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Bugsy Malone, Jr at Carroll County Arts Center

Julie recently wrapped up a production of Bugsy Malone, Jr at The Carroll County Arts Center as part of our In-School Productions program.  Middle Schoolers from all over Carroll County performed in this jazz-era musical. Here is a sampling of photos from the production:

15th Anniversary Season Preview at VOLT!

On Tuesday evening the rain held off as we held a special event for invited guests at VOLT Restaurant.  Nearly 100 patrons, supporters & sponsors were treated to a sneak peek of our upcoming season.  After mingling on the lovely patio, noshing on delectable hors d’oeuvre and sipping tasty libations, MET Ensemble Members entertained our guests… Continue Reading

Thursday Think Tank: Heidi & First Saturday!

At the beginning of every month, the city of Frederick celebrates “First Saturday,” where local organizations, merchants, artists, and actors strut their stuff in the downtown streets of Frederick.  To see our shows coming up in May, and all the other downtown Frederick happenings, visit the Downtown Frederick Partnership website! As always, the MET rallies… Continue Reading

In Memoriam: Maurice Sendak (Really Rosie, The Fun Company 2005)

Really Rosie with a book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak and music by Carole King, is one of our most cherished productions. The musical is based on Sendak’s books Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre, One was Johnny, Alligators All Around (which comprise 1962’s The Nutshell Library), and The Sign on Rosie’s Door (1960). Sendak based the story on a demonstrative little girl who used to sing and… Continue Reading

Thursday Think Tank: All-New Grand Ole Hee Haw Montage

Ladieees n’ Gennlemen, allow me to introduce this here montage of the creative process behind The All-New Grand Ole Hee Haw Hootenanny Jamboree! [jwplayer mediaid=”2893″] The All-New Grand Ole Hee Haw Hootenanny Hoe Down Jamboree opens Thursday, 5/10 and runs Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm, and Sunday 5/13 & 6/3 @ 7pm and 5/20 & 5/27… Continue Reading

10 Things Tuesday: Tony Awards

The Tony Award nominations were announced today and I was curious to see how many Tony winning (or nominated) plays MET has produced…so I went on a little investigation and here’s what I found out.  The Diary of Anne Frank- by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett (Best play- 1956) Company – Book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Best Musical- 1971)… Continue Reading

Thursday Think Tank: Pitchin’ an’ Sketchin’ Hee-Haw Hootenanny!

Now that the dust has settled from Antigone (literally: we struck the set this past weekend,) the MET company propels itself into another original production: “The All-New Grand Ole Hee Haw Hootenanny Jamboree!” a comedic satire influenced by the 1970s TV show Hee Haw with a signature MET twist to help bring out “the Fredneck in all… Continue Reading

10 Things Tuesday: 10 Hee Haw Buzzwords!

The original Hee Haw was created by Frank Peppiatt and John Ayleswoth. The very first episode of the HEE HAW show aired on the CBS Television Network on June 15, 1969, as a summer replacement series for the SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR.  Our first ‘episode’ of THE ALL NEW GRAND OLE HEE HAW HOOTENANNY HOE DOWN… Continue Reading

Think Tank Thursday: Laugh Station: Turbo

There’s always a knowing titter of glee whenever anyone mentions the term “4-20,” and this Friday, the MET hosts a show that embraces the kind of subversive comedic insanity popularized by films and shows like Half-Baked, Kids in the Hall, Wonder Showzen and a gamut of psychotronic B-horror/scifi flicks. Described by co-creator Matt Lee* as “Kids… Continue Reading

10 Things Tuesday: Arts Advocacy Day

April 16 & 17 over 500 arts advocates gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC  morning to begin training for Arts Advocacy Day. The annual two-day event brings together representatives from nearly every state to meet with their members of Congress to advocate for a number of issues near and dear to those who… Continue Reading

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