May 31 | Summer at the Weinberg

Summer is upon us, which means our stage will be dark for a few months… but, downstairs in the office, our staff is working harder than ever! In anticipation of the 2017-2018 season, webpages must be created, repairs must be made, and artists must be contracted, among many other tasks. We spoke with a few staff members to see how their routines differ during the summer months:

John Healey, Executive Theater Manager

John, who is responsible for overseeing all programming, takes advantage of the summer months by working hard to book the next season! He spends his days searching for new acts to bring the the Weinberg Center that will delight and enrich the Frederick community. Once he selects an artist or show, he contacts the artist’s agent and arranges the performance. Logistics will need to be arranged and incorporated into the contract, including hospitality, travel arrangements, and more. From here, the staff begins the process of preparing the new season!

Jef Ciber, Box Office Manager

There is a lot of monetary talk in Jef’s summer while he preps for the new season. As shows are booked, he begins to delineate price points for the tickets. He works with John and Ashley to determine how show prices should be tiered in an accessible manner, which can include free or low-cost events like our Tivoli Discovery Series. Jef also has to be familiar with the artists contracts, ensuring that their complementary tickets are held and that contractual obligations like correct billing are met. Summer is the time for Jef to build all of the new events into our ticketing system, and to get ready for our season announcement and on-sale! For more about Jef’s busy days, check out his Day in the Life!

Ashley Birdsell Lewis, Manager of Marketing

Ashley spends most of her summer crafting the brochure for upcoming 2017-2018 season. This will be the first information that the public will see about this year’s shows and will serve as the brand for the rest of the year! Her work begins in early May when she begins collecting assets (photos, videos, and bios) from artists that are scheduled to appear. From there, with the help of her co-workers and designers, she builds the brochure, spending much of the summer editing and finalizing. The smaller brochures, rack cards, and ads are created based on the first design. What you see when the season is announced on August 3rd is much of Ashley’s hard work! For more about Ashley’s busy days, check out her Day in the Life!

Rebecca O’Leary, Manager of Development

Over the summer, Rebecca sets out to work with the Weinberg’s sponsors and valued members! She communicates with the sponsors regarding the upcoming season, informing them about upcoming shows and ascertaining how they would like to continue their relationship with the Weinberg. She also reaches out to our members for their annual renewals, organizes their yearly member reception, and makes sure that everyone is ready for when tickets go on sale! Rebecca is wonderful at maintaining our relationships with the Frederick community throughout the whole year, and the summer proves no exception.

Greg Davis, Technical Manager

Greg’s summers focus heavily on the maintenance of the Weinberg; this historic building doesn’t keep itself running! In preparing for the new season, Greg and his team oversee the cleaning and maintenance of the amplifiers, the cleaning of our many lighting fixtures, and the painting of the dressing rooms. It’s important to keep everything fresh and clean for our artists and audiences. Don’t worry… he won’t paint over our famous signature wall! Greg works hard with his technical crew to ensure that the Weinberg Center is up and running at 100% come the start of our our season this fall. The facility is in good hands with Greg!

While summer may be a bit different, it’s a fun time getting ready for our upcoming season and getting our audiences excited for what’s to come. Make sure you’re following along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news — and of course, reading our latest Weinberg Insider installments!

See you at the theater!

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 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!