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Play and museum highlight the history behind the 'Road' that built a nation

Play and museum highlight the history behind the 'Road' that built a nation

BOONSBORO — The National Road Heritage Foundation and the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts are inviting the public to attend a play about the Historic National Road and an open house at the site of the National Road Museum in Boonsboro.

The play takes place on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m. at the BIFSA Black Box Theatre, 7 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. Tickets cost $5 per person and may be purchased in advance by contacting the BIFSA Box Office at 301-766-8840. Tickets may also be purchased directly at the office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The original play which was inspired by the opening of the National Road Museum is researched and written by Creative Writers and performed by The Actor Studio.

Following Sunday’s performance, from 5 to 7 p.m, the National Road Heritage Foundation will offer an open house at the National Road Museum site located at 214 Main St. in Boonsboro. Visitors are invited to tour the museum building which will include an overview of planned exhibits and programs. Board members will be on hand to share information about volunteer and donor opportunities.

On The National Road is a historical play highlighting 200 years of discovery, invention and commerce along the first federally-funded road in America, marking the country’s changes from settlers hiking Indian trails to Thunderbirds chasing the open road.

An extension of the overall visitor experience, attendees are encouraged to travel the National Road Scenic Byway to the museum. Parking is available on Main Street or in the adjacent Shafer Park.

For more information, contact Tiffany Ahalt at (240) 626-0963 or email nationalroadmuseum@gmail.com

Beauty and the Beast Jr. benefit performance to fight hunger

A benefit performance for the Maryland Food Bank featuring Beauty and the Beast Jr. will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at The Maryland Theatre.

The classic tale will be performed by Friends Meeting School, the Hagerstown Dance Troupe Fresh Academicz, and storybook scenes presented by the Maryland School for the Deaf. American Sign Language interpreters skilled in dramatic interpretation will help bring the performances to life for all audience members.

Proceeds and food collected from the benefit performance will go to the Maryland Food Bank — the heart of Maryland’s food assistance structure, providing food to a network of more than 1,250 soup kitchens, pantries, shelters and other community-based organizations across the state.

Adapted from a tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast Jr. delights with special twists and plenty of smiles, and reminds us that true beauty is found within a person’s heart. Fresh Academicz is known for its electrifying performances, and the performances by actors from the Maryland School for the Deaf are always creative, interesting and instructive.

The Students Acting for the Community program has raised more than $11,570 and collected more than 7,129 pounds of food since 2009.

“The program, sponsored by Friends Meeting School, extends beyond the school. Home school groups, local businesses, dance troupes, a university, singers and scriptwriters, and other schools have joined us in the past to help feed people,” said Brenda Yankaskas, performing arts director. “Please contact me if you are interested in joining this effort. We will have certificates of participation for groups who help with food collection and/or ticket sales available at the show.”

Tickets start at $17 plus a canned or boxed food item, and are available by visiting The Maryland Theatre’s website, www.mdtheatre.org, or calling the theater at 301-790-2000. Group tickets are available at a special rate of 10 seats for $120. A limited number of box seats are also available.

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