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The 39 Steps

April 9th - 11th, 2021

The 39 Steps

by Joe Landry, directed by Christopher Wallace

The 39 Steps is a mystery that director Christopher Wallace describes as “ …an action-packed, fast-paced race to the end”. His intentions are “to give the listening audience, a wave of nostalgia and wonder of suspense by using tempo and tensions created through sounds and the voices of the actors”. 

Worst Choice

February 12th - 14th, 2021

Worst Choice

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

A Christmas Carol

December 18th - 20th, 2020

A Christmas Carol

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:

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.

War of the Worlds (Radio show)

October 30th - 31rd, 2020

War of the Worlds (Radio show)

by Adapted by John Haas and Kathy Jones. Story originally by H.G. Wells., directed by John Haas


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.

Magic in a Box

October 1st - 11th, 2020

Magic in a Box

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?

Judge Knott (CHT's 1st Online Production!!)

August 14th - 16th, 2020

Judge Knott (CHT's 1st Online Production!!)

by Earl Lewin, directed by Earl Lewin

Other Desert Cities

January 17th - February 2nd, 2020

Other Desert Cities

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.

Previous Productions

2021 Season

  • The 39 Steps
  • Worst Choice

2020 Season

  • A Christmas Carol (Radio Show)
  • War of the Worlds an adaptation for the Eastern Shore
  • Max Major "Magic in a Box
  • Judge Knott
  • Other Desert Cities

2019 Season

  • Watch on the Rhine
  • A Flea in Her Ear
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Pirates: Past Noon (GRG Jr); Alice in Wonderland (GRG Sr)
  • 33 Variations
  • The Importance of Being Earnest

2018 Season

  • Biloxi Blues
  • On Golden Pond
  • Pippin
  • Winnie the Pooh, Kids (GRG Jr); Shrek, Jr (GRG Sr)
  • The Sisters Rosensweig
  • The Hostage

2017 Season

  • Jake's Women
  • Witness for the Prosecution
  • You're A Good Man Charlie Brown
  • Willie Wonka, Kids (GRG Jr); Seussical, Jr (GRG Sr)
  • Doubt
  • Carrie the Musical (with Chesapeake College)

2016 Season

  • Dinner With Friends
  • Visit To A Small Planet
  • Fiddler On The Roof

2015 Season

  • Lost In Yonkers
  • Good People
  • Carousel
  • Noises Off
  • Wait Until Dark

2014 Season

  • How The Other Half Loves
  • Is He Dead?
  • South Pacific
  • The Miracle Worker
  • Blood Brothers

2013 Season

  • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
  • Oklahoma!
  • Green Room Gang: Circus Circus And Alice In Wonderland
  • Rabbit Hole
  • The SpitfireGrill
  • Over The River And Through The Woods

2012 Season

  • The Nerd
  • Equus
  • Sound of Music
  • Red White & Tuna
  • Cabaret
  • Come Back to Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

2011 Season

  • Desire Under the Elms
  • Chapter Two
  • Brigadoon
  • Ravenscroft
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Almost, Maine

2010 Season

  • I'm Not A Rappaport
  • Laughter on the 23rd Floor
  • Oliver!
  • Fuddy Meers
  • The Rocky Horror Show LIVE!
  • Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol