A celebration of marital fact and fiction

June 10, 1998|By KATE COLEMAN

Tomorrow, June 12, is Paul and Margie Tompros' fifth wedding anniversary. A celebration of sorts will begin Saturday, June 13, at 8 p.m., when the couple premiers their production of the Broadway musical "I Do! I Do!" on the Potomac Playmakers' stage at Hagerstown Women's Club auditorium.

The timing is coincidental, but appropriate.

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"I Do! I Do!" tells the story of Michael and Agnes from their wedding day through 50 years of marriage. The play presents the couple's "big life moments" - the births of their son and daughter, job stress, motherhood stress and identity crises for both, according to Margie Tompros. Memorable tunes include Agnes' "What is a Woman?" and "My Cup Runneth Over with Love."

"I Do! I Do!" was Broadway's first two-person musical, but in Hagerstown, Louis Heinrich will portray Agnes' father in the opening wedding scene.

Paul and Margie Tompros are professional actors. They have created their own production of "I Do! I Do!" because they love to perform together.


They hope the Hagerstown performance will be just the beginning of their relationship with the play. They plan to market it in the Washington, D.C., area, but they aren't limiting themselves to the region.

The couple's careers occasionally overlap. They met as members of the cast of "Professor Bodywise," a national award-winning traveling road show for elementary school children. Paul Tompros was dressed as a big, blue cat when he met his future wife.

"She couldn't resist," he says.

This summer, Margie Tompros will be theater camp director for Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, and her husband will assist her.

They have been together onstage and backstage at Burn Brae Dinner Theatre in Burtonsville, Md., and Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Md.

A native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Margie Tompros, 34, has a degree in theater and English and studied musical theater in New York City for two years. Her credits include educational theater, industrial films and commercials, and she is a professional puppeteer.

In August, she will portray Mrs. Joe in the American premiere of "Great Expectations - The Musical" at Folger Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C. She will play opposite Fred Grandy, who played Gopher on television's "Love Boat." Grandy was a U.S. Representative and is president of Goodwill Industries.

"I Do! I Do!" is Margie Tompros' Hagerstown debut, but Paul Tompros, 43, has a long resume of Playmakers' performances.

He had leads in "Brigadoon," "Pajama Game," "Bus Stop" and was King Arthur in the 1982-83 season production of "Camelot."

Originally from Washington, D.C., he came to Washington County after graduating from Frostburg State University in 1976.

It was in Woodland Way Elementary School, Boonsboro Middle School and Hancock Junior/Senior High School classrooms that teacher Paul Tompros discovered his talent and desire to become an actor.

His performance resume include roles at Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, Pa., and his national television debut as a criminal on "America's Most Wanted." The real bad guy was arrested four days later.

The couple is surviving as professional actors because they are versatile and willing to do many different things, Margie Tompros says. Paul Tompros has worked as a technician at several metropolitan area theaters and he's technical director for The Capitol Steps, the Washington, D.C.-based political satire troupe.

Theater playbills traditionally quote actors as being "thrilled" or "delighted" to be performing.

The sentiment is sincere for Paul and Margie Tompros. They are happy and grateful for the Hagerstown opportunity to present a play that's close to their hearts.

"I Do! I Do!"

  • Where: Hagerstown Women's Club auditorium, 31 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown
  • When: Saturday, June 13, Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, at 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens older than 62 and students ages 17 and younger
  • Reservations: call 301-797-8182 Mondays through Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m.
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