolf Trap internships and apprenticeships provide these fundamental skills, as well as specialized training in specific disciplines—
from technical theatre and arts management to fundraising, accounting, and special events.
Interns and apprentices get a nuanced view of a field that is rapidly changing and what it takes to evolve and innovate. This experience
helps interns and apprentices build leadership skills that can be applied to the performing arts or any line of work they choose to pursue.
And last but certainly not least, Wolf Trap internships and apprenticeships offer young professionals an opportunity to contribute to
arts and education programs that enrich thousands of lives each year.  
Major support of this program is provided by the Rubenstein Next Generation Initiative.
Additional support is provided by the Anthony and Beatrice Welters Family.

Available internships and apprenticeships
Summer internships
May to August
Applications due February 1 
| Summer Opera apprenticeships
Applications due March 1
Spring internships 
January to April 
Applications due November 1
Fall internships 
September to December 
Applications due July 1

Much more information on the website at: Wolf Trap Internships and Apprenticeships

June 2nd and 3rd

2018 Watermelon One-Act Festival (WOAF)
2018 WOAF is scheduled for the weekend of June 2-3 (with technical rehearsals that Thursday and Friday)
and will be hosted once again by:
St. Mary’s College of Maryland at the Bruce Davis Theater
located in the Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center.
WOAF is an excellent opportunity to showcase an original one-act play in a competitive environment.
You will not only receive instructional feedback from our adjudication panel, but have a chance to win a variety of cash prizes. 
This year we have a sponsor that will provide professional videography! 
All participants will receive a free DVD of their performance and adjudication (1 per play).
As usual, playwrights receive a free festival pass.
Please visit for more information.
Help support original works throughout the region and make our festival a success!

Opens June 1st
2nd Star Productions
Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the Novel by E.L. Doctorow
Directed by Nathan Bowen
Produced by Jane Wingard
Music Direction by Emily Sergo
Choreography by Anwar Thomas
June 1 - 30, 2018
 Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm, and Sundays are 3 pm
Our closing performance on Saturday June 30th is a 3 pm matinee.
Bowie Playhouse at Whitemarsh Park
Bowie, MD
Tickets are available at this link.
General Admission: $22
Seniors (60+), Active Military, and Full-Time Students: $19 Children age 11 and under: $12 *Discounts available for prepaid groups!
Reservations may be made through our website,, or by calling (410) 757-5700 or (301) 832-4819.
Reserved tickets must be picked up by 15 minutes before curtain, or they may be resold.
Mother: Heather McMunigal
Father: Lee Nicol
Younger Brother: Jason Beall
Little Boy: Chase Nester
Grandfather: Gene Valendo
Coalhouse Walker: Carl Williams
Sarah: Ashley Lyles
Tateh: Stephen Yednock
Little Girl: Snowdenn Jackson
Emma Goldman: Cara Pellegrino
Evelyn Nesbit: Victoria Rose Brown
Harry Houdini: Davis Wootton-Klebanoff
Willie Conklin: Josh Hampton
Booker T. Washington: Brad Eaton
Henry Ford: Keith Flores
J.P. Morgan: Eric Meadows
Sarah's Friend: Raquel Jennings
Ensemble: Angela Arnold, Stephanie Bernholz, Payten Blake, Lori Bonnette, Erin Culfogienis, Robbie Dinsmore, Jaron Givens,
Jeremy Hanson, Rowan Hastings, Ricardo Horsey, Steve Mangum, Randal Mars, Summer Moore, Sophia Riazi-Sekowski,
Diane Schwartz, Zoe Smith, Andrew Trent, Rhonda Wardlaw, Mary Zajic

Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctrow, Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience
at the turn of the 20th century. Tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream in the volatile
“melting pot” of turn-of- the-century New York, Ragtime confronts the dialectic contradictions inherent in American reality:
experiences of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair. Over the course of the show, the worlds of
a wealthy white couple, a Jewish immigrant father and his motherless daughter, and an African American ragtime musician intertwine.
Together, they discover the surprising interconnections of the human heart, the limitations of justice and the unsettling consequences
when dreams are permanently deferred. Featuring many of the historical figures that built and shaped turn-of- the-century America,
including J.P. Morgan, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit and Henry Ford, this musical sweeps across the diversity
of the American experience to create a stirring epic that captures the beats of the American experience:
the marches, the cakewalks and - of course, the ragtime.

Opens July 13th
Bowie Community Theatre
Becky's New Car
A comedy by Steven Dietz.
Directed by Ilene Chalmers
Produced by Malia Murray and Portia Bagley.
July 13 to July 29, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 2 pm
Special matinee SaturdayJuly 21st at 2 pm
Bowie Playhouse
White Marsh Recreation Park
16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, MD 20715
Handicapped parking available.

Reservations:  (301) 805-0219 or
Ticket Prices: $22/adults, $17/Seniors (62+) & Students
(Group rates available)
Cash, Check and Major Credit Cards accepted.