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Old Time Music Hall

Celebrating the 55th Anniversary
of the British Players

June 7 - 22, 2019
directed by Teri Allred
produced by Carol Strachan
musical direction by Arielle Bayer

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The British Players perform
at Kensington Town Hall
3710 Mitchell St
Kensington, MD 20895


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Dec. 6 - Jan. 4

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Meet the Board

Teri Allred – Recording and Correspondence Secretary

Teri has been a member of the Players since 2013.  After raising two boys, she returned to theatrical endeavors performing with Rockville Civic Ballet, Rockville Musical Theatre (RMT) and the Players. In 2012, she began working on the production side and produced, choreographed and served as assistant director for productions with RMT, Hexagon and the Players.  She served four years on the Rockville Musical Theatre Board of Directors, serving as Audience Service Director and President.  In her professional life, after spending more than 25 years in Human Resource positions, she is expanding her business knowledge and is on assignment as an Enterprise Risk Management Specialist.

Allan Brown – Publicity/Artistic Liaison

Allan has been involved in theatre most of his life.  He is still famous in his home town of Annan, Scotland for his high school performance of Emile De Beck from South Pacific.  From there, he went on to earn a diploma in drama from Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, Scotland.   He launched his professional career after winning his equity card in a national audition.  He has performed on stage, radio, and TV throughout the United Kingdom.  In early 1990s, he returned to school, to earn his first of two teaching degrees, culminating in M.Ed from George Washington University.  He has worked for over 20 years in theatre education, with a special focus on teaching theatre arts to middle school students.   When leading a high school program, he and the program were nominated for 18 CAPPIES, and won 11, including three best production of the year.  As a British expatriate, he was thrilled to discover the British Players.  He has performed in two pantomimes, and recently played Colonel Gillweather in Something’s Afoot.  As a board member of the British Players, he would work diligently to bring British theatre to the DC region.

Sara Cath – Treasurer

Sara became a member of the British Players in 2014 and is in her 2nd year on the Board. Having participated in numerous shows during her high school tenure in the late 1990’s, she had unfortunately lost touch with the theatre world until she was introduced to the Players’ during set construction and painting for Bedside Manners (2014). She quickly rediscovered her love of all things theatre through participating backstage for the 50th Anniversary Music Hall, which quickly snowballed into performing in the two subsequent Pantos and continuing to be part of the crew for other productions over the last three seasons.  She recently earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, which is being put to use in the Town of Vienna's finance department. She also adjudicates for the Ruby Griffith Awards, and looks forward to assisting in BP’s growth and diversification as a community theatre.

Nicola Winterton Hoag – Social Chair and Wardrobe Mistress

Nicola joined The Players over twenty years ago after performing as a Bow Belle in Music Hall.  Over the years she has been involved in many production both on and off stage and has served on The Players’ Board as Corresponding Secretary and Social Chair.

Michelle Hessel – Membership Secretary

Michelle has been involved with The Players on and off since 1999.  She has performed in multiple pantomimes and codirected the 2012 Pantomine.  Michelle has a BA in Theater from The George Washington University. She has performed with professional and community theaters across the DMV.  Michelle is a member of the Dana Global Advantage Team at Keller Williams Capital Properties, an award winning Real Estate team.  She also teaches Early Childhood music at multiple locations in MD and DC.

Mike Lewis – Vice President and Technical Director

Mike joined the British Players in 1979 and worked in many back-stage roles through 1989, when his job took him away from Washington. He was a Trustee for several years and a Ruby Griffith Awards adjudicator. As a professional engineer, Mike has worked on transportation projects in multiple countries and currently provides consultant engineering support to the California High Speed Rail Project.  Since returning to Maryland in 2007, Mike has been involved in some way in all British Players' productions, and was elected to the BP Board in 2008: presently serving as Vice President and Technical Director.  As a Board member, Mike’s primary objectives are to maintain the Players’ emphasis on British-themed theatre and to further expand our niche role in the very competitive community theatre environment in which we now find ourselves.

Joe Lilek – Publicity/Artistic Liaison

Joe joined the Players in 2016 and has appeared on stage in three productions: King Arthur in Merlin (2016), Geoffrey in Something's Afoot (2017), and Carlos in Beauty and the Beast (2017). A graduate of the University of Kansas, Joe has a BS in Atmospheric Science with a minor in Theatre. In fall 2015, he studied abroad in Reading, England, and while there he experienced his first-ever pantomime as an audience member. He is thrilled to be part of such a talented group as BP, and he takes pride in its mission of bringing high-quality British theatre to the Washington area. In his professional life, Joe is the communications manager for an Alexandria nonprofit.

Emilia O’Connor-Barr – Publicity/Artistic Liaison

Emilia has been a BP member since the times when we were still at the Embassy. More often than not, you would see her involved in Panto. She has worn practically every theatre "hat" having been an actor, director/asst. director, teacher, stage manager, vocal coach, and techie. She started at an early age with B.A.P.A.'s Imagination Stage and went on to NYU's Playwrights Horizons Studio. Most recently she was seen in Hexagon's Let Freedom Zing! She is a co-founder and artist for Artstream, inc. She is also a Special Educator for Montgomery County Public Schools.

Caitlin O’Leary – Asst. Tech Director of Props and Costumes

Caitlin joined the Players in 2013, with her first foray into the theatre world helping backstage for that year’s pantomime Cinderella. She liked it so much that she has continued to work set painting/construction and as ASM for every BP production since. She has also been the ASM for Hexagon’s 60th Anniversary Show and Red, White, and Voter’s Blues, and the Arlington Players’ The Comedy of Errors and Deathtrap. She enjoyed her Stage Management debut for BP's Pygmalion during the spring of 2017, and has been a member of BP’s Board since 2015.

John O’Leary – President

John joined the British Players in 2012. He worked backstage for the first year and got his first part in the Christmas panto Cinderella in 2013. Since then he has also appeared in the 50th Anniversary Music Hall in the summer of 2014; the pantomime Aladdin in 2014, How The Other Half Loves in the spring of 2015, the 2015 and 2016 Music Halls and Merlin in 2016. He is producer for this summer’s Something’s Afoot. John was elected to the Board in 2014 and is currently Publicity Manager for the Players. John is retired from a career in television production. UK born and educated, John emigrated to the US in 1974.

Matt Mills – Deputy Technical Director

Matt is web designer by day, and sound designer by night. He has worked in many different technical theatre roles (even on stage once) in over 50 productions in the past eight years after being bitten by the theatre bug. The 51st Old Time Music Hall was his first show with the Players and one of the first shows he worked on after leaving his Columbia, South Carolina theatre community behind. He enjoyed it enough to stick around for five more BP productions and is still counting. He looks forward to participating even more as a Board member.

Board of Trustees

John Barclay Burns has been a member of The British Players since 1981. He has acted in Music Halls, Pantos and plays over the years. He helps regularly with Front of House, always good times, and is an adjudicator for the Ruby Griffith Award. He has served on the Board a couple of times and, most recently, as a Trustee. With his congenial and knowledgeable fellow-trustees, he has found this responsibility very rewarding, in the best sense of the word, and would be happy to serve a further term. John is retired and Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at GMU but continues to teach, regularly - captive audiences and limited possibilities for being upstaged!

Alan Gelb has been a loyal member of The British Players for over 20 years, attending almost every production and certainly, every Music Hall. He has served as a Trustee for four years. Alan retired as a Director at the World Bank but went on to research international financial issues at the much respected Center for Global Development in Washington. While he ended his career at the World Bank as Director of Research, he had spent much of it leading the Bank’s work in the financial sector and is a leading expert in financial sector issues in the former socialist countries. His theatrical pursuits have taken him beyond audience participation as he has led a local play reading group in Bethesda, MD, for many years. Alan’s combination of a love of British theatre and his financial sector skills make him a perfect fit for our Board of Trustees.

Chuck Hoag has been a member of The British Players since 2001 having performed in that season’s pantomime, Cinderella. In addition to performing in various other Pantomimes and Music Halls, he most recently directed last December's wildly successful pantomime, Cinderella and this year’s New Old Time Music Hall. In the past, he has served on the Players' Board of Directors and is presently serving on the Board of Trustees.

Non-Board Positions

Mike Lewis – KAT Liaison
Susan Frampton – RGA Administrator/ Eblast Liaison
Kim Newball – Patron Mailing List/Database Coordinator