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July 2, 2010

Three Actors’ Equity players head cast of CT’s ‘Hairspray’

Professional theater’s 23rd season will open on July 8

Cumberland — CUMBERLAND — Cumberland Theatre’s artistic director, Don Whisted, has announced the cast selections for the opening production of the season, “Hairspray,” opening July 8.

Based on the cult favorite John Waters film, “Hairspray” will star Actors’ Equity Association players Nicole Halmos, Meredith McCall and Darrell Scott Rushton.

Other cast members include Jessica Behr, Stacie Calder, Carrington Capehart, Hayden Conley, Carla Clark, Danny Durr, Rock Evans, Sierra Nicole Green, Shelby Herbert, Jordan David Kline, Bubby Lewis, Jennie Miltenberger, Ines Nassara, EN Newby, Jack Riley, Josh Ruppenkamp, Patricia Targette, Whitney Walker and Peyton Washington.

The 23rd season of the Cumberland Theatre will officially open with the season’s annual Opening Night Gala on July 9 at 7 p.m.

The gala will celebrate the lives of Jane Schwab, dedication of the 2010-2011 season; Sumer Ashker, dedication of the production of “Treasure Island;” and the unveiling of the Beverly Walker Art Gallery. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be offered prior to the show and champagne and desserts will be served following the performance. Season passes will be honored for that performance with an additional fee. Tickets are still available and RSVP’s are due by July 7.

For all events, Visa, Master Card, and Discover cards are accepted. Season passes for the 2010-11 season will be available until July 25, and allow the pass holder to attend all five shows for the price  of four.

This season’s 2010-2011 productions include, “Hairspray” July 8-25, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Oct. 14-31, “Treasure Island” Nov. 26- Dec. 12, “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers” Feb. 10-27, and “The Importance of Being Ernest” March 31-April 17.

Bookings are now being taken to reserve the theater “Star Box.” The special balcony seating will accomodate up to six and features a champagne and dessert offering during intermission.

The Cumberland Theatre, the only regional production company with Actors Equity status, is made possible in part by the Maryland Arts Council, Allegany County, the City of Cumberland, the Allegany Arts Council and private donors and patrons.

For more information on attending the Opening Night Gala, season passes, Star Box seating, or tickets call 301-759-4990 or e-mail the theater at or

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