Fall Musical Dinner Theater
Each fall MAD performs a large-cast musical
production as dinner theater at the Barney & Bea
Recreation Center at Goddard Space Flight Center.
We typically do 16 performances over the last five
weekends before Thanksgiving. Because of the
length of the run, most of the characters are
double-cast, so you can see the show more than once
and you will probably see different performers each
time. We provide a buffet dinner, as well as
wine, beer, and other beverages. Frequently there will be some
performances that you can attend "after dinner"
(meaning the drinks are still on us). All the
cast, crew, and orchestra (we frequently have over a
dozen "in the pit") are volunteers, performing for
their love of theater.
During late February we perform another show at
the Rec Center. This is usually a drama,
though we have done small-cast musicals as well.
There is no dinner, but you still get light snacks
and beverages, as well as a live musical cabaret
during the hour before the curtain. Seating is
at tables so, like the Fall Show, it's a great
opportunity to get a table of eight friends together
to visit and share the show. We usually do
eight performances over three weekends.
During the Spring MAD holds several workshops
which culminate in performances to showcase singing,
dancing, and drama. In some past years, we have
needed two nights to present the materials, but a
single ticket has always provided entrance to the entire show. When there are two parts, these are typically separated by several weeks to allow all the
preparations for both shows: one often in May and
the other in June. More recently, the entire show has been done in a single evening. The venue is the
building 8 auditorium and sometimes the building 3
Our holiday songfest has its primary performance
at noon in the middle of December, usually in the
building 8 auditorium. A chorus
and soloists perform a variety of seasonal
favorites. This show is also repeated at
various nursing and assisted-living facilities in
For those who look forward to being on stage, rehearsals start typically 6-9 weeks before the opening, with auditions one to three weeks before. The shows are selected 4-6 months in advance. To get all the information, sign up for our newsletters by clicking here.