February 12th - 14th, 2021
by John Carl Haas, directed by Shelagh Grasso
The play, set in September 1865 in a hotel room in Washington City, involves a conversation between General William T. Sherman and General Ethan Allen Hitchcock. Hitchcock, a retired Army General and man widely known for his commitment to ethical principles, has serious concerns with Sherman’s judgement during the Civil War. In a hotel room in Washington City, the two men discuss Hitchcock’s defense of Sherman and his actions in two Southern cities before a Congressional hearing.
Robert Thompson, Theater Department professor at Chesapeake College, plays the role of Sherman, and CHT veteran Will Robinson appears this time as Ethan Allen Hitchcock in this virtual Zoom production. Producer and Director, Shelagh Grasso is joined by Stage Manager, Michelle Christopher in support of this historical portrayal of a fictional event.
CHT will air the production via Zoom at 8pm on February 12, 13 and 2pm on 14. Tickets for the Zoom connection are $20 (discounts for students and members apply) and may be purchased through the CHT website www.ChurchHillTheatre.org
December 18th - 20th, 2020
by Orson Welles 1939 adaptation of Charles Dicken's original novella first published in 1843, directed by Kathy Jones
Church Hill Theatre will be live streaming an acclaimed radio version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on the weekend before Christmas. With social distancing still in effect, this would make a marvelous gift for out-of-town friends and relatives, allowing us to virtually share a cherished experience. So add a log to the fire, make some cocoa, snuggle up, and revisit the Victorian world of Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.
While the Church Hill Theatre stage remains dark, its artistic community has worked hard to find Covid-appropriate ways to reach loyal supporters. They decided that the Orson Welles radio script of A Christmas Carol, first performed by the Mercury Theatre on Christmas Eve, 1939, would be their gift to the community. The ZOOM production will air at 8 pm on Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19, with a matinee at 2 pm on Sunday, December 20. Tickets ($15) are available at the CHT website: churchhilltheatre.org
Ticket holders can “tune in” before the show to see rehearsal photos, actors’ headshots, sponsor credits, and other useful information about the production. Once the 60-minute broadcast starts, you will see only Scrooge’s front door and be asked to imagine a bleak Christmas Eve in London, with Scrooge tormented by the ghosts of past, present and future Christmases. As always, in this beloved story, Scrooge emerges a changed man, encouraging us all to embody the spirit of Christmas.
Kathy Jones is making her Church Hill Theatre directing debut, with support from an outstanding cast. The actors are: Narrator: Howard Mesick, Child's voice/child/boy: Liam Wallace, Scrooge: Toph Wallace, Bob Cratchit: Robert McGrory, Fred: Connor Christopher, Gentleman 1: John Beck, Marley: Howard Mesick, Ghost of Christmas Past: Maya McGrory, Fezziwig: John Beck, Belle:
Sarah Wright, Belle's husband: John Beck, Mrs. Cratchit: Sarah Wright, Martha: Haley Melton, Ghost of Christmas Present: Marcia Gilliam, Tiny Tim: Liam Wallace, and Gentleman 2/Young Scrooge: Connor Christopher.
The production team includes Kat Melton, Doug Kauffman, Michelle Christopher, Shelagh Grasso, Michael Whitehill, and Steve Atkinson.
October 30th - 31rd, 2020
by Adapted by John Haas and Kathy Jones. Story originally by H.G. Wells., directed by John Haas
MARTIANS WILL INVADE THE EASTERN SHORE AT HALLOWEEN
Thanks to Church Hill Theatre, local audiences can share thrills and chills in a recreation of the famous 1938 Mercury Theatre production of The War of the Worlds, a radio program so realistic that many listeners feared an actual Martian attack on New Jersey. CHT’s performances on October 30 and 31 will present this spooky classic in a live format via Zoom.
The original version, an adaptation of an 1898 H. G. Wells novel, was directed and narrated by Orson Welles on Sunday, October 30, 1938, as a live episode of the CBS anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. The controversial news-bulletin format outraged authorities and secured Welles’s fame.
Director John Haas, usually seen on the stage at CHT, adapted the original script to incorporate Eastern Shore references for this virtual production. The cast features Melissa McGlynn, Bradley Chaires, Minnie Maloney, Matt Folker, Jeff Daly, Nic Carter, Shannon Whitaker, and Michelle Christopher. Shelagh Grasso is the producer and the important and influential sound effects will be under the control of Doug Kaufmann and Kat Melton.
The virtual show will be performed LIVE for both performances, using the zoom platform as a “radio broadcast”. Tickets, $15, may be purchased through this website.
So gather your family around and Join us at 8pm on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 as The War of the Worlds is brought back to life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
October 1st - 11th, 2020
by Bloomington Playwrights Project, directed by Max Major
You know the drill: you pick a card, then somehow a magician finds it in a deck – oldest trick in the book. But what if that magician was thousands of miles away … and the card appeared in your home? Welcome to the next generation of magic. Before the show you’ll receive a sealed box with secret contents to be revealed during the live performance. Now imagine that same magician bringing everyday objects to life, reading your mind, and mystifying you … all as you sit in your living room. It’s a magical experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. So … ready to pick a card?
August 14th - 16th, 2020
by Earl Lewin, directed by Earl Lewin
January 17th - February 2nd, 2020
by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Michael Whitehill
Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history—a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.