Harford Magazine - Page 50 - In Good Company (3)

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In Good Company (3)
professionally, but she never shook the urge to run her own company. A few years ago, after moving back to Maryland, she realized the time was right.

She reached out to Herlinger and Bowden, two of her longtime contacts in the industry, to see if they would be interested in helping her found the company. They jumped at the chance.

Herlinger has decades of experience in the local theater community as a director, including directing Titelman as Mame in “Mame.” Bowden heads the drama program at Bel Air High School and is a behind-thescenes tech expert, building sets and working with lighting.

The combination of Herlinger and Bowden’s experience, plus Titelman’s expertise in choreography and artistic direction, provides the base for Scottfield’s performances.

“A set designer, choreographer and director coming together — we all have our strengths. It’s a neat collaboration,” says Titelman. The team filled the board with local performers and professionals with other important skills, from grant writing to publicity and marketing to financial management.

Though the company itself is new, together its leadership trio has over 85 years of experience putting on shows. The founders are seasoned, but they’re not stuck in their ways. In fact, one of their key goals for the company was to “do something different.”

“When I came back to Maryland, I was auditioning for a lot of shows and there needed to be something different. A lot of theaters do the same shows over and over,” says Titelman. “We wanted to start our first production off with a bang.”

One of Titelman’s college friends, Chris Miller, is one half of the musical theater songwriting duo Miller & Tysen. The pair developed the score for the hit Broadway production of “Tuck Everlasting,” based on the children’s novel by Natalie Babbitt.

After shows complete their run on Broadway, they typically first become available to professional companies, then to community theaters. But because Titelman was friends with one of the songwriting team, Scottfield was granted rights to put on the show before any other community theater in the nation.

“It was a national premiere,” Titelman says. “Our very first show.”

“Tuck Everlasting” ran during the fall of 2017. Scottfield followed that up with a production of “Titanic” in the spring of 2018 and, this October, the company is performing “Mamma Mia!” the hit musical (and movie) featuring the music of the Swedish pop group ABBA.

“Our goal has been to not do the same shows everyone else is doing. We were so fortunate to get ‘Tuck Everlasting.’ It was a huge honor,” says Herlinger. “Our cast really enjoyed themselves and audiences flocked to see the show.”

Around the time Scottfield was founded, the Havre de Grace Opera House was under renovation. The timing was ideal.

“Knowing the Opera House was reopening after being renovated and that it was going to be a rental space and a house for the arts, it looked like a great venue for us to use,” says Titelman.

Because the Opera House is a space shared by numerous arts groups, Scottfield rehearses offsite. But when they walk in the doors for rehearsals in the week before opening night, it’s like “coming home,” she says. “It’s a neat space for people to use. I feel like they’ve created a home for us there. There’s nothing else like it.”

The size of the Opera House does present some logistical challenges, but handling those are part of the fun for the team. During the production of “Tuck Everlasting,” they grappled with where to put the orchestra.

“At first we were thinking we might have one wing for the orchestra. Then we realized