Articles Tagged With: Ragtime

You Can’t Stop the Beat at Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Meet the Nicest Kids in Town- Samantha McEwen Deininger and Renata Hammond

You can try to stop the seasons, hon, but you know you never will! As the season of summer gets hot underway in Baltimore, Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia sets to open their production of Hairspray. Entering the second part of the “You Can’t Stop the Beat” interview series, TheatreBloom sits down with two of the show’s Dynamites, Samantha McEwen Deininger and Renata Hammond, for a chitchat about the production and just what it’s been like to be a part of the show.

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The 32nd Annual Helen Hayes Awards 2016

“The theatre community here <Washington DC> is something other cities can only dream of.” An earnest and rewarding quote pulled directly from the lips of David Ives, this year’s recipient of “Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation” at the 32nd Annual Helen Hayes Awards Ceremony. Just one of 236 nominees being celebrated over the course of the evening, Ives’ statement captured the tone of the evening early on with the aforementioned quote given during his award acceptance speech.

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David James as Grandma Addams

Helen Hayes Nominee David James Speaks on His Fifth Nomination

The 32nd Annual Helen Hayes Awards is just around the corner celebrating live professional theatre of all shapes and sizes in the nation’s capital city of Washington DC. This year’s ceremony will be presented at the historic Lincoln Theatre on Monday evening May 23, where 236 nominees are being honored, representing 202 eligible productions produced in 2015. In a TheatreBloom exclusive interview, we’ve taken a few quick moments with nominee David James (nominated in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical— Helen Production,

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Corey Dunning (left) as Coalhouse Walker Jr. and Samantha Deininger (right) as Sarah in Ragtime at Memorial Players

Your Daddy’s Son: An Interview with Stephen Deininger and Samantha McEwen Deininger about the Deininger Family in Ragtime

Bringing the nation a new syncopation, the Memorial Players of Baltimore’s Bolton Hill neighborhood is revolutionizing community theatre as we know it here in Charm City. With their current production of Ahrens and Flaherty’s Ragtime, not only is the company putting on a show filled with spectacular talent and a poignant and powerfully relevant message but it’s providing this incredible experience to the public for free. Furthering the uniqueness of the company’s current production,

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The company of Ragtime at Memorial Players in Bolton Hill

Review: Ragtime at Memorial Players

“Giving the nation a new syncopation, the people called it Ragtime!” Ragtime at Memorial Players in Baltimore is an outstanding production that takes the audience on a journey of diversity, racial tensions, and an inspiring yet tragic love story. The book, written by Terrance McNally (Music by Stephen Flaherty, and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens) is based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow.  Ragtime tells the story of three socially disparate groups set in New York during the early 20th century: African Americans,

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Review: Ragtime at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Giving the nation a new syncopation, Toby’s the Dinner Theatre of Columbia proudly presents a masterful production of the treasured Ahrens and Flaherty musical Ragtime. Rolling on the wheels of a dream, the production is Directed by house Artistic Director Toby Orenstein and Co-Artistic Director Lawrence B. Munsey. With Musical Direction by Ross Scott Rawlings, this evocative, soul-searing musical brings forth a hunger for justice and presents to theatergoers all across the Columbia and greater Baltimore and Washington Metropolitan areas a sensationally talented cast with earnest heart and emotional depth.

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The cast in its entirety of 1776 at Toby's Dinner Theatre

Vote Yes: Inside Independence Hall with MaryKate Brouillet and Santina Maiolatesi

Pins. Saltpeter. Does love and marriage have a place in pre-revolutionary America? One had better hope so otherwise Abigail Adams and Martha Jefferson will serve no purpose in Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards’ 1776. In the sixth installment of Vote Yes: Inside Independence Hall, TheatreBloom sits down with Santina Maiolatesi and MaryKate Brouillet, the only two female performers in 1776 to find out what it’s like to be a part of the independency revolution as a woman.

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WATCH Award Nominations

It’s that time of year, folks! The Washington Area Theatre Community Honors have come around again to honor all of the truly exceptional theatre being performed in community venues across the Washington DC and surrounding metropolitan area. The 2014 award nominations were presented live this evening at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. 

There were 111 different productions– 34 musicals and 77 plays– adjudicated over in the 2014 theatrical season. 31 community theatre companies participated in WATCH adjudication in 2014.  

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