Top 5 Shows of The Week

1. Hairspray at Howard County Summer Theatre

NYU Musical Theatre student, Caitlin Grant stars as Tracy Turnblad.  This actress will wow you with her outstanding singing voice.

Synopsis: Tracy Turnblad is obsessed with The Corny Collins Show and one of its dancers, Link Larkin. Though rejected by producer Belma Vom Tussle at auditions, when Tracey shows off some moves at the Sophomore Hop, Corny Colins gives her a place on the show. Tracey is soon launched to stardom, but can’t stand that the show won’t allow integration and does everything in her power to make it happen.

Caitlin Grant as Tracy Turnblad and Laura Tschirgi as Penny Pingleton. Photo by Jeff Stanford.

2. If You Give A Moose A Muffin at Adventure Theatre MTC

This clever story will leave you hungry for more good children’s shows at Adventure Theatre!

Synopsis: What if a moose came to your house and asked for a muffin? Yikes. In this sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a moose will almost always be a bigger problem than a mouse. If you give him some jam…you may wind up in a jam!

Donald (Parker Drown) and Moose (Michael Russotto). Photo by Bruce Douglas.

3. Rumple Who? at Bay Theatre Company 

See a charming tale in a charming little theatre in Annapolis.

Synopsis: the story of Rumplestiltskin­ — a rollicking musical tale with laughs for young and old.

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‘Rumple Who?’ is showing every Sunday until August 19th! Photo courtesy of Bay Theatre Company.

4. A Chorus Line at Rockville Musical Theatre

I’ve never been disappointed by a show produced at the Rockville Musical Theatre.

Synopsis: In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It’s what they’ve worked for – with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It’s the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed — to have the chance to dance.

5. Avenue Q at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre

Best described as a Saturday Night Live spoof of Sesame StreetAvenue Q addresses the trials and tribulations of entering the ‘real’ adult world after college.  Told through songs, skits, and puppets, this musical is most enjoyed by the 20 to 30 something crowd.

Advisory:  This show contains profanity, puppet nudity, and adult subject matter and is not appropriate for children.

Synopsis: Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie, Lucy, and other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life.

The cast of ‘Avenue Q’ at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. Photo courtesy of Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre.

About Mark Beachy

Mark Beachy is the publisher and video producer of the MD Theatre Guide and the NY Theatre Guide.

In 1997 he wrote the play, music, and lyrics in a musical called, “’Bout Baltimore.” This musical won the WMAR TV Channel 2 and Pumpkin Theatre Baltimore Bicentennial Playwriting contest and was produced as a 1-hour television special.

He has directed over 40 productions, including shows for Pumpkin Theatre, Timonium Dinner Theatre, Howard County Center for the Arts, and the Baltimore Children's Theatre where he was the founder and producer for 7 years.

Before starting the MTG in March of 2010, Mark was the performing arts reporter for the Baltimore Examiner.

As a professional actor he has appeared on TV nationally, including on Discovery Health as "Jerry Baldwin" on I Was Dead, “Officer Nunham” on America’s Most Wanted’s Top Cops 2009 and “Alexander T. Crane” in a Japanese TV documentary about Edgar Allan Poe.