Category Archives: Drama

Steel Magnolia Photos

Peter Pund took these photos of what looks like an impressive performance by the Drama Committee from a couple of weeks ago.  Enjoy.

More info, and the poster are here.


“Steel Magnolias” To Be Performed Friday and Saturday in the Auditorium

Backup of Short Poster - Marion

Resident Tim Sabin Writes:

Steel Magnolias, a play by Robert Harling which enjoyed high success on Broadway, has been adapted for production by Collington’s Drama group with Tim Sabin as director. Marilyn Haskel is providing musical background.
Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 12 and 13 in our Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The cast includes Pat Howard, Joan Smith, Pauline Matheo, Lisa DeCarol, Maja Keech and Marion Henry with Eloise Branche as understudy.

A trial performance on Friday, August 5 before the residents of our Health Center proved rewardingly successful.


The Bagleys Featured in Prince George’s Sentinel Article on “That Eaton Woman” at the Greenbelt Playhouse

Readers of this website will know that Collington residents Grant and Margaret Bagley are appearing in That Eaton Woman at the Greenbelt Playhouse.

Their participation is now noted in the Sentinel:

Margaret Bagley and her husband, Grant, have been married for 55 years. They moved to Prince George’s County the year they officially became a couple. The active retirees also act in “The Eaton Woman.”

“We learned to work here, we learned to raise a family here, we learned everything we know here, and now we’re learning how to enjoy life and do the things that we never thought we could,” Grant said. “Prince George’s County is a friendly place to do these things. It’s more acceptable. It’s not as competitive.

“You can try things and say, ‘Gee, I’m trying this for the first time,’ and people will accept it, and it’s not as threatening. It’s a wonderful community because it offers us those opportunities, and it offers opportunities that a lot of people just don’t realize, because they don’t come and look at us here.”

The article, which includes a great cast photo, describes the play as:

[R]evisit[ing] controversy, women’s roles in Washington society, morality and the sobering reality that gossip is nothing new.

When President Andrew Jackson appointed John Henry Eaton as his Secretary of War, the ladies of Washington society ostracized Eaton and his new wife, the beautiful Margaret “Peggy” Eaton. The outspoken and flirtatious woman married her second husband less than year of mourning her first, who died unexpectedly. John and Margaret were rumored to have had an affair when Margaret was still married to John Timberlake. Thereafter, scandalous gossip took on a life of its own.

The play will run at the Greenbelt Arts Center through July 17.

Go to for ticket information.

Photos of The Bagleys In “The Hollow” at the Greenbelt Arts Center

Resident Marian Fuchs-Carsch sends this on “The Hollow.”


Here are pictures of two Collington Residents, currently in the cast of The Hollow by Agatha Christie, a whodunit now playing at the Greenbelt Arts Center.

Grant Bagley plays Sir Henry Angkatell, suave owner of a stately home; Margaret Bagley plays Doris, a slightly dotty house maid.  The play runs through June 26.

The play was put on by Thunderous Productions.   The group’s 8th Annual One-Act Festival will be put on here  at Collington September 9 and 10.

The Bagleys will also be performing in another play, The Eaton Woman,  a play about Washington Society and the downfall of the Jackson administration, playing at the Greenbelt Arts Center on weekends from 8 – 17 July.

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Grant and Margaret On the Set


Margaret Publicity Photo


Grant Publicity Photo



Collingtonians at the Greebelt Arts Center

Grant Bagley shares information about two productions involving Collingtonians.

Note that both of these plays have Collinton residents in the cast.  Collington is unable to provide a bus to the Agatha Christie play.  If there is sufficient interest perhaps we could arrange carpools or rent a bus for the June 26 Sunday matinee.  The Eaton Woman will have a bus for the Sunday July 17 matinee.  The Eaton Woman is by the same playwright as the Springfield Boys, the Abraham Lincoln play that many Collington residents attended last year.

Written by Agatha Christie, Directed by Rick Starkweather
Guest Production from Thunderous Productions

An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow, home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell. Dr. Cristow is at the center of the trouble when his mistress Henrietta, ex-mistress Veronica, and wife Gerda,  simultaneously arrive at The Hollow. Also visiting are Edward (who is in love with Henrietta) and Midge (who loves Edward). Veronica ardently desires to marry Cristow and succeeds in reopening their affair but is unable to get him to divorce his wife. Veronica unwisely states that if she cannot have him, no one shall. Within five minutes Cristow is dead. Nearly everyone has a motive and most had the opportunity. Enter Inspector Colquhoun and Sergeant Penny to solve the crime.

Featuring: Christina Wilharm, Grant Bagley, Trix Whitehall, Heather (Martin) Kork, Jon Marget, Eric Kruzikas, Margaret Bagley, Pimmie Juntranggur, Brian Lewandowski, Devonna Burrowes, Sherry Lasster, Jeff Robert

June 17, 18, 24, 25 – Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00
June 19 & 26Sunday Matinees at 2:00Ticket prices: $20 General Admission, $16 Students/Seniors/Military,
$12 Youth (12 and under with adult)
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The Presidential Election was More Barbaric in 1828 than 2016


By Anthony Ernest Gallo
Directed By Beatrix Whitehall
Guest Production From The Seventh Street Playhouse

Friday, July 8, Saturday, July 9,
Friday, July 15, Saturday, July 16 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, July 10 and Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 PM

The Eaton Woman is not well suited for people who hate gossip.   But the play dispels any notion that Washington was once a kinder, gentler city.  This historically based two- act dramedy is all about morals, adultery, lies, deception, women’s roles in Washington Society, the quasi downfall of the Jackson Administration, and the most beautiful woman in Washington history.  Others say the most immoral and abrasive.
Featuring: Tarpley Long, Samuel A. Simon, Miles Benson, Christie Starley, John Starrels, Jon Marget, Margaret Bagley,  Rod Ross, Johnna Leary, Grant Bagley, Charles Schoonover, Charles Schoonover, Christie Starley, Lindsay Williams, Penny Martin

$20 adult, $16 senior/student/military, $14 youth