The MD Theatre Guide is pleased to announce the winner of the Best of 2015 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Community Theatre! Thank you for voting! Over 10,000 votes were cast! (Double last years numbers!)
The awards are designed to honor local performing arts, entertainment and education organizations for their creativity, talents, and contributions across MD, DC, and Northern, VA.
The winner will receive a professionally made certificate suitable for hanging up proudly as a record of their momentous achievement.
And the winner of the MD Theatre Guide’s Best of 2015 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Community Theatre goes to……Vagabond Players!
Congratulations to Vagabond Players and all of this years nominees!
Best Community Theatre: Vagabond Players
“America’s Oldest Little Theatre” – The Vagabond Players. The Vagabond Players was established in 1916 during the popular “Little Theatre Movement” and quickly established itself as an important part of theatre history. We are in our 100th season of continuously operating theatre here in Baltimore. The first play produced by Vagabonds was an original piece submitted by H.L. Mencken The Artist. Vagabonds proceeded to encourage and produce the writings of a young and at the time, unknown Eugene O’Neill, as well as Arthur Schnitzler, and introducing to Baltimore new works by August Strindberg and Maurice Maeterlinck. During the 1920’s this ‘Little Theatre’ held fast to its amateur status despite Governor Ritchie and Mayor Broening urging the group to turn professional. Thus The Vagabond Players outlived The Provincetown Playhouse in Massachusetts and The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, both of which were Little Theatres that turned professional and shortly there after dissolved.
READ MD Theatre Guide’s article about Vagabond Players turning 100!
Official Voting Ballot Results:
First Place: Vagabond Players.
Second Place: Silhouette Stages.
Third Place: Port Tobacco Players.
Fourth Place: 2nd Star Productions.
Fifth Place: Silver Spring Stage.