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STRIKING 12 Brings Laughs and Real-Life Holiday Spirit to BlackRock

Musical theater is back on stage at Germantown’s BlackRock Center for the Arts as Free Range Humans, a Maryland-based professional theater company and a member of BlackRock’s Creative Consortium, presents STRIKING 12, a witty, intelligent holiday musical in a seven-performance run from December 13 through December 22.

A modern musical fairy tale that is sure to delight both lovers and haters of the holidays alike, STRIKING 12 is the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker who resolves to spend New Year’s Eve alone in his apartment when an unexpected visitor brings some much-needed cheer. The evening springs to life through actor/musicians playing an eclectic score that combines pop, rock, jazz, showtunes, and more. The story is inspired, in part, by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic, “The Little Match Girl.”

“We picked this show for its humor and heart,” said Elizabeth Lucas, Free Range Humans’ Producing Artistic Director. “It’s by a living writer who captures the quirks and challenges of our modern era with wit, insight and brilliant music.”

Germantown Pulse readers can receive a 25 percent discount on tickets to STRIKING 12 by using the promo code BRJOY when they order tickets at the BlackRock's Ticketing website.

Free Range Humans is a fresh-faced locally based production company that adheres to the mission of bringing quality entertainment to the area with an immersive and story-driven experience ranging from site-specific theatre to augmented reality. The production of STRIKING 12 is led by Helen Hayes Award winning actor Alan Naylor and features an ensemble of multi-talented performers who act, sing, and play musical instruments throughout the show. The company includes regional favorites Robin Weiner (Annapolis Shakespeare), recording artist Natalie Spehar, Michael Reid (NextStop), and Paige Austin Rammelkamp (Monumental, Red Branch), as well as recent American University graduate Lauren Farnell and percussionist Kevin Uleck.

“The most important ingredient for a successful musical is a first-rate score, and this one is terrific…the lyrics are alive with wit and humor, and they don’t shy away from surging emotion,” wrote Charles Isherwood in the New York Times about STRIKING 12.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries, two theaters presenting more than 40 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes in the arts are offered for all ages.


Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm.

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm.

Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

Friday, December 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm.

Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm.

Tickets: $25-45

Germantown Pulse readers can receive a 25 percent discount on tickets to STRIKING 12 by using the promo code BRJOY when they order tickets at the BlackRock Center's Ticketing website.

Images courtesy BlackRock Center for the Arts

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