Staff picks for March 24

March 24, 2011
  • Washington County Playhouse cast for "Grease" includes, back row, from left, Brian James, Scott Donaldson and Evan McKenzie and, front row from left, Matt Cosgrove and Mat Levine.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

The Top Five
Stand-up comedy
On Friday, Chad Beadle will host a show of comics from BET, Comedy Central, Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment, Def Jam and Last Comic Standing. Live DJ and after party. 7 p.m. doors open; 9 p.m. show. Next Dimensions, 132 Old National Pike, south of Funkstown. $12 in advance; $15 at the door, VIP passes available. Call 240-367-5052 or go to

Jeans and black leather
On Friday, Washington County Playhouse will open “Grease.” 6 p.m. dinner, followed by show, Fridays and Saturdays through Friday, April 22. No show on Friday, April 8; matinee at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10. Washington County Playhouse, 44 N. Potomac St., rear, downtown Hagerstown. Tickets cost $25 to $38.50. Call 301-739-7469.

Ballet love story
Western Maryland City Ballet Company and the City Ballet School will present “Giselle,” a ballet about a young peasant girl attracted to a stranger who turns out to be a prince in disguise. 3 p.m. Sunday at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Tickets cost $25 to $45. Call 301-790-3500 or go to

Teen Idol
Teen singers will compete for a grand prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $500. 7 p.m. Saturday at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. $10; $7, students; free for children ages 6 and younger. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 126.

Dinner theater mystery
A Sunday afternoon murder-mystery dinner theater. 12:30 p.m. doors open, 1 p.m. show. Applause Caterers at The Academy Theatre Banquet & Conference Center, 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown. Tickets cost $40 or $45. Reservations suggested. Call 301-797-5755.

Top Five Free
Arts fair
A showcase of local artistic talent from artists of all ages. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hancock Community Center, 126 W. High St., Hancock. Call 301-678-5719 or email

Robo Fest
ShepRobo Fest robotics competition features divisions for fire fighting and mech warfare. Competition begins at 1 p.m. Saturday; fire fighting continues at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27. Shepherd University’s Butcher Center, off W.Va. 45, Shepherdstown. Free and open to all. Register early. Limited seating. For information, call 304-876-5017 or email

Friends and enemies
Smithsburg branch of Washington County Free Library will show “The Social Network,” a dramatized version of the creation of Facebook. Rated PG-13. 7 p.m. Friday at Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg. Registration required. Call 301-824-7722 to sign up.

Kite fun fly
Everyone is invited to come and fly a kite Saturday in the field behind the museum house. Bill Flohr will lead a kite-making workshop from 11 a.m. to noon; there is a $1 fee for materials. Kite flying from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. There is no charge for kite flying. Parking is available in Renfrew’s lower lot off Welty Road. Call 717-762-0373.

Honors recital
A group of Hood College student musicians will perform, featuring guitar and piano performances, music history, original compositions and vocal performance. 2:30 p.m. Sunday at The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-739-5727 or go to

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