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THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES: DREAM ON at Tidewater Players  2.28.20

They are family! They got all their sisters— you’ll see! That’s right, they’re back! All four original Wonderettes— Cindy Lou, Betty Jean, Missy, and Suzie— are back and dreaming on, this time to celebrate their favorite home-room teacher— Mrs. McPherson (watch out, audience!) and her retirement party after 39 years as a Springfield High Chipmunk! Tidewater Players knows how to put on a show when it comes to everyone’s favorite foursome; their production of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On is wholesome family fun that features four talented individuals breathing new life and dreams into many iconic tunes of the late 60’s and late 70’s! Directed and Choreographed by Dickie Mahoney with Musical Direction by Stephanie Carlock Cvach, this blast from the past, fun and funky jukebox style musical (the third or fourth in the timeline series of the Wonderettes musicals by Roger Bean) will give you some musical loving and warm the cockles of your heart right up this winter season!…

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A FEW GOOD MEN at Tidewater Players 9.28.19

Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men, directed by Todd Starkey, opens up to one of our only moments watching Greg Stiffler give us a reason to care about the tragedy the play is built around, by making him a vulnerable guy.  A man is dead and Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson (played by Lamar Leonard) and Pfc. Louden Downey (played by Jordan Baumiller) stand accused of murder.  Moises Estrada’s lighting and sound design built atmosphere as Eva Grove’s costume coordination lent an air of authenticity to these characters, opening the door for their respective actors to make them real.  The play really came together with the details of set, lighting, and actor placement emphasizing the natural atmosphere the acting took place in, as Mr. Starkey has done a wonderful job….

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A CHRISTMAS STORY at Tidewater Players
Theatrebloom. com   12.2.18

Tidewater Players presents A Christmas StoryHigh above the town, flying down, better catch it quick— it’s better than ole Saint Nick— and it may still be in other locales— but somewhere hovering over Tidewater Players…across the whole opera house stage and straight to you…comes A Christmas Story. That’s right, kids— and kids at heart— after waiting for ages in line at Higbee’s, you’ve asked Santa for that irresistible major-award of a musical, and he’s delivered— because what’s the harm in simply watching Ralphie Parker shoot his eye out with his Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time? Directed by Laurie Sentman Starkey, with Musial Direction by Stephanie Carlock Cvach, and Choreography by Amanda Poxon, this time-honored classic and all of its triple-dog-daring hallmarks is waltzing its way into your hearts just in time for Christmas….

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CHESS at Tidewater Players

Are you where you want to be and who you want to be and doing what you always said you would? Tidewater Players, the resident theatre company of Havre de Grace, is where they want to be and who they want to be and doing what they always said they would! Making a bold move by opening their 2018/2019 season with a politically charged production of Chess (the musical in concert), Tidewater Players stands to set the tone for their season with this shocking opening gambit. Avoiding the trappings of the done-to-death Shreks and Mamma Mias, Tidewater Players takes full advantage of the darkened political climate in which we currently live, and seizes the opportunity to showcase this strikingly relevant and potent musical. Directed by Mark Briner with Musical Direction by R. Christopher Rose & Stephanie Carlock Cvach, and Choreography by Bambi Johnson, this haunting tale of political games is a raw reminder to the world that art imitates life, imitates art, imitates life….

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Without a CLUE - An Original PlayWITHOUT A CLUE WORLD PREMIER at Tidewater Players  2.23.18

It was the butler, in the drawing room, with the candlestick! Only, of course, it couldn’t be the butler because he never had a suspect card. In this zany original comedy, Without a Clue written by Mark Briner, six unsuspecting suspects are brought together for an evening of merriment, which quickly maligns itself to be an evening of mayhem and murder! It’s the usual suspects and a few wild cards getting the game underway, and this unusually comic spoof of a theatrical endeavor will have you guessing for more. Directed by the playwright himself, Mark Briner takes the audience on an unforgettable evening’s journey full of classic film and board game references that shan’t soon be forgotten. You’ll love it so much you’ll be dying to come back and see the six different possible endings!…

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Backstage Baltimore 3.1.18

It was Mrs. Peacock, in the Conservatory, with the Candlestick!… Or was it? If you understood that reference instantly, you, like many, many others, are familiar with a certain board game aptly named Clue in which one must use his or her powers of deduction to solve a murder. This board game has also spawned a highly successful and oft quoted 1985 film of the same name, and stage musical adaptation, and many parodies through the years. Included in these adaptations is Tidewater Players latest offering, the new and original Without a Clue by Mark Briner, who also puts on the hat of Director….

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That’s right, seniors, class of 1958! Welcome to the most fun you’ll ever have at your Marvelous Dream Prom! (Hosted graciously by Tidewater Players this year!) It’s going to be a doozy of an evening that you won’t forget anytime soon! The Tidewater Players have been gracious enough to lend Springfield High and the Class of 1958 their beautiful, recently restored and refurbished Opera House of Havre de Grace space so that they can host the prom! Be sure to stop in the lobby on you way up to the prom to get your photo taken under the prom arch— golly, it’s just aces! And it’s all thanks to Principal Dickie Mahoney, directing almost every little detail about the evening, and really helping to coordinate everything! Of course, he didn’t work alone, oh no, no, no! With a great assist from Miss Stephanie Carlock Cvach in the music department, the whole prom just looks super-dooper!…

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