It is with tremendous regret that we must inform you that we will not be able to put on the final two performances of “Shakespeare in Love” at the Arts Barn on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2022. Unfortunately, members of our cast and crew have tested positive for COVID-19 and we are not able to find replacements at this late date. Further, out of an abundance of caution, we do we want to inadvertently put anyone else at risk.

We will be issuing refunds to all ticket holders, but we would be tremendously grateful if you might consider converting your ticket to a donation to our company. We rely on every dollar to help us put on future performances and we will be returning to the Arts Barn stage in 2023 with a new production. Please send an email to kentlands@kentlands.org if you would like to make this conversion, we will otherwise assume a refund is being requested.

Shakespeare in Love

THE REVIEW IS IN: https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2022/05/11/kentlands-community-players-shakespeare-in-love-is-a-delight/


Stage Adaptation of Oscar-Winning Film Will Be Presented Over Two Weekends

Kentlands Community Players will produce Shakespeare in Love, based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, for a limited run May 6-8 and a special Memorial Day weekend reprise May 28 and 29. The show will be staged at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road in Gaithersburg.

The production, based on the 1998 film that won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, features a cast of more than a dozen, as well as choreography and stage fighting. “I knew it would be a directing challenge, so when experienced director Bruce Hirsch expressed his interest in directing, I knew the production would be in fabulously capable hands,” said producer Meredith Fogle.

“This show has the largest cast I’ve ever worked with and just fitting them all on the Arts Barn stage is a challenge,” said Hirsch. “It also has elements I've never dealt with before: period costumes, stage sword fighting and period dancing. Fortunately, we found great people to work with us for this.”

Hirsch said that after local theatre’s two-year hiatus, the time is right for Shakespeare in Love: “It is a clever, funny script, and this seems like a good time to come to the theatre to have a lot of fun.”

Getting back into the swing of rehearsals after that two-year absence was easier than expected for Cecilia Lindgren, who plays Viola – Shakespeare’s love interest who is secretly aspiring to act herself. “I think the thing that surprised me the most is how easily it felt to slip back into rehearsal rooms and the mindset of doing a show,” Lindgren said. “Walking into that room with like-minded creative people always feels calming and exhilarating at the same time.”

Still, there have been challenges. Christopher Martin, who plays the young Will Shakespeare, said, “Working this show has reinforced something very important about acting: You need to learn a lot of different skills. Even in this one show, people have had to dance, sing, swordfight, and even do quick math.”

“I am a big fan of Shakespeare and especially love the stories about his life,” said Lindgren. “This one particularly is such a beautiful and heartbreaking story.”

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The Hollow

We are pleased to announce that Kentlands Community Players will present Agatha Christie's "The Hollow" at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn January 13-29, 2023

An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow, home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell, arguably Christie’s finest comic grande dame. Dr. Cristow, the Harley Street lothario, is at the center of the trouble when, assembled in one place, we find his dull but devoted wife, Gerda, his mistress and prominent sculptor, Henrietta and his former lover and Hollywood film star, Veronica. Also visiting are Edward and Midge, whose romantic assertions are likewise thrown into the mix. As the list of romantic associations grows so does the list of potential suspects when Cristow is shot dead. Nearly everyone has a motive, but only one of them did the deed.

Please visit our Auditions Page for more information and auditions announcements.

For more information please email info@kentlandscommunityplayers.org.

You can sign up to be a KCP member for updates about upcoming auditions and productions. E-mail membership@kcplayers.org for more information