Jul 14, 2016 04:00PM ● Published by Nicole Gould
Almost Heaven weaves together the songs of John Denver to create a uniquely theatrical narrative that reflects upon the country during a time of massive change. Many of Denver's songs - including "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine on My Shoulders," "Annie's Song," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," and more - are rediscovered and reinvented, performed against a backdrop of America in the late '60s and early '70s, a time of social unrest and political protest.
Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Colonel Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join the Wild West show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction, which while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler high-tails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is ultimately against Annie in the final shootout. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity. The production will be performed by a cast of 47 talented children from all over the region, ages 7-14. Tickets are $15 and are available online or at the door.
Reading of the Will has never been this hilariously sinister . . . or this filled with outrageous, cut-throat family members all vying for the millions left to unlikely heirs. You'll meet the various Tomb Family members, one by one, each one more bizarre than the last. Be prepared to be 'serenaded' by werewolves, 'entertained' by Julius Caesar, and even 'embedded in the garden' by a sweet little old aunt who plants more than just seeds in her flower beds. By the third act there are more corpses than live members left in the cast. All is revealed as the plot twists and turns to its surprising conclusion. Tickets are $22/adults and $17/senior & students.
Olney Theatre Center welcomes the Chicago-based company The Hypocrites to Olney Theatre Center, where they’ll dazzle audiences with Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance. Sail away this summer with scurvy pirates, star-crossed lovers, Pooh-Bah, Nanki-Poo, and of course that most manic of Modern Major Generals in Sean Graney’s staging of two of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-loved comic operettas. Performed by a cast of ten in promenade style (meaning you choose fixed seats or… you can decide to sit on the stage with the actors) in rotating repertory, Graney’s band of fearless actors tackle not only some of the silliest roles ever written for musical theater, but the instruments, too!
A summer classic for the entire family! ASC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set in 18th century Annapolis, paying homage to the rich history of the Carroll House and the late revolutionary and early republic period. The production will star resident company members and season favorites including Olivia Ercolano, Brian Keith MacDonald, Matthew Pauli, Renata Plecha, Laura Rocklyn and Tony Tsendeas. Tickets range from $7–$50.
Get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of Mo Willems's beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books that will leave audiences doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long! In this production, Gerald and Piggie take to the stage in a rollicking adventure perfect for young audiences. An elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, "bestus" friends. But, Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship. Piggie is not worried at all. She's even happier and more excited than usual. That's because she and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by The Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible. Filled with beloved characters and lively songs, Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a play!” is a perfect way to introduce young people to theatre. Tickets are $14 per adult and $12 per child.
Dorchester Student Operetta Workshop presents Cox and Box! This comedic operetta features two young men who are renting the same room without knowing it. The printer works at night and the hatter works during the day. When the printer receives an unexpected day off, the fun begins! Admission is free.
No day but today! Exuberant, passionate, and joyous, Rent is theatre at its best. On the 20th anniversary of its Broadway premiere, the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre is excited to present this groundbreaking musical about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme and set in the East Village of New York City, Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists. Struggling to survive and create under the shadows of addiction and HIV/AIDS, these young bohemians negotiate their dreams and conflicts through rocking songs and a gripping story.
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