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By J. Wynn Rousuck | November 29, 2001
It's that Christmas Carol time of year again, and Pumpkin Theatre is putting its own spin on the Dickens classic with a musical version adapted by producer-director Todd Pearthree and local playwright David Brown. The most lavish production in Pumpkin's 34-year history, A Christmas Carol opens Saturday, under Pearthree's direction. Robert Riggs stars as stingy Ebenezer Scrooge. Tom Burns is his overworked clerk, Bob Cratchit; Joey Hellman, Liz Boyer Hunnicutt and Dennis Wood play the three ghosts.
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By Reed Hellman | October 30, 2013
For Catonsville Children's Theatre founder and executive director, Nick Gough, and his wife, Barbara, enabling children to act is the goal, not memorizing lines or rote repetition of a script. Nick said the young actors are considered "partners" and encouraged to take ownership in each production. While the group does perform some scripted shows, most are what the Goughs call original productions in which the young actors create and develop their own characters. "It's a process-oriented, child-driven philosophy that encourages confidence and self esteem and erases fear," Nick said.
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September 26, 2002
Pumpkin Theatre begins its 35th season with a production of Beauty and the Beast Sunday at Hannah More Arts Center in Stevenson. He's a beast, she's a beauty, and he teaches her to look into her heart to find what real beauty is all about. The classic fairy tale has been adapted by Baltimore playwright Laura Amy Schlitz from the original French version. Beth Weber stars as Beauty and Richard Lloyd stars as the Beast. Linda Chambers directs the production. "Beauty and the Beast" runs at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hannah More Arts Center, St. Timothy's School for Girls, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2011
Thomas Talbott Bond, founder of the T. Talbott Bond Co., a Baltimore-Washington photocopier dealership, died Friday of complications from dementia and a broken hip at Keswick Multicare Center. The longtime Ruxton resident was 85. The son of Henry M. Bond, who had been president of the Bond Brothers Paint Co., and Lala Belle Bond, a homemaker, Mr. Bond was born in Baltimore and raised on Roland Avenue. Mr. Bond was a descendant of and named for Thomas Talbott Bond, one of the defenders of Fort McHenry during the British invasion of 1814.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1998
For most of her life, Alice Harwood Houstle's world was defined by plays, actors, designers, the aroma of greasepaint and nervous opening nights.Mrs. Houstle, a longtime artistic director of Baltimore's Pumpkin Theatre and a drama professor at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, died Wednesday from complications of a stroke at Brightwood-Genesis Elder Care. She was 85.A former Mount Washington and Roland Park resident, she taught drama, acting and directing at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland from 1962 until she resigned in 1982.
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Evening Sun Staff | October 10, 1991
Once upon a time there was a young woman who studied theater, not because she thought it would be her life's work, but because she enjoyed it. ''I was able to indulge my preferences,'' says the now-mature woman looking back to her college days.But life took the young woman in different directions than she had anticipated. It took her to a convent and to many classrooms and eventually back to that college where she had studied theater, but this time to teach theater.And from that small drama department came the seed for a children's theater where grown-up actors put on plays that entertained and delighted youngsters for a long time.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | December 4, 2000
According to the Brothers Grimm, Rumpelstiltskin was a troll who reveled in the fact that no one knew his name. Four decades ago, a musical about the nasty little fellow had a short-lived tenure off-Broadway, disappearing so thoroughly that today no one remembers its name (for the record, it was "Half-Past Wednesday"). Well, almost no one. Pumpkin Theatre has unearthed the show, trimmed it down to an hour and retitled it simply "Rumpelstiltskin." With its fairy-tale plot, supporting cast of cute youngsters and cheery scenery and costumes, director/choreo- grapher Todd Pearthree's production is likely to please the children who make up most of Pumpkin's audience.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | May 5, 2005
Rudy Miller wants you to know - up front - that she is not the belle of Cinderella's ball. True, the former TV anchor is performing in Pumpkin Theatre's production of Cinderella. But, she insists, she is playing only a small part. "She's very cautious about overshadowing some of the people in the show who have bigger roles. She's just one of the gang," Pumpkin producer/director Todd Pearthree says of Miller, who has been vice president of marketing and community relations for LifeBridge Health since 1999.
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By Lori Sears | September 20, 2001
Pumpkin Theatre opens season at St. Timothy's Pumpkin Theatre opens its 34th season Saturday with the Broadway comedy You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Best known for its productions aimed at children, Pumpkin Theatre takes a leap into producing a Broadway/adult musical comedy with the show, which features the main members of the "Peanuts" gang. Michael Himelfarb plays Charlie Brown, Kelli Danaker is Lucy, Richard W. Lloyd is Snoopy, Lauren Spencer-Harris is Sally, Jake Riggs is Linus and Steve Mitchell is Schroeder.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | April 3, 2003
Ah, vanity! Hans Christian Andersen satirized the vice in his fairy tale The Emperor's New Clothes, and Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy made it something to sing about in their musical version of the tale, which will make its Maryland debut at Pumpkin Theatre this weekend. Roger Schulman plays the preening monarch, Tiffany Walker Porta is his wife, and Shawn Doyle and Dana Whipkey are the con men who pull the wool over the emperor's eyes (without adding a stitch of it to his wardrobe). Direction and choreography are by Todd Pearthree.
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May 11, 2006
`Frog and Toad' Spend an evening with a couple of amphibians at the Pumpkin Theatre's production of A Year With Frog and Toad at one of the coming shows at Hannah More Arts Center at St. Timothy's School. The 2004 Tony Award-nominated musical comedy, starring Michael Himelfarb as Frog and Patrick Martyn as Toad, will be presented this weekend and next weekend. The story, based on the books by Arnold Lobel, tells of the friendship between the lively Frog and the irritable Toad. The Pumpkin Theatre shows mark the Baltimore premiere of the musical, which features music by Robert Reale, book and lyrics by Willie Reale.
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By Lori Sears | May 19, 2005
The living flag On an average day, Fort McHenry is a pretty nifty place to visit. And on a patriotic holiday, Fort McHenry is all the more nifty with the pomp, pageantry and circumstance. But Tuesday, when the fort plays host to the Living American Flag, it'll be even better. The Living American Flag brings together 2,000 elementary school-age pupils from around the state to form an American flag. Children and their parents will hold red, white or blue rectangular cards over their heads, creating a replica of the 15-stripe, 15-star Star-Spangled Banner that flies over the fort and inspired the national anthem.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | May 5, 2005
Rudy Miller wants you to know - up front - that she is not the belle of Cinderella's ball. True, the former TV anchor is performing in Pumpkin Theatre's production of Cinderella. But, she insists, she is playing only a small part. "She's very cautious about overshadowing some of the people in the show who have bigger roles. She's just one of the gang," Pumpkin producer/director Todd Pearthree says of Miller, who has been vice president of marketing and community relations for LifeBridge Health since 1999.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 19, 2003
Todd Pearthree had some nervous moments earlier this spring. He was planning to direct and choreograph the musical Chicago at Theatre Hopkins in June. Then the movie directed by Rob Marshall won the Academy Award and Pearthree was "terrified" he would lose the rights to produce the show. "Till we have those musical scores and the orchestrations in our hands, they can pull it," says Pearthree, whose production somehow slipped in under the wire. He realized how close to the wire he was, however, when the producers of the hit Broadway revival announced a new national tour (which is coming to the Lyric Opera House in October)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | April 3, 2003
Ah, vanity! Hans Christian Andersen satirized the vice in his fairy tale The Emperor's New Clothes, and Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy made it something to sing about in their musical version of the tale, which will make its Maryland debut at Pumpkin Theatre this weekend. Roger Schulman plays the preening monarch, Tiffany Walker Porta is his wife, and Shawn Doyle and Dana Whipkey are the con men who pull the wool over the emperor's eyes (without adding a stitch of it to his wardrobe). Direction and choreography are by Todd Pearthree.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | December 2, 1990
Pumpkin Theatre books 'Cat in the Castle'Saturdays and 0) Sundays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.Pumpkin Theatre presents "Cat in the Castle" -- the story of two cats who invade the castle of a wicked queen who is allergic to cats -- for the next two weekends.Debi Wynn plays Mimi the cat and Jack Manion is her feline companion, Hugo, in this children's production by Bill Solly, under the direction of Keats Smith.Pumpkin Theatre is located at Roland Park Public School, 5207 Roland Ave. The play will be presented Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. through Dec. 16. Tickets are $5. For additional information call 323-9316.
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By Lori Sears | March 13, 2003
She's irrepressible and adventurous. Spunky and talkative. And terribly lovable. She's Anne of the children's classic novel Anne of Green Gables. Pumpkin Theatre presents an original stage adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's book this weekend and next weekend at the Hannah More Arts Center in Stevenson. Local playwright David Rawlings Brown penned this adaptation of the story about the young orphan who manages to work her way into everyone's heart. Molly Jackson stars as Anne. Liz Boyer Hunnicutt and Robert Riggs play Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, the sister and brother who take the young girl into their home.
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