Theater season in Anne Arundel opens with a triple play
By By Mary Johnson and For The Baltimore Sun
Jan 09, 2013 | 10:13 PM
Theatergoers in search of a dark comedy, a musical or an adventure told in imaginative stage action will find all three in productions now showing at nearby venues.
The Children's Theatre of Annapolis is beginning its 53rd year — and its fourth at its Bay Head Road location in Annapolis — with performances by a teen cast in "Legally Blonde: The Musical," directed and choreographed by Jason Kimmell, with Joshua Konick as musical director.
The 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Luke Wilson inspired a Tony Award-nominated musical that premiered on Broadway in 2007. It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who earns admission to Harvard Law School, where her former boyfriend is a student.
Elle wins an internship that leads to her defending a woman accused of murdering her husband, andshe learns to display her intelligence — and the latest fashions — while winning justice for her client.
The Children's Theatre production is adapted for younger audiences. Still, the troupe suggests parental discretion in deciding whether to take children under 12.
The talented cast features Colleen Coleman, a Broadneck High School sophomore from Arnold, in the lead role, with featured members including Austin Heemstra as Emmett Forrest, Emily Freeman as Brooke Wyndham, Zeke Quellette as Warner Huntington III and Maddie Poole as Vivienne Kensington. Supporting cast members include Mac Smith as Professor Callahan and Mariel White as nail technician Paullette Buonofonte.
The show opened this week, and remaining performances are 2 p.m. Jan. 13, 20 and 21; and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 20.
Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for ages 60 and older and also for children 12 and under. To order, call 410-757-2281.
Bowie Community Theatre has been a member company at Bowie Playhouse in White Marsh Park for 37 years, and this month debuts its performance of Del Shores' "Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will?" directed by John Nunemaker and featuring an eight-member cast.
Described by BCT as "consistently funny and occasionally touching," this play became a 1990 movie, and continues as a favorite stage vehicle for theater companies.
Shores' later comedy, "Sordid Lives," was an award-winning hit for Bowie Community Theatre in 2011, and encouraged the trouple to take on this play. (The theater company cautions audiences about the play's use of adult language.)
In the story, Buford Turnover, in advanced dementia, is not expected to survive a recent stroke. His four adult offspring arrive at the family homestead to spend time with their ailing father and deal with various issues, including finding his most recent will.
Eldest daughter Lurlene is a minister's wife who rarely sees the family; Sara Lee is the spinster middle sister caring for her father; brother Orville is greedy and abusive to his wife, Marlene; and youngest sister Evalita is an aspiring singer who has had several marriages and now has an eccentric boyfriend, Harmony.
Performances are 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26; and 2 p.m. Jan. 13 and 20.
Tickets are $17 for adults, and $12 for students and those age 62 and older. The rates for groups of 10 are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For reservations, go to bctheatre.com or call 301-805-0219.
Continuing its 64th season in downtown Annapolis, Colonial Players brings adventure to its stage, at 108 East St., in its production of Donald Margulies' "Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont," directed by Ron Giddings.
In 2007, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Margulies wrote his play chronicling de Rougemont's journey halfway around the world with the intent of using the magic of the theater. Giddings said he was drawn to the play, which he described as "a highly theatrical exploration of emotional truth versus fact."
Actor John Halmi portrays de Rougemont, assisted by two actor "volunteers," Christina Enoch Kemmerer and Rob Tucker. Both are new to Colonial Players, and they portray everyone Louis encounters during his adventure.
The show opened this week, and remaining performances are 8 p.m. on Jan. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26; and 2 p.m. on Jan. 13 and 20, with an additional evening performance on Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors age 65 and over, and students. Call 410-268-7373 to order tickets.