DCT to finish 39th season with hit ABBA musical
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:26

Chess: The Musical onstage this weekend

by Nicole Rodman

    Dundalk Community Theatre (DCT), in residence at CCBC Dundalk, will end its 39th season with a production of Chess: The Musical.   
    The DCT production will be presented at the John E. Ravekes Theatre, K Building on the CCBC Dundalk Campus, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.
    Written by lyricist Tim Rice and Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of Swedish pop group ABBA, the musical tells the story of two chess masters — one American and one Russian — competing in the International Chess Championship during the Cold War.
    With a soundtrack including such hits as “One Night in Bangkok,” the play has been staged all over the world since its original run at London’s West End Theatre in 1986.
    While DCT has been looking at doing Chess for years, it became clear that this year was the right time to stage the production.
    “They decided they had the right director to put the show together, along with knowing there was the local talent to pull off the complicated score to the show,” DCT representative James Hunnicutt told The Eagle on Monday.
    Directed by DCT veteran John Amato, the production features such local talent as former Mornington Players artistic director Ken Ewing, as well as Steve Antonsen, Amy Pierson Agnese, Timoth Copney and others.
    The production is also bolstered by vocal director Glenette Schumacher, choreographer Tom Wyatt and technical director Marc Smith.

With DCT closing out their 39th season, program administrators also figured that the time was right to break from tradition and mount a unique production.              “Next season, DCT will be celebrating its 40th season, and they want to bring back big hit shows from previous years, so this was the year to be not so-traditional,” Hunnicutt said.
    With the current season ending this Sunday, DCT will begin its next season  with a musical at the end of October.
    While Hunnicutt noted that the season will also feature a February drama and a late April musical, he was less certain about which plays will be presented.
    “There are contracts out for shows, so we are not 100 percent sure of the season,” he explained. “As soon as the royalty company confirms if we can produce the shows, we will be able to make an official announcement of our season.”
    Those attending this weekend’s production, however, will get a sneak peak as DCT managing director  Tom Colonna will give a “preliminary idea” of possible shows being looked at for next season.
    As for Chess, Hunnicutt encourages all area residents to seize the opportunity to see a play that does not come around often.
    “This is the chance to see a show that has a cult following and has only been staged in this area around five times since it was written,” he explained.
    The Dundalk Community Theatre production of Chess: The Musical will be performed at the John E. Ravekes Theatre, K Building at CCBC Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.
    Tickets cost $23 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students, DCT actors and children ages 12 and under.
    For tickets, call the CCBC Box Office, open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, at 443-840-2787.
    For more information, visit www.ccbcmd.edu/