Candlelight dinner

Community members will be able to dine and enjoy musical performances under the stars in downtown Elkton during the town’s “Dinner Theatre Under the Stars” event on Saturday, June 15.

ELKTON — For a change of scenery from the interiors of Main Street’s many eating establishments, the outdoor downtown area will be transformed into its own dining venue for one night only as patrons enjoy food, drinks and musical performances under the night sky.

Downtown Elkton will host “Dinner Theatre Under the Stars” on Saturday, June 15, with dinner, dessert, and musical theater all served under the stars on North Street.

Jessica Price, interim executive director of the Elkton Chamber & Alliance, said this event is the perfect fit for Elkton, being that the town is an arts and entertainment district.

“Anytime that we can bring the arts to the town, that’s one of our goals. What better way to do that than to have a musical theater presentation right on the street?” Price said.

Ticket prices are $60 per person or $500 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets, people can call 410-398-5076, email, stop by the Elkton Chamber & Alliance building, or fill out the form on the Elkton Chamber & Alliance’s website at

With this being the first year, the event will be limited to 100 tickets. But if the inaugural “Dinner Theatre Under the Stars” proves to be a success, Price said they may expand the event in future years.

“If people are interested, I encourage you to get your tickets fast before they sell out,” she said.

The event will start at 7 p.m. with a social hour featuring a cash bar. Dinner will begin at 8 p.m. with appetizers and entrées from C3ntral Tavern and Minihane’s Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Each individual may only order items from one restaurant in order to ease food preparation, according to Price.

As far as appetizers go, C3ntral Tavern will serve shrimp cocktails, charcuterie plates and arugula salad. Minihane’s will be offering antipasto skewers, including olives, tomato, basil, tortellini, salami, mozzarella and artichoke hearts.

Then for entrées, Minihane’s will serve chicken with peanut sauce, accompanied by jasmine white rice and grilled vegetables. C3ntral Tavern will be offering a lobster roll, featuring chunks of tender lobster meat and lobster sauce stuffed into a New England-style bun that is lightly toasted in butter.

Performers will present the show of the evening, “Songs for a New World,” starting at 9 p.m. The performance is being organized by Lee Lewis of the Showcase on Main, that is preparing to open at 114 W. Main St. in Elkton.

“Songs for a New World,” which was written and composed by Jason Robert Brown and premiered Off-Broadway in 1995, is a collection of musical theater songs whose characters are tied together through the theme of moments of decision-making.

Dessert and coffee will be served at intermission by East Main Café.

“Dinner Theatre Under the Stars” was inspired by similar events in Philadelphia where Mary Jo Jablonski, former Elkton commissioner and Elkton Chamber & Alliance executive director, lived before moving to Elkton, according to Price.

But while those events mainly focused on outdoor dinners, Price said Elkton is adding its own flavor with the musical performance element.

Price said “it’s a lot of pressure” to take the reins on one of the final events Jablonski helped plan before her passing, but she said she hopes to do her friend and mentor proud.

“I want to make sure we do it right because she was very passionate about it and she wanted this event. I just want to do it justice and make sure it’s worthy of one of her events,” Price said.

(1) comment

Em Bee

No doubt Jessica Price will do Mary Jo proud!

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