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HCC students to perform “Roar of the Greasepaint - Smell of the Crowd”


HCC students to perform “Roar of the Greasepaint - Smell of the Crowd”

Theater students at Hagerstown Community College will present an on-stage performance of “Roar of the Greasepaint - Smell of the Crowd” in HCC’s Kepler Theater on Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m.

The production is directed by Professor Mike Harsh, with musical direction by Joe Marschner, assistant professor of music and drama, and choreography by Alyssa Little, assistant professor of dance.

Inspired by HCC costume designer Robin Shaner, the production is done in a steam punk versus cyber punk style, with set design by technical director Jason Buhrman and technical assistant Ryan Edwards. Newly purchased and updated light and sound equipment enables this production to take on a very fresh appearance as the actors create a ‘game of life’ allegory of dominance, submission, overwhelming power without integrity or morals, and ultimately, hope for the triumph of persistence and courage.

Student actors include Colby Halterman, Nevaeh Horst-Wade, Patrick Johnson, Emma C. Nakopoulos, Kahrisa Mann, John Cunningham, and Ryan Smith. The show is based on the book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, and was produced for the Broadway stage by David Merrick.

Admission is free for HCC students, faculty, and staff; others are $5 per person. Tickets may be obtained at the door and in advance at

(March 31, 2022)