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        The Tred Avon Players

The Tred Avon Players, Inc. (TAP) is a non-profit Maryland corporation, organized in 1982 to present plays and musicals in the Oxford Community Center (OCC), an abandoned school building which was saved from the wrecking ball by a group of public spirited citizens. Since the first sold-out melodramas in August of 1982, TAP has grown in community stature and artistic merit to present four (sometimes five) plays and musicals each year for ever-growing numbers of residents on and visitors to the most livable town on the Eastern Shore.

Call For Plays and Directors

Tred Avon Players is actively looking for director for the 2017 season. We will be doing 4 comedies for the year. We can supply a play if a director does not have one in mind. They need to contact Susan Patterson at

Our Next Audition

From the Composers of Ragtime, Seussical, and Once Upon This Island comes A Man Of No Importance. Based on the 1994 film, A Man Of No Importance tells the story of Alfie Byrne, a bus conductor in 1964 Dublin, whose heart holds secrets he can't share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. When he attempts to put on an amateur production of Wilde's Salome in the local church hall, he confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love "that dare not speak its name." Described as a cross between ‘Celtic Thunder” and ‘Riverdance’, the score of ‘A Man of No Importance’ celebrates Irish life in Dublin, Ireland.

Tuesday, March 29 at 7pm, Wednesday, March 30 at 7pm, Saturday, April 2 at 1pm, Sunday, April 3 at 1pm.

All auditions will be at St. Marks UM Church, 100 Peachblosson Road, Easton, MD 21601. Enter from parking lot around the back of the church. Please bring sheet music for the pianist. Irish music is preferred but not required. Sing something that shows off your vocal range. Irish Dance and Dance only auditions will be conducted separately the same times. Cast total - 10 men ages 25-60, 6 females aged 25-60, plus 8 Irish style dancers male or female (24 total). For more information contact Joe Tyler at Rehearsals begin May 10, 2016.

Show dates are August 11-28, 2016. August 11,12,13,14, 19,20,21,26,27,28. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

More Audition Information

Spy Profile: Fiona Foster on Tred Avon Players and "The Dining Room"

"It is one of the great ironies of small-town life that someone can find a lifelong career in the theater in a community of approximately 800 people, but that seems to have been the case with Fiona Foster and her more than 30 years of working with the Tred Avon Players Theater Company..." Read More

See the whole story from the Talbot Spy here:

Mission Statement

TAP's mission statement is simple: to motivate and train local volunteers in the theatrical arts and to present the best possible production of a wide variety of enjoyable shows.

Although a number of our stage volunteers have professional experience, each one is an amateur - a lover of the stage!

Washingtonian Magazine has described TAP as “the best theatre on the Eastern Shore.” The Easton Star Democrat has noted the “consistent high quality” of TAP’s productions.

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Season Tickets

Our Current Production:

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"Light Up
               The Sky"

Light Up The Sky

by Moss Hart
Directed by Pat Murphy Sheehy

Performance Dates:

Opening night, on April 28 at 7 p.m., is "Thrifty Thursday."
The other performances are scheduled for
Fridays and Saturdays,April 29, 30, May 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.
Sundays May 1, 8 and 15 at 2 p.m..

The Tred Avon Players will present Moss Hart’s uproarious backstage comedy “Light Up the Sky,” opening April 28 at the Oxford Community Center and directed by Pat Murphy Sheehy.

The play takes place in the luxurious hotel room of a Broadway actress prior to the out-of-town opening of a brand new play. As chaos reigns, “Light Up the Sky” follows an ensemble cast of outrageous characters, including the grandly temperamental leading lady and her sarcastic, gin-rummy playing mother, the flamboyant director, and the lowbrow producer and his smart-aleck wife. Sheehy is artistic director emeritus of the Source Theatre Company in Washington, where she directed, produced or performed in more than 100 plays over an 11-year stint with the renowned nonprofit group. “Light Up the Sky” opens on “Thrifty Thursday,” April 28 at 7 p.m., featuring two-for-one tickets. Other performance dates are Fridays and Saturdays, April 29, 30, May 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, May 1, 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students with ID. For tickets, visit or call 410-226-0061.

The Tred Avon Players are funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive, and from the Talbot County Arts Council.

Photo caption: Appearing in TAP’s “Light Up the Sky,” from back left Rob Sanchez, Lynn Sanchez, Tim Weigand, Leigh Marquess, Craig Brittingham. Front row from left Art Wolfe, Nicole Millett, Maggie Garey, Ira Nelson, Joe Opalski.