A COMMUNITY THEATRE MANAGED BY THE COLONIAL BEACH PERFORMING ARTS ASSOCIATION

LISTENERS LOVE OUR RADIO PLAY!

The initial broadcast of our original radio play, "Incident at the Bell House," on January 26 was received well!  WWER, Colonial Beach's own radio station, 88.1 FM, has added two additional broadcasts. The play can now be heard

Saturday Jan 30 at 8pm, Tuesday Feb 2 at 8pm, and Saturday Feb 6 at 8pm

If you missed the initial broadcast, mark your calendar for one of these dates! Be tuned to WWER to hear this show that Colonial Beach Playhouse wrote, acted and recorded.

 

Our in-person performances have been closed down by the Pandemic, but we have found a way to entertain you that we think you will enjoy.

 

Some of you may remember the days before television when radio dramas kept listeners glued to their radios. Well, Colonial Beach Playhouse is bringing you "Chesapeake Mystery Theatre," written in the style of old-time radio, including a delightful singing commercial. The 30-minute play is entitled "Incident at the Bell House." It tells the fictional story of a visit by Alexander Graham Bell to Colonial Beach and some mysterious events that occur on a stormy night in March, 1915. Don't miss it, and tell your friends to tune in as well.

There is no charge for listening to the play on the radio, but if you enjoy the play, please consider making a financial donation of any size. Just click on the DONATE button above. Our secure donation system has a place to add a note, so mention the radio play if you wish. That will encourage us to produce more such plays. If you prefer to donate by check you can mail a check to CBPAA, P. O. Box 31, Colonial Beach, VA 22443. Even though we are not performing on stage, we still have to pay rent and other expenses. Your much-appreciated support will keep the Colonial Beach Performing Arts Association going.

We had a new high for online listeners streaming at once!

Ted Tait, WWER Station Manager

It was so much fun to hear the play and historical facts...Thank you to all who wrote and acted.  I enjoyed every word and every minute.

SB, Colonial Beach

CAST

Announcer..................................Stephen Thompson

Alexander Graham Bell...............Bob Christiansen

Mabel Bell.................................................Sally Adams

Mary..................................................................Sher Lee

Gilbert Grosvenor..........................Eric Christiansen

Elsie Bell Grosvenor........................Kyra Thompson

Sheriff.........................................................Dan Staicer

Kinsale................................................Samuel Wallace

Accompanist....................................Michelle Sullivan

There is some interest in producing additional radio plays for WWER. Keep in mind it takes months to research, write, cast, record, and edit a radio episode. If you are a writer or aspiring writer, we welcome submissions of plays similar to "Incident at the Bell House." The old-time flavor and connection to Colonial Beach are desirable but not required. Keep in mind that we are an all-volunteer organization and there would be no pay. But you would be benefiting not only the Playhouse but the Colonial Beach Community as well. And you would have something new on your resume!

At this time, we do not know when we will resume in-person productions. That will depend on progress against the pandemic. We certainly hope to be back on stage sometime in 2021.

DURING 2020 WE MADE TWO SHORT VIDEOS FOR THE COLONIAL BEACH OSPREY FESTIVAL WEB SITE. TO WATCH THESE VIDEOS, CLICK HERE.

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING OUR LEADERSHIP!

The Colonial Beach Performing Arts Association has two openings on it's Board of Directors. If you have an interest in the performing arts, please consider helping us guide the Association's future plans. The Playhouse is currently inactive due to the pandemic, but the Board is actively looking into creative ways of bringing performing arts to our community that don't involve public gatherings. At the same time, we are planning shows for the Playhouse in 2021 after restrictions are lifted. If you are interested, please email the Board at cbpaa.info@gmail.com.

THANK YOU to our patrons, actors, and Board members for donating to and helping with our two very successful Yard Sales which raised money to help meet expenses during the current down time!!

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT

COLONIAL BEACH PLAYHOUSE . . .

From the simple stage of the community center, and with minimal props and sets, the audience is transported to the magical realm of this heart-moving children’s classic "Charlottes's Web." Its powerful messages about life and love are conveyed through 15 talented, enthusiastic actors, three of whom are just of elementary school age.

Fredericksburg Free Lance Star

Folks, the play was great...  We had 5 folks from Richmond come up - had dinner at Denson's, drove around the Point and ended up at the play...  Perfect evening and great memory with friends!!!  Thanks to all who were a part of getting this project/Playhouse together!! We thoroughly enjoyed our evening in beautiful Colonial Beach!!

BS, Colonial Beach

Attended production Friday night!! Another wonderful production!!! Performance, stage, sound effects, etc. was OUTSTANDING!! Colonial Beach Playhouse is a WONDERFUL addition to our community.

TT,  Colonial Beach

A fun play. All did a great job. I highly recommend to CB residents. Go have a good laugh.

SD,  Colonial Beach

Nicholas "Nick" Zsobota as the voice of the adult George Bailey was a delight, bringing true emotion to the role.

Westmoreland News

As a relatively new organization, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. Click the VOLUNTEER button for more information.

Performances are currently staged at the Colonial Beach Community Center

717 Marshall Ave, Colonial Beach, VA

Colonial Beach Performing Arts Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our Federal ID is 82-2640909