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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Though there are over 35 community theaters in our area, amateur actors say there aren’t enough opportunities to get on stage.

Now, as Mike Schuh reports, a summer theater at Bryn Mawr offers a unique twist.

Coming from the Bryn Mawr campus, you’re listening to the sound of opportunity.

For 25 years, Shannon Montague has performed in community theater. But since moving to Baltimore two years ago, she’s only been in one performance.

“I think my favorite part is all the different people who have come out to be a part of the show,” said Montague.

For instance, Montague is a teacher at the school, but here’s the difference happening at Centennial Theatre. During the year, there are student productions. And in community theater, it’s mostly adults.

At Bryn Mawr, it’s a mix of students, faculty, alumni and neighbors.

“So it feels right. It feels right for our little corner in Baltimore to be doing something that is produced by the community and is for the community,” said Dr. Alyson Shirk, music director.

Molly Doyle works at nearby Friends’ School.

“It’s a very a professional group. Really warm, friendly, but also collaborative,” she said.

Their approach is working. Owl Gate is now in its second summer season.

Being a girls’ school, there are strong creative women in leading roles.

“Female focus is really important to our community and to me as a director,” said Michael Robinson. “And I think those are sometimes voices that are sometimes missing in a conversation we’re having about theater. When I go to see theater, I often come away from shows thinking I wish the roles for women had been better.”

With “Little Women,” Owl Gate is hitting its mark.

The show is at Centennial Hall on Bryn Mawr’s campus. Tickets are $5-10 and are available at the door.

The production begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

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