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Upcoming Productions

Something's Afoot
Book, Music and Lyrics by
James McDonald, David Vos
& Robert Gerlach
Additional Music by
Ed Linderman
Directed by Chrish Kresge
Produced by John O'Leary
Musical Direction
by Charles Hoag

June 9 – 24, 2017


The British Players perform
at Kensington Town Hall
3710 Mitchell St
Kensington, MD 20895

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Future Productions

A Traditional
British Panto

December, 2017

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Cast and Crew

Meet the Board

Caroline GelbPresident

Caroline has been a member of the BP Board for four years and during her first year chaired the Play Reading Committee. In addition, she has been an adjudicator for the Ruby Griffith Awards program for over 10 years. Professionally, Caroline worked at the World Bank for many years as a Resource Management Officer before retiring in 2013. Since then, she has become licensed as a Realtor®. She has helped with Front of House on numerous occasions as well as provided food for the cast members in several productions. She has also produced shows for The British Players.

Gary BeaverTreasurer

Gary has been a member of The Players since 1988. He has served in various roles as Treasurer, Trustee, and RGA Administrator. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dave BradleyRecording Secretary

Dave was elected to The Players’ Board of Directors in 2011. He has been a member of the Players since 1996 when he sang in the chorus of the Aladdin pantomime and The 32nd Old Time Music Hall production. Most recently, he was a chorus member in the in The 2015 Old Time Music Hall production and a soloist and chorus member in the 2011 show, and he played the role of the Lord Chamberlain in the 2011 pantomime Puss in Boots. Dave has also contributed many hours working Front of House and constructing sets for the company.

Sara CathMembership Chair and Correspondence Secretary

Sara became a member of the British Players in 2014. Having participated in numerous shows during her high school tenure in the late 1990’s, she unfortunately lost touch with the theatre world until she was introduced to the Players’ during set construction and painting for Bedside Manners (2014). However, she quickly rediscovered her love of all things theatre through participating backstage for the 50th Anniversary Music Hall, which quickly snowballed into performing in 2014’s Aladdin and co-producing Music Hall in 2015. These truly entertaining productions provided a well-earned respite as Sara worked towards her Bachelor’s degree in accounting. She also became a Ruby Griffith Award adjudicator this past year, and looks forward to participating in BP’s growth and diversification as a community theatre.

Colin DaviesAssistant Publicity Manager

Colin has performed in the past three British Players pantomimes, and in Don’t Dress for Dinner in 2013. He has served on the Board for 4 years, and has coordinated the Playreading Group for the past 3. Since retiring from his job in international education, he has concentrated on stage acting with the British Players, American Century Theater, The Little Theatre of Alexandria, Scena Theater, Greenbelt Arts, The Ambassador Theater, and others; he has performed in various industrial and training films; has been seen on TV (VEEP, House of Cards, The Wars); and can be heard on his weekly rock’n’roll radio show on Radio Fairfax

Nicola Winterton HoagSocial Chair and Wardrobe Mistress

Nicola joined The Players over twenty years ago after performing as a Bow Belle in Music Hall. Over the years, she has been involved in many productions both on and off stage and has served on The British Players' Board as Corresponding Secretary and Social Chair.

Chrish KresgePlay Reading and Selection Chair/Artistic Liaison

Chrish joined The British Players in 1987. She has been involved with community theatre for most of her adult life - acting, directing and producing in theatres in Cairo, Rabat, Kathmandu, Accra and the Washington, DC area. She served as President of The Maadi Community Players in Egypt, Chairman of the Ghana International Players and, in Morocco, revived the Very Little Theatre of Rabat after a long hiatus. She directed BP’s Don’t Dress for Dinner in 2013, Bedside Manners in 2014, and most recently, Calendar Girls. Chrish believes in the power of community theatre to bring people together and allow them to grow to their full potential in diverse ways. She makes her living as a Feldenkrais® practitioner and has a strong commitment to theatre and especially to The British Players.

Kim NewballPatron Mailing List/Database Coordinator

Kim has been involved in BP shows since 1998 and been a member of the Players since 2002. She has worked in front of and behind the curtain, as well as co-choreographing several shows and producing eleven shows for the Players. Professionally, Kim has worked in administrative management at the National Institutes of Health for 25 years and brings a valuable mix of organizational, leadership and creative skills to the BP Board. She has served on the Board for eight years and counts, among her accomplishments, moving the Patron Mailing List to primarily electronic media. Kim is happy to lend a hand, no matter what the task, to help the Players continue to produce top-notch shows while having great fun doing so!

Mike LewisVice President and Technical Director

Mike joined the British Players in 1979 and worked in many back-stage roles through 1989, when his job took him away from Washington. Prior to retiring in 2006, Mike was a Project manager with a major international engineering company with total responsibility for numerous multi-million dollar projects. Currently he provides consultant engineering services to the California High Speed Rail Project. Since returning to Maryland in 2006, Mike has been involved in some way in all British Player productions, and was elected to the BP Board in 2008: presently he serves as Vice President and Technical Director. As a Board member, Mike’s primary objectives are to maintain the Players’ emphasis on British Theatre and to further expand our niche role in the very competitive community theatre environment in which we now find ourselves.

Caitlin O’LearyAssistant Technical Manager/Assistant Wardrobe Mistress/ Props Chair

Caitlin O’Leary joined the Players in 2013, with her first foray into the theatre world helping backstage for that year’s pantomime Cinderella. She liked it so much that she continued to work set painting/construction and as ASM for every BP production since. She has also been the ASM for Hexagon’s 60th anniversary show and Red, White, and Voter’s Blues, and the Arlington Players’ The Comedy of Errors and Deathtrap. She aspires to Stage Manage in the future, and has been a member of BP’s Board since 2015.

John O’LearyPublicity Manager

John joined the British Players in 2012. He worked backstage for the first year and got his first part in the Christmas panto Cinderella in 2013. Since then he has also appeared in the 50th Anniversary Music Hall in the summer of 2014; the pantomime Aladdin in 2014, How The Other Half Loves in the spring of 2015, and the 2015 Music Hall. His latest appearance was in the 2016 Music Hall. John was elected to the Board in 2014. John is retired from a career in television production. UK born and educated, John emigrated to the US in 1974.

Board of Trustees

John Barclay Burns has been a member of The British Players since 1981. He has acted in Music Halls, Pantos and plays over the years. He helps regularly with Front of House, always good times, and is an adjudicator for the Ruby Griffith Award. He has served on the Board a couple of times and, most recently, as a Trustee. With his congenial and knowledgeable fellow-trustees, he has found this responsibility very rewarding, in the best sense of the word, and would be happy to serve a further term. John is retired and Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at GMU but continues to teach, regularly - captive audiences and limited possibilities for being upstaged!

Alan Gelb has been a loyal member of The British Players for over 20 years, attending almost every production and certainly, every Music Hall. He has served as a Trustee for four years. Alan retired as a Director at the World Bank but went on to research international financial issues at the much respected Center for Global Development in Washington. While he ended his career at the World Bank as Director of Research, he had spent much of it leading the Bank’s work in the financial sector and is a leading expert in financial sector issues in the former socialist countries. His theatrical pursuits have taken him beyond audience participation as he has led a local play reading group in Bethesda, MD, for many years. Alan’s combination of a love of British theatre and his financial sector skills make him a perfect fit for our Board of Trustees.

Chuck Hoag has been a member of The British Players since 2001 having performed in that season’s pantomime, Cinderella. In addition to performing in various other Pantomimes and Music Halls, he most recently directed last December's wildly successful pantomime, Cinderella and this year’s New Old Time Music Hall. In the past, he has served on the Players' Board of Directors and is presently serving on the Board of Trustees.

Non-Board Positions

Ed Eggleston – KAT Liaison
Susan Frampton – RGA Administrator/ Eblast Liaison
Frankie Lewis – Editor, Newsletter
Guy Palace – Artistic Liaison
Joan Roseboom – Costume Designer