Local shows get snowed out

Baltimore Sun

The old adage that the show must go on was buried last weekend under snow, as area theaters postponed shows and pushed back openings.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland's "American Southwest Carmen" was the first large-cast production forced by the first big storm to postpone performances from Feb. 6 and 7 to March 2 and 3 at St. John's College's Key Auditorium. Tickets for the original dates will be valid for the new nights. Call the ballet office at 410-263-8289 for details.

The largest production to be postponed was Annapolis Chorale's Broadway in Annapolis presentation of "Oklahoma!" featuring the full chamber orchestra, a 170-voice chorus and the Youth Chorus, soloists and BTM and Stage Workz dancers. "Oklahoma!" was moved to this past week. Director J. Ernest Green said, "We had arranged two full days of rehearsal on Monday and Tuesday at Severn School to put the whole show together, except for rehearsing the orchestra, which we'd planned to do in a full, marathon rehearsal session Thursday at Maryland Hall." After finding Maryland Hall's parking lot was not cleared and surrounding roads were impassable, the show was canceled for the weekend.

The cancellation did have a silver lining, though. Green, who serves as cover conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra, was called by NSO's artistic administrator asking if he could conduct rehearsals for the NSO Pops' "And the Winner Is" concert. Original conductor Bill Conti was stranded in Los Angeles.

Green was invited to conduct a rehearsal Thursday. After getting his Severna Park driveway shoveled out, he arrived at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday morning to look at the music for the first time.

"In this crisis, the staff and music library came up with an Oscar-winners program almost entirely of John Williams music - ' Star Wars,' 'Cowboy Overture,' 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial' and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.' Because of the weather, we opened with 'Let it Snow' and 'Waltz of the Snow Flakes' from 'Nutcracker,' and we ended the program with Leroy Anderson's 'Sleigh Ride.'

"The orchestra turned on a dime to take on this extraordinary challenge and embrace it with grace," he said. "I went in as an insurance policy and wound up conducting all three weekend concerts. The weather works in mysterious ways."

Smaller, longer-running local shows also were delayed.

The Theatre at Anne Arundel Community College's "The Complete History of America (Abridged)" now finds its series abridged from two weekends to last Thursday through today at the Humanities Building Room 112. This comic 90-minute show written by the Reduced Shakespeare Company and featuring three AACC actors has tickets available for $10-$15. Call 410-777-2457.

The people at Colonial Players recognize the irony of announcing: "Because of continuing weather complications, the opening of 'Frozen' has been delayed." It opened Thursday instead, and will run through March 6. A list of substitute dates for people holding previously purchased tickets can be found at cplayers.com or by calling the box office at 410-268-7373. "Frozen" has a mature theme about the disappearance of a 10-year-old child and is not suitable for children.

Delaying the opening of the three-week run forces a change in the opening of the musical to follow - "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," now scheduled to open March 18.

Another opening postponed because of lack of rehearsal time is Bay Theatre's "Mauritius" - a play about two estranged half-sisters who, after the death of their mother, discover rare stamps that may include a gem. "Mauritius" opened Friday and runs through March 21. For tickets, call 410-268-1333 or go to baytheatre.org.

On March 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. and March 14 at 2 p.m., Standing O will bring back its original cast for three performances of "The Musical of Musicals: The Musical," and on March 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and March 28 at 5:30 p.m. it will bring back Duncan and Dianne Hood to re-create their roles in the spontaneous "52 Pick-Up." For tickets, call 410-647-8412.

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