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Coming up NXT: Military and 'Shear Madness' in the Tri-State

Coming up NXT: Military and 'Shear Madness' in the Tri-State

Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series returns

Hagerstown Community College’s Alumni Association announced its concert schedule for the 15th annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series. All concerts are free and are open to the public. The schedule of events is as follows:

• Sunday, June 23: The United States Navy Country Current

• Tuesday, June 25: The United States PA-ANG Band of the Northeast

• Thursday, June 27: The United States Army Blues Band

• Monday, July 1: The United States 229th Army Band

• Sunday, July 28: The United States Navy Sea Chanters

• Monday, August 5: The United States 257th Army Band

• Saturday, August 10: The United States Navy Fleet Force Band

• Saturday, August 17: The United States Navy Commodores

All concerts will be held at 6:15 p.m. in HCC’s Alumni Amphitheater. Concerts are subject to change by the U.S. Military. Concessions will be available for purchase. Please note that no outside food is permitted on the amphitheater grounds.

This year’s concert series is sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 312, Joint Veterans Council, Amvets Riders Chapter 10 and Forty & Eight Voiture 651. For more information, email or call 240-500-2346.

‘Shear Madness’ is now playing at Totem Pole Playhouse

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — The long-running hit comedy whodunit, “Shear Madness” is playing through Sunday, June 16, at Totem Pole Playhouse, located in Caledonia State Park between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, Pa. The play has the distinction of being one of the longest-running stage comedies in the world.

Totem Pole audience favorite, Shane Partlow, who had a supporting role in this year’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, Green Book, plays the operator of a local Chambersburg, Pa. beauty salon where the murder takes place. Zack Powell, who has appeared regularly in the Kennedy Center production, will reprise his role of Mikey, the young detective, and Craig Benton, a veteran of the Kansas City production will play the lead detective, Nick Rossetti, who leads the audience in solving the murder mystery. Rounding out the suspects are Lisa McMillan from the show’s national tour, reprising her role as socialite Mrs. Shubert, while New York actors, MaryAnne Piccolo and Christian Cardoza round out the cast. The production will feature many humorous references to Franklin and Adams county area attractions. The audience joins in the fun by voting at every performance on who the murderer is with the cast then performing that particular ending, which can change from one performance to the next. Totem Pole’s Producing Artistic Director Rowan Joseph directs the play.

For show times or tickets, contact the Totem Pole Playhouse box office Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 717-352-2164 or visit

‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ songwriter to perform at BuddyLou’s

John Ellison, who wrote one of the most recorded songs in history, “Some Kind of Wonderful,” will perform at BuddyLou’s on Saturday, June 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Ellison is in the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame and performs all over the world. He will perform music from ‘60s blues band, “Soul Brothers Six” as well as his newly recorded music.

Tickets are $15. For more information, visit or call 301-678-6460.

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