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Out on Stage

Travel back to the 16th century through drama, song, food, and magic

The sound of merriment once again returns the 27-acre village of Revel Grove in celebration of the 2017 Maryland Renaissance Festival. A crown-jewel of Maryland, the festival begins on August 26th and runs Saturdays and Sundays (and Labor Day Monday) through October 22nd.

Are you looking for something new and different to do with yourself, something both physically and mentally challenging, that gets you out of the house and up on your feet, involves connecting with other people, allows you to be yourself and provides a lot of fun and joy? Then make plans to come to Chesapeake Squares’ Open House Party on Tuesday night, August 29th. Come try your hand– or more likely, your feet– at Modern Western Square Dancing. It’s not the square dancing of your parents or grandparents, with bolo ties and crinolines (unless you want to wear them!) but a come-as-you-are / be-who-you-want activity that’s danced to a variety of popular music from yesterday and today.

It’s rare to find royalty in Maryland today, however the incomparable Fred Nelson of the Maryland Renaissance Festival bedazzles patrons in his royal regalia this month as King Henry VIII. “I’ve been playing King Henry VIII every summer and fall for the past 16 years,” Nelson explains. It’s a curious job for a military brat who grew up in Spain, Korea, Guantanamo Bay (Cuba), and Guam – everywhere but England. “I didn’t have a lot to draw from when I started,” Nelson notes. As a more contemporary head of state might say, he adds, “I had to learn a lot on the job.”

Audiences are invited to enter the enchanting world of Cirque du Soleil’s “Ovo” this month at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena. Running from Wednesday, August 23rd – Sunday, August 27th, “Ovo” is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life. A world where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight, and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. It’s love at first sight when a gawky, quirky fly arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye– and the feeling is mutual.

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre (ASGT) shows no sign of slowing down as In the Heights takes the stage this month. Running from August 3rd to September 3rd, In the Heights is a heartfelt musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway sensation Hamilton. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with ASGT’s PR point woman Ashley Gladden, who’s also an ensemble member for the show.

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