Summer Dinner Theatre
Summer 2024 Shows Announced!
June 14–16 and June 21–23
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb
In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish.
CABARET is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.comnew window
Cabaret is is recommended for patrons aged 16 years and up as it contains: Sexual References, Adult Content, Alcohol and Drug Use, Some Language, and Mild Violence.
In the Heights
July 19–21 and July 26–28
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
IN THE HEIGHTS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.comnew window
In the Heights is generally appropriate for all ages. Parental Guidance is advised due to some strong language and mature humor.
Performances are held on the MC's Rockville Campus in the Theatre Arts Building.
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Map and Directions
Give to the Summer Dinner Theatre Scholarship Fund.
Your gift helps make it possible for promising students in our community to achieve invaluable experience in theatre production each summer. Support the longest running, one-of-a-kind dinner theatre program in our region with your tax-deductible donation.
We have been very fortunate that we have not had to turn away a student in need, thanks to the generosity of our patrons. Scholarships are available for both the college credit and non-credit courses.
- Students will be given a scholarship application on the first day of class. If you are applying for a scholarship, you will need the application filled out and returned within the first week to qualify.
- In addition, we will need to know if your parents can claim you as a dependent, and their residence status. If claimed as a dependent, we will need a copy of their most recent tax returns showing the adjusted gross income and number of dependents.
Questions? Send us an email or call us at 240-567-5262.
When filling out the "Make a Gift" form on the Montgomery College Foundation's webpage, be sure to:
- Select "Other" for your area of support and then write "Summer Dinner Theatre" in the special instructions box. Please also select if the donation is "In Honor of" or "In Memory of" a person you wish to acknowledge.
- Select "No" to make your donation an anonymous gift.
- If you select "Yes", we will include your name in future Summer Dinner Theatre programs. Please type how you would like your name to be presented.
Meet our staff that makes the Summer Dinner Theatre program possible.
Education: MME (emphasis in vocal performance), BM in Musical Theatre. Post graduate: 3 seasons as an Artist in Residence with the Fletcher Opera Institute at North Carolina School of the Arts (formerly National Opera Company) Lisa is happy to be back at SDT, having directed summer productions from 2000-2004. She served as Director of Education at the Musical Theatre Center (now Adventure Theatre MTC) from 2009-2011, and also Director of Ensembles from 2001-present. National Tours: La Boheme (Musetta), L’Elisir D’Amore (Adina), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Anne), and L’Italiana in Algeri (Elvira). Ohio Light Opera: Margot in The Desert Song, Gretel in Christopher Columbus (American Premiere).
In concert, Lisa has enjoyed many performances with symphonies in the US and Canada, including four seasons with the Indianapolis Symphony’s “Yuletide Celebration” under the baton of Jack Everly (American Ballet Theatre maestro). Favorite musical theatre roles: Lyric Theatre: Young Sally in Follies, Zelda Zanders in Singin' In The Rain with Tony Award nominee Lara Teeter, and Mona in Dames at Sea directed by original Broadway cast member, Tamara Long. DC: Kennedy Center: created the role of The Narrator in the world premiere (cast recording) and national tours of The Nightingale, Reyalto in The Emperor’s New Clothes, and several readings of new works with Page To Stage Festivals. American Century Theatre: Nina in Dear World, Washington Savoyards: The Mikado (Yum Yum), The Merry Widow (Valencienne) Toby’s Dinner Theatre: The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess), and Trina in the critically acclaimed Falsetto’s at Ganymede Arts.
Lisa is an adjunct professor of voice at American University and Montgomery College, and her students can be heard on the Broadway stages, national tours, and are local Helen Hayes award winners and nominees. Though theatre is her profession, Lisa’s passion is animal welfare. In 2012 she founded DC Actors for Animals (endorsed by Bernadette Peters), a charitable organization that works with area professional theaters and artists to generate education, advocacy, and rescue for animals in need.
Roberta Gasbarre is thrilled to be returning to at Montgomery College and Summer Dinner Theatre, adding to her 10+ previous years as an adjunct faculty, choreographer, and director. SDT credits include The Wiz, Evita, West Side Story, Cabaret, Brigadoon, Bye Bye Birdie, Oklahoma. MC Department shows include Candide, Rocky Horror, Tommy, Rashomon, The Laramie Project and 2023 production of The Amateurs.
Well-known for her work with young professionals and promoting diverse voices in Washington theatre, Roberta has directed or choreographed at companies such as The Shakespeare Theater (staff 1990-1995,) the Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth, Studio Theatre, Round House, Arena Stage’s acclaimed outreach Living Stage, Wolftrap Farm Park for the Arts, and Washington Jewish Theatre. Roberta has taught and directed at Catholic University, George Washington University, American University, UMD Baltimore, Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Arts, Montgomery College/Rockville, University of Poznan in Poland, and with Kaiser Permanente’s AIDS/youth health education initiative. Helen Hayes Awards: Quilters, and Dance Against Darkness.
From 1999-2022 Roberta served as a museum theatre specialist for the Smithsonian Institution. In that role, she created theatre in many venerated institutions, including at Library of Congress, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and at Discovery Theater with shows, tours and school residencies for audiences totaling up to 50,000 per year. She is the longstanding Artistic Director of the Washington Revels, whose Christmas Revels plays annually at GWU’s Lisner Auditorium, with other performances at Glen Echo Park, the National Cathedral and in and around the DMV.
Education: BA Speech/Drama, Catholic University of America. MFA World Theatre, Towson University. Sign Language at Gallaudet.