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The Butler Did It, 1995



Who was Milburn Stone?
Hugh Milburn Stone (July 5, 1904 – June 12, 1980) was an American actor, best known for his role as "Doc" (Dr. Galen Adams) on the CBS Western series Gunsmoke.

Stone was born in Burrton, Kansas, to Herbert Stone and the former Laura Belfield. There, he graduated from Burrton High School, where he was active in the drama club, played basketball, and sang in a barbershop quartet. His uncle (Stone's brother, Joe Stone, says cousin), Fred Stone, was a versatile actor who appeared on Broadway and in circuses.

His brother, Joe, was a writer who was the author of scripts for three episodes of Gunsmoke. Although Stone had a congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy, he turned it down, choosing instead to become an actor with a stock theater company headed by Helen Ross.

In 1955, one of CBS Radio's hit series, the Western Gunsmoke, was adapted for television and recast with experienced screen actors. Howard McNear, the radio Doc Adams, was replaced by Stone, who gave the role a harder edge consistent with his screen portrayals. He stayed with Gunsmoke through its entire television run, with the exception of 7 episodes in 1971, when Stone required heart surgery and Pat Hingle replaced him as Dr. Chapman. Stone appeared in 604 episodes through 1975

In 1968, Stone received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama for his work on Gunsmoke.

For his contribution to the television industry, Milburn Stone has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard. In 1981, Stone was inducted posthumously into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. After his death, he left a legacy for the performing arts in Cecil County in northeastern Maryland, by way of the Milburn Stone Theatre in North East, Maryland.

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The Milburn Stone Theatre at Cecil College is proactive in fostering and supporting excellence, education and appreciation of the arts, while striving at all times to become the premier theatrical house in the region for our audience, whatever their age or interests


Theater, music, dance and art are proudly brought to Cecil County by the Milburn Stone Theatre. The Milburn Stone is the leading performing arts theater serving the northeast region of Maryland, conveniently located off exit 100B of I-95.

A comprehensive organization, the Milburn Stone is accountable for a variety of missions within the theater facility including college, community, and public activities. The Milburn Stone staff is responsible for assisting the College in presenting activities that require use of the theater and affords community organizations the opportunity to present their offerings in a quality rental facility.

The theatre is named after the late actor, Milburn Stone, who starred as "Doc Adams" in the long running TV Western Gun Smoke. His wife and daughter have been long time benefactors of the theatre.


The Milburn Stone Theatre produces over nine productions each season and is always interested in adding new members to their company as actors, technicians, costuming, front of house, ushers and publicity/marketing. To learn more about the Milburn Stone Theatre contact Daniel Combs (443) 674-1937 or email





* Please silence all watch alarms, cellular phones and pagers, or leave them with the house manager on duty.


* To ensure safety of the performers and to comply with professional union contracts, the use of cameras and recording devices during performances is prohibited.


* Late seating is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the house manager.


* In consideration of other patrons, please moderate the use of fragrances.


* Smoking is not permitted on the grounds. The Cecil College campus has banned smoking as of 8/23/14 


* No "babes in arms." (in other words, all children are required to purchase tickets to attend MST productions and must be seated in the appropriate seat during the performance)




In the event of an emergency, patrons may be reached by contacting the administrative office at (410) 287-1037. If you provide this number to an answering service or baby sitter, please give them your seat location. 




Proceeds from the sale of all concessions, including beverages, candy and snacks, benefit the Milburn Stone Theatre and future productions and promotions.  




To purchase discounted tickets for group for 10 or more, call the box office at (410) 287-1037




Milburn Stone Theatre tours are offered for individuals and groups. Rentals of costumes and props are also available. If you would like to have a special post  or pre show reception in the lobby or gallery, we can arrange all the details. Call the production manager, Melissa Redfield for information at (443) 674-1936.




The Milburn Stone Theatre is always looking for more volunteers to assist in supporting theatre operations. Ushers, concessionaires, actors, running crew, set-builders, painters, costumers, and other positions are available. Call the Director of the theatre, Daniel Combs, for information at ((410) 287 - 1037. for details. 


Box Office Phone Number: (410) 287-1037

Box Office email address:

Box Office Hours:  

Monday: Closed (Need to purchase tickets on a Monday? Call to book an appointment)

Tuesday - Friday: 12noon - 4pm 

Friday Evening, Saturday and Sunday: Open three hours prior to show time - Check show schedule for dates/showtimes

Online: 24/7 at


The Milburn Stone Theatre at Cecil College is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. 


The Milburn Stone Theatre is funded in part with a grant from the Cecil County Arts Council, inc., as provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

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