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The Cumberland Theatre is once again pleased to bring free Shakespeare performances to Constitution Park's Amphitheatre this summer! This year's selection is the comedy As You Like It, which will be performed August 9th - 11th with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. The show is being sponsored by the Gilmore family and features both local and out-of-town actors.


As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. In the forest, they encounter a variety of memorable characters, notably the melancholy traveller Jaques who speaks many of Shakespeare's most famous speeches (such as "All the world is a stage", "too much of a good thing" and "A fool! A fool! I met a fool in the forest"). The play remains a favorite among audiences and has been adapted for radio, film, and musical theatre. Gender roles, nature and politics are hilariously confused as the play reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be.


Heading the cast as Rosalind is Georgia native, Courtney Feiman. She has appeared in principal roles numerous CT productions including Sophie in Mamma Mia, Poppy in Noises Off and most recently, Chutney Wynham in Legally Blonde the Musical. Playing Celia will be Johnna Leary who has graced the CT stage as Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Barbara in Night of the Living Dead Live.


Appearing as two brothers who get intertwined with the cousins are Adrian Williams as Orlando and Leo Wollan as Oliver. Williams is a student at Indian University of PA and recently made his debut as Carlos in Legally Blonde and Wollan was last seen in the ensemble of Reefer Madness the Musical.


Nate Smith of Chicago will take on the role of Jacques and Erik Alexis (last seen as the Lecturer in Reefer Madness) will play Adam. Appearing as Touchstone, the jester, will be Michael Null of Oakland. Also appearing in the production in supporting roles will be Whitney O'Haver, Tai Baumann, Connor McCabe, Emily Haworth, Karen Hutcheson, Denise Adams and Jennifer Clark, who is also directing and designing the production. Madison Dolchan is serving as the production's stage manager.


The production is free to the public and runs approximately 90 minutes. It is appropriate for all age groups. If more information is needed, please call the theatre at 301.759.4990 or visit us on Facebook or www.cumberlandtheatre.com.


The Cumberland Theatre is pleased to announce the next installment of the 2019 Main Stage Season, Legally Blonde the Musical.  The show will be performed July 11th – 28th with Thursday – Saturday performances at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. 

 Based on the adored movie starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods whose life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law.  Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.


The musical premiered on Broadway in April of 2007 received seven Tony nominations and ten Drama Desk nominations.  It has since been produced frequently all over the world.

Heading the cast as Elle Woods is Mackenzie Newbury, who is making her debut at the

Cumberland Theatre.  She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical. Since graduating she has lived and worked in the DMV, New York City and the Philadelphia area.  Favorite credits include:  Shrek (Fiona), Evita (title role),  Kiss Me Kate (Lois/Bianca), Catch Me if You Can (Brenda Strong), City of Angels (Mallory/Avril).


Rhett Wolford will appear as Emmett Forrest and newcomer Bryan Austermann will play Warner Huntington III.  Wolford is the Co-Artistic Director of CT and was last seen as Ralph in Reefer Madness the Musical.  Austermann recently toured nationally with The Sound of Music and also performed on  board the Disney Cruise Line. 


Returning to the theatre in the roles of Vivienne Kensington and Enid Hoops will be Kristina Huegel and Alexandra Hemphill.  Huegel  was last seen on the CT stage as Betty Haynes in White Christmas.  Hemphill was part of the cast of last summer’s record-breaking production of Mamma Mia! 


The role of Elle’s new and unlikely best friend Paulette will be played by Kimberli Rowley and exercise guru Brooke Wyndham (who is on trial for murder!) will be portrayed by Marin Rose, also making her CT debut.   Rowley is the Co-Artistic Director of CT and last appeared as Blanch DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.  Rose is originally from Dallas, TX and has performed with Pittsburgh Musical Theater and Busch Gardens, Tampa.


Other CT debut performers include Dara Orland as Serena, Alexandra Garcia as Margo and Brianna Lopez as Pilar.  Orland is an actress and choreographer holding a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has toured nationally in the casts of Cruel Intentions and Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Garcia graduated from Temple University with a Master’s Degree in Musical Theater and has performed in regional theatre production of The Producers, Evita and Rock of Ages.  Lopez also received her degree from Temple and has appeared in regional production of A Chorus Line and 9 to 5.


Shawn Cox, last seen in CT’s 2018 production of Night of the Living Dead LIVE, will play Professor Callahan and Nate Smith, a newcomer to the CT stage is cast as Kyle the UPS guy.


The large cast also includes Lorenzo Ballesteros, Timothy Bambara, Tai Baumann, Melynda Burdette, MacKenzie Cutcliffe, Courtney Feiman, Emily Haworth, Patience Loscomb, Brendon McCabe, Connor McCabe, Whitney O’Haver, and Adrian Williams in a number of featured and supporting roles.


Two local canine stars will also make their debut “Lilly” will play “Bruiser”, Elle’s famous chihuahua and “Frank the Tank” will appear as “Rufus”, Paulette’s bulldog.


The show is under the direction of Kimberli Rowley with music direction by Chris McCabe and choreography by Danny Durr and MacKenzie Cutcliffe.  The design staff includes Jennifer Clark (costume design), Rhett Wolford (set design), Braxton Cooper (lighting design) and Madison Dolchan (props design).  Rebecca Brown is serving as the stage manager with Sarah Sandifer acting as assistant stage manager.

Following the July 12th performance will be wine and cheese party where patrons can meet the cast and crew.


Tickets can be purchased online at www.cumberlandtheatre.com or by calling the theatre at 301-759-4990.  The VIP Star Box is available for parties of eight or more and includes food, beverages and private balcony seating.  Group rates are also available for groups of 10 or more.  To book the Star Box or inquire about group rates, email info@cumberlandtheatre.com.



The Cumberland Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the Golden Gays of NYC to the theatre for a special show to celebrate Cumberland Pride Weekend.  This year the gals will be teaming with the award-winning Bette Midler  and Winnie Sanderson tribute artist Jennica McCleary, who appeared at the Cumberland Theatre last November with Winnie’s Rock Cauldron Cabaret – a tribute to the character in the film Hocus Pocus.

The Golden Gays NYC (GGNYC) burst onto the scene in 2017- first at RuPaul's DragCon

then at the famed Rue-La-Rue Cafe. What began as a flash mob extravaganza has skyrocketed to sold-out engagements, tours, and cruises all over New York City and beyond.  In the summer of 2018, their hit musical "Hot Flashbacks" premiered to rave reviews Off-Broadway at Theatre Row.  The Golden Gays NYC (GGNYC) burst onto the scene in 2017- first at RuPaul's DragCon then at the famed Rue-La-Rue Cafe. What began as a flash mob extravaganza has skyrocketed to sold-out engagements, tours, and cruises all over New York City and beyond.  In the summer of 2018, their hit musical "Hot Flashbacks" premiered to rave reviews Off-Broadway at Theatre Row.  The Golden Gays NYC stars Jason B. Schmidt (as Dorothy), Andy Crosten (as Blanche), and Gerry Mastrolia (as Rose) along with Musical Director, Mason Griffin.

Jennica McCleary is an award winning Bette Midler and Winnie Sanderson Tribute Artist and was the first woman tapped by Disney to portray the iconic character created by Midler. In 2015 she debuted in ‘The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ (a now viral video) at The Magic Kingdom in Orlando, FL and has also worked for Pattycake Productions and Legends in Concert. She has been featured on MTV, VH1, Entertainment Tonight and was featured in The Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Bash on Freeform.


The show will play for just two performances:  Saturday, July 13th at 2:00 pm and Sunday, July 14th at 8:00 pm.  The evening will feature three distinct shows for one price.  The opening will be a flashback journey to Bathhouse Betty featuring McCleary and pianist Mason Griffin. The Divine Miss M tribute will give audiences a Betteducation (tm) of their favorite Miss M music and banter!  


Next, the Golden Gays NYC will take the stage as favorite pals and confidants Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose must travel down the road and back again across America to find Sophia.  The hip old grannies take a musical journey through The Golden Girls’ favorite game shows!  Lucky audience members will become contestants, interacting directly with the cast, while competing to become the next #TokenSophia.


Finally, McCleary is back as favorite soul sucking sirens of Salem, Winifred, Sarah and

Mary Sanderson, return to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Hocus Pocus in a brand new theatrical rock concert!  An evening filled with music and parodies covering many decades and genres, the Sanderson Sisters will close the evening with singing, dancing and comedy.  This show may not be appropriate for younger children.


The end of the show will feature a grand all-star finale with all the performers.  After the show, a meet & greet option is available to audiences and there will be an after party in the theatre’s lobby.  Tickets are on sale at www.cumberlandtheatre.com.  Those purchasing their tickets before July 1st will receive a notable early bird discount.  

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