Early Tickets Available Online for Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre  Students to Bring ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ and ‘Hairspray’ to Stage This Summer

This summer, Montgomery College will bring two acclaimed musicals to the stage, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Hairspray,” for its Summer Dinner Theatre performances starting June 15. “Fiddler on the Roof” performances will take place June 15-16, 22-24 and June 29-July 1. “Hairspray” performances are July 13-14, 20-22, 27-29. The June 24, July 1, 22 and 29 shows are Sunday matinees. All performances are held in the Theatre Arts Arena on the College’s Rockville Campus, located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

The box office opens May 1. However, an “early bird special” is available for online sales only during the month of April. The first production, “Fiddler on the Roof,” is one of the longest running shows, gathering many awards and critical praise. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. It is dramatic, funny, tender, romantic, and uplifting. Among the songs in the show are “Matchmaker Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Tradition” and many more.

The second show of the Summer Dinner Theatre season, “Hairspray,” welcomes you to Baltimore, circa 1962. The 1950s are gone and Tracy Turnblad’s world is changing. Tracy wants to dance and is thrilled to win an appearance on “The Corny Collins Show.” In a flash, Tracy changes from being a social pariah to local TV celebrity. Can a big-haired and bigger-hearted Tracy win the Miss Teenage Hairspray Competition, capture the attention of teen heartthrob Link Larkin, and racially integrate a television show all without denting her ’do? This show is lively from start to finish, with great songs including “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” “Run and Tell That!,” “Big, Blonde, and Beautiful,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” “(It’s) Hairspray” and more.

Now celebrating 35 seasons, Summer Dinner Theatre is an annual training ground for both aspiring musical theatre performers and behind-the-scenes artists who apply or audition for the summer productions. Performers include Montgomery College theatre and music majors, visiting students from universities, talented high school students and members of the community. Those chosen to participate enroll at Montgomery College for 10 weeks of hands-on education in everything from singing and dancing, to costumes and lighting. For some students, Summer Dinner Theatre marks the first time they have worked alongside professionals to learn the craft of acting and theatre production. The students also get the thrill of singing with a live orchestra. In true dinner theatre fashion, the students also serve as waiters and support staff at the performances.

Tickets for Summer Dinner Theatre are $46.50 for adults and $34.50 for children ages 12 and under. Prices include the performance and a full dinner buffet. A 10 percent discount is available for alumni or retirees of Montgomery College on the opening nights of each show. The general public may obtain a 10 percent discount if tickets are purchased for both shows on the same order. On Friday and Saturday night performances, the doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with a show time of 8:15 p.m. On Sunday, the doors will open at 12:30 p.m., with a 2:15 p.m. show time.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/sdt or call 240-567-7676.

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