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!


 

Mar. 2 | Top 5 Things Happening this Month


We can’t believe how fast 2017 is flying by! Luckily, we’ve got plenty of shows and events on our stage this month that are sure to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Check out our top five picks for March:

1 | Nearly 10 million YouTube views can’t be wrong.

Pay-what-you-want and discover your new favorite artist! Soulful crooner Matt Andersen deftly explores both the personal and political, with a commanding stage presence to boot. March 2 at 7:30pm

2 | Physical dexterity meets bad-boy clowning!

Bring the whole family and experience the unpredictable thrills, side-splitting laughs, and daredevil stunts of two talented physical comedians. It doesn’t get any sillier – or more impressive! – than this. March 3 at 7:00pm

3 | Frederick Reads is back… and free!

Beloved author Bill Bryson (“A Walk in the Woods,” “Notes from a Small Island,” “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” and many more) takes the stage for a free reading, Q&A, and book signing. March 5 at 7:30pm

4 | Travel back to the prehistoric era.

You probably weren’t alive when dinos roamed the earth (it was 65 million years ago, after all), but that doesn’t mean you can’t meet these jaw-dropping creatures for yourself! Audiences of all ages won’t believe their eyes as life-size dinosaurs chomp, roar, and stomp all over the Weinberg stage. March 15 at 7:00pm

5 | The Frederick Speaker Series continues.

Loved the 2015 Will Smith film ConcussionMeet the real-life Dr. Bennet Omalu as he takes the stage for the next installment of the Frederick Speaker Series, exploring his groundbreaking discovery of chronic brain damage in NFL athletes. March 23 at 7:30pm

See you at the theater!