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Author Archive | Teresa McCormick Ertel

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‘Shrek The Musical’ at The Suburban Players

The Suburban Players celebrate 40 years with a fabulous production of Shrek. The Suburban Players at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church have chosen the fun fairy tale Shrek the Musical, drenched in green and sprinkled with humor, to celebrate their 40th production Demetrios and Rena Makres have produced the show and John Desmone lovingly directs, and R. […]

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The State Ballet Theatre of Russia’s ‘Swan Lake’ at Hippodrome Theatre at The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings an ethereal and breathtaking production of Swan Lake to Baltimore For over one hundred years the compelling and romantic ballet Swan Lake, set to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, has enchanted audiences. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, founded by dancer and former Prima ballerina of The […]

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‘Pippin’ is Playing at The National Theatre: An Interview with Kyle Dean Massey on Playing Pippin

[Editor’s note: The National Tour of Pippin is playing through January 4th at The National Theatre in DC, and Kyle Dean Massey is here playing Pippin. Teresa McCormick Ertel interviewed Kyle in August 2014 when he was performing the role on Broadway. Here’s her interview: Kyle Dean Massey is currently playing the title role in the Tony […]

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‘Pippin’ is Playing at The National Theatre: A Chat with John Rubinstein on Coming into the Broadway Production, Playing Charles, and Playing Pippin in the Original Broadway Production

[Editor’s Note: Press Night for The National Tour of Pippin is tonight at The National Theatre in DC, and John Rubenstein is here to play King Charlemagne direct from The Tony Award-winning Broadway production. Teresa McCormick Ertel interviewed John right after he began performances on Broadway (June 19, 2014 – August 24, 2014).. Here’s her interview: Actor, director, teacher, […]

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Glyndon Area Players’ ‘Les Misérables’: An Interview with Dawn O’Croinin (Fantine), Tom Zepp (Jean Valjean), and Cameron Casey (Javert)

Glyndon Area Players prides itself providing its community with the gift of high-quality musicals while on a community theater budget, and utilizing a cast of volunteers from the surrounding neighborhoods. Parents, students, retirees, and professionals in a variety of fields come together from June to August for Saturday set building, late night rehearsals, and a […]

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Glyndon Area Players’ ‘Les Misérables’: An Interview with Henry Cyr (Marius)

It’s summer, which for my family means volunteering with our favorite community theatre group – Glyndon Area Players. Under the detailed direction of GAP founder Homero Bayarena, participating in GAP shows guarantees lots of late nights, hard work, and an unforgettable education in community bonding and the art of theater. Opening this Friday, August 8th, […]

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Renaissance Man Thomas Dolby: Johns Hopkins University Professor of the Arts

In a change that ups the cool factor and vibrancy of Baltimore’s film and music culture exponentially, musician, composer, and digital technology innovator, Thomas Dolby will be moving to the city at the summer’s end to teach a class at Hopkins’ Homewood campus. Sound on Film will be a course dedicated to digital music technology in relation to film. Although he […]

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Broadway Royalty Returns to Broadway: A Chat with John Rubinstein on Joining the Cast of ‘Pippin’

Actor, director, teacher, and composer John Rubinstein has taken on the role of King Charlemagne in the critically acclaimed Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin until the end of July. He’s Broadway’s original Pippin and here he shares his thoughts on his experience with the musical and how it feels to be king. Teresa: How was opening […]

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AFI Docs’ Andrea Passafiume Wraps Up This Year’s Festival

AFI Docs, held annually in Silver Spring, MD and downtown DC, is regarded as the nation’s premier film festival for documentaries. Programmer Andrea Passafiume talks about highlights and standouts from 2014’s fest, which wrapped up last weekend. Teresa: Why is it so important to have a festival devoted to strictly documentaries? Andrea: I think it’s important […]

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An Interview with Filmmaker Gabriel DeLoach on his Double Dagger Documentary ‘If We Shout Loud Enough’ by Teresa McCormick Ertel

Filmmaker Gabriel DeLoach follows Baltimore underground punk band Double Dagger and intimately explores the experience of their final tour in his latest documentary, If We Shout Loud Enough. Teresa: Double Dagger is an intense 3-man band with the bassist taking on multi- instrument sound. Were you familiar with their work prior to this project? Gabriel: […]

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‘Musicians of Mercy’ Holds a Benefit Concert for The American Heart Association This Friday 1/10@7:30 PM by Teresa McCormick Ertel

This Friday, January 10th at 7:30 PM, The Musicians of Mercy, will present an evening of live music – Celebrating a Life of Love – in Baltimore City to benefit the American Heart Association. The event will feature violinist Odin Rathnam, composer and pianist Dr. Judah Adashi, and singer/songwriter Macheesté Malloy. Jeffry Newberger will be conducting the orchestra. […]

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An Interview with Filmmaker Gabriel DeLoach by Teresa McCormick Ertel

Filmmaker Gabriel DeLoach follows Baltimore underground punk band Double Dagger and intimately explores the experience of their final tour in his latest documentary, If We Shout Loud Enough. Teresa: Double Dagger is an intense three-man band with the bassist taking on multi- instrumental sounds. Were you familiar with their work prior to this project? Gabriel: I went to […]

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The Glyndon Area Players’ Production of ‘The King and I’ Features Actress From the 1984 Broadway Production by Teresa McCormick Ertel

The Glyndon Area Players has been a summer tradition for my family for many years, whether we are in the audience, onstage, or helping behind the scenes. G.A.P. has been entertaining Baltimore County theater lovers for 17 years. This year the company, known for its elaborate sets and high caliber community theater, is presenting the Rodgers and Hammerstein […]

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