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Owners breathe new life into Washington County Playhouse
To the editor:
My wife and I attended the Washington County Playhouse last month for a performance of the musical "Oliver."
More than 110 patrons packed the dinner theater for its final production of its 24th season. There were times during the past season when I wondered if there would be a 25th anniversary, but in midyear, the Czerbinski family purchased the theater from its former owners. Loretta and Jeff Czerbinski, with son Jeff, have literally breathed new life into the operation.
As a dinner theater, they first refreshed the menu that had become stagnant and predictable. For instance, this production offered a buffet unmistakably English in flavor with fish and chips, bangers, shepherd's pie and a delicious fruit trifle with an almond wafer for desert. As the opening song in the play goes, it made you say, "I want some more."
The play itself was one of the best productions I have ever seen presented there. A cast of 35 actors ranging in age from 5 and older and experience from none to currently attending college as theater majors to teaching professionally in the public schools gave incredible performances. The very minimal set design and more than a dozen scene changes were impossibly performed in the dark on a tiny stage, where the audience sits right on top of the whole production. The choreography was fresh and different from anything attempted before at the playhouse.
The silver anniversary did kick off this past weekend with an equally fine production of an old favorite, "Damn Yankees."
Tons of gratitude to the Czerbinski family, who have revitalized this incredible and unheralded little theater off an alley in downtown Hagerstown.
We need to put our faith in God and not bet on people
To the editor:
In response to Burr Loomis' letter to the editor "'Reclaim the Dream' impresses conservative," (Thursday, Sept. 2, page A4), he wrote, "Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream is still alive in America."
Yes sir, it is. However, an imperative point was not recognized.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that we put our faith in God, our creator. Yes, compassion for our fellow man is part of what his dream was.
But faith is not in us. Faith should always be in God. There were references made to the people across town who were ranting and raving about the power of Jesus to save us all.
I do not believe Glenn Beck was doing anything like ranting or raving. He called for people to come together and pray for our nation, to bring our country back to its founding principles and to restore hope and honor. And that does include Jesus.
Our country was founded under God. If you are putting your faith, or as was stated, betting on people, that is trouble.
We are facing difficult times in this country. There will be more to come.
If we put our faith in people to solve these nations' problems, nothing will be solved. God is the only answer.