Spires Stage

New Spire Stages opened as a black-box theater with anywhere from 200 to 275 seats, depending on the flexible seating configuration.

From one of Frederick’s downtown staples, the Maryland Ensemble Theatre, to a brand new theatre experience right next door, New Spire Stages — and not to mention all the productions that formulate with increasing regularity around town each year — the local theatre scene in Frederick has come a long way over the course of the last few decades. Gone are the days of strictly seeing plays in high-school auditoriums and in are the times that showcase something like Elizabeth Lucas’s Free Range Human troupe that offers stories as provocative as they are entertaining.

Among the productions you might want check out at the 31 W. Patrick St. venue will be performances by The Comedy Pigs, the region’s longest running improv troupe, on the first Friday and Saturday of each month. And for those looking to develop new theatre works, the METLab Plays In Progress festival, which showcases new work from playwrights in the Mid-Atlantic region, will kick off on July 18.

Still, the MET isn’t the only place to take in quality theatre in Frederick. The Way Off Broadway dinner theatre is staging “Little Shop Of Horrors” at WOB on Sept. 20. Other Voices Theatre, located on South Jefferson Street, will offer up its take on “Young Frankenstein!” beginning Aug. 2. And if you’re into ballet, the Weinberg Center will host the Russian Ballet Theatre’s production of “Swan Lake” on Nov. 8.

Visit The News-Post marketplace for a list of local places to catch a show.

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