Homegrown musicals—barring those of the ambitious Baltimore Rock Opera Society
—are a rarity, perhaps because they so often require such massive productions. That has not deterred a local group of Towson University Theatre Department grads. Last fall, the nascent Stillpointe Theatre Initiative
premiered Shovel in the Dirt
, an original musical about a gravedigger, at the EMP Collective
. The run was such a success that they’re back again at EMP this weekend, with a new improved version of the musical showing at 8 p.m. on March 29, 30, and 31.
The show follows gravedigger Henry Spade, his bride, and lots of crows with a score that melds classic musical theater with blues, gospel, and rock and roll. Tickets are $15, cash only. Reservations are encouraged, as seating is capped at 50 people. (Rumor has it that Saturday night has already sold out, so get on it.) Call (410) 236-5773 for reservations. EMP Collective is located at 306 W. Redwood St.