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2015, 2016, 2017


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

May 19 – June 5, 2016
Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Add'l Material by Jay Reiss
Directed by Anthony Scimonelli

Photos: Production Image Album on AC's Facebook Page - Photographer: St. Johnn Blondell

Updated 01/18/2017:

DC Metro Theater Arts "Best of 2016" Honors AC's production of
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee".... with SIX Honors!

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Best Musicals in Community Theater in DC/MD/VA
(View all Honorees: Click here.)

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Best Direction and Musical Direction in Community Theaters in DC/MD/VA:
Anthony Scimonelli (Direction)
Mayumi B. Griffie (Musical Direction)
(View all Honorees: Click here.)
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Best Performances in Musicals in Community Theaters in DC/MD/VA:
Gabrielle Amaro (Olive)
Diego Esmolo​ (Chip)
Warren Harris​ (Barfee)
(View all Honorees: Click here.)
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REVIEWS - AC's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee:

“… hilariously F-U-N-N-Y (enjoyment, amusement or lighthearted pleasure) and delightfully Q-U-I-R-K-Y (characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits) night of theatre."
-- View DC Metro Theater Arts 5-Star Review here, by Ilene Chalmers

"Anthony Scimonelli directed [AC’s] production, which alternately induces laughter and pathos, with a sure-fire guiding hand.  He is blessed with a young talented cast and an excellent creative team…”
-- View OUTspoken’s Review here, by Steve Charing

“S-E-N-S-A-T-I-O-N-A-L!! … [AC] is in possession of a most felicific production of [Spelling Bee]… this all-inclusive, heartwarmingly inviting, and enticingly entertaining production has all the feels, talent, and words that any connoisseur of the theatergoing world could hope for.”
-- View TheatreBloom’s 5-Star Review here, by Mandy Gunther

“… great "f-u-n" … Scimonelli's impressive cast sings and dances its way beautifully through two wacky acts accompanied by a live orchestra…”
-- View the Baltimore Sun/Howard County Times Review here, by Patti Restivo


What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) W.I.G.NITION:
Actors & Writers Fire It Up

April 8, 2016, presented by AC’s “What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.), HCC’s Creative Writers, and Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)
Directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston in collaboration with Tara Hart

Production Image Album on AC's Facebook Page – Photographer: St. Johnn Blondell

“This season’s W.I.G. group has been together since summer 2015, and I could see how much they have all grown as artists … However, the night belonged to the writers...”
-- View DC Metro Theater Arts 4.5-Star Review here, by Susan Brall


House.

March 11 and 12, 2016, an original playwritten and directed by Daniel Johnston

Production Image Album on AC's Facebook Page – Photographer: St. Johnn Blondell

House. is a very funny satire with sharp and witty dialogue, clear and recognizable characters and enough mystery to keep the audience on edge...The actors complement each other perfectly thus creating a unit that blends like ingredients in fine pastry..."
-- View DC Metro Theater Arts 5-Star Review here, by Susan Brall

"… one of the surprise gifts of House.: Each of these characters emerges as an actual multilayered person… through a combination of strong writing and directing from Daniel Johnston, and a cast that has clearly bought into the characters they’re embodying, flaws and all."
-- View DC Metro Theater Arts Review here, by Kay-Megan Washington

DCMTA - HOUSE. "Behind the Scenes" Interview Series with the Playwright/Director, Cast & Crew:
- Behind the Scenes Part One:  Meet the Playwright and Director Daniel Johnston
- Behind the Scenes Part Two: Meet Gabrielle Amaro, Alex Becker, Courtney Branch, Jordan Colea
- Behind the Scenes Part Three: Meet Brandon Furr, Chaseedaw Giles, Warren Harris, Wesley LeRoux
- Behind the Scenes Part Four: Meet Actors: Thomas Matera, Christian Preziosi, Taylor Purnell and Crew Member: Chania Hudson
- Behind the Scenes Part Five: Meet Colin Riley, Iris Shih, Sierra Young


What Improv Group?!?! – It’s A Wonderful W.I.G.

December 11, 2015, Directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston

Production Image Album on AC's Facebook Page – Photographer: Bruce F. Press Photography

“No matter the season: The community is flocking to W.I.G., which, with its well-deserved reputation for excellence, delivers consistently engaging and original storytelling with warmth and a sense of improvised magic."
-- View DC Metro Theater Arts Review here, by Charles Miller


Love, Loss and What I Wore

October 2 – 18, 2015
By Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman
Directed by S.G. Kramer, Grace Anastasiadis, Darius McKeiver

Production Image Album on AC's Facebook Page – Photographer: St. Johnn Blondell

"A touching and timeless reading of the play… brings 45 of the area’s most talented and influential women together for a heartfelt experience. Directed over the course of three weekend by three separate directors… the performance is an experience that no woman should be without."
-- View TheatreBloom's Review here, by Mandy Gunther

DCMTA's Interviews with the Directors of Love, Loss and What I Wore.
-- View DC Metro Theater Arts Report here, by Danielle Angeline


Underground Rooftop Coffee House: Voices from the Edge

September 10, 2015, presented by AC’s “What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.), HCC’s Creative Writers, and Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)
Directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston in collaboration with Tara Hart

Production Image Album on AC's Facebook Page – Photographer: Bruce F. Press Photography

“Audiences enjoyed a sold-out show in a warm, coffee house setting complete with improv, storytelling, poetry, prose, live music, free treats and a gorgeous view. This event inaugurated a groundbreaking partnership with HCC’s creative writers and the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, HoCoPoLitSo.”
View DC Metro Theater Arts 4.5-Star Review here, by Susan Brall


DC Metro Theater Arts Honors HCC’s ARTS COLLECTIVE in “Best of 2015” Series:

DCMTA2015HonorsDC Metro Theater Arts (DCMTA) posts over 2,000 reviews annually – covering the work of professional, community, university, school, and children’s theatre in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Each year, DCMTA’s staff honors its “Best of…” plays, performers, directors, designers, and ensembles based on their reviews.

Arts Collective, in the Community Theatre category, received three Honors in DCMTA’s BEST-OF 2015 in the company of so many stellar organizations! 

-- Best Play: EAT THE RUNTView DCMTA’s 5-Star Review
-- Best Director: Eat the Runt - Susan G. KramerView DCMTA’s 5-Star Review
-- Special Awards for Training School/Programs – Arts Collective – AC is humbled to be in such amazing company: “Act Two at Levine, Arts Collective@HCC, Luna Studio Theatre, The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, The Theatre Lab School of The Dramatic Arts, and Young Artists of America are training actors, singers, musicians, and the stars of the future. The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts would like to honor their work and their dedication to their students and to the arts in 2015.” View DCMTA's Article Here!


***VIEW AC’S 2014-2015 PRESS PAGE HERE***
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