Articles Tagged With: Paul Ballard

Politics, Pomp & Proprieties at The Woodbrook Players

If you’re looking for a little something different this
fall, if you need a change of pace but still want to support local theatre then
The Woodbrook Players have your ticket. They’re actually offering up four
one-act plays of the 20th century all gently squeezed together and
bundled up as an evening— or afternoon’s— entertainment. While the through-line
of what ties these four specific works together is a bit of a stretch, the
performances are solid,

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1776 at The Woodbrook Players. Photo: Amanda Gunther

1776 at The Woodbrook Players

Somebody ought to open up a window! So that they can hear
the bellowing cries of the second continental congress as they piddle, twiddle,
and resolve over whether or not to start a revolution and declare independence
from Great Britain. Ready for America’s spirited beginnings? The Woodbrook
Players, successfully settled into their new home at Govans Presbyterian Church
on York Road right near Belvedere Square, are pleased to presenting to the
masses their spring musical: 1776!

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A Christmas Story at St. Gabriel Miracle Players

You’ll shoot your eye out! You’ll shoot your eye out! You’ll shoot your eye out when you hear just how many different theatres are all doing A Christmas Story this Christmas season!! BUT— fear not! St. Gabriel Miracle Players are the first AND they are the only ones to be doing the non-musical version! So you won’t find any leg-lamp kick-lines at St. Gabriel’s this November, but you will find a talented bunch of youngsters and youngsters at heart doing their seasonal magic on the Miracle Players’ stage to bring you that timeless— since 1983— tale of little Ralphie,

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Much Ado About Nothing at Gypsy Wagon Theatre Company

All’s fair in love and war. Shakespeare said it. Well, he didn’t actually. In fact, he wrote a whole bunch of plays that seemed to prove the opposite of fairness in war and especially in love. Much Ado About Nothing, one of the less-troubled comedies, is one such that is now making its way to outdoor (and temporarily indoor) stages by way of Gypsy Wagon Theatre Company this summer. Directed by Bill Soucy,

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Into the Woods at Memorial Players

You may know what you need, but to get what you want, better see that you keep what you have! And what Memorial Players has is an extraordinarily talented production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. And what they want is for everyone in Baltimore to come and see it. So they need you to do exactly that! Running just two weekends, and as always at Memorial Players, a free performance for all in attendance,

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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol at St. Gabriel’s Miracle Players

Moriarty was dead to begin with.

Not exactly your average Dickensian start to A Christmas Carol is it?

But these are the facts:

  • Moriarty was dead to begin with
  • Sherlock Holmes was in a mood most foul
  • The Saint Gabriel Miracle Players are producing a most splendid holiday production right now

As luck or good holiday fortune might have it,

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The Cast of Godspell at Pasadena Theatre Company

Godspell at Pasadena Theatre Company

When your trust is all but shattered, when your faith is all but killed— because every company and their brother all across the state of Maryland seem to be turning out productions of Stephen Schwartz’ pre-Wicked musical wonder, fear not! And prepare ye the way of Chuck Dick, who— like Lazarus— has risen with strength and fortitude to set Pasadena Theatre Company back on its feet! And what better way to do it than with an iconic and textbook production of Godspell?

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The King & I at St. Gabriel’s Miracle Players

Who? Who? Who? The St. Gabriel Miracle Players. What? What? What? The King & I upon the stage as the 2016 spring musical. Directed by Chuck Dick with Musical Direction by Rob White and a live Orchestra conducted by Matt Elkey, this tried and true Rogers & Hammerstein classic comes to the community in the very merry month of May with all of its iconic music, well-loved stories, etc. etc.

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Review: Man of La Mancha at St. Gabriel’s Miracle Players

Come errant knights and ladies! For it is time to sally forth toward the windmill—er, castle—and into the grand and touching tale of Don Quixote de La Mancha! Man of La Mancha, Directed by Heidi Toll, with a Book by Dale Wasserman and Music and Lyrics by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion respectively, is now playing at Saint Gabriel Miracle Players and boy is it a fun time! Performed as a “play within a play” this slightly pared-down version of the musical flourishes in its simple staging and still packs a wallop for theatre-goers of all ages.

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Review: It’s A Wonderful Life at Pasadena Theatre Company

Every time a bell rings an angels gets his wings; so listen closely to see if you can hear the bells ringing at the Pasadena Theatre Company presents the non-musical version of the Frank Capra film It’s A Wonderful Life. Directed by Chuck Dick and Sharon Steele, this timeless holiday classic will warm the cockles of your heart as it reminds audiences everywhere of the simplest of joys at the holidays— family and friends.

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