Friends Meeting School presents

Friends Meeting School: Shrek the Musical Jr.

Join us in the quest of the Students Acting for the Community Program of Friends Meeting School as we present a benefit performance of Shrek, The Musical, Jr., with additional skits presented by the Maryland School for the Deaf at 1:30 PM on Sunday, March 26th. All proceeds will benefit the Frederick Community Action Agency’s Food Bank Program, and SHIP, the Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership of Frederick County.

This benefit performance of the family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others. Shrek’s unique story of discovery encourages each of us to examine our prejudices, review what we believe to be our limitations and work to better understand and believe in ourselves and others.

This performance event also brings the community together to help those in our area who are in need of food and shelter. The performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. Tickets are $10 plus canned or boxed food items. Group rates are available by contacting

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Community Event, Family-Friendly, Musicals, Past Performances
March 26, 2017 1:30 pm Buy Tickets

Silent Film Series

“The Freshman” (1925)

Starring Harold Lloyd, this comedy sparked a craze for college films that lasted well beyond the 1920s. Featuring live accompaniment on the mighty Wurlitzer organ!

Harold Lamb is so excited about going to college that he has been working to earn spending money, practicing college yells, and giving himself a special nickname, adapted from a movie he saw. When he arrives at Tate University, he soon becomes the target of practical jokes and ridicule, unfortunately exacerbated by his special nickname. With the help of his friend Peggy, who is in love with him, he changes his tune about school popularity and begins to focus on more important aspects of his college career.

Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Writers: Sam Taylor, Ted Wilde
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict
Duration: 76 min
Genre: Comedy

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Past Performances, SILENT FILM Series
March 25, 2017 7:30 pm Buy Tickets

Mandolin Orange

“Effortless and beautiful.” -NPR

Back by popular demand! Relax and reflect with breakout Americana duo Mandolin Orange. Laced with bluegrass, country, and folk, their soaring original harmonies are gaining acclaim nationwide. With stirring lyrics about home and the memories that follow you on the road, this talented pair is sure to delight with a refined-yet-rustic sound NPR calls “effortless and beautiful.”

Just announced! The Dead Tongues will open for Mandolin Orange, bridging twangy garage jams, bohemian country shuffles, melancholy love notes, and more.

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2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Americana, Folk, Music, Past Performances
March 24, 2017 8:00 pm Buy Tickets

Frederick Speaker Series presents

Dr. Bennet Omalu

First doctor to discover and diagnose chronic brain damage in NFL athletes

Originally from eastern Nigeria, Dr. Bennet Omalu is the first doctor to discover and identify Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)—chronic brain damage—as a major factor in the deaths of several professional athletes. After he published his findings, he was  summarily dismissed—and even ridiculed—by his professional peers, the NFL, and the sports industry. Omalu stood his ground in search of the truth, and today, CTE has become generally accepted in the medical field. His findings have revolutionized neuroscience, sports medicine, the study of all types of brain trauma, and the entire sports industry. In 2015, Omalu’s life and work were chronicled in a book and film, both titled “Concussion.”

In 2015, Omalu was awarded a WebMD Health Heroes award for his discovery and efforts to raise awareness of CTE. He is also a recipient of the United States Sports Academy’s highest award in sports medicine, the Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award. He holds eight medical and non-medical degrees and certifications, including a Master’s in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s in Public Heath in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In addition to his work as a forensic pathologist, neuropathologist, and epidemiologist, he is the President of Bennet Omalu Pathology, Inc., a private medico-legal consulting corporation He continues to advise governmental and non-governmental agencies, hospitals, corporations, industries, families, and private attorneys in complex medical and legal cases. Omalu lives in Sacramento with his wife Prema and their two children.

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ASL-interpreted performance

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2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, FREDERICK SPEAKER Series, Past Performances, Speaking Engagement
March 23, 2017 7:30 pm Buy Tickets Meet-&-greets available for an additional $75 each. Please contact the Box Office to purchase.

99.9 WFRE - Free Country Rewind presents

Oak Ridge Boys with special guest Larry Gatlin

With tight four-part harmonies, the GRAMMY®-winning Oak Ridge Boys have one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the industry, boasting a string of hits from “Elvira” to “Gonna Take A Lot Of River.” Now, together with songwriting legend Larry Gatlin, these country pioneers weave three decades of charted singles and 50 years of musical tradition for a stage show like no other.

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Photo by Jarrett Gaza.
2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, LIVE Series, Music, Past Performances
March 19, 2017 7:00 pm Buy Tickets

Wally Jones and Casa Mañana Theatre present

A Year with Frog & Toad

Due to inclement weather, FCPS is on a 2-hour delay. The 10am performance has been cancelled; the 12:15pm performance will go on as scheduled. Please contact the Box Office at 301.600.2828 with questions. Thank you for your understanding!

Follow two best friends – the cheerful Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad – through four fun-filled seasons as they meet new friends and rejoice in the differences that make them special. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, this award-winning tale leaps to life onstage.

Recommended for grades pre K-5 in connection with the FCPS elementary language arts curriculum.

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Educational, Past Performances, smARTS Series
March 16, 2017 10:00 am The 10am performance has been cancelled.
March 16, 2017 12:15 pm Buy Tickets

Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra

Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra

Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra presents

Featured Soloist: Nathan Wisnewski, violin

The Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra (FRYO) was established in 1978 as an organization dedicated to providing quality orchestral music opportunities for young musicians in and around Frederick County. The organization continues to strive to provide our students with a well-rounded approach to ensemble performance. Not only do our members have the opportunity to meet fellow young musicians and gain performance experience, but also to improve their skills as musicians, learn goal getting, build a sense of cooperation, develop presentation skills, and experience the rewards of hard work. FRYO provides a complementary musical curriculum outside of the regular school venue that stresses the educational component as well as the performance aspect, and enhances the students’ understanding of music and music theory. Music is carefully selected to stimulate students’ interest and enhance their performing ability. Classical pieces, seasonal music, and scores from movies and Broadway musicals are all part of the repertoire.

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Community Event, Family-Friendly, Music, Past Performances
March 12, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets

Frederick Arts Council’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for a gala celebration in honor of the Frederick Arts Council’s 40th anniversary! The program will feature speaker David Rubenstein (chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), with a musical performance by Sally Taylor & Something Underground.

Don’t miss the VIP reception with Rubenstein and Taylor before the program! Tickets to the reception (7:00pm-8:00pm), sold separately, include admission to the program. Buy your VIP reception tickets now!

Untitled design (5)David Rubenstein, Board Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is one of the principal philanthropists, businessmen, arts advocates, and humanitarians in the United States. His generosity has allowed the restoration of the Washington Monument, Monticello, and the Lincoln Memorial, among other national treasures. He purchased one of the last privately owned originals of the Magna Carta so that it could be displayed at the National Archives. He has long been an active proponent of the importance of the arts to a vibrant society and speaks eloquently on topics ranging from American history to the Citizen Artist.

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Sally Taylor, accomplished artist and musician, is the daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Her albums include Tomboy Bride, Apt #6S and Shotgun.  She has done a TEDX talk on her arts education initiative ConSenses, an effort dedicated to enlarging the scope of artistic collaboration, the recognition of art as a journey, and the exploration of human perception. She has also established a record label.

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Community Event, Music, Past Performances, Speaking Engagement, Special Event
March 11, 2017 8:00 pm Buy Tickets


“Scythian has reinvented folk rock in America.” –iHeart Radio

“Rock star charisma meets Celtic dervish fiddling” (Music City Roots) when Scythian takes the stage. Four classically-trained performers seamlessly blend kicked-up Celtic, folk, and old-time music, all delivered with a level of enthusiasm that leaves no man or woman left behind – or sitting. Their thunderous energy and technical prowess bring the audience to life for a one-of-a-kind dance party you won’t want to miss!

Just announced! Hagerstown-based bluegrass, string, and alternative folk band The Plate Scrapers will open for Scythian.

UPSTAIRS (Balcony/Mezzanine): Reserved seating
DOWNSTAIRS (Orchestra/Rear Orchestra): General admission

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2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Folk, Irish, LIVE Series, Music, Past Performances
March 10, 2017 8:00 pm Buy Tickets UPSTAIRS - Reserved Seating
March 10, 2017 8:00 pm Buy Tickets DOWNSTAIRS - General Admission


Freedom Train

Explore the true story of Harriet Tubman and her journey to guide over 300 slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Featuring traditional African American spirituals like “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” experience a musical retelling honoring and the power of the human spirit.

Recommended for grades 3-9 in connection with the FCPS social studies curriculum.

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Educational, Past Performances, smARTS Series
March 9, 2017 10:00 am Buy Tickets
March 9, 2017 12:15 pm Buy Tickets