May 25 | Share Your Recital Photos With Us


As springtime fades into the summer, the Weinberg’s main programming events wind down — but don’t despair! Spring at the Weinberg means that dance recital season is in full swing. In addition to offering world-class shows and performances, we are proud to provide a space for the community to use for local productions and recitals. From Dance Unlimited to 24/7 Dance Studio, the YMCA to the Maryland Regional Ballet, MMPAC to Elower-Sicilia, we host a plethora of talented young dancers on our stage each spring.

As a tribute to the Frederick community’s dedication to the arts, we want to share your dance recital pictures with us! Now through June 2, send any favorite Weinberg Center recital photos from this year or years past to weinbergintern2@gmail.com. Please include the dancer’s name, age, dance studio, and year of the recital picture.

Selected photos will be included in a dance recital feature here on the Weinberg Insider blog in early June. So, show us your best moves — we can’t wait to see your photos so we can share them for everyone to appreciate.

See you at the theater!

May 23 | A Day in the Life: Arts Management Intern


Each semester, college students have the chance to gain real world, behind-the-scenes experience as an arts management intern at the Weinberg Center. Whether joining us from Hood College, the Mount, FCC, or somewhere further down the road, our interns play an integral role in supporting the Weinberg’s marketing and development teams. José Galarza, who joined us this spring during his final semester at Hood, gives you a sneak peek into this unique opportunity.

11:30am: After my classes for the day are over, I take a nice walk through Frederick as I head to the Weinberg Center. It’s really nice walking through the historic downtown streets and seeing all of the amazing stores and restaurants. Non-profits have been a great influence on my life ever since high school, so it is no doubt that I enjoy coming into the Weinberg Center and learning something new every day!

12:00pm: When I arrive, I am greeted by the wonderful Weinberg staff! Cynthia and David are handling the Box Office while Ashley, Rebecca, and Jef are busy prepping for the next season. I occasionally see Greg handling the stage and tech needs. First, I check both my email and Trello to-do list to see what’s on my schedule for today.

12:15pm: I use the sales tracking software and log the prior week’s sales onto an Excel spreadsheet. Ashley (the Manager of Marketing) and I use this special spreadsheet to see where our progress is in selling tickets for this season’s shows. The list is always long because of how many people love coming to the Weinberg – sometimes more than once!

12:30pm: After sales tracking is done, Rebecca (the Development Manager) hands me a list of people who have donated to the Weinberg Center within the last month. I love making donor phone calls because I get to interact with people who value the Weinberg and contribute their own money to help us successfully execute our mission. It’s great to pick up the phone and give them a big thank you for their contribution!

1:30pm: I need lunch, of course! I sometimes head to Flippin’ Pizza, which is right next to the creek. I enjoy their pizza the most because it reminds me of home. (Once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker!)

2:00pm: Back to work. Archiving is not only preservation; it’s a continuous history lesson! I get to carefully clean and sort decades-old portraits and headshots, seeing the multitude of performers that once stood on the historic Weinberg stage. Whenever there is a portrait whose performer I cannot easily identify or Google, Ashley or Jef (our Box Office Manager) is able to name them without hesitation.

3:30pm: After archiving, I take a short break, strolling around the lobby to look at the displays and learn more about the history that has passed through these halls. It’s always a nice refresher – and a history lesson!

4:00pm: Who would have thought writing social media posts would be a challenge? Writing for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram actually takes some thought. I have to understand and articulate the “voice” of the Weinberg Center. But even if it takes time, I’m learning how to connect the Weinberg to the outside world, and we need to reach out to as many people as we can. Social media is a great tool for getting the word out about our shows!

5:00pm: Today went by so quickly! I get my things together and head back to Hood, bidding farewell to the wonderful Weinberg staff on the way out. Back at school, I’ll work on final projects and papers for the rest of the evening. I’m still a college student, after all!

See you at the theater!

May 8 | A Look Back: Our 2016-2017 Season


As flowers begin to bloom and the days grow longer, our 2016-2017 season is coming to a close. It’s been jam-packed with rockin’ musicians, laugh-a-minute comedians, stellar family entertainment, and so much more – so to celebrate, we thought we’d share a few highlights!

Long-time patron, member, and volunteer Monica was our first customer of the season. She snagged her tickets early for Bill Nye, Straight No Chaser, and more.

Our new curtain (courtesy of the First Energy Foundation!) went up in late September before the season began. Tech Manager Greg Davis was all smiles about the much-needed improvement!

The Midtown Men – four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys – kicked off the 2016-2017 season to a standing ovation!

Our friends from Flying Dog Brewery were in the house in October for a screening of The Big Lebowski… with wigs and White Russians, too!

Morticia and Gomez Addams stole the show at our Halloween costume contest, which was held before a screening of the silent film classic “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.”

Straight No Chaser took over our Instagram account in November to share some backstage hijinks. Their sold-out performance marked their second concert here at the Weinberg Center.

Santa and Mrs. Claus visited for our annual holiday tradition, Weinberg Winterfest! We love welcoming families to this free event each year, which features caroling along with our mighty Wurlitzer organ.

Our building turned 90 years old on December 26 – and we debuted a brand-new commemorative ornament to celebrate! These little beauties are available for sale year-round at the Box Office.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar kicked off the 5th annual Frederick Speaker Series in January, where he spoke about his legendary basketball career and his advocacy work off the court. Some lucky fans were able to meet him at an exclusive meet-and-greet after the event!

New this season, Keyote (of Frederick Keys fame!) joined us in the lobby before each Family Series event. There’s nothing like a hug from everyone’s favorite baseball mascot to get you excited.

In March, Mandolin Orange returned by popular demand, playing to a sold-out house. It was so fun to welcome them back – they last appeared in spring 2016 as part of our Tivoli Discovery Series.

Just last month, The Quebe Sisters hit the stage for a rollickin’ evening of Americana fiddling… but not before they took over our Instagram!

Our season was almost over when Bill Nye the Science Guy finally arrived in Frederick for not one, but TWO sold-out Frederick Speaker Series events! He was excited to help us promote our snazzy Weinberg Center mugs backstage at this recordbreaking show.

All photos are straight from our Instagram, which offers backstage sneak peeks and snaps on the daily! Of course, there were a number of other world-class events that took the stage for our 2016-2017 season, including William Shatner, Arlo Guthrie, and more. What events did you attend this season?

Psst… the 2017-2018 season is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 3 at 10am, when the complete season lineup will be announced. Make sure you stay up-to-date with the new season by subscribing to our email newsletter and following along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

See you at the theater!


 

Apr. 26 | A Day in the Life: Box Office Manager


“Enjoy!” It is greeting and sincere wish offered by our Box Office Manager to every patron coming through our doors.  The acts may change, the seasons may come and go, but some things in the life of the Weinberg Center remain unchanged.  For 14 seasons, Jef Cliber has been welcoming patrons to “the Jewel of Frederick” with that same greeting. Take a peek as Jef offers us a glimpse of his typical Tuesday.

8am: My day begins with a flurry of activity. Lights go on, a walk through the theater is done, and then to the basement I descend. The first order of business is running of the reports. This is a daily process, where I run the report for the previous day.  I then proceed with multi-colored highlighters and tackle every single transaction that took place the day before. Depending upon the volume of business done the day before, this process can be either very lengthy or very short.  An average deposit can take about an hour to process fully.

9am: Reconciliation and recording the deposit. This process involves cross-referencing a lot of numbers. If the numbers match between what my 2 reports say, I can move on to reconciling my credit cards. The volume of the business the day before really matters here, since the credit card totals have to match exactly. If not, it becomes a detective case where I must find the error and solve the issue. Who says accounting isn’t fun?

10am: It is time to open the Box Office for business! By this point in the day, I know exactly what is going on today business-wise. Phone messages have been received, emails have been answered, and it is time to update my staff. I usually try to let them know specifics: “Someone is coming in to pay for a large group sale this afternoon, and here is the reservation number.” That kind of communication goes a long way, preparing everyone so that we are all on the same page.

10:30am: There is always a larger question that needs to be answered in email. Written communication is essential when dealing with financial matters. Today, I need to make sure that a discrepancy between my records and those of my ticketing system are reconciled with the City’s finance department.

11am: The mail has arrived, so it’s time for me to process any payments that we have received for group sales. Upstairs to the Box Office I go!  Today I have several of these payments from our education-based performances, the smARTS Series. I have a lot of invoices to pull up, verify the amount owed in the system corresponds to the payment I am receiving, and then process. Back to the Box Office I go to drop off these payments.

12pm:  Lunchtime is here. I have deposits, mail, and inter-office envelopes to deliver to City Hall, and I am fortunate in that I combine a work function with a visit with my lovely wife! So I walk by my wife’s work and she joins me for the trip.

12:30pm: It’s time to process the financial settlements for any events that happened over the weekend. While I am compiling all of this information into a simple and easy-to-read format, I have to wait for more information to come back to me. While that’s going on, I return a phone call to customer regarding a Will Call question, and then speak with an upcoming renter about their performance to verify I have all the pieces I need to build their show into the ticketing system.

1pm: I have moved on to building new performances into the ticketing system. I have done this for enough years now that I have a mental checklist in my head of the steps I need to take. I finish out the build, review it, review one more time, and then I am ready to activate the performances. I update my sales reports to reflect the added shows.

2pm: It’s now time to process my settlements. Most of the work is already done from earlier, but now I have to add in the appropriate charges. I verify final numbers, and then it will be time to print and mail it. On my way, I double check with the Box Office staff to see if a board member has stopped by to pick up an envelope.

2:30pm: I verify some unpaid invoices for an upcoming show and process some other ticket requests from corporate sponsors and upcoming performances, specifically Artist seats. Artists who perform are generally allowed a certain number of tickets, per their contract.

3:30pm: Finally, I have the time to work on my upcoming month’s schedule for the Box Office. I have 4 employees and I must incorporate their time off requests with our upcoming events. I also take the time to see what other events are happening in our community to see if there is anything else I need to know about. Before 4:30 arrives, I have looked at 7 different calendars. I’m always walking out of my office to ask John, Ashley, or Rebecca questions regarding other events – or to look at their calendars if they aren’t at their desks.

4:30pm: The day is over already? Tuesdays are always busy, even in slower months. I’m off to pick up my wife and head to the grocery store, and then the pet store – my 2 furry boys at home need their favorite food!

See you at the theater!

Apr. 18 | Backstage Sneak Peek: Green Room


You’re settled into your seat here at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. The lights are flashing one final time… the show is about to begin! Finally, the house lights dim, the stage lights come up and – suddenly, as if by magic – the artist you’ve been waiting to see appears on stage.

It may look like magic, but that artist didn’t simply appear out of thin air – they came from the green room!

Most theaters feature a green room, a place where artists can relax while waiting to appear on stage. They are usually equipped with comfy places to sit, mirrors for last-minute costume and makeup checks, and perhaps a few snacks or drinks.

The Weinberg’s green room, like most, isn’t actually painted green. In fact, legend has it that this “holding pen” gets its name from being the final place a performer can relieve their stomach of stage fright before heading onstage.

Our green room is a bit more special than most, thanks to a fun feature many guests aren’t aware even exists. The Weinberg’s green room walls boast a cavalcade of signatures from many of the famous faces that have graced our stage over the years – musicians, comedians, speakers, and more, from Joan Baez to George Takei and beyond.

Can you spot the signature of noted singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash in the shot below?

Just this past fall, audience favorite David Sedaris graced our stage once more… wearing a very special clothing choice, which he memorialized on the green room wall!

There’s plenty more where that came from! You don’t have to be a performer to see our green room up close and personal – you can check it out on a free backstage tour. We hope you’ll visit us and find your favorite signature on the wall… so mark your calendar today!

See you at the theater!


 

Apr. 11 | Instagram Recap: Going Behind the Scenes with The Quebe Sisters


Have you ever attended a Tivoli Discovery Series performance? These pay-what-you-want events feature emerging artists of varying genres whose names you’ll want to learn before they make it big. Our most recent Tivoli Discovery Series performers, The Quebe Sisters, were no exception! Before they showed us their fiddle prowess, they took over our Instagram to give fans a peek into backstage life. Check out some of our favorite shots that the talented trio shared:

Though it was an early morning, the sisters were all smiles.

The view from our stage looking out is almost as impressive as the view from the audience!

Primping and prepping are all in a day’s work when you’re a performer.

Our friends at Music & Arts visited for a pre-show video shoot. Keep an eye out for a Quebe Sisters interview in the near future!

And last but not least, thanks to the folks at Sass Magazine for snapping this great shot of the performance. We love Frederick, too!

Isn’t the backstage life glamorous? If you missed The Quebe Sisters, you have one more chance to catch a pay-what-you-want Tivoli Discovery Series performance this season. And we’d love to see your Weinberg pics, too! Don’t forget to tag them with #WeinbergCenter so we can see the great memories you’ve shared. See you at the theater!

 

Apr. 6 | A Day in the Life: Manager of Marketing


Ever wondered what it’s like behind the curtain? Though every day is different, Manager of Marketing Ashley Birdsell Lewis takes us behind the scenes to learn what a typical Wednesday looks like in her shoes. Whether it’s putting new shows on sale, creating an ad, pitching a story to the press, or even just chatting with upcoming artists, there’s never a dull moment when marketing our world-class live events.

8am: I arrive at the WFMD 930 offices for our weekly guest spot on Bob Miller’s morning show. Every Wednesday morning, I get to pretend I’m a local radio personality. It’s always fun to tell listeners about what events are coming up at the Weinberg… plus, some early morning banter with Bob always wakes me up!

8:45am: I arrive at the Weinberg Center and start my morning routine, the highlight of which is of course coffee. I feel so lucky to work in such a beautiful, historic building! Our Box Office Manager Jef always arrives before anyone else, so we chat for a few minutes about how ticket sales are going for this weekend’s shows.

9:15am: After I’m done checking my email, I check our social media channels for any notifications, comments, or messages. It’s great seeing positive feedback on our Facebook page, geo-tagged images from patron’s visits, or even excited 140-character tweets! Generating conversation is a highlight of my job as Manager of Marketing.

9:30am: I delve into today’s big project: research and prepping for next season’s announcement and on-sale! Though we won’t announce our 2017-2018 season until the first week of August, now is the time for me to begin thinking about the campaign launch. I spend the next few hours creating a timeline and to-do list, researching possible brochure sizes and designs, and gathering assets (photos, videos, and bios) for next season’s artists. The brochure will need to go to print a full three weeks before it’s due to hit mailboxes, so this impacts my timeline significantly. Planning for the new season is one of my favorite parts of my job, as I get to combine both creative and strategic lines of thinking… plus, I always enjoy working on something fresh and new.

12:30pm: Lunchtime! If I haven’t packed something, I’ll generally head to Crabapple’s for a sandwich or Rex’s for a salad. Usually I’m joined by our Manager of Development, Rebecca. It’s always nice to get out of the office and stroll through downtown Frederick, especially now that spring has decided to make an appearance.

1pm: It’s time to head to our monthly Frederick Speaker Series meeting, where we’ll discuss this year’s record-breaking season, and potential speakers for 2018. We always strive to present a balanced lineup, with speakers covering a wide range of interests and timely topics. It seems early to be talking about next season, but speakers’ schedules often book up months in advance! I jot down some notes about how we can best relay the Speaker Series announcement into our Weinberg season announcement.

3pm: I arrive back at the office and catch up on any emails I missed while I was at the meeting. I have a reply from the Quebe Sisters’ agent, who’s helping me arrange a pre-show video shoot with Music and Arts, as well as a day-of Instagram takeover. That means we’ll give them the password to our account and have them post on behalf of the Weinberg before, during, and after their performance. I always enjoy finding new and interesting ways to give audiences a behind-the-scenes scoop.

4pm: Rebecca and I take our daily tea break! It’s quick stop at Voila to grab my favorite – Chocolate Strawberry iced tea. We’re here so often that Mary Jean, Alex, and their whole team know our names.

4:30pm: Our digital advertising representative calls me to discuss the metrics from our most recent campaign. We’ve recently expanded this segment of our marketing plan to great success, and it’s so gratifying to hear about our efforts working as promised! I like to think of marketing as connecting the right audience member with the right show, rather than forcing a hard sell. Our rep agrees, and we make a few notes to better optimize the next digital campaign.

5pm: Tonight’s artist is sound-checking on stage, so I wrap up what I’m doing at my desk and head upstairs for a few minutes to watch. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of live music. After getting permission from their manager, I take a few photos and videos to post on our social media channels and blog. And with that, I head home for some gym time, dinner, Netflix, and crocheting before doing the whole thing again tomorrow!

See you at the theater!

Mar. 20 | Why Intern at the Weinberg Center?


It’s a little-known fact that much of what we do could not be accomplished without the help of our stellar interns. But as any former or current intern will tell you, it’s not just about what they can offer the Weinberg — it’s also crucial that we provide them with a place to learn, grow, and explore. If you’re a college student interested in arts administration (a fancy term for the management of theatrical and cultural institutions), an internship here at the Weinberg Center may be the perfect next step for you!

Internships are offered on a seasonal basis (summer, fall, or spring) and are flexible to fit your schedule and level of experience. We are currently accepting applications for summer interns! As an arts marketing and development intern, you’ll learn to connect with audiences in a whole new way. Whether helping to put new shows on sale, communicating with members and donors about their many benefits, or helping spark conversation on our social media channels, interns are an integral part of our administrative team. But don’t just take it from us… check out what some of our former interns have to say:

“Working at the Weinberg is a great introduction to the wider world of theater. It’s a safe space to become familiar with the processes or to become more fluent in them. The introduction I received to the marketing side of entertainment was a light shined on opportunity. I am grateful for that light and the skills I learned while at the Weinberg.”
–Savannah Taylor

“I loved being an intern at the Weinberg. Everyone welcomed me in with open arms and wanted to help me succeed. They were open-minded to teach me what I wanted to learn, and helped me build my confidence when it came to working in a new environment. I loved every minute of it.”
–Jessica Rota

“I am so grateful for my time at the Weinberg. As a Performing Arts Administration major, having a hands-on experience was crucial for me. I learned a great deal about Marketing and Development in a way that would have been difficult to grasp through college coursework alone. The concepts I learned at Weinberg Center for the Arts will be useful tools as I continue to strive towards my personal career goals in the realm of performing arts administration.”
–Valerie Blaemire

“Interning at the Weinberg Center is a priceless and rewarding experience. The knowledge and experience I have gained has made me confident moving on to a full-time job. The Weinberg is truly the gem of Frederick and I’m honored I got to work with and learn from the people who make it shine.”
–Bonnie Monnier

“Interning at the Weinberg Center not only allowed me to utilize the skills I had learned through coursework in a practical way, but it enhanced and tightened my abilities. Getting the opportunity to learn more about how a venue operates was truly unique. Everyone at the Weinberg is incredibly helpful and kind as well. It felt great to know that I contributed to this wonderful theater!”
–Rosalyn Smaldone

Think you’ve got what it takes? If you’re a college student looking for your next step and the words “flexible,” “detail-oriented,” and “enthusiastic” all describe you, then we encourage you to apply today! See you at the theater!

Please note that we do not offer internships backstage or in our technical department.

Mar. 13 | Dino Data for the Whole Family


Please note that due to inclement weather, this performance has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 13. All tickets for the original date will be honored. Learn more.

Get ready for the ultimate playdate… 65 million years in the making! This Wednesday, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live is set to storm the stage as part of our annual Family Series. We know audience members of all ages (that includes you, parents and grandparents!) love these fascinating prehistoric creatures… so let’s test your knowledge before you see their puppet counterparts!

Which popular dinosaur’s name means “three-horned face?”

Triceratops (try-ser-ra-tops) is a very large and distinctive dinosaur because of the three sharp horns on its head… so its name is quite literal. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! showcases a baby and an adult triceratops!

Which herbivore adapted to better see in the dark?

The leaellynasaura (lee-el-in-a-saw-rah) was roughly the size of a turkey, but with long legs and a long tail. They had unusually large eye sockets which likely adapted to be able to see in the long winter darkness of the Antarctic. Their name means “Leaellyn’s Lizard.”

What dino was the largest animal ever to roam on land?

Titanosaurs (tie-tan-oh-sawr) grew to sizes far in excess of their earlier relatives; hence they are named after the mythological Titans, who were gods of ancient Greece. The largest known titanosaur grew up to 115 feet in length. It may be tough to fit the Titanosaur puppet in the door of our theater!

What “dinosaur” isn’t actually a dinosaur?

Plesiosaurs (plee-see-uh-sawr) were actually not dinosaurs, they were sauropterygiams which were among the largest living sea creatures. They had large bodies, long slender necks and four flippers. Though they didn’t actually chew, they had long, very sharp teeth which they used to snatch fish. You’ll see three of them in Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!

Which dino favorite may have actually had feathers?

Tyranosaurus (tie-ran-oh-sawr-us) or T-rex is probably the most well-known dinosaur. It was first discovered by Barnum Vrown in 1902 and was one of the first giant meat-eating dinosaurs. Its name means “Tyrant Lizard King.”

Which mega-insect pre-dated the dinosaurs?

Meganeura Dragonflies (meg-a-NEW-ra) pre-dated the dinosaurs and is one of the largest insects ever to have lived on the planet. They could have a 15-foot wingspan and had swiveling multi-faceted eyes like headlamps which were quick to spot movement and food. You’ll see one mechanical and two static Meganeura Dragonflies on Wednesday!

Want to meet the dinos for yourself? Meet-and-greet tickets are still available, so grab yours now if you want to roar with a T-Rex or stomp around with a Triceratops. See you at the theater!

Dinosaur facts courtesy of Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live, http://dinosaurzoolive.us/#creatures.

Mar. 9 | Experiencing the Backstage Magic


Have you heard that the Weinberg Center has started offering backstage tours to the general public? It’s easy to join us for a prescheduled tour or make your own private tour appointment. We know you love the Weinberg’s fantastic shows and events, but here’s a few reasons why you should experience the backstage magic for yourself:

You can check out the birds-eye view from the projection booth.

Old film reels, canisters, and projection equipment, oh my! Our vintage projection booth is usually off- limits to the general public, but if you’re a participant in one of our backstage tours, you get a first-hand look!

You’ll learn fun trivia and local theatrical lore that’s sure to impress.

Ever wonder why the ticket booth is outside of the theater? Or why there’s sometimes a bare bulb standing on the Weinberg stage? A backstage tour will answer all your questions – and some you didn’t even know you had!

You can hang out where the stars do.

Did you know that a lot of the artists who have graced the Weinberg stage – like George Takei, Joan Baez, and David Sedaris – have signed the walls of the Weinberg greenroom? You can spot these signatures and many more when you take a backstage tour.

…and you’ll find out why it’s called a greenroom in the first place!

We know you’re wondering why!

You’ll have a great time.

Our tour guides are longtime volunteers with great stories to tell about their own experiences at the Weinberg Center. They’re passionate about the “Jewel of Frederick” – and it’s infectious!

Tours are available on Tuesday, April 4 and Tuesday, May 9 at 2 pm and are free of charge. More tours will be added during the summer months. Private tours are available pending guide and theater availability. Please contact Rebecca O’Leary at (301) 600-2870 or roleary@cityoffrederick.com for more information. See you at the theater!