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(STAY) Home for the Holidays!

December 4, 2020 - January 3, 2021



Sponsored by Chesapeake Bank and Trust, The Garfield Center’s “(Stay) Home for the Holidays!” is a family-friendly, holiday-themed online video program. Produced by GCA Executive Director Steven Arnold, the program becomes available for viewing by ticket buyers this Friday, December 4th, and will remain available for viewing through December 20th.
Viewers will enjoy the premiere of five new short plays by area playwrights that feature local actors and directors, along with a reading of a classic holiday poem by a cast of area kids, and the return of memorable Garfield Center characters from past productions as they audition for the role of Santa.
Worton’s Mark Sullivan is the writer, director and editor of “Thanksgiving 2020.” A comedy based on the foibles and challenges of holiday mask-wearing, the cast includes Nic Carter, Abbey Wark, Francoise Sullivan and Steven Arnold.
Nic Carter directs “Taking His Lumps,” by Annapolis playwright Rich Pauli. An FBI Special Agent is investigating possible North Pole improprieties, but is something else afoot? The cast includes Jen Friedman, Kelly Young, Nevin Dawson and Jane Jewell.
Jennifer Kafka Smith directs “Party Masks 2020.” Written by Elkton resident Michael Collins, the comedy imagines the next stage in fashion accessorizing – an obsession over designer
pandemic masks. Sharon and Tom Herz make up the cast.
Chestertown’s Steven Arnold is playwright, director and editor for two of his own new plays. “Scale Back” is a Thanksgiving-themed play telling the story of an older couple finding comfort in new traditions. The cast is M.G. Brosius and Robin Wood. Phebe Wood is the Production Assistant.
In Arnold’s comedy “A Holiday for the Taking,” a little girl walks in on Santa during his Christmas visit and a cat and mouse game ensues. The play teams up the father-daughter cast of Ryan and Finley Ewing. Liam Ewing is the videographer.
Twelve young area performers deliver a reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Produced by Paul Cambardella from a concept by Jennifer Kafka Smith, the cast includes Ben Anthony, Finley Ewing, Averie Hitzges, Harrison Lavery, Peri Overton, Tilghman Overton, Sophie Pierce, Kaya Ricketts, Lydia Sullivan, Stella Sullivan, Ella von Voss and Kendall Willis.
“The Santa Auditions” are comedy installments occurring throughout the program. From a concept by Francoise Sullivan and Produced by Jennifer Kafka, performers include Melissa McGlynn, Izzie Squire, Jim Landskroener, Kirby Powell, Toph Wallace, Katie Cox, Robin Wood, Mark Wiening, Paul Cambardella and Auggie.
Ticket buyers will receive an emailed receipt that will also contain viewing instructions for when the video goes online on December 4th.
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