Mil­burn Stone re­veals six shows for 2017

Two more still to be an­nounced

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JOE ANTOSHAK


— 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.

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