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Best Outdoor Theaters In Baltimore

If you've ever frequented a theater, you know how it feels to spend a lot of money for the pleasure of watching your favorite play from tiny, uncomfortable seats. Halfway through the first act, you're either competing for the armrest, maneuvering to see around the person in front of you or asking the guy behind you to quit kicking your chair. Outdoor events, however, leave all that fuss behind. This summer, enjoy plays and concerts at the Baltimore area's spacious outdoor theaters.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Patapsco Female Institute
3655 Church Road
Ellicott City, Md. 21043
(410) 313-5131
Price: $29-$38 adults; $20 students under 25 on Thursdays and Sundays only

Walk through the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, with the greatest vampire of all time. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents Dracula, directed by Scott Alan Small, with Michael P. Sullivan in the title role. This is "moveable" theatre under the stars, as the audience will travel with the actors for a spine-tingling encounter. October 4, 2013, through Thursday, October 31, 2013 (Halloween).

Lurman Woodland Theatre

Lurman Woodland Theatre

Behind Cantonsville H.S.
421 Bloomsbury Avenue
Catonsville, Md. 21228
(410) 887-0959
Price: Free

Located in the wooded area behind Catonsville High School, the nonprofit Lurman Woodland Theatre allows you to enjoy a variety of musical performances in a natural atmosphere. Operating through grants, sponsorships and generous donations, the 2013 summer series features concerts and family entertainment, complete with a children's play area, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every weekend from June through August. Listen to bluegrass, country, folk, jazz, rhythm and blues, reggae, rock and more from an array of talented musicians. Check the 2013 schedule here. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and food but please leave alcoholic beverages, pets and grills at home. This outdoor amphitheater is handicap accessible from the Hilltop Road entrance.

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Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Johns Hopkins Evergreen Museum & Library
4545 N.Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21210
(410) 921-9455
Price: $20 adults; $15 for seniors, teachers or students; free for children 5 and under

Celebrate the 2013 "Season of Magic and Mayhem" with the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory. Earlier this season, the company's enactment of "Romeo and Juliet" was named a top show to see in the Maryland Theatre Guide. The company continues to entertain with outdoor performances at the beautiful meadow at the Johns Hopkins Evergreen Museum & Library. "Hamlet," the classic tale of murder, revenge and insanity, is featured in July while the fantasy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," occurs in August. Each play will also host a one-weekend indoor performance at the Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary's in Hampden, which will also host the company's portrayal of "The Tempest" in November.

Pam Smith graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English and a passion for writing. Her adaptive nature led her to work in the scientific, energy supply, and business industries while writing on a multitude of topics for various online media. Pam currently resides in Baltimore County. Her work can be found at
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