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By Mike Giuliano | July 25, 2011
The lively new production of the Broadway musical “Hairspray” at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre is another opportunity to consider the deep local roots of this show - and to ponder your preference for it in one medium or another. My own vote for best version has to go to the original 1988 movie, directed by John Waters. How can anyone ever surpass the late Divine as that plus-sized Baltimore housewife and icon, Edna Turnblad? The Broadway musical is great fun too, of course, and there have been several memorable actors playing Edna, as well as her similarly hefty daughter, Tracy, who undertakes a fight for civil rights and social justice on several fronts.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Val Jean Slowinski, a retired Towson University professor who had been active for more than two decades with the Cockpit in Court Theater in Essex, died Wednesday at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin of a stroke. She was 78. The former Val Jean Sytko was born in Newark, N.J., and raised in Irvington, N.J., where she graduated in 1953 from Irvington High School. In 1957, she graduated from Kean University, formerly Newark State Teachers College, and later earned a master's degree in speech pathology and audiology at what is now Loyola University Maryland.
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By Mike Giuliano | June 21, 2011
Like "The Secret Garden" that gives this 1991 Broadway musical its title, the production at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre takes a while to blossom. It has its share of vocal highlights and always remains enjoyable, but the story's powerful emotions are fitfully conveyed before finally coming across with full force at the end. The reason partly lies in the musical itself. Based on the beloved 1911 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the story concerns a 10-year-old girl, Mary Lennox, who is orphaned when her parents suddenly die in India.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
A Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to Indianapolis was diverted to Pittsburgh Saturday morning after the pilot announced that a pane of glass in the cockpit had developed a crack, an airline spokesman confirmed. Southwest flight 849 left BWI around 10:45 a.m. and landed in Pittsburgh an hour later, shortly after the pilot's announcement. The flight was originally scheduled to leave at 10:15 a.m. and arrive in Indianapolis at 12:05 p.m. The crew announced that the plane's 64 passengers would be moved to another plane because of the "mechanical" problem.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | June 8, 2000
Cockpit in Court launches its season tonight with an outdoor production of N. Richard Nash's romantic comedy "The Rainmaker." Under Judy Shannon's direction, the cast is headed by Rodney Atkinson as Bill Starbuck, the slick-talker who promises to bring rain to the drought-stricken Plains. Cockpit, the summer theater in residence at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, has had to abbreviate its season due to renovations to the building that houses its primary theaters, but the summer theater will still mount three additional shows this season: "Red Hot &Cole" (June 15-25 in the Administration Building)
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2012
The Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre is in the midst of its 40th anniversary season, a significant milestone for a company that has tackled a sizable breadth of repertoire, from "Lysistrata" to "Hairspray," and maintained wallet-friendly ticket prices the whole time. This year, the troupe, based at the Community College of Baltimore County in Essex, has offered productions of "The King and I" and "Steel Magnolias," as well as a children's show, "Dr. Dolittle. " An eager, if uneven, production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Sunset Boulevard" opened last weekend on the main stage; "Laura," a play version of the hit 1940s film, opens Friday in the cabaret theater.
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March 30, 2012
This week's apparent mental breakdown by a Jet Blue pilot could have had a very different ending. Imagine that the ill pilot had pulled the gun that many pilots now carry and started a gunfight in the cockpit. The law that allows pilots to bring arms onto planes was enacted following the9/11tragedy. But over the years, we watched time and again as brave passengers have dealt with safety threats directly without the need of armed force. Within recent weeks we've witnessed graphic on-board meltdowns by a flight attendant and now a pilot.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | July 23, 1998
"Blood Brothers," the long-running British musical about ill-fated twin brothers, separated at birth, opens tomorrow at Cockpit in Court's Upstairs Cabaret Theatre.Written by Willy Russell, author of "Shirley Valentine" and "Educating Rita," the musical is a kind of updated version of "The Prince and the Pauper," in which a cleaning lady is coerced into secretly giving one of the newborn twins to her wealthy employer. Cockpit's production is directed by Eric Potter and stars Jason Ayestes and Tom Burns as the twins and Liz Boyer as their birth mother.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
A Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to Indianapolis was diverted to Pittsburgh Saturday morning after the pilot announced that a pane of glass in the cockpit had developed a crack, an airline spokesman confirmed. Southwest flight 849 left BWI around 10:45 a.m. and landed in Pittsburgh an hour later, shortly after the pilot's announcement. The flight was originally scheduled to leave at 10:15 a.m. and arrive in Indianapolis at 12:05 p.m. The crew announced that the plane's 64 passengers would be moved to another plane because of the "mechanical" problem.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | July 25, 1991
Two neurotic composers hungry for a hit song travel the rocky road of romance in Cockpit in Court's scintillating version of the musical "They're Playing Our Song," being presented on the Mainstage of Essex Community College through Sunday.This snappy, bright and very funny look at the up-and-down relationship between a man and a woman was written by Neil Simon, with grand music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carol Bayer Sager that incisively reveal the frustrations, longings and hopes of all lovers everywhere.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2013
Rep. Donna F. Edwards slipped into the F-35 cockpit - a stationary demonstration model - and gave the jet a simulated spin, trying out the controls, shooting down enemy aircraft over the Chesapeake Bay and executing a celebratory roll. "This feels so cool ," said Edwards, a Prince George's County Democrat. "OK, let's land this thing - give somebody else a chance. " This hands-on version of show and tell, held in Linthicum on Thursday, is part of a public-relations campaign for the most expensive weapons program in the nation's history.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2012
The Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre is in the midst of its 40th anniversary season, a significant milestone for a company that has tackled a sizable breadth of repertoire, from "Lysistrata" to "Hairspray," and maintained wallet-friendly ticket prices the whole time. This year, the troupe, based at the Community College of Baltimore County in Essex, has offered productions of "The King and I" and "Steel Magnolias," as well as a children's show, "Dr. Dolittle. " An eager, if uneven, production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Sunset Boulevard" opened last weekend on the main stage; "Laura," a play version of the hit 1940s film, opens Friday in the cabaret theater.
NEWS
March 30, 2012
This week's apparent mental breakdown by a Jet Blue pilot could have had a very different ending. Imagine that the ill pilot had pulled the gun that many pilots now carry and started a gunfight in the cockpit. The law that allows pilots to bring arms onto planes was enacted following the9/11tragedy. But over the years, we watched time and again as brave passengers have dealt with safety threats directly without the need of armed force. Within recent weeks we've witnessed graphic on-board meltdowns by a flight attendant and now a pilot.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2012
Herman G. "Hank" Tillman Jr., a retired Air Force colonel and pilot who flew in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and was one of Maryland's most decorated veterans, died Sunday of liver failure at his Chester home. He was 89. He was born in his immigrant grandparents' Anne Arundel County farmhouse, and later moved with his family to a home at Pontiac Avenue and Sixth Street in Brooklyn. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1940, he attended the Johns Hopkins University at night and worked at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s engineering department during the day. "As a kid, he was fascinated with flying.
NEWS
September 7, 2011
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Southwest Airlines flight ultimately headed for Baltimore landed safely at Little Rock National Airport after malfunctioning equipment caused a spark and some smoke in the cockpit. Southwest Airlines spokesman Chris Mainz says airport emergency officials were alerted about 12:25 p.m. Wednesday after a small spark occurred in an overhead light fixture on Flight 871. Mainz says the malfunction caused some smoke in the cockpit, and a fire extinguisher was used as a precaution.
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By Mike Giuliano | July 25, 2011
The lively new production of the Broadway musical “Hairspray” at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre is another opportunity to consider the deep local roots of this show - and to ponder your preference for it in one medium or another. My own vote for best version has to go to the original 1988 movie, directed by John Waters. How can anyone ever surpass the late Divine as that plus-sized Baltimore housewife and icon, Edna Turnblad? The Broadway musical is great fun too, of course, and there have been several memorable actors playing Edna, as well as her similarly hefty daughter, Tracy, who undertakes a fight for civil rights and social justice on several fronts.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck | July 12, 2001
It'll be "Comedy Tonight" when Cockpit in Court wraps up its mainstage season with tonight's opening of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The first Broadway show for which Stephen Sondheim wrote both music and lyrics, the 1962 musical is a farce based on the Roman comedies of Plautus, reworked by librettists Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Director Susan Lev has updated the show to modern-day Washington, with a White House set designed by Terri Raulie. As Pseudolus -- re-envisioned as a wage slave desperate to work his way out of the system -- David Shapiro heads a cast that also includes Scott Frutchy, Joan Merritt and Al Woltz.
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By Mike Giuliano | June 21, 2011
Like "The Secret Garden" that gives this 1991 Broadway musical its title, the production at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre takes a while to blossom. It has its share of vocal highlights and always remains enjoyable, but the story's powerful emotions are fitfully conveyed before finally coming across with full force at the end. The reason partly lies in the musical itself. Based on the beloved 1911 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the story concerns a 10-year-old girl, Mary Lennox, who is orphaned when her parents suddenly die in India.
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