Mark Your Calendar! Exciting Summer Theatre Schedule Recently Announced
By Dylan Roche
If youre sick of the summer movie season which is often full of sequels and the summer television season which often consists re-runs why not get out and enjoy a live performance onstage? Luckily, many local theatre companies dont take the same summer hiatus, and the community can look forward to getting out and enjoying plenty of great performances. Check out some of the summer slates for these community theatre companies:
Colonial Players wraps up its current season with two very different productions. Going to St. Ives, a drama about two women whose lives become entwined as the result of a request one makes of the other, plays May 4-19; then Moonlight and Magnolias, a comedy about the making of Gone with the Wind, hits the stage in June. Colonial Players also produces an annual One Act Play festival every summer, featuring the work of local playwrights alongside professionals. Read details as they become available at www.thecolonialplayers.org.
A theatre project of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Dignity Players has developed a consistency toward high-quality productions that are as entertaining as they are provocative. The company continues its current season, themed Love Conquers All, with two shows slated for this summer. Stones in His Pocket tells the story of a quaint Irish town turned upside down by the arrival of a Hollywood production shoot; it features a two-man cast in the roles of over 15 different characters, and runs May 31 through June 3. In August, Shakespeares R & J hits the stage, retelling the classic love story from the perspective of four prep school students who find themselves immersed in the Bards work. Read up on Dignity Players season by visiting www.dignityplayers.com.
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre
A summer staple for many locals, ASGT performs three musicals every summer on its open-air stage in the heart of downtown Annapolis. This year, the theatre company has a diverse slate of productions. In late May, the Cole Porter classic Anything Goes sails onto the stage. It is followed by Avenue Q, an edgy Sesame Street parody, opening July 5. The season wraps up in August with a run of Xanadu, the roller-skating musical romp where Greek mythology collides with 1980s California. With such an exciting line-up of musicals, this is definitely a year you wont want to miss catching a live performance Under the Stars. Season tickets are available, so visit www.summergarden.com.
Tobys Dinner Theatre
If youre normally a movie-lover, but looking for exposure to a live theatrical performance, this summer at Tobys Dinner Theatre might be just the ticket for you. Musical adaptations of popular movies (and one musical adapted into a popular movie) will run at both venues through the summer. At Tobys of Columbia, The Wizard of Oz is currently showing and will run through July 1. It will be followed by Legally Blonde, a musical stage version of the film about a blonde sorority girl who goes to law school in an effort to be taken seriously. Meanwhile, Tobys Dinner Theatre of Baltimore presents the musical stage version of the John Waters movie, Hairspray! through July 1; it will be followed by Grease, a musical made ever-popular by the 1978 movie version. For information on either Tobys locations, visit www.tobysdinnertheatre.com.
Talent Machine Company
Every summer, the Talent Machine Company produces two full-length musical productions featuring a cast of local youth from different age brackets. The younger kids show will be the TMC original, The Talent Machine.
The Talent Machine follows the adventures of a group of kids and a mad scientist who creates a talent machine. By believing in the power of this quirky invention, the kids are able to discover the talents inside each of them.
Meanwhile, the teen show will be All Shook Up. Opening August 3 and running through August 12, All Shook Up is a lively jukebox musical inspired by the music of Elvis Presley. A retelling of Shakespeares Twelfth Night, set in the 1950s American Midwest, All Shook Up features classic rock songs like Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, and the titular number.
For more information on Talent Machines season, visit www.talentmachine.com.