Milburn Stone reveals six shows for 2017
Two more still to be announced
— This weekend, Milburn Stone Theatre revealed the eight shows it will put on in 2017, but it did so with a catch.
Because of rights-holder restrictions, two of the shows cannot yet be announced.
Milburn Stone held its annual unveiling gala at the Cecil College theater Saturday night, and more than 100 people came out to be among the first to know the upcoming season. The event was free to attend, but attendees could buy alcohol and raffle tickets.
When the lights dimmed around 8:10 p.m., Andrew Dickenson, who runs the performing arts program at Elkton Station, gave an introduction brimming with puns. He spoke about how far Milburn Stone has come in the 25 years of its existence.
“I didn’t live here then, but
I’m told when it first started, the audience was made up almost entirely of farmers,” Dickenson said. “So when performances went bad, they got mooed off the stage.”
He set the tone for a playful, energized night that was ushered along by Pokemon Go-inspired skits, featuring assistant technical director Brandon Gorin, production assistant Patrick Yarrington and production assistant William Bryant.
Milburn Stone Director Bambi Johnson said to the crowd that she wanted 2017 to be “a season of blockbusters,” and a number of the announced plays certainly fit the bill. There’s February’s run of “Rock of Ages;” June’s “Singin’ in the Rain;” and “Hairspray” in August and early September.
There will also be runs of the comedy-rock musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” the comedy-drama musical “The Last Five Years” and an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel “Frankenstein,” handled by Rance and Bob Denton.
The two shows Johnson asked audience members and media not to announce publicly are the Disney musicals she mentioned in a Whig article last week.
The theater made other announcements at the gala, including that its new stateof-the-art sound system, for which it’s been fundraising about a year, will be used for the first time in the upcoming production of “Evil Dead,” which opens Oct. 7.
Additionally, production manager Dann Combs announced a slight increase in adult ticket prices and a new season package arrangement. In 2017, adult tickets will cost $20 — a $2 increase from this year’s prices. Both student/senior and children ticket prices will remain the same, at $15 and $10, respectively.
Instead of a Pick-Three, Pick-Five, Pick-Seven season ticket package set-up, Milburn Stone will move to a Silver (pick three or four), Gold (pick five) and Platinum (pick six) tier system. Silver lessens the price of any indi- vidual show ticket by $1, gold by $2 and platinum by $3.
More information on ticket prices can be found on Milburn Stone’s website. Those looking for audition dates should check the theater’s Facebook page.
Gina Dzielak and Darby McLaughlin sing together during Saturday’s gala.