Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias was a sentimental success on stage and screen when it first came out in the 1980s, yet its story of sisterhood and survival in a small town is timeless. Last March director Jessie Marshall had arranged all the elements of this comic drama into a gregarious and graceful production which played to enthusiastic audiences at St. Mark’s Players in Washington, DC. The City of Gaithersburg has brought the cast and crew back together in partnership with the Sandy Spring Theatre Group for command performances at the Arts Barn September 24 – October 3.
The show introduces viewers to a six-pack of Southern women, each of whom embodies a stereotype or two along with some unique traits and habits. Truvy (Jo Klein~Duke) is the outspoken owner of a beauty shop that she runs out of her carport. Annelle (Kathryn Wanschura) is the quiet new girl who isn’t quite sure if she’s married or not. The regulars include Clairee (S. Lee Knorr), the former Mayor’s wife, and M’Lynn (Kate Blackburn), a down-to-earth family matriarch. Ouiser (Kathy Keating) blows in for a new do from time to time, when she’s not antagonizing the neighbors.
“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” depicts an imaginary meeting of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in 1904 Paris, exploring the impact of art and science on our rapidly changing society.
In his first comedy for the stage, Steve Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness.
This long running Off Broadway absurdist comedy is set in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism.
Bystanders, including Picasso’s agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philosopher, and an idiot inventor each introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic visitor time warped in from a later era.
Join Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and a few new characters in this exciting and surprising children’s musical adaptation by DiConstanzo & Mintz. Come join us for our presentation of this “fractured” fairy tale.
“Alice in Wonderland” is scheduled to run eight performances at beginning January 28 at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn.
The Gaithersburg Arts Barn is located at 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. Performances will be January 28 – 30 and February 4 – 6, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $8 for City of Gaithersburg residents and $10 for non-residents.
Stuart Kravits directs a cast that includes Alyssa Gagarin, Joy Gerst, Gregory Martin, Jennifer Georgia, Laura Semple, Kate Sheets, Michellene Bonney and Andres Aviles.
This energetic and playful children’s musical is filled with all the usual shenanigans and a few new Wonderland friends for this fun children’s musical by the Epoxy floors New York City to renew the floor. This children’s musical is an adaptation/fractured fairy tale by local playwright Frank DiCostanzo, with music and lyrics by Frank DiCostanzo and local song writer Herb Mintz.
The group was formed in 1949 as a money-raising activity of the Sherwood PTA, and its first play was performed using members of the PTA as the cast. Its next effort was performed at the Olney Theater, courtesy of Mr. C. Y. Stevens, then owner of Olney Theater. The Group continued to produce its annual spring play at the Olney Theater until the death of Mr. Stevens in 1967. After that, plays were produced at Sherwood, Farquhar, Paint Branch, Kennedy and Argyle schools.
In 1960, desiring to encourage interest in the dramatic arts, the Group established awards for outstanding drama students at Sherwood High School. Six engraved plaques were presented each year, for more than 35 years, to members of the Sherwood Jesters for acting and technical excellence.
In 1972, the Vestry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Brighton, approached the Group with the offer of its parish hall (formerly the local Grange Hall) as a home and theater for its players. The Group had dreamed of a home and now one was offered. This association with St. Luke’s lasted through 1982, when the Vestry felt it could no longer afford to maintain the building. During those years, however, many memorable productions were performed in that tiny space.
In the meantime, the Group began the quest for quality theater for children, and in 1979 the first of many annual childrens shows was born. It began as a money-raiser for the Sherwood PTSO and continued for many years. There were several original musical works written by SSTG members over the years.
In 1986 the group performed it’s first entry in the first year of the Maryland Community Theatre Festival, an original one-act play by member Dan Young titled “In Dedication.” SSTG has never missed a Festival since, and has garnered many excellent reviews and awards over the years. With the spring 1999 production of Godspell, SSTG is especially proud to be the recipient of the 1999 Ruby Griffith Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Musical Production. In 2001 SSTG was the recipient of a second Ruby Griffith Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Musical Second Runner-Up for an exceptional Fall 2000 production of Sweeney Todd.
In the years since St. Luke’s, the Group has performed at Sandy Spring Friends School, Sherwood’s Ertsman Theater, Sherwood Little Theater, the Olney Boys’ and Girls’ Club gym, and The Kenmont Swim Club. In the spring of 2001, after 10 years of being known as “The Little Theatre By The Pool” at Kenmont, SSTG moved briefly to The Kensington Armory. The group has been searching for many years for a home closer to Sandy Spring and has several standing offers of financial support by the Sandy Spring community.
Our proud 55-year history has been made possible by the hard work and support of our members. By donating their time and energy this small non-profit organization has been able to consistently produce award winning shows.
We have volunteer opportunities available in every area of production: acting, directing, producing, sound, lighting, set design, costumes, and promotion. As a member you will be able to join in behind-the-scenes to help produce an upcoming performance.
We also need your financial support. If you are able to contribute something in addition to the price of your next ticket, then please make a contribution this season. Your tax-deductible donations may be earmarked for the Capital Fund or the Mel Scheidt Memorial Building Fund, which someday will provide SSTG with a permanent home.