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September 13, 2007

Calling all zombies

Maryland based filmmaker Gary Ugarek will start shooting his second film this fall in Hagers-town. A major portion of the film, tentatively titled "The Escape," will be shot at Hagerstown 10 Cineplex. Ugarek's first film, the zombie-action-horror film "Deadlands: The Rising" was also shot in Maryland and premiered at the Hagerstown 10 in April.

"The Escape," a 25- to 30-minute short film will be a part of a zombie anthology project that Virginia-based filmmaker Chris Kiros is developing. "The Escape" will be one of six films.

The film's director wants to extend a casting call to all of those who want to be members of the undead. To be considered for a zombie extra, e-mail a photo of yourself and contact information to Shooting will begin in late September or early October 2007. Zombie extra positions are unpaid, but cast members will be fed.

For more information, call Gary Ugarek at 240-372-0512.


Children's theater brings back favorites

FREDERICK, Md. - For its 2008 season, four of Way Off Broadway's Children's Theatre's most popular children's stories will return.

The season kicks off with "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" from Jan. 26 through April 19. This is followed by the first show staffed by Way Off Broadway's Children's Theatre, "Sleeping Beauty," from April 26 through June 28.

After summer break, "Jack and the Beanstalk" will run from Sept. 13 through Nov. 8. The Children's Theatre celebrates the holidays with "A Furry Christmas Carol" from Nov. 15 through Jan. 11, 2009.

Children's Theatre performances are Saturday afternoons with matinees on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month and occasional added weekday shows.

Tickets for all performances are on sale now and cost $13 per person for the 2008 season. For information on the Children's Theatre, Mainstage performances, or youth theatre acting classes, call the Box Office at 301-662-6600, or visit the theatre's Web site at

Mature themes set for Gettysburg theater

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Gettysburg Stage, a nonprofit, regional theater company based in Gettysburg, continues to evolve, with some of those changes reflected in its 2007-08 season.

For the next season, which opens this month, Gettysburg Stage is mounting fewer plays, but will run each play for more performances, said Jim Krut, the company's board president.

Opening the new season is Edward Albee's dark comedy "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" This play, like each of the season's productions, deals with themes and subjects best suited for audiences older than 18. The playwright's original language is intact and not watered down or changed in order to impart how people really speak and act. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" runs Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Sept. 29.

Next on the schedule is Abe Polsky's courtroom drama, "Devour the Snow," based on the tragic saga of the early American pioneer wagon train known as the Donner Party. "Devour the Snow" runs weekends from Friday, Nov. 2, through Saturday, Nov. 17.

The third production is David Mamet's mystery-drama "The Cryptogram," a chilling, emotionally charged picture of a 1950s childhood that drips with foreboding as its mystery slowly unfolds. "The Cryptogram" runs Fridays and Saturdays Friday, Feb. 22, through Saturday, March 8.

Closing out the season is a bittersweet comedy by Paula Vogel, "The Oldest Profession," a tale of five aging workers in the world's oldest profession as they face fewer customers, increased competition and aching joints. "The Oldest Profession" opens Friday, April 4, and runs weekends through Saturday, April 19.

All performances are at 8 p.m. at Keefauver Center, 157 Lefever St. Tickets cost $12, with discounts for seniors older than 60, students with identification and groups of 10 or more.

Call 866-859-5192 or go to

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