January plays feature personal, complex themes

January 8th, 2016

After the light-hearted jollity of theatre productions during the holiday season, audiences can sink into some thought-provoking and emotionally mature performances in January.

As fall darkens, theaters respond with mystery, fear

October 23rd, 2013

With stories ranging in theme from mystery to comedy, dark tales at playhouses in Winchester, Edinburg and New Market promise hair-raising moments that will haunt theatergoers long after the curtain falls.

September plays promise a good time for all

September 5th, 2013

Area volunteer theaters, Winchester Little Theatre in Winchester and The Schultz Theatre in New Market, have taken opposite approaches to their September productions, with WLT’s “Almost, Maine” a dramatic series of vignettes out of a fictional wintry town in Maine, and Schultz’s “Greater Tuna” a hilarious exhibit of quirky Texan townsfolk. But both shows promise a good time for all ages.

Strasburg grad Russell Rinker plans second tour with Blue Man Group

August 14th, 2013

In 2007, after five years performing full time with the Blue Man Group, Russell Rinker left to pursue other opportunities. But he still filled in from time to time, and last year he joined the group’s North American tour. On Monday he’ll leave for a second 10-month tour that will take him around the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Husband, wife to portray young lovers in Bard’s play

August 8th, 2013

The Schultz Theatre in New Market will kick off its new play this weekend with William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” starring husband and wife team Chris and Beth Whitney in the title roles.

Two musicals and a farce playing at area theaters

July 10th, 2013

Theater for every age will take the stage locally this month, with the comedic but adult farce “Boeing Boeing” at Wayside Theatre in Middletown, the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” at The Schultz Theatre in New Market, and the junior version of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” at Winchester Little Theatre in Winchester.

Valley Vibes

June 5th, 2013

June 7

• “Church Basement Ladies” — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Thursday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Wayside Theatre, 7853 Main St., Middletown. Information: 869-1776,

Music, comedy play out a month of drama on area stages

May 8th, 2013

This month, comedy and music take precedence on community stages, with Winchester Little Theater’s farce “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running” and The Schultz Theatre’s youth theater production “All I Ever Wanted to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play” and musical “Barefoot in the Park” enticing all ages out to the theater.

Dedicated teens use puppets, music to promote greater meaning

April 4th, 2013

The Berryville Baptist Rascals, a theatrical troupe of teens between the ages of 13 and 18, combine music and choreography with puppets to help tell stories, and Sunday they will perform at 4 p.m. at Strasburg Christian Church.

Mystery, music and mayhem to headline area theaters this month

April 2nd, 2013

Theaters in Frederick and Shenandoah counties will offer everything from musicals to comedy and even murder this month, as Wayside Theatre finishes out its 2012/13 year, and The Schultz Theatre and Theatre Shenandoah gear up for a drama-packed spring.

Music Theatre announces summer season

February 21st, 2013

This week the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre announced its schedule for the 30th summer season, which begins June 12. After years of waiting to obtain a license to present “Les Miserables,” the theater will open its 2013 season with the musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel.