Dec. 30 | Celebrating 90 Years


Ninety years… WOW! We’re still all smiles after all the nostalgic conversations had at the December 23 anniversary celebration. For those who missed the party, we reached out to our friends over at Digital Bard for an exclusive look into our building’s rich history. Check it out:

With ninety years of memories fresh on our minds, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for our timeless theater. Thank you to everyone involved in helping us continually bring world-class performing artists to the heart of downtown Frederick. See you at the theater!

 

Dec. 15 | An Interview with the Ghost of Christmas Past


With a ten day countdown until Christmas, the holiday season is in full swing! This weekend, the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s Fun Company will present A Christmas Carol on our stage for a 3-day marathon of cheer. To prepare for the performance, we turned to MET cofounder Gené Fouché for insight on this beloved Christmas tradition.

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Can you tell the readers a bit about who you are and what your role in the performance is?

I’m cofounder of the MET and associate art director, and have played the Ghost of Christmas Past for about 15 years now.

Wow, 15 years! Thanks to the MET, A Christmas Carol has been premiering at the Weinberg for over 20 years now. What’s the history of how this production came to be?

It all started with community-based shows that Julie Herber was striving for with the Fun Company. Way back when, there was a need for family theater and the community truly came together to make that happen. A Christmas Carol was one of those performances that took off and became a mainstay that we look forward to every year! And it’s great, because you find something different being a part of the performance every year.

For many people, it seems to be a tradition to come see A Christmas Carol. Why do you think the performance resonates with so many people?

The story itself. It really is a story of redemption, and the holidays are a time for that. There have been so many recurring patrons who make a point to come up to us at the end of the performance and say, “It’s not Christmas without A Christmas Carol.”

Why do you believe it’s important to show the performance at the Weinberg?

What’s different about the Weinberg is that I think there’s a focus on the entire experience more than any other place. The theater’s an icon.

What’s something about the performance that most people don’t know?

Several years ago, I participated in the Kris Kringle Parade with my husband and MET cofounder Tad. Tad and I were both dressed in character for the parade, and in order to watch over our daughter Lena, we included her with us! Although we didn’t dress her up as a particular character, as we made our way through the parade, several spectators approached Lena and asked who she was dressed up as. Before we could jump in, Lena proudly stated, “Ella Rose Crachit!”

Despite there not being a character in A Christmas Carol named Ella Rose Crachit, we were so impressed with Lena’s young imagination to create a character on the fly. The following year, we included Ella Rose as a main character in the production. She’s been a unique MET Christmas Carol character ever since!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I’m just so excited for the performances! You know, there have been so many productions of A Christmas Carol out there, and with many you’ll hear, “Oh man, one more year of A Christmas Carol again.” With the MET, it really is more than just a show. It’s been incredible to see how our company members who are a part of the production year after year genuinely look forward to it.


If you’re still looking to partake in this holiday-themed weekend, we’ve got you covered. Check out our Christmas Carol page for more info on the show! See you at the theater!

Images courtesy of Maryland Ensemble Theater.

Red Green: I’m Not Old, I’m Ripe Tour

“Remember, you may have to grow old, but you don’t have to mature.”

After 20 years on TV’s “Possum Lodge” as the infamous handyman who believes that “anything is possible if you use enough duct tape,” comedian Red Green is at it again. Don’t miss as the laugh-a-minute mainstay known worldwide for his humor, insight, and wisdom explores life and the people one encounters along the way… with a few side trips!

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Dec. 8 | The Weinberg Christmas Story

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As many Frederick theater-goers know, one of the things we look forward to most is decorating for the holidays. Walking into the warmly lit theater lobby, one of the first spectacles to be seen is the Weinberg Christmas tree, grandly adorned with decorations. Sparkling from flashy ornaments and twinkling lights, it’s impossible to avoid getting in the Christmas spirit at the sight of it! For many, it has become a part of the family tradition to take a photo together in front of the tree when seeing The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol. Several years ago, this wasn’t the case! Box Office Manager Jef Cliber shared with us how it came to be:

We once had a tree that was very old. It was dusty, with entire limbs missing, and did not have very many ornaments. It was coming apart towards the end of its long tenure here. During the performances of the Nutcracker in 2004, I had the good fortune of taking the picture of a family in front of our old tree. The family consisted of a grandmother, a daughter, and a granddaughter. They explained they were three generations worth of Nutcracker ballet performers. This picture meant a lot to them and I was happy to oblige… But that tree really bothered me. All our patrons came dressed up for the holidays and everyone seemed to want a picture in our lobby to mark the occasion.

Now, once upon a time, I used to decorate for a living. 36 wreaths, 22 Christmas trees, 3 massive fiberglass and wire “modern trees”, countless table cloths and banners, a monster of Christmas tree that measured 16’ – and that’s not counting the work for the Hallmark shop or Department 56. Yes indeed, I used to start decorating for the holidays in September for a 40,000 square foot department store. And I did it for nearly 5 years. That’s enough Christmas decorations for a lifetime…for most people.

I couldn’t let that tree go. So, I petitioned the powers that be to purchase a new tree. A new tree came, and I set about to making it “come to life”. I wanted to give back to our patrons that came for the holidays. I wanted them to have a fantastic backdrop to their holiday visit to the Weinberg Center. Something about it just seemed to beg for red and gold decorations with white lights all aglow. These days, as soon as it goes up, the patrons love to get their picture in front of that tree.  It’s a perk of my job, getting to give back to our holiday visitors. Just doing my part to spread some holiday cheer!  As of last year, we have a new tree (this one grew 4’ over the last one!) and some other new decorations throughout the hall to boot!


Whether it be seeing The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, or just stopping by to pick up a gift certificate, we hope we get to share the holiday cheer with you! See you at the theater!

Dec. 1 | Top 5 Things Happening this Month


Happy holidays! As the temperature rapidly drops, it can be a challenge to fight the cold and still have fun. To lift your (holiday) spirits, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite happenings here at the Weinberg. Here’s a showcasing of December’s top five:

1 | Shadows of the 60’s keeps the holiday cheer going strong

Pay tribute to Motown’s legendary stars, including The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and more with Shadows of the 60’s legendary performance. December 3 at 8:00pm

2 | Holiday tradition weekend marathon #1: The Nutcracker

With three days dedicated to this super-sweet classic, there’s no chance of missing it! The Maryland Regional Ballet is back again with their magical holiday performance, this time featuring guest artists from the New York City Ballet. December 9 at 8:00pm, December 10 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm, December 11 at 2:00pm

3 | Holiday tradition weekend marathon #2: A Christmas Carol

Only one weekend later, another weekend of holiday traditions commences when Ebenezer Scrooge and the Christmas spirits take the stage in this fully-staged retelling by the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s Fun Company. December 16 at 7:30pm, December 17 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm, December 18 at 2:00pm

4 | Join the celebration for our theater’s 90th anniversary

Happy ninetieth to our landmark venue! We’re throwing it way back with a special screening of the very first silent film to screen at our theater on opening night: The Strong Man. December 23 at 7:30pm

5 | Partake in the FCB matching campaign challenge… without even leaving home!

Frederick County Bank has offered us a generous challenge grant if we can raise $2,500 in donations and new memberships during the month of December! Beginning today (December 1), any theater-lover can help the jewel of Frederick by making a one-time donation, making a mid-season upgrade to an existing membership, or becoming a new member for as little as $35. December 1 through December 31

See you at the theater!