Announcing our 2017-2018 Season!

What If… / What Then? A One-Act Festival

September 29 at 8pm & September 30 at 2pm and 8pm
Theatre at Sterling Middle School

Artistic Director: Bob Rosenberg

The plays (10-20 minutes each, original and unpublished) will be based on existing well-known plays, including some by Shakespeare, Beckett, and Chekhov. These one-acts either alter the endings of the original plays, or present sequels to them. Visit some old friends–with a twist.

Man of La Mancha

November 10-12 and 17-19, 2017
Theatre at Seneca Ridge Middle School

Written by Dale Wasserman, Music by Mitch Leigh and Lyrics by Joe Darion Original Production Staged by Albert Marre, Originally Produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James
Directed by Kathleen Bleutge

Inspired by the masterpiece Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the great theatre successes of our time. A powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking story is performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition and tells the poignant story a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion.  His “impossible dream” takes over his mind as he becomes Don Quixote De La Mancha and attempts to avoid his mortal enemy, the Enchanter, and pursue the lady Dulcinea.  The celebrated score which includes “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him,” “Little Bird,” and “To Each His Dulcinea,” will remain in your thoughts and in your soul well after you see the show.

The 39 Steps

February 23-25 and March 2-4, 2018
Theatre at Seneca Ridge Middle School

Book by John Buchan, Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Directed by Justin Winters

Take a Hitchcock masterpiece, mix it with a juicy spy novel, and add a smidge of Monty Python and you’ll have The 39 Steps. A man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy.  Her murder sets off a nationwide manhunt. A mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail. For anyone who loves the magic of theatre, this two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is a fast-paced whodunit packed with nonstop laughs, zany characters, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

April 20-22 and 27-29, 2018
Theatre at Seneca Ridge Middle School

Book by Ken Kesey, Adapted by Dale Wasserman
Directed by Scott J. Strasbaugh

A charming rogue schemes to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution to avoid prison work detail. Randle P. McMurphy is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation where he encounters a motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates and clashes with the fierce head nurse. A boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel, McMurphy takes over the yard and rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. This insolence, which starts as sport, soon develops into a grim battle between the two unyielding opponents.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

July 27-29, August 3-5 and 10-12, 2018
Theatre at Potomac Falls High School

Book by Linda Woolverton, Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth, Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
Directed by Scott Olson

“Be our guest” in the enchanted world of this Disney beloved musical. The classic “tale as old as time” features Belle, a peculiar girl, who lives in a world of her own, built mostly from her travels through books and her encounter with the Beast, a cold-hearted prince trapped under a spell. The castle’s charmed servants, living as household objects, anxiously watch as Belle and the Beast grow to understand and befriend one another. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he and his household will be returned to their former selves–but time is running out before the curse becomes permanent. The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved fairytale with such hits as “Something There,” “Gaston,” “Be Our Guest,” “Belle” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Other Events

Sterling Swordplayers

Sterling Swordplayers is the troop of sword-wielding performers who present stage combat performances for entertainment or historical recreation. These acts include sword fighting demonstrations, stage or outdoor shows with stage combat and sword fighting.  They also offer fight direction for Sterling Playmakers stage shows or Sterling Playmakers contracted shows. If you are interested in performing with or having the Sterling Swordplayers perform for your next event, please send an email to

On That Note

On That Note is Sterling Playmakers’ traveling Musical Revue Ensemble.  They are available for public and private performances, and enjoy performing in intimate settings as well as larger venues.  Show programs can be tailored to your venue. If you are interested in having On That Note perform at your next organization, church, business, or personal event, send an email to Visit or for more information about OTN.


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