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Annual Launch party to be held on June 20th


The Cumberland Theatre will be holding their annual Season Launch Party to announce plans for the 2025 Season on Thursday, June 20th at 7:00 pm. Patrons are invited to be the among the first to know what's coming in 2025 as the CT staff and Thespian Society reveal the exciting line-up of shows for next year's 37th Season! Announcements include the shows in our 2025 Main Stage Season ...and a few more exciting developments!  There will also be special announcements involving the Stars of Tomorrow youth program - which will also reveal its 2025 line-up as well.

 

Also, once again, we have let you - our audience - select one of the play choices for our Main Stage Season - our annual Christmas show! ....and we will continue letting you vote until the Launch Party officially starts! Cast your vote for this year's "Audience Choice" by visiting our Facebook page and clicking the link provided.


2025 will be another exciting year for the Cumberland Theatre and we want to include our loyal patrons and sponsors as much as possible. There will be food, an open bar and entertainment provided by some of our local performers, as well as prizes and games throughout the evening.


Please join the CT staff and board of directors for an evening filled with performance, gratitude, good food and exciting announcements about the future of Cumberland Theatre! Tickets are only $25 and include open bar, hor d'oeuvres and entertainment. Get your ticket at cumberlandtheatre.com.

 

**please note, 2024 Season Pass Holders and Show Sponsors will be admitted to the event for no charge – as a special thank you! Please RSVP to kim@cumberlandtheatre.com

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Comic romp through wine country up next at CT


The Cumberland Theatre will continue their 36th Season with the comedy-drama Sideways based on the popular 2004 film. The show will run June 6th – 23rd for a total of ten performances. The show is being sponsored by Perineologic.


Written by Rex Pickett, who also penned the best-selling novel of the same name – which has spawned three sequels, the show centers around unpublished writer Miles Raymond s and his friend Jack Manse who are embarking on a wine-tasting road trip to salute the final days of Jack’s bachelorhood. The trip careens woefully sideways as two friends hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and fading youth, soon find themselves drowning in wine and women. Miles wants to spend the week relaxing, playing golf, and enjoying good food and wine. However, much to Miles' annoyance, Jack wants to have one last sexual fling before getting married. Emerging from a haze of Pinot Noir, wistful yearnings, and trepidation about the future, the two inevitably collide with reality.


The film version starred Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen. The film drew attention and increased tourism to the Santa Ynez Valley wine-growing region in Santa Barbara County and California's Central Coast. During the film, Miles speaks fondly of the red wine varietal pinot noir while denigrating merlot.[2][3] After the film's U.S. release in October 2004, merlot sales dropped 2% while pinot noir sales increased 16% in the United States.


The CT rendition of Sideways stars Bill Dennison as Miles and Seth Thompson as Jack. Dennison was last seen as Chris/Inspector Carter in The Play That Goes Wrong. Thompson was last seen as Alvaro in The Rose Tattoo. Also appearing as Maya and Terra – the women who cross their path – will be Jenn Levi and Kimberli Rowley. Levi currently resides in Orlando, Florida where she as appeared both on stage and on film. Rowley is the current Artistic Director of CT and was last seen onstage as Serafina in The Rose Tattoo.


The supporting cast, who play a large variety of diverse characters, are Erik Alexis, Michaela Hale, Grace LaCount, Savannah Tagliaferro and Mark Worth.


The show is being directed by Wendy Walker. The design team consists of Anthony Tagliaferro (set design), Walker (costume design), Trevor McCabe (props design), Reed Simiele (lighting design), Brendon McCabe (sound design), Brian Records (fight director) and Marty Jellison (projection design). The run crew is comprised of Katie Zimmerman (stage manager), Thompson (fight captain), LaCount (wardrobe assistant) and Jaiden Courrier (assistant stage manager).


A preview performance will be held Thursday, June 6th at 8:00 pm. Following the preview, performances are June 7th – 19th with Friday and Saturday performances at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. An opening reception is included in the ticket price for Friday, June 7th.


VIP Bar Seating is also available, which includes bar seating up front with complimentary wine flight and snacks as well as additional tastings served during the show.

More information on ratings, group sale, etc. can be found on cumberlandtheatre.com where single tickets are available for purchase as well as 2024 Season Passes. Reservations can also be made by calling the box office at 301.759.4990.

Please note, the show contains strong language, some violence and sexual situations. It is not intended for younger audiences.

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Rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber opens May 3rd


The Cumberland Theatre will continue their 36th Season with the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The show will run May 3rd – 19th for a total of nine performances.


The first musical by Webber and Rice to be produced for the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for over 50 years. A timeless work, the rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples and the Roman Empire.


Originally released as a concept album, the show opened on Broadway in 1971 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. The original London production ran for over eight years. By the time it closed, after 3,358 performances, it had become the longest-running musical in West End history at that time.


Jesus Christ Superstar has been reproduced regularly around the world in the years since its first appearance, with performances including a Broadway revival in 2012, an ITV competition TV show called Superstar that led to casting Ben Forster as Jesus in an arena tour of the show, and a production at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre celebrating 45 years since the musical’s Broadway debut. Two film adaptations have been made: the first released in 1973 with Ted Neely, Carl Anderson and Yvonne Elliman, and the other released in 2000 starring Glenn Carter as Jesus and Jérôme Pradon as Judas.


The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.” A true global phenomenon, Superstar continues to touch new generations of audiences and performers.

CT’s upcoming rendition features a 22-person cast (the largest cast to take the stage at Cumberland for past several years) of both local and out-of-town performers. Many of the actors are making their CT debuts.


Heading the cast as Jesus is local actor and singer Jordan Kline. His recent appearances on stage have included Trent in The Prom and Stacey Jaxx in Rock of Ages. Scott O’Brien returns to the CT stage in the role of Judas. O’Brien was last seen on the CT stage in 2020’s production of Assassins as John Wilkes Booth. Making her debut with CT, in the role of Mary Magdalene, will be Emma Schilling.


Also, performing for the first time at CT are John Danley (Caiaphas), Katie Davis (Annas), Jesse Plourde (Pilate) and Josh Carias (Peter) in supporting roles. Additional supporting roles are filled by Connor McCabe (Simon) and Melynda Wintrol (King Herod).


The other members of the Twelve Apostles will be portrayed by Maria Cabral, Robbie Smith, Sawyer Jenkins, Grace LaCount, Marcus Harbinger, Alex Grieves, Justice Courrier and Mark Worth. Rounding out the cast in a bevy of supporting roles are Emily Snyder, Mikayla Dodge, Savannah Tagliaferro, Cordelia Israel and Katie Zimmerman.


The show is being directed by Kimberli Rowley with music direction by Kelly Schrecengost and choreography by Danny Durr. Other creative team members include O’Brien (directing assistant) and Cabral (dance captain).


The design team for the show is comprised of Rhett Wolford (set design), Rachel Saylor (costume design) and Ken Phillips (lighting design). The run crew consists of Brendon McCabe (stage manager) and Rowan Dickson (assistant stage manager).


The show will also feature a live band comprised of Schrecengost, Jaiden Courrier, Mark Kowalski, Dave Armbruster and Zach Dodge.


A preview performance will be held Thursday, May 2nd at 8:00 pm. Following the preview, performances are May 3rd – 19th with Friday and Saturday performances at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. An opening reception is included in the ticket price for Friday, May 3rd.


More information on ratings, group sale, etc. can be found on cumberlandtheatre.com where single tickets are available for purchase as well as 2024 Season Passes. Reservations can also be made by calling the box office at 301.759.4990.

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