On Friday the 13th this month, the Embassy Theatre, located on the historic downtown Cumberland Mall at 49 Baltimore St., will be showcasing some of the most exceptional, inspirational talent in this region!

By Trish Morgan
For the News Tribune
On Friday the 13th this month, the Embassy Theatre, located on the historic downtown Cumberland Mall at 49 Baltimore St., will be showcasing some of the most exceptional, inspirational talent in this region!
Now, this will not be a talent competition, as these artists have already been juried and accepted into this event. This showcase will be an opportunity for these performers to shine on the stage!
For those of you who have never stepped inside this historically-preserved theatre, you are really missing the boat. Embassy Theatre was built right smack in the middle of the Great Depression - originally built as a movie theatre in 1931.
The ambiance inside the lobby and theatre take you back to a time when life was very different from today. There is a full concession bar in the lobby with cafe seating...where patrons can sit down for a spell, enjoy the company of other performance arts supporters, and then stepping inside the actual performance area in the theatre.
Embassy Theatre is an intimate one with an up-close view of all those who take the stage. In fact, one can have the most wonderful vicarious experience for any production that happens at Embassy!
Cumberland and Hollywood's own Eddie Deezen will be hosting the Friday the 13th talent show, along with his co-host Carrie Wolford. “They will be introducing the exceptional talents to all those attending the event," says event chair Steve Swygert. "We had auditions several weeks ago, and the jurying committee selected the very best acts among many talented performers!"
Eddie Deezen was born in Cumberland. He left to go to LA in 1975, right after high school graduation from Allegany High School.
In his 40 years in LA, he has appeared in approximately 30 movies, including "Grease,” "Grease 2,” "1941" (directed by Steven Spielberg), "War Games" and "The Polar Express.”
His television appearances include "Magnum PI,” "The Facts of Life" and "The Gong Show" - which was his TV debut.
Eddie Deezen has appeared in hundreds of cartoons and voice overs, including playing the role of Pop for Rice Krispies. He has also appeared as Mandark in the cartoon "Dexter's Laboratory,” plus appearing in "Johnny Bravo,” "The Transformers,” "The Smurfs" and "SpongeBob SquarePants.”
Eddie did stand-up comedy at The Comedy Store, and he has also worked with many celebrities including John Travolta, Tom Hanks, Matthew Broderick, Andy Griffith, Leslie Nielsen, Olivia Newton-John, Morgan Fairchild, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and John Candy.
Carrie Wolford-Watson is a former board member of Embassy Theatre and Cumberland Theatre. She hosted "A Night with Eddie Deezen" at Embassy, and remains active in community theatre. Her most recent role was Miss Lynch in the musical "Grease." She was also seen in "Shrek,” "Spring Awakening,” "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Vagina Monologues.”
Co-host Carrie Wolford is a seventh grade teacher at Keyser Middle School, Keyser - where she serves on the drama department team as their acting coach and production assistant. Carrie also enjoys working at the Sycamore Run Group Homes as a substitute.
The doors will open for a private autograph session with Deezen at 6:30 p.m. on Friday the 13th this month. The first 70 people in line to purchase tickets for the talent show will be invited for the autograph session, where each person will receive an 8" x 10" photo of Deezen for autographing.
Those taking the stage with Deezen and Wolford at the talent show will include the following tri-state area performers from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland:
The Dodges (Zach and Mikayla) - guitar and vocals
Jason McDonald - guitar/vocals
HANK the businessman (Joe Leytrick) - guitar/vocals
Owen Garlitz - Buckethead guitar
Grace Mowery - ukelele
Heather Williamsv- saxophone
Barth Frankenberry III and Payton Chronister - piano/vocals
Mary Ann Taylor - piano
Echo Kesner - vocals
McClairen Eisenhour and Jace Courrier - dance/vocals
Rachel Spano - vocals
Sylvester Nguyen - vocals/dance
Rockin Robins and the Nest (Terena Miller and Belinda Hodge) - vocals
The talent showcase begins at 8 p.m. and doors will open to the theatre for the show at 7:30 p.m. There will be seating available in the orchestra section for $15 per ticket and in the balcony section at $12 a ticket. Advance tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite by visiting Embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.
"We do expect the show to sell out prior to Oct. 13, so we encourage anyone interested in meeting Mr. Deezen and attending the talent show to order tickets now," adds Swygert. "Those coming to the show will also have the opportunity to meet Deezen's mother, Irma G. Deezen - a local celebrity in her own right - and she will have the best seat in the house - front row!"
Other activities at the Friday the 13th events will include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, Eddie Deezen memorabilia sales, and the Passport Cafe will be open in the lobby during the event.
Reservations can be made by calling 240-362-7183.
All events and productions at the Embassy Theatre are supported in part by Maryland State Arts Council, The Allegany Arts Council and the City of Cumberland. We thank all of these organizations - that continue to support the Embassy Theatre's endeavors to bring live performances to the community.
Embassy Theatre is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization and appreciates all donations that are used to continue the numerous offerings throughout the entire calendar year.
Come spend Friday the 13th at Embassy! Eddie, Carrie and the performers will make a night to remember!