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Date: July 22, 2002 (02-41)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre Celebrates Its 25th
Gala to Showcase College’s Arts Programs

           New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proclaimed this Thursday, July 25, “Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre Day” in his city.  Bloomberg, a long-time Montgomery College supporter, notes Summer Dinner Theatre’s contribution of talented performers to New York’s famed Broadway district.

            SDT alumni working on Broadway this summer include Brad Oscar, who has a lead role in “The Producers,” and Michael Holmes, an ensemble member and understudy in the current revival of “Oklahoma.” 

One-time SDT performer Allison Palmer says her singing group, “Betty,” will launch an original musical off-Broadway this fall.

            Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre is the longest-running program of its kind in the Washington, D.C. region; possibly in the nation. Over 25 years, thousands of students have participated, learning all facets of the theatre business and entertaining more than 90,000 audience members. 

SDT Gala is This Week

            On July 25th, Summer Dinner Theatre will welcome a wide variety of community leaders to its Silver Anniversary benefit gala at the Rockville Campu's Theatre Arts Arena.  The College’s top donors, elected officials, and other lovers of musical theatre are expected for the event.

           SDT’s production of  “On the Town” will be the centerpiece of this special benefit evening, which will spotlight the extensive arts programs at Montgomery College.  During a late-afternoon reception, guests will enjoy an exhibit of top student art work, especially chosen for display by MC faculty members.  As a trio from Glenn Pearson Productions provides background music, a silent auction will offer works, performances, or teaching services by the College arts faculty, along with other items.  A schedule of events follows this article.

            It’s a thrill to celebrate our silver anniversary,” says Susan Hoffman, one of a half-dozen visionaries from the Department of Speech, Dance, and Theatre on Montgomery College’s Rockville campus who originated the SDT program.  “Who would have thought it?” 

            Hoffman, who now chairs the department, says the venture has succeeded

 “because of great students, great staff, and because we’ve kept our patrons happy.  Every year we’ve been able to overcome obstacles and not let them affect our product.”          

            The Silver Anniversary Gala this Thursday night is the last chance for musical theatre lovers to see “On the Town,” since all five remaining regular dates are sold out. Some tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the gala were still available at press time. For information, please call Isabel de la Puente at 240-567-5287.

Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre Silver Anniversary Gala
5:00 p.m.—Reception, Art Show, Silent Auction
6:15 p.m.—Dinner, followed by a special performance of “On the Town.”
Attire—Your Style (we’ll supply the black tie)
Location—Theatre Arts Arena, Montgomery College Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street

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