Embassy Theatre, built in 1931 in the middle of the Great Depression...opening up as one of hundreds and hundreds of movie houses across the country.

By Trish Morgan
For the News Tribune
Embassy Theatre, built in 1931 in the middle of the Great Depression...opening up as one of hundreds and hundreds of movie houses across the country.
It still stands proudly today on the pedestrian mall in historic downtown Cumberland at 49 Baltimore St. - offering classic theatre productions, popular musicals, concerts, magic shows, original plays and showcases written or directed by local artists, open mics, holiday events in coordination and partnership with downtown Cumberland and occasional movies.
There are two separate seating areas for large crowds: one in the orchestra section near the stage, and two - in the movie house balcony.
Embassy also features Passport Cafe in the lobby - a full cash bar, with drinks and theatre concessions.
It operates year-round with an entirely volunteer-based board of directors, under the leadership of executive director Jerard Puckett. And, in case you were unaware, it is a non-profit theatre, certified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. So, when folks make a donation to Embassy Theatre, those donations are fully tax-deductible.
Concert Extraordinaire will be presented this Saturday, exclusively sponsored by Timbrook Kia, and will feature exceptional music by Don Stephens, piano; The Dodges (Zach, guitar and harmony, and Mikayla, vocals); Jason McDonald, guitar/vocals. The grand finale will be a memorable and spectacular performance of the beautiful "Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” with all musicians performing in perfect harmony.
If you would like to make reservations for Saturday's Concert Extraordinaire, call 240-362-7183.
Saturday's artists are excellent, cream-of-the-crop, bring-down-the-house artists - and this concert offers break-out opportunities for these gifted musicians and vocalists with extraordinary talents who will perform in front of a live, appreciative audience!
ADMISSION: $10 adults/$8 seniors and students, $5 for ages 5 and under
#wherestarsshine #yourembassytheatre

* Jason McDonald is a musician originally from Keyser. He uses strong vocals accompanied by guitar to perform songs by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, Elvis and more.
Jason started playing guitar and singing at the age of 14, and quickly developed a love of music. He has been playing in local venues off and on for the last thirty years. Within the last year, he has played at places such as The Churchill Pub, The Gin Mill, Puccini's, The Moonshadow Cafe, Wilma's Diner, Hoover's Bar and Grill, Artist and Dreamers, Uncle Jack's and Embassy Theatre, among others. He has also performed at many open mics and several local benefits.
He was nominated and selected as one of the Most Fascinating People of the Year in Allegany Magazine's 2017 December issue. Jason was also one of 14 acts chosen to perform at Eddie Deezen's Talent Show at the Embassy Theatre this past October. Videos of Jason's performances, as well as his upcoming events, can be found on his Facebook page - Jason McDonald Music.
Jason's selections will be: "Your Song,” "Hallelujah,” “Black,” "Comfortably Numb,” "I Will Follow You Into the Dark,”
"Tears in Heaven.”

* The Dodges (Zach and Mikayla Dodge) are married musicians who make merry music! They got married at Frostburg State University in the Fall of 2014 on the Pealer Recital Hall Stage 30 minutes after their Senior Recital.
The Dodges perform a wide variety of music - (Elvis, Adele, Journey, Beyonce, Queen, Miley Cyrus, The Eagles, and much more!) Mikayla sings melody, while Zach plays acoustic and electric guitar and sings harmony.
The two have participated in local theatre at the Cumberland Theatre and Embassy Theatre. The Dodges co-direct Allegany Acapella Harmony (sponsored by Chorus of the Potomac), are on the board for the Cumberland Choral Society, and are members of the Cumberland Music and Arts Club. The two perform at many local venues and host Open Mic Nights at the Embassy Theatre.
When they’re not busy making music, Zach and Mikayla spend time with their three fur babies at their home in Ridgeley.
The Dodges will be performing "Here Comes the Sun,” “Daydreamer,” “Somebody to Love,” "Loving Touching Squeezing,” “Way You Look Tonight,” and  "Perfect.”

* Musician and missionary Don Stephens began his musical journey at age 5 when he showed an unusual interest in the piano. By the time he was 13 he was playing for weddings, church services, social functions, and on weekends with a popular local rock and roll band in his hometown of Westernport.  
Graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1975, he assumed several music and youth ministry positions, first at LaVale United Methodist Church in LaVale, and then at Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Florence, South Carolina.  From there he began making public appearances on the concert stage, as well as playing professionally in musical theatre, various restaurants, and for awhile was the house pianist for a regional medical center! 
He has released four recordings of his music, one of which was recorded in Sarajevo, Bosnia, where he lived and served with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) for ten years. 
Also to his credit are the arranging and orchestrating of two stage shows, “Song of the Shepherd” and “Judah Ben Hur,” which have been performed off Broadway, in the State University Theatre in Singapore, and various churches and venues in the U.S. 
Mr. Stephens’ repertoire draws heavily from popular, folk, and sacred music, towards the goal of presenting his audience with musical delight and beauty that will uplift the heart.
Don's pieces will include: "Time in a Bottle,” "Theme from The Godfather,” ”Ragtime Medley,” "Unchained Melody,” and ”Battle Hymn of the Republic,”
All events and activities at Embassy Theatre are supported in part by Maryland State Arts Council, The Allegany Arts Council and the City of Cumberland
Here are some links on Facebook about the event and the individual artists:
CONCERT EXTRAORDINAIRE
https://www.facebook.com/events/1562428037204822/?ti=cl

JASON MCDONALD MUSIC
https://www.facebook.com/Jason-McDonald-Music-963810013783221/

THE DODGES
https://www.facebook.com/thedodges1991/

DON STEPHENS
https://www.facebook.com/hawaiidon