CCBC recounts Battle of Baltimore with original musical production
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 13:19

O’er The Ramparts runs Sept. 12 through 14 at CCBC Dundalk

 by Nicole Rodman

    September of 1814 — people across the region braced themselves as the British advanced on the city of Baltimore.
    The subsequent Battle of Baltimore- resulted in a victory for American forces — a victory that continues to be celebrated today.
    This month marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812’s decisive Battle of Baltimore.
    While the milestone is being marked across the area, CCBC Dundalk is readying its own contribution to the celebration.
     From Friday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 14, the college will present O’er The Ramparts, a musical that recounts the battle from the perspective of two children living in Baltimore County.
    The play is an original production, written by Anne Lefter, CCBC director of performing arts, with music and lyrics by William Watson, professor of music and dean of the school of liberal arts.
    O’er The Ramparts begins just prior to the British burning of Washington, D.C., and follows the action from the Battle of North Point to the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the birth of the National Anthem.
    “We were very interested in telling the story of Baltimore residents as they experienced this summer of terror, and achieved a remarkable victory,” Lefter noted.
    Lefter and Watson began work on the play two years ago.

From the beginning, they intended to present the play during the bicentennial celebration as a gift to the people of the community.
    “We wanted to create something for our neighbors and friends and communities – to reclaim especially the story of the Battle of North Point and the role Baltimore County played in turning back the British,” Lefter explained.
    “A crucial moment in that war took place right in our community – minutes away from the Dundalk campus – and few people really know about it.”
    Lefter seeks to rectify that situation — through three public performances and three weekday presentations to local school children.
    The cast includes local actor Ken Ewing as American Maj. George Armistead.
    Ewing served as artistic director for the Mornington Players and is a veteran performer with Dundalk Community Theatre.
    Hunter Lubawski of Dundalk, a veteran of Toby’s Dinner Theatre and CCBC’s Children’s Playhouse of Maryland, is also featured.
    The production will also feature musical accompaniment by The Baltimore Symphonic Band.
    O’er The Ramparts will be presented at the John E. Ravekes Theatre in the College Community Center at CCBC Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road, at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14.
    All performances are free, though tickets are required.
    For tickets, contact the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-2787.