Theatre Scrapbook: Theatre Project Rehearsal from 1976

Top to bottom: Cathy Burrough, Kent Thomas, Cheryl Egole, Jim Tlehoustle in rehearsal at Theatre Project from November 4, 1976.  Photo by William H. Mortimer for the Sun Papers.

Founded in 1971 by Philip Arnoult, Theatre Project serves as a performance venue for local performing artists and theatre companies in Baltimore City. Known as “Baltimore’s Free Theatre,” no tickets were sold; after performances a hat was passed for audience members to donate to the artists and theatre. Theatre Project celebrated its 40th Anniversary during the […]

Theatre Scrapbook: ‘Hello Dolly!’ at Morris A. Mechanic Theater from 1967

Alexander Orfaly (Ensemble), June Helmers (Irene Malloy), Max Showalter (Vandergelder), and Harriet Lynn (Minnie Fay) in ‘Hello Dolly.’ Photo taken backstage at Morris A. Mechanic Theater, January 17, 1967. Photo by Ralph Robinson for the Sun Papers.

As Remembered by Harriet Lynn (Minnie Fay) This is the Betty Grable Company of “Hello, Dolly!” I turned 21 during our time in Baltimore and I remember I got my driver’s license while doing the show and visiting home. I am “Minnie Fay.”   I was hired to be the understudy for Minnie and was […]

Theatre Scrapbook: The Lyric Opera House from 1940s

The Lyric Opera House from 1940s.  Photo from Mark Beachy Library.

The Lyric Opera House is located at 140 West Mount Royal Avenue in Baltimore City, Maryland. Modeled after the Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam, the theatre was inaugurated on October 31, 1894 with a performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Australian opera singer Nellie Melba as the featured soloist. Oscar Hammerstein presented a season of opera at the theatre in 1908 and planned to remodel the […]

Theatre Scrapbook: Play-Arts Guild’s ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ at MD Theatre from 1930

Matters of State in 'Pinafore.' Robert W. Nicolls surrounded by Marie Louise Roulhac, Lee Newman, Margaret Boyer, and Ann Christopher.  Photo by Photocrafters.

The Play-Arts Guild’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore, the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, was presented the week  of January 6th, 1930 at the Maryland Theatre. Robert W. Nicolls was Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B. is pictured holding a session with four of his sisters and cousins and aunts: Marie Louise Roulhac, Lee Newman, Margaret Boyer, and […]

Theatre Scrapbook: Howard Ashman and Marvin Hamlisch

Howard Ashman and Marvin Hamlisch from 1986.  Photo by Nancy Kaye.

Author/Lyricist/Director Howard Ashman and Composer Marvin Hamlisch are featured in this photo preparing for Smile, which was their new Broadway-bound musical based on the 1975 movie of the same name about that uniquely American institution — the beauty pageant.  Smile was produced by Lawrence Gordon, Richard M. Kagan, and Sidney L. Shlendker. Following a pre-Broadway […]

Submit Your Vintage Theatre Photographs for New Column, ‘Theatre Scrapbook’

Minnie Fay, Barnaby, Irene Molloy, and Cornelius Hackl (Alena Wright, Mark Beachy, Helen Sigur, and David Leisure) "Hello Dolly" - Timonium Dinner Theatre, MD, Aug. 24-Nov. 10, 1996.

As any actor can tell you, while you are in a play the cast is like your family.  And after the run of the show is over, the people that were in the production with you will remain special to you forever. It is thanks to pictures that we are able to remember some of […]