Weinberg Center for the Arts http://www.weinbergcenter.org Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:24:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Jan. 19 | 4 Backstage Necessities http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13775/jan-19-backstage-necessities/ http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13775/jan-19-backstage-necessities/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:21:14 +0000 http://www.weinbergcenter.org/?p=13775 Continue reading ]]>

Ever wonder what it takes to make a theater like the Weinberg Center for the Arts tick? Well, wonder no more – here are four little backstage necessities that help make the shows on our stage run seamlessly.

1. Lightbulbs – They’re everywhere! The Weinberg Center for the Arts had a number of chandeliers, wall sconces, overhead lights, a marquee and more. If you’re a Producer’s Circle member, your membership just about covers the cost of all the lightbulbs needed for a full year.

2. Handheld microphones – Many Weinberg artists depend on handheld mics (often supported by stands) to project their voices to our 1,200 seat house. If you’re a Marquee Club member or a Director’s Guild member, your membership covers the cost of one typical handheld microphone.

3. Lighting gels – Our technical staff uses sheets of colored polyester or polycarbonate to adjust the colors of stage lights and create various textures and moods for our stage lighting. Gels can fade (or even melt!) very quickly, so they have to be changed quite often. If you are a Corporate Leadership Club member, one year of your membership will almost cover gels for the Weinberg for a season.

4. Gaffer’s tape – It’s like duct tape, but better! Gaffer’s tape doesn’t leave any residue when removed or do any damage to the surface it is applied to. Our stage technicians use gaffer’s tape to tape down cables, attach microphone packs, as a temporary fix for broken equipment, and endless other tasks. If you’re a Tivoli Society member, one year of your membership will cover enough gaffer’s tape to get us through a whole season.

It’s true that you can make a difference, big or small, when you become a Weinberg Center member. See you at the theater!


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Frederick Reads: Bill Bryson http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13624/frederick-reads-bill-bryson/ http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13624/frederick-reads-bill-bryson/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:25:03 +0000 http://www.weinbergcenter.org/?p=13624 Continue reading ]]> “Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud.” -Chicago Sun Times

Bestselling author Bill Bryson has established himself as one of the worlds most beloved and prolific commentators by finding delight in the minutiae of travel and the subtleties of culture. He has chronicled everything from hiking the Appalachian Trail in the immensely popular “A Walk in the Woods” – named one of TIME magazine’s “All-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books” – to capturing the zeitgeist of the Roaring Twenties in “One Summer: America 1927.”

Bryson shot to prominence in the United Kingdom with “Notes from a Small Island,” a humorous travel book that takes readers on an exploration of Great Britain, which was also adapted for television. He received further widespread recognition for “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” a book widely acclaimed for its approachable communication of science. With more than twenty books in circulation, it is his unique comic sensibility that continues to entertain.

For all the acclaim, the award-winning Bryson is as unassuming as any Iowa-born, British citizen can be. He charms audiences with the same warmth, goofy wit, and dry, self-effacing humor that has made his work so universally appealing.

The film adaptation of Bryson’s popular book “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte premiered in September 2015.

Presented in part by:

C Burr Artz TrustFCPL.LOGO_1P_CMYK  Frederick Community College
Maryland State Arts Council Plamondon Hospitality Partners

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Friends Meeting School: Shrek the Musical Jr. http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13722/friends-meeting-school/ http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13722/friends-meeting-school/#respond Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:46:19 +0000 http://www.weinbergcenter.org/?p=13722 Continue reading ]]> 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 byankaskas@friendsmeetingschool.org.

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Jan. 10 | 90 Years of Memories http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13608/jan-10-90-years-of-memories/ http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13608/jan-10-90-years-of-memories/#respond Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:25:13 +0000 http://www.weinbergcenter.org/?p=13608 Continue reading ]]>

Missed our 90th anniversary celebration? We’re dedicating this week’s post to a blast from past! Check out a part of our collection of never-ending memories at our theater with these neat finds:

Parade 9-3-45

During one of the many Frederick parades, you can see the Tivoli theater standing tall and proudly advertising the wildly sought-after air conditioning.

Weinberg Auditorium3

Look familiar? From light fixtures to exit signs, most of our theater today is still in its pristine original condition.

Historic Interior Lobby Space Weinberg Center--Converted

The comedy/tragedy masks have always been a staple to our iconic Frederick theater.

Weinberg Auditorium

If you look closely, you can see where the Tivoli stage accommodated live performances with its orchestra pit.

Can’t get enough of our landmark theater’s history? Check out this video recap our friends at Digital Bard created… or, visit us for an upcoming performance or two and see our beautiful building for yourself. See you at the theater!


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Jan. 3 | Top 5 Things Happening this Month http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13605/jan-3-top-5-things/ http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13605/jan-3-top-5-things/#respond Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:35:21 +0000 http://www.weinbergcenter.org/?p=13605 Continue reading ]]>

With the weather stuck in chilling temperatures, our list of things to do indoors this month couldn’t come any sooner! Check out our top five picks for January:

1 | 1964: The Tribute is back by popular demand

All you need is love… and the best Beatles tribute on Earth! 1964: The Tribute kicks off the month of January as a perennial favorite on the Weinberg stage. January 13 at 8:00pm

2 | Kathleen Madigan will make you LOL

In the mood to laugh? Award-winning funnywoman Kathleen Madigan returns to Frederick mid-month as a part of her Bothering Jesus national tour. January 14 at 8:00pm

3 | Kareem kicks off the fifth annual Frederick Speaker Series

Basketball legend AND inspirational speaker? We’re already excited to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on our stage.  Recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his activism, Abdul-Jabbar is sure to make us think when he takes the stage as part of the Frederick Speaker Series. January 26 at 7:30pm

4 | Spend a Saturday afternoon with favorite cartoons

The marathon of cartoon classics commences! Animations from the infamously known Tex Avery (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, etc.) will be shown back to back in this year’s Cartoon Fest—and tickets are only $5-$7. January 7 at 2:00pm

5 | Family Series continues with Seussical

Have you ever imagined what would happen if Dr. Seuss’ best stories collided? Seussical is the perfect chance to see this impressive feat in musical form. Both educational and enjoyable, this theatrical caper is one for the whole family! January 21 at 11:00am

See you at the theater!


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Dec. 30 | Celebrating 90 Years http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13617/dec-30-celebrating-90-years/ http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13617/dec-30-celebrating-90-years/#respond Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:01:03 +0000 http://www.weinbergcenter.org/?p=13617 Continue reading ]]>

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!


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“Mercy Street” Season 2 Premiere Screening http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13694/mercy-street-season-2-premiere/ http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13694/mercy-street-season-2-premiere/#comments Sat, 24 Dec 2016 01:22:03 +0000 http://www.weinbergcenter.org/?p=13694 Continue reading ]]> This event is free, but an RSVP is required. Please visit MPT’s website to RSVP.

Join us for an exclusive advance screening of season 2 of the PBS hit “Mercy Street,” followed by a panel discussion. The doors will open at 6pm and the screening will begin promptly at 7pm.

Try Flying Dog Brewery’s newest release, Dragon Lady Winter Saison, a collaboration with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and inspired by Civil War nurse Dorothea Dix, from 6-7pm in the main lobby.

Panelists include:

  • Lisa Q. Wolfinger, Co-creator and Executive Producer, Mercy Street
  • Tara Summers, Actress, plays the role of nurse Anne Hastings, whose claim to fame is her experience working with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War.
  • Jake Wynn, Program Coordinator with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

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Frederick Music Showcase Vol. 3 http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13666/frederick-playlist/ http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13666/frederick-playlist/#respond Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:35:15 +0000 http://www.weinbergcenter.org/?p=13666 Continue reading ]]> Frederick News-Post’s Frederick Playlist showcases some of the top bands and musicians in the county. The 3rd annual Frederick Music Showcase – affectionately titled Vol. 3 – will feature some of the top bands and musicians of Frederick County.


Stitch EarlyStitch Early was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Son to an Army soldier from Brooklyn and a Panamanian clerk, he moved around a lot; finally, to Frederick. It was here that he honed in on his lyrical prowess and creativity. Through many years of pushing through different adversities, he was able to find a way to creatively display his faith through his music. This journey would eventually give birth to his unique musical style, which is showcased on his debut EP “All Rise” and his second EP “The Great Compromise.”

GITTFrederick’s own Guys in Thin Ties want you to “GITT” your ‘80s on! Playing music from an era when hair was big, collars were popped up, and pop culture was, like, totally gnarly, Guys in Thin Ties is the band for those who still crave awesome ‘80s music. From pop to new wave to alternative, their playlist will fulfill your obsession with tunes that take you back. If you want your MTV, you’ll want to check out these Guys.

CheshiCheshi is a doom-pop/death-indie band fronted by songwriter Ashli Cheshire, the bands namesake. This queer, eco-driven pop-rock deathlord sings about the challenges and awakenings that are born within a deep need for change and renewal in our society. The band lineup also includes Matthew Jachowski and Trevor Williams. They have most recently have been preparing to release their first EP, self-titled “Cheshi,” which is aimed for release in February of 2017.

Bad Seed RisingRoadrunner recording artists Bad Seed Rising have made a name for themselves on the national hard rock scene throughout the last five years. After spending their 2016 summer on the road as part of Warped Tour, they are currently on tour with Fearless Records’ I Prevail in support of their latest EP, “Awake in Color.” The youngest band ever to sign to Roadrunner, Artist Direct recently wrote of the Frederick quartet, “It’s clear that Bad Seed Rising are primed for rock stardom.” Among the artists they have shared the stage with are Halestorm, Issues, Islander and Shinedown.

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Dec. 15 | An Interview with the Ghost of Christmas Past http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13584/dec-15-christmas-past/ http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13584/dec-15-christmas-past/#respond Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:02:03 +0000 http://www.weinbergcenter.org/?p=13584 Continue reading ]]>

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.


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.
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Sara Evans http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13633/sara-evans/ http://www.weinbergcenter.org/13633/sara-evans/#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:45:33 +0000 http://www.weinbergcenter.org/?p=13633 Continue reading ]]> Save $5 off your order when you purchase both Sara Evans and Oak Ridge Boys with special guest Larry Gatlin! Please contact the Box Office at 301.600.2828 to receive this discount.

Multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans is best known for her five #1 singles including “No Place That Far,” “Suds In The Bucket, “A Real Fine Place To Start,” “Born to Fly,” and “A Little Bit Stronger.” She has garnered numerous accolades, including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist honor. Now, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the stellar vocalist returns to Frederick for a one-night-only concert event.

You may also like: Oak Ridge Boys with special guest Larry Gatlin

Photo by Robert Ascroft.
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