Monday, June 9, 2014

Our Sincere Thanks to ALL for THE CHOICE!

Our living history performances of "The Choice: Risking Your Life for Freedom" just wrapped up after three years running! The success of this program was due to commitment, talents, time, and effort of so many - from the acquisition of grant funding to the creation of the Sotterley history specific script to time period costume design to auditions to rehearsals to the generous sponsors to on-site volunteers to the fabulous performances by the actors!
Applause! Applause!
We thank each and every one of you! Please know that all of the feedback we have received from audiences over these years has been glowingly positive!

Our sincere thanks to the following:

Dale Jones, Making History Connections
Dale Jones founded Making History Connections to help museums and historic sites offer meaningful programs. He creates compelling and provocative experiences using museum theatre, living history, and guided tours and has scripted scores of museum productions, including Scenes from 1837 at Conner Prairie and Old Sturbridge Village and The Value of Life for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Dawna Diaz
Dawna Diaz has a long history with Sotterley. As an outstandingly multi-talented volunteer, she has been involved in all aspects of the popular “Ghosts of Sotterley” for the past nine years. When not directing or performing on a stage, she can be found mediating or working her day job on base at Atlantic Test Range.

Costume Designer
Leon Wiebers
Leon Wiebers, an award-winning costume designer, has designed for operas, musicals, and theatre performances for the San Francisco Opera Center, English National Opera, Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Getty Museum, California Music Circus, Portland Center Stage, and Seneca Theatre. He holds a faculty position at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, is a member of USA 829, and was recently awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to South Korea for the 2012-13 academic year. 

The Cast

John Rousby Plater (guardian of George V and Sotterley)
played by
Stephen Rumpf
Trevor Diaz

Elizabeth Plater (John’s wife)
played by
Shannon Ivanchev

Elcie (an enslaved servant and cook)
played by
Shemika Berry

Peregrine Young (an enslaved servant in the house)
played by
Jay Hunter

Commodore Brown (a British naval officer)
played by
Eric Zabiegalski


Maryland Heritage Areas Authority
Maryland Humanities Council
Old Line Bank
Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium
Star Spangled 200
Students of St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Merideth Taylor
Joanna Woods
Sotterley Volunteers
Pam Parker
Wesley Thomas
Julie Woods
Meagan Woods
Shayna Zabiegalski 

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