Virginia Theater Has NEW Operator!

Hopes to re-open in February!

by JP Miklovic

Shawn Benjamin local computer shop owner (Cyber Solutions), scout troop leader (#315), musician (Loose Cannons, etc.), real estate investor/house flipper, parent and more, is going to be adding movie house/entertainment venue to his list of entrepenurial ventures! The theater has been closed for a couple of years…

This is an excerpt from the NB Boy Scout Troop #315 newsletter, written by Shawn Benjamin: 

One of my new projects in 2020 is to re open the Virginia Theater here in North Baltimore.  You may have heard some talk about it. … This is a private business venture but will open to the community.  We plan on having $1.00 movies, as well as first run.  

The big job requires us to shampoo all the seats and cloth materials to remove dirt and mildew.  So far, Rich Rose is furnishing the commercial cleaner and Officer Mandy is stepping in.  Doug Wickard will be helping me with the food service stuff and getting the projector up and running. 

There is so much to do and a several days in January will be set aside for this to happen.  The goal is to open in February. 

In talking with Shawn he has many plans and ideas to help keep the doors open at the theater, that first opened in the 1930’s. But he mentioned that it will be very important for the local folks to support the many events he hopes to offer! He also said that many locals are interested in helping out and being involved and that they should keep an eye out for information!

Clean up will begin soon!

 

Oklahoma Photo Gallery: Fran Weith (Director)

Photo memories of Fran from Oklahoma Spring 2012 by Ike Skidmore (left).

I had the priviledge in Spring 2012 to be part of the “Oklahoma” cast, for Bringing Down the House! at North Baltimore High School on S. 2nd.

Mrs. Weith was the Director and thanks to her and about one hundred others – WE Brought Down the House!

Photos by JP Miklovic (Ike Skidmore – right)

Black Swamp Players To Hold Auditions

Auditions during week of February 25 for The Odd Couple (Female Version)…….

(Bowling Green)—The Black Swamp Players will hold auditions for the final production of its fifty-first season, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version), during the week of February 25.

Open auditions for the production will be held on the following dates: Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26. Auditions will begin each evening at 7:00 and run to 9:00 PM. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, February 28 beginning at 7:00 PM. All auditions and callbacks will be held at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green.

The script for The Odd Couple (Female Version) calls for a cast of six women and two men. Auditions are open to adults of all ages, races/ethnicities, orientations, sexes, and abilities. Those who want to audition should be prepared to cold read from the script.

First performed in 1985, The Odd Couple (Female Version) is a modern riff on Simon’s classic comedy from 1965 about the unlikely friendship between a clean freak and a slob. The female version is set in the apartment of slovenly Olive Madison who, at the opening of the play, has invited a group of friends over for a weekly game of Trivial Pursuit. Late to arrive is Florence Unger, who has just been separated from her husband. Fastidious, depressed, and hyper-tense, Florence seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Olive becomes the one with murder on her mind when the pair decide to room together and hilarious results ensue.

The production will be directed by Heath A. Diehl.

The Odd Couple (Female Version) will open on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 PM. Additional performance dates include: Saturday, April 27, Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, all at 7:30 PM; and Sunday, April 28 and May 5 at 2:00 PM. All performances will take place at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green.

Tickets for the production are $12/adults, $10/seniors and students, and can be purchased on the organization’s website or at the door.

Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to president@blackswampplayers.org.

Black Swamp Players To Hold Auditions For The Music Man

Sunday, November 18 and Monday, November 19. Audition times for both dates will run from 6:30 until 9 PM. …………

(Bowling Green)—The Black Swamp Players will hold auditions for the second production of its fifty-first season, The Music Man, during the week of November 18.

Open auditions for the production will be held on the following dates: Sunday, November 18 and Monday, November 19. Audition times for both dates will run from 6:30 until 9 PM.

The script calls for a large cast of both children and adults of various ages. All auditions will be held at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green. Those who want to audition should prepare 16 bars of a Broadway showtune, and should bring copies of their music to the audition.

Additionally, individuals who audition will be asked to cold read from the script and learn some dance/movement sequences.

All who are interested in auditioning should dress comfortably for the audition.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize–this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. Hill’s plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

Written by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, The Music Man has been entertaining audiences since 1957, when it premiered on Broadway. The musical earned eight Tony-award nominations in 1958 and went on to win six Tonys, including nods for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, and Best Performance by a Leading Actress.

The Black Swamp Players production of The Music Man will be directed by Amy Spaulding-Heuring.

The Music Man will open on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 PM. Additional performance dates include: Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, February 17 at 2:00 PM; Friday, February 22 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 PM; and Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 PM. All performances will take place at the First United Methodist Church, Bowling Green.

Tickets for all performances are $15/adults, $12/seniors and students. All tickets can be purchased on the organization’s website and at the door on the day of the performance.

The Music Man is the second of three productions to be mounted by The Black Swamp Players for its 2018-2019 season. The Players will close their 51st season with the world premiere of an original play by local F. Scott Regan, titled Peanuts and Crackerjacks. Regan’s play will be performed in April/May 2019.

Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to president@blackswampplayers.org.

Black Swamp Players Announces Cast for Clue: The Musical

Based on the 1949 board game of the same name, Clue: The Musical is an interactive theater experience that invites audience participation.

(Bowling Green)—The Black Swamp Players has announced the cast for its first production of the 2018-2019 season, Clue: The Musical.

The cast includes: Heath A. Diehl (Mr. Boddy); Mac Ramsey (Detective); Bethany Mahl (Mrs. White); Andrew Varney (Colonel Mustard); Karla Richardson (Mrs. Peacock); Annelise Mason (Miss Scarlet); Garrett Hummel (Mr. Green); Matt Crawford (Mr. Plum); and Monica Hiris (Side-kick Character).

Based on the 1949 board game of the same name, Clue: The Musical is an interactive theater experience that invites audience participation. Like the board game, Clue: The Musical concerns the murder of Mr. Boddy and features all of the colorful characters made famous by Parker Brothers, including Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green, and Mrs. White. But the musical also allows audience members to randomly select cards that will determine which suspect committed the murder, which weapon was used, and where the murder took place. The show has 216 possible endings.

The production will be directed by Melissa Shaffer.

Clue: The Musical will open on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 PM. Additional performance dates include: Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 PM; Friday, November 16 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, November 11 and 18 at 2:00 PM. Both Saturday evening performances will be preceded by a dinner, beginning at 6:00 PM, that will benefit the First United Methodist Church.

Tickets for the Friday and Sunday performances are $15/adults, $12/seniors and students. Tickets for the Saturday “Dinner and a Show” performances are $25/person and must be purchased one week or more prior to the show. All tickets can be purchased on the organization’s website.

Clue: The Musical is the first of three productions to be mounted by The Black Swamp Players for its 2018-2019 season. Clue will be followed by a production of Meredith Wilson’s 1957 Tony-Award-winning musical, The Music Man, which will be performed at the First United Methodist Church on February 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 7:30 P.M. and February 17 and 24 at 2:00 P.M. The Players will close their 51st season with the world premiere of an original play by local F. Scott Regan, titled Peanuts and Crackerjacks. Regan’s play will be performed in April/May 2019.

Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to president@blackswampplayers.org.

Black Swamp Players To Open 51st Season with “Clue: The Musical”

The show has 216 possible endings. Open auditions for the production will be held soon….

(Bowling Green)—The Black Swamp Players will open its fifty-first season with a production of Clue: The Musical.

Based on the 1949 board game of the same name, Clue: The Musical is an interactive theater experience that invites audience participation. Like the board game, Clue: The Musical concerns the murder of Mr. Boddy and features all of the colorful characters made famous by Parker Brothers, including Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green, and Mrs. White. But the musical also allows audience members to randomly select cards that will determine which suspect committed the murder, which weapon was used, and where the murder took place. The show has 216 possible endings.

The production will be directed by Melissa Shaffer.

Open auditions for the production will be held on the following dates: Sunday, August 12 from 3-5 PM; Tuesday, August 14 from 7-9 PM; and Saturday August 18 from 10 AM – 12 PM. The script calls for a cast of five men and three women of various ages. All auditions will be held at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green. Those who want to audition should prepare a two-minute song excerpt and should expect to cold read from the script.

Clue: The Musical will open on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 PM. Additional performance dates include: Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 PM; Friday, November 16 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, November 11 and 18 at 2:00 PM. Both Saturday evening performances will be preceded by a dinner, beginning at 6:00 PM, that will benefit the First United Methodist Church.

Tickets for the Friday and Sunday performances are $15/adults, $12/seniors and students. Tickets for the Saturday “Dinner and a Show” performances are $25/person and must be purchased one week or more prior to the show. All tickets can be purchased on the organization’s website.

Clue: The Musical is the first of three productions to be mounted by The Black Swamp Players for its 2018-2019 season. Clue will be followed by a production of Meredith Wilson’s 1957 Tony-Award-winning musical, The Music Man, which will be performed at the First United Methodist Church in February 2019. Auditions for The Music Man will be held in November. The Players will close their 51st season with the world premiere of an original play by local F. Scott Regan, titled Peanuts and Crackerjacks. Regan’s play will be performed in April/May 2019.

Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to president@blackswampplayers.org.

TODAY: Community Members Invited to Audition for NBHS Musical

The North Baltimore Drama Club would cordially invite any and all adult community members to audition to be a part of the chorus for our November production of Little Shop of Horrors.

Join the Cast of Little Shop of Horrors for the fall production!
The North Baltimore Drama Club would cordially invite any and all adult community members to audition to be a part of the chorus for our November production of Little Shop of Horrors. Auditions will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm in the North Baltimore High School band room.
Please email Emily Meyerson at emeyerson@northbaltimoreschools.org to obtain an audition time.
Community members auditioning will be required to learn a brief choreography routine (taught at the audition) as well as sing an a cappella musical selection of his or her choice approximately thirty seconds in length. Those wishing to obtain a small speaking part will also be asked to do a brief cold read from the script.
If selected to participate, cast members will be required to attend two “bootcamp” rehearsals Saturday November 4th and Saturday November 11th, where they will learn the bulk of the material. Pre-tech and tech week rehearsals are the weeks of November 6th, and November 13th respectively with the show in production Saturday, November 18th at 7:00pm and Sunday, November 19th at 3:00pm.

NB Drama Club Improv Night Ticket Information

The North Baltimore Drama Club invites all to enjoy a night of comedy featuring numerous improvisational games. Fans of Whose Line is it Anyway will love this one-night only presentation. Tickets go on sale March 14!

The North Baltimore Drama Club invites all to enjoy a night of comedy featuring numerous improvisational games. Fans of Whose Line is it Anyway will love this one-night only presentation. Tickets go on sale March 14!

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RFCT Calls Off “Mame”

The Rocky Ford Community Theatre Production Team has pulled the plug on hoped for early Summer production. The following email was received March 7:

The Rocky Ford Community Theatre Production Team has pulled the plug on hoped for early Summer production. The following email was received March 7:
Rocky Ford Friends,
Thank you for your interest in participating in Mame. We regret to announce that at this point, we do not have enough interest to proceed with the production. We hope that you will continue to be involved in future endeavors of the Rocky Ford Community Theatre. If you have any questions, please direct them to our production team at nblsdrama@gmail.com.
Thank you,
The Rocky Ford Community Theatre Production Team

RFT Community Theater Auditions Next Week – Mar. 7 – 9

Rocky Ford Theater – “Mame” – Audition Information

Auditions for the Rocky Ford’s Summer Musical will take place Monday March 7, Tuesday March 8, and Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 5:00-8:00pm at North Baltimore High School. Auditions will be in the band room. You can sign up for an audition slot on our website. If you plan to audition, you will need to prepare:

Rocky Ford Theater – “Mame” – Audition Information

Auditions for the Rocky Ford’s Summer Musical will take place Monday March 7, Tuesday March 8, and Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 5:00-8:00pm at North Baltimore High School. Auditions will be in the band room. You can sign up for an audition slot on our website. If you plan to audition, you will need to prepare:

1.     An audition form; this is in your packet

2.     A pre-selected section of the script: selections are in your audition packet; please pick one. Those not planning to audition for a specific character can choose any selection. Script “reads” should be memorized and performed in character.

3.     A pre-selected song from the show: selections are in your audition packet; please pick a song appropriate for your voice type, and character you wish to audition for. Songs are not required to be memorized, but should be performed in character.

4.     Choreography Routine: Audition choreography will be available on the website no later than February 27, 2016. You can review the video and rehearse the choreography as much as you desire before auditions. Choreography will be reviewed before auditions.

Auditions will be on an individual basis. Audition songs will be accompanied, and an accompanist will be provided for you. Rehearsal tracks for song selections will be available on the website at least two weeks prior to auditions.

When scheduling your auditions, please try to be mindful of directors’ time, and sign up as close as possible to the next available time slot. To sign up for a fifteen-minute slot, please visit

Schedule Your Audition TODAY

If you are having trouble scheduling an audition time, please e-mail the production team at nblsdrama@gmail.com.

**FULL AUDITION PACKETS CAN BE DOWNLOADED BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW!**

A full cast list will be posted on the website, the Rocky Ford Community Theatre Facebook page, and the NBXpress on Friday, March 11, 2016. If you are selected to participate, we will have a MANDATORY full cast read through on Monday March 14, 2016 from 6:00-8:30pm in the community room at the public library. At this meeting we will hand out scripts, scores, and other important materials.

If you have any questions regarding auditions, please e-mail the production team (see e-mail address above).

Rocky Ford Theater “Mame”: Go or No Go!

The Rocky Ford Community Theater Committee is planning to present Mame in June, 2016, at the North Baltimore Middle/High School Auditeria. The Committee needs help, lots of help, to put on a successful show. Leadership is needed for some committees, along with people wanting to work BEHIND the scenes, as well as auditions will be coming soon! Please consider your “role” in this wonderful community experience!

The Rocky Ford Community Theater Committee is planning to present Mame in June, 2016, at the North Baltimore Middle/High School Auditeria. The Committee needs help, lots of help, to put on a successful show. Leadership is needed for some committees, along with people wanting to work BEHIND the scenes, as well as auditions will be coming soon! Please consider your “role” in this wonderful community experience!

From Emily Meyerson, NB Schools Choral Director: On Monday, February 8, 2016 at 7:00pm Rocky Ford Community Theatre will be screening the movie MAME featuring Lucille Ball (for free!) at the Virginia Theater in Downtown North Baltimore. We will have audition materials available then. Please, please, consider coming and getting more information, and possibly getting involved.

We are in immediate need of leadership committee chairs. So far, We have chairs for the concession committee. Other than that everything is open. Most pressing needs would be people to build the set, be in charge of costume committee, publicity, and fundraising. Without filling these positions, we are not sure if we can successfully put on a show.

We know that many of you are busy, and don’t feel that you have the time to commit to a leadership position. To those people, rest assured! Things are very organized, and essentially your biggest job will be to come to meetings and report information back to your committees, so that we don’t have two-hour meetings with too many people. Every meeting has an agenda, and will never go longer than an hour.

 

I also know that it seems early to be getting involved for a show in June, but please remember how much work and organization go on behind the scenes- we need people NOW!

If you know now that you’d like to be involved, or would like more information that is not available on the website, please e-mail Emily Meyerson at nblsdrama@gmail.com

 

The website has all the information including complete rehearsal/meeting schedules and all the information about the committees and the show.

We can’t do this without you, and I would hate to see this part of North Baltimore Excellence be forgotten.