Arts briefs

October 02, 2005

FREDERICK, Md. - Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre has announced its 2006 season.

The season will begin with "La Cage aux Folles," a musical by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman, running Jan. 20 to March 11. Other performances include "Grease," March 24 to June 4; "Fiddler on the Roof," June 16 to Aug. 26; "The Odd Couple," Sept. 8 through Nov. 4; and "Holiday Cheer" from Nov. 17 to Jan. 6, 2007.

Season tickets consisting of five tickets cost $150 and may be purchased by calling the theater or visiting the box office. A director's subscription of four tickets costs $122. Season tickets are on sale through Friday, Jan. 20.

Shows run every Friday and Saturday evening with select Sunday matinee and Thursday evening performances. For information, call 1-301-662-6600 or go to


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Sheri Wilner's "Father Joy," one of two world premier productions of Contemporary American Theater Festival's 2005 season, has been nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association's Steinberg New Play Award.

Six finalists for the award will be announced in January 2006 and the winner will be announced during the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in April. The winning playwright will be awarded $15,000, and two runners-up will each receive $5,000.

Members are being recruited for the South Hagerstown High Rebel Alumni Band. The band will march in the Funkstown Legion Parade on Thursday, Oct. 27, and the Alsatia Mummer's Parade on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Musicians should bring their own instruments. Color guard, rifles, flags and majorette teams also will march with the band. Any high school alumni may participate, even if you didn't march in the South Hagerstown High School Band.

For information, call Chris Edlund at 301-797-5789, Brad Smith at 301-790-1606 or Tracy Davis at 1-717-328-5691.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Cumberland Valley School of Music Community String Orchestra is accepting new members. Directed by Herm Hopple, the orchestra was created to allow busy people a chance to play challenging music. The fall schedule calls for four rehearsals and a concert. Participation in the orchestra is free and open to all violin, viola, cello and string bass musicians who are comfortable playing in third position (first violin to fifth position).

Rehearsals are scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1 and 8 in Thomson Alumnae Chapel, Wilson College. The performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the same location. Participation in the orchestra and attendance at the convert at both free. The concert will feature music by Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, and Sir Arthur Sullivan.

For information, call 1-717-261-1220 or go to

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