The Elden Street Players (ELP), a community theater anchored at the Industrial Strength Theater in the Sunset Industrial Park, is going professional. ELP, which is celebrating its 25th year as a community theater, will become the NextStop Theater Company in 2014. The transition will involve having a professional paid company, rather than volunteers.
The Elden Street Players’ (ESP) Board of Directors is proud to announce plans to transition the 25-year-old community theatre company into the Dulles Technology Corridor’s premier professionally-operated, not-for-profit regional theatre.
ESP plans to complete its 25th anniversary season under the current name and structure, ending in August with a production of the musical “Caroline, or Change.” When the 26th season begins in late September, the organization hopes to greet patrons in the Dulles Corridor with not only a new name, but a whole new kind of theatrical experience.
ESP is currently performing Tom Foolery, a tribute to Tom Lehrer. The show is playing through February 16 and is guaranteed to keep you laughing hysterically. (We saw Saturday’s sold out performance.)
The musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starts Friday at the Industrial Strength Theater in Herndon. The show will be put on, of course, by the Elden Street Players. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights in August at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are only $23 each.
Based on the classic 1988 film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the hilarious story of two con men plying their “trade” in the French Riviera. One is young and energetic. The other is suave and sophisticated. Both are in the business of getting money from rich women and this town isn’t big enough for the both of them. ESP welcomes WATCH Award-winning director, Michael Kharfen, to helm this new Broadway classic that will have your toes tapping and you laughing right out of your seat.
Through June 30th at the Industrial Strength Theater in Herndon. Tickets are just $20 and you won’t have to drive far.
Charlie Gordon is a grown man with the mind of child. But when he is chosen for an experimental surgery to dramatically increase his IQ, Charlie’s life is changed forever. Slowly he begins to develop an exceptional new capacity for thoughts and emotions, making his life both beautiful and painful. However, when he discovers that his newfound intelligence may be temporary, Charlie begins to understand why ignorance might actually be bliss. WATCH Award-winning director, Gloria DuGan (Wit, Doubt, Blood Brothers), returns to direct this heart-warming, beautiful story.
The Connection Newspapers reports that Herndon’s community theater, the Elden Street Players, was nominated for 22 theater awards this year:
The Elden Street Players garnered 22 nominations as the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors announced the nominees for the 2012 WATCH Awards Jan. 15 at the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria.
Last year’s production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” garnered 11 nominations including Outstanding Musical. Outstanding Play nominee “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream” earned seven nods while “Thrill Me” walked away with three and “Frozen” with one nomination.
* Outstanding Direction of a Play – Evan Hoffmann – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
* Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Jaclyn Young as “Hermia/Snout/Wall” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
* Outstanding Play – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
* Outstanding Set Decoration in a Play – Evan Hoffmann – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
* Outstanding Set Painting in a Play – Kate Meier & Karl Meier – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
* Outstanding Sound Design in a Play – Ben Allen – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
* Outstanding Stage Combat Choreography – Katherine Frattini – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
* Outstanding Direction of a Musical – Richelle “Rikki” Howie – Ain’t Misbehavin’
* Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical – Patrick Doneghy as “Andre DeShields” – Ain’t Misbehavin’
* Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical – Christopher Prince as “Ken Page” – Ain’t Misbehavin’
* Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Michelle Harmon as “Armeila McQueen” – Ain’t Misbehavin’
* Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Rikki Howie as “Charlayne Woodard” – Ain’t Misbehavin’
* Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Jade Jones as “Nell Carter” – Ain’t Misbehavin’
* Outstanding Music Direction – J. Michael d’Haviland – Ain’t Misbehavin’
* Outstanding Musical – Ain’t Misbehavin’
* Outstanding Set Construction in a Musical – James Villarrubia et al – Ain’t Misbehavin’
* Outstanding Set Design in a Musical – James Villarrubia – Ain’t Misbehavin’
* Outstanding Set Painting in a Musical – Cathy Rieder & James Villarrubia – Ain’t Misbehavin’
* Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play – Adam Downs as “Ralph” – Frozen
* Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical – Christopher Smith as “Nathan” – Thrill Me
* Outstanding Light Design in a Musical – Tom Epps – Thrill Me
* Outstanding Set Design in a Musical – Grant Kevin Lane – Thrill Me
Congratulations to our excellent neighborhood theater!