For most of my life, after college Musical-Varieties/Varsity-Varieties/fraternity skits, there has been a thread of performances, mostly musical. Many of them (by the dozens) were Barbershop concerts; those are covered here in a separate panel.  In addition to those I participated in various programs sponsored by

* Baltimore Symphony Chorus (I was a member for one season)
* a few Christian Women’s Clubs
* Spotlighters (a 1940s Revue and lead role in Here’s Love)
* Fells Point (Oh Holy Night)
* Hadley Square (second-lead roles for Student Prince and Gondoliers)
* Vagabonds (Cole)
* Susquehanna Festival Theatre (lead role in The Music Man)
* Lynne-Rocklin Productions
* Dundalk Community Theatre (lead role in The Music Man)
and others. Rather than a mind-numbing attempt to rattle off a long sequence, a representative sample seems to offer a more interesting summary.  Accompanying photos and excerpts (sections of programs, reviews, clippings etc.) typify the activity. I felt privileged to be in all these productions with all the other performers; special mention seems warranted for the last two.  Briefly, DCT’s Music Man (last entry on this panel) was, for me, the pinnacle.

Lynne-Rocklin Productions gave me parts in two revues at the Hunt Valley Inn, “Off the Record” and “Gatsby’s” (in a 1920s speakeasy setting) that ran for about a year, plus lead roles in two plays (“Harvey” — also at Hunt Valley Inn, and “Gypsy“). Quite a few of the other cast members in those productions were established TV performers, while I was just what I still am today (an engineer working in the aerospace field). Invariably those professionals were very kind, always giving me reassurance and encouragement. Susan White, shown in two accompanying pictures, was in both plays. She later signed my copy of her book “Moonbeams Come At Dark Times” written after she had emerged successfully from tragic events in her life. She’s a real champion.

As could be expected from anyone who’s been in a number of shows, there are many additional pictures I was tempted to include here. A mid-sized sampling, though, is better able to provide a “bird’s-eye view” without trying to monopolize a reader’s attention by dull repetition.