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The Cumberland Theatre will continue it’s 33rd Main Stage Season with the comedy CLUE on Stage, opening this Thursday, October 7th and playing for three weekends. Based on the popular Hasbro board game and the 1985 film starring Tim Curry and an all-star cast, the show is a hilarious farce-meet-murder mystery.

Top to bottom: Matt Kurzyneic, Rachel Lawhead, Shawn Cox, Bill Dennison, Nicole Halmos, Kimberli Rowley, Ashley Snow, Gregory Stuart

The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by the Wadsworth - the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up.


The show is being directed by Darrell Rushton, whose CT directing credits include Fool for Love (2018) and A Streetcar Named Desire (2019). The cast features familiar faces as well as a few debut performances.


Leading the cast as Wadsworth the butler (a role made iconic by Tim Curry in the film) will be New York based actor Matt Kurzyneic who has been seen on the CT stage as Norm in the comedy Meteor Shower and Guiseppe Zangara in the musical Assassins. Playing Yvette the Maid and making her CT debut will be Rachel Lawhead. Originally from Vienna, VA and now residing in Brooklyn, NY, Lawhead’s on stage credits include Louise (Always Patsy Cline), Lavinia (Titus Andronicus), and Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd).


Playing the six iconic board game characters will be Shawn Cox (Colonel Mustard), Bill Dennison (Mr. Green), Nicole Halmos (Mrs. Peacock), Kimberli Rowley (Mrs. White), Ashley Snow (Miss Scarlet) and Gregory Stuart (Professor Plum).


Cox was last seen on the CT stage as Mr. Macy in A Miracle on 34th Street. He has also appeared as Callahan in Legally Blonde the Musical and the sheriff in Night of the Living Dead Live. Dennison recently appeared in this season’s Moonlight and Magnolias as screenwriter Ben Hecht. Halmos has appeared in many roles at CT since returning to the area. Recent appearances include Sara Jane Moore in Assassins, Nat in Rabbit Hole and Mama Rose in Gypsy.


Rowley serves as the Co-Artistic Director of the theatre and recently appeared in The House of Yes (Jackie-O) and Moonlight and Magnolias, which she also directed. Snow returns to CT after appearing in this season’s The Great Gatsby as Jordan. Stuart, a professor at Frostburg State University, is making is CT debut.

Also appearing in CLUE in a wide variety of diverse supporting roles are Morganne Chu, Marty Jellison and Seth Thompson.


The creative team includes Rhett Wolford (set design), Jennifer Clark (costume design), Joshua Taylor (lighting design), Chris McCabe (music director/accompanist), Trevor McCabe (props master), Hayden Kline (stage manager), Jellison (assistant stage manager) and Ebony Gennes (assistant stage manager).


CLUE on Stage is being performed October 7th – 24th with Thursday – Saturday shows at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Masks are required to be worn by audience members at all times while in the building. The show contains mild language and light inuendo. Parental discretion is encouraged.


CLUE is being sponsored by Mary Splain Shrout with additional financial assistance provided by Rocky Gap Resort and Sam and Pam Griffith. For tickets, please visit www.cumberlandtheatre.com or call the box office at 301.759.4990.


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Our 33rd Season Continues with a Literary and Cinema Classic

The Cumberland Theatre continues its 33rd Season this weekend with The Outsiders, a play based on the book and film of the same name. Written by S.E. Hinton, when she was just sixteen years old, the story has become a staple in high school reading programs and remains one of the most popular contemporary classics of the 20th century. In 1983, it was made into a feature film directed by Francis Ford Coppola with an all-star cast that included Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe and Ralph Macchio.


Set in 1965, the story focuses on fourteen-year-old Ponyboy Curtis, the youngest of three orphaned brothers who live on the "wrong side" of the tracks. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. An incident occurs one night when someone takes things too far causing lives being threatened and forever changed. The Greasers and the Socs agree to a rumble to settle things once and for all. The show’s themes include loyalty, enduring friendship, bullying, and overcoming stereotypes.

From the top: Jace Courrier, Reed Lancaster, Sky Nelson, Dante Santos, Donny Ness, Hayden Shoemaker-Davis, Jacob Hale

Appearing in the role of Ponyboy will be local actor Jace Courrier who was last seen on the CT stage as the Mayor of the Munchkin City in the 2016 production of The Wizard of Oz. He is a tenth grader at Keyser High School. Starring as the other two Curtis brothers and making their first appearances at CT will be Reed Lancaster as Darry and Sky Nelson as Sodapop. Lancaster is a graduate of Northwestern University and currently resides in New York City. Recent credits include the Raven Theatre’s Chicago premiere of Yen (Hench) and The Tank Theatre’s production of The Prisoners of Qua Dong (Cowley). Nelson also resides in New York and is a graduate of the University of Portland. He has been seen most recently in November Theatre's North American premier of Pancake Day (Matty), in Charlie Manoukian's award-winning short comedy Walk (Skid), and in Peter Chapman's film A Kept Boy (Jason).


Dante Santos will be portray Dallas Winston. Santos is a native of Las Vegas where he attended the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. Other members of the Greasers will be acted by Donny Ness (Johnny), Hayden Shoemaker-Davis (Steve) and Jacob Hale (Two-Bit). Ness is a local actor who has been seen in community theatre productions The Addams Family, Willy Wonka and Oliver! in which he played the titular role. Shoemaker-Davis is currently a theatre student at Frostburg State University and has appeared recently at the Indie on Main and Embassy Theatre. Hale has recently appeared at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre and, recently, at Toby’s Dinner Theatre as Flounder in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.


Featured in supporting roles are local actors Emily Snyder as Cherry Valance, Bredon Eric McCabe as Randy, Connor McCabe as Bob Sheldon, Ava Breighner as Marcia, and Madilyn McManaway as Sandy. Snyder, McCabe and McCabe were last seen in CT Stars of Tomorrow Youth Productions. Snyder as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and the McCabes as Toad and Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad. Breighner last appeared as Karen in Night of the Living Dead and McManaway is making her CT debut.


The cast also includes Tim Bambara, Emily Haworth, Ebony Gennes, Brian Records, John McConnell, Brett Reel, Sawyer Jenkins, Justice Courrier, and Trevor McCabe.


The Outsiders is being directed by Seth Thompson with set, light and sound design by Rhett Wolford, fight direction by Darrell Rushton and costume design by Jennifer Clark. Kimberli Rowley is serving as the stage manager with assistance from Ebony Gennes.


The show is being sponsored in part by Chessie Federal Credit Union and performed, in cooperation with Dramatic Publishing, September 2nd – 12th with Thursday – Saturday performances at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Group rates are available by emailing kim@cumberlandtheatre.com. The show runs approximately two hours and includes mild language and violence. Parental discretion is encouraged.


Masks will be required for all audience members during the show and while moving throughout the building. Tickets are available by call the theatre at 301.759.4990 or online at www.cumberlandtheatre.com. The VIP Star Box, which includes balcony seating, food and beverages for eight people is also available to book online.





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Updated: Aug 4

The Cumberland Theatre continues its 33rd Season of live entertainment this weekend with the comedy Moonlight and Magnolias. The play is based on the Hollywood legend of the making of the classic film Gone With the Wind, in which the producer, David O. Selznick, quarantines the screenwriter, Ben Hecht, and director, Victor Fleming, in his office to write the entire screen play in only five days on a diet of bananas and peanuts.

Set in 1939, the script includes many pop culture references of the time including Judy Garland’s infamous slap in The Wizard of Oz, Vivian Leigh’s relationship with Lawrence Olivier and Clark Gable’s extracurricular activities off-set. The show runs under two hours and includes a 15 minute intermission.

The show is being directed by CT Co-Artistic Director, Kimberli Rowley and features the acting talents of Sam Little (David O. Selznick), Bill Dennison (Ben Hecht), and Seth Thompson (Victor Fleming). Rowley also makes a cameo appearance as Selznick’s frazzled secretary, Miss Poppengahl.


Sam Little last appeared with the Cumberland Theatre as Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for which he also served as director. He also directed the 2019 CT production of Dracula. He spent most of his performance career in Orlando, Fl. where he was seen regularly at venues such as Universal Studios, Pirates Dinner Adventure, the Orlando Repertory Theatre and the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Currently, he resides in Hagerstown where he serves as the Artistic Director of Maryland Entertainment Group.

Bill Dennison was last seen on the CT stage in 2016 in Every Christmas Story Ever Told and has also appeared in Little Shop of Horrors, The 39 Steps and and Beau Jest. A Cumberland native, Dennison currently resides in Baltimore where he has taught Acting, Shakespeare, Physical Comedy, and Stage Combat to schools in Baltimore and Annapolis. He is a former company member of The Annapolis Shakespeare Company, and is a current member of The Theatrical Response Team and D.C. Actors' Workshop.


Seth Thompson is returning for his third CT production having appeared in American Son, The House of Yes and A Midsummer Night’s Dream this past year. He began his acting career in Hagerstown, MD with Authentic Community Theatre. Since then, he has worked at the Washington County Playhouse and The Totem Pole Playhouse. He also served as Production Manager for Maryland Entertainment Group where he worked in various capacities for 4 years.


The creative staff for Moonlight and Magnolias also includes CT Co-Artistic Director, Rhett Wolford (set and sound design), Jennifer Clark (costume design), Matthew Georgeson (lighting design), Little (fight director), Bekah Brown (stage manager) and Hayden Kline (assistant stage manager).


The show runs August 5th – 15th with performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available at www.cumberlandtheatre.com or by calling 301.759.4990. Group rates are available for parties of 20 or more.


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