Broadway songs to celebrate Pride Month at Arts Barn June 29 and 30

'Love Is Love Is Love,' a musical revue with a twist, will travel across relationships of all kinds.

By Wyatt Stensrud

For the past three years, Laura W. Andruski, City of Gaithersburg Arts Barn Theatre Coordinator, organized member companies of the Theatre Arts Program Partnership (TAPP) to participate in the “Walking With Shakespeare” event, which was held at the City’s Observatory Park in April. Funds collected from the event went toward theater improvements. Looking to do something different this year, Andruski worked with TAPP to present a Broadway-style cabaret. Love Is Love Is Love, a musical revue with a twist, travels across many moments in relationships. From young love-at-first-glance to dating, the first kiss, rejection, envy, starting over, and letting go. The 85-minute revue will feature musical numbers from Kiss Me, Kate, Damn Yankees, Rent,” The Last Five Years, and more. Love Is Love Is Love will be at the Arts Barn on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, in celebration of Pride Month.

The cast of ‘Love Is Love Is Love.’ Photo courtesy of the Theatre Arts Program Partnership.

Andruski, who will retire from her role with the City in July, remarked on how Love Is Love Is Love is the perfect show on which to end her Arts Barn programming career: “Working with the Theatre Arts Program has been one of the most rewarding positions I have ever held. I absolutely love the synergy put forth by the several companies looking to give back to our community through this artistic endeavor.”

Funds raised from Love Is Love Is Love will support MoCo Pride and the Arts Barn Theatre Seat Fund. TAPP consortium members include Kentlands Community Players, Rockville Little Theatre, Rockville Musical Theatre, and Victorian Lyric Opera Company. Love Is Love Is Love is conceived and directed by Noel Schoonover, with musical direction by Arielle Bayer, and choreography by Jacklyn Rogers and Katherine Rogers. The performers include Kate Amburgey, John Bartkowiak, Kenneth Derby, Jennifer Georgia, Rebecca Goldberg, Chuck McCarter, Jeff McDermott, Erin McNerney Smith, Jay Thaiyod, Giuliana Weiss, and Danny Zheng.

When asked what drew him to the project, Director Noel Schoonover replied, “Why this production as part of Pride Month? The classic cliché: Love is universal.” Schoonover added, “Like hunger, thirst, sleep, and sex, love is essential for human survival. And how we love one another varies greatly — how we evolve and move between different stages of our lives and relationships. So why not celebrate Pride and love using Broadway songs in an entertaining, fun, and touching way?”

City of Gaithersburg Arts Administrator Linda Bloom said, “We are so appreciative of the consortium of stalwart theater partners that have generously given of their time and talents to create this original revue in support of the Arts Barn theater seat fund and MoCo Pride.”

Love Is Love Is Love will play Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m. at the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg, MD. Tickets are $40 and are available online at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/aotg or by calling the box office 301-258-6394.

About the Theatre Arts Program Partnership

Annually, the City of Gaithersburg puts out a call for professional and community theater organizations to submit proposals for plays and musicals they wish to produce at the Arts Barn. A Peer Review Committee reviews all the proposals and selects an eclectic slate of ten shows that then compromise the theater series at the Arts Barn. Located in the Kentlands, the Arts Barn (theater venue) is housed in a Victorian-era renovated stable with a charming 99-seat theater.

A production partnership is created between the production company and the City of Gaithersburg’s Arts Barn. The City provides use of the Arts Barn and its many resources (fully equipped theater, rehearsal space, box office, advertising, and marketing support) without the high rental rates of other facilities in the area. The production company is responsible for the direct production costs of the show (royalties, set and construction, props, costumes, etc.). The box office proceeds are then split between the production company and the City. This unique program provides TAPP partners with affordable, quality production space while helping the City fulfill its commitment to a robust arts and cultural environment for its residents.

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