Tickets on sale for UMES Dinner Theater

  • Thursday, March 10, 2011

                PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(March 11, 2011)Drama Society and Hotel and Restaurant Management students will shine on April 15 and 16 as they present "The Color Purple" for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Spring Dinner Theater. 

    Tickets are now on sale.

                The first seating for the buffet dinner begins at 6 p.m. with curtain time at 8 p.m. in the Student Services Center ballroom.  Audience members can please their palate beginning with a spread of gourmet appetizers followed by dinner-all catered by the students and faculty of the HRM Program at UMES.  Dessert is served at intermission.

                "Dinner Theater gives our seniors an opportunity to manage the food production and presentation of an expansive buffet, which adds to their overall academic experience," Dr. Ernest Boger, chair of the HRM Program at UMES said.  "Throughout the year, other groups of our students prepare and serve plated dinners at events such as the fall dinner series, the spring luncheons and the recent UMES Gala."

                Dr. Della Dameron-Johnson, director of the UMES Drama Society said the plays often originate from scripts written at UMES, but the group wanted to do something different this year-something familiar to the audience.

                "We feel like we now have a talent pool from the campus and our community volunteers to pull it off," Dameron-Johnson said. 

                The musical version of "The Color Purple" being performed has pieces Dameron-Johnson said ranging from "juke joint to the gospel idiom with plenty in between."

                Ticket prices are $45 for Fri., April 15, and $50 for Sat., April 16.  Call 410-651-6230 to purchase tickets or for more information.                     

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    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstephens@umes.edu.