MAC’s theater activities include the Ice House Theater Project’s multi-generational community productions of everything from Shakespeare and musicals to compelling dramas and locally-written plays. Our focus on building a strong community theater has included classes in playwriting, acting, directing, stage management and technical theater skills. Each summer MAC hosts a youth theater camp which culminates in a fully-staged production. The Ice House Theater project committee is always looking for new volunteers; please contact MAC at 304-258-2300 to find out how to get involved.
Theater at the Ice House
Auditions – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Auditions are by appointment any time between now and July 16th at the Ice House in downtown Berkeley Springs. Actors will read from the script with directors Tom and Beth Brooks who are looking for a young man and woman ages 25 to 35 to play the younger couple. The play is scheduled for September 19-23 and 26-30, 2018 at the Ice House. You can come alone to the audition or bring a friend to read with you. Contact the directors at 304-596-1367 or by email to TomsActors@gmail.com for an appointment for a fun and no-pressure audition experience. Audition materials are available here.
Hanukkah Goblins Live Radio Drama
December 8-9 and 14-16 , 2017
A Live Radio Drama written by Brice Williams, directed by Margi Griffiths. Watch and listen as the actors, musicians and sound crew bring to life Hanukkah Goblins, a live radio play inspired by the children’s book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel. Set in Eastern Europe during the 1800s, this folk tale tells the story of a village overrun with goblins who take up residence in the synagogue and prevent the town from celebrating Hanukkah. Traveling Rabbi Hershel comes to the town’s aid and enlists the villagers in ridding the synagogue of the pesky goblins.
Piecework – A Staged Reading
Saturday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 14, 2017
Written by Bea Jakubowski – Directed by Abbie Brown
Three comedic pieces detail the hilarious adventures of a pair of zany women.
Take Two One-Acts. February 16-19 and 23-26, 2017
Take My Demon…Please–a comedic tale of a humorless man possessed by the spirit of a dead comic, and Take It Off!–the true story of a young man employed as a musician in a Baltimore strip club–two one-act comedies written by Larry Springer and directed by Tom and Beth Brooks.
A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Drama
Dec. 9-10 and 15-17, 2016
Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his Christmas journey of the heart is transformed into a 1940s radio play in this Philip Grecian adaptation. The drama unfolds live in the radio studio with actors’ voices taking on all the roles including Scrooge, the ghosts, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. Directed by Margi Griffiths and Brice Williams.
Sordid Lives by Del Shores
June 8-12 and June 15-18, 2016.
The play revolves around family secrets, betrayal, revenge, and love affairs in a small town after the accidental death of an elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger married neighbor. Directed by Tom and Beth Brooks.
The play tells the story of two fathers who concoct an elaborate scheme to feud in order to make their respective son and daughter fall in love. The scheme works at first, the children unite. Then they learn about the world’s realities—seen in fantasy sequences—and separate. Finally, they come back together, more experienced and wiser.
Margi Griffiths directed a live radio adaptation of this beloved holiday classic set in a 1940s radio studio. The Ice House Radio Players created a radio show, complete with live sound effects and music.
The Trial of Dr. Mudd
For President’s Day weekend 2015, KirstenTrump directed a staged reading of local author/historian Ed Steers’ play about the trial of Dr. Mudd, who was convicted and imprisoned for aiding and conspiring with John Wilkes Booth in the Lincoln assassination. Ed Steers hosted a short audience discussion after each performance.
CALL FOR DIRECTORS
If you are interested in directing a future production at the Ice House and have a show in mind, please download the Play Proposal and Budget Form and mail to:
MAC, PO Box 248, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Please note that the production schedule is planned out 18 months in advance.