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The Four Cohans
July 6 @ 7:30 pm - July 9 @ 4:30 pm
The celebrated career of Broadway impresario George M. Cohan who, along with his parents and sister created a lifetime of Great White Way blockbuster hits for over four decades in New York’s Manhattan, will be presented as “The Four Cohans” for four shows July 6-9 at Embassy Theatre in Downtown Cumberland.
Admission is $10 per person, with a discount admission of $8 for family parties of four of more.
The presentation of four performances will be created by the company of actors, who, along with director Mark Baker, veteran of New York, regional and international theatre appearances, will craft a two-act musical tribute of 75 minutes from the Cohan family’s vast repertoire of classic pre-Tin Pan Alley fare.
A workshop atmosphere, that shows the very creative techniques employed to create an original Broadway show, will take place over 5 three-hour sessions, three weeks prior to the finished public presentation. A low-cost fee to cover the musician fee is suggested.
Baker taught acting and English at Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts High School, and will share techniques from private study, as well as formative studies at Carnegie Mellon University, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Neighborhood Playhouse.
“It is interesting that the Maryland Theatre, razed for a parking structure many years ago, was once owned by the Cohan Corporation in 1905 as a national touring venue for Broadway shows,” adds Baker.
Don Stephens will serve as Music Director; Jennifer Grein will be the stage manager. Official photographer for the production will be Sam Bennett.
Reservations can be made by calling the Embassy at (240) 362-7183. For more information, visit Facebook at embassytheatrecumberland.
Southern Country Picnic/Theatre – Bring the family, or just make it a picnic with your most favorite people. Enjoy the red and white checkered tablecloths, wildflower centerpieces, red/white/blue picnic-decor, cafe-style seating in the Embassy lobby. Picnic is served buffet-style, beginning at 6:00 pm on July 6, 7 and 8, and reservations are required. “The Four Cohans” follows at 7:30 pm. The final show is Sunday, July 9 at 2:30 pm, but there is no picnic that day.
Cost – which includes Southern Country Picnic, admission to “The Four Cohans,” complimentary cocktail or beverage during the show, reserved VIP seating, opportunity for post-show photos/autographs with Mark Baker and cast members – $30 Adult Single, $50 Adult Couple, $95 Family Package (for four people…for each additional family member, add $25)
Southern Country Picnic Menu:
Macaroni and Cheese
Green Beans and Taters
Cornbread and Butter
Sweet Ice Tea/Coffee
Fruit Cobbler w/Vanilla Ice Cream
All productions and activities at Embassy Theatre are supported in part by the Allegany County Arts Council and the City of Cumberland.