Unitarians add music and put their beliefs on stage


You'll be humming the tunes long after you leave the "UU Revue 2."

The musical being produced by the Unitarian Universalist Church ofAnne Arundel County this weekend offers a light, witty summary of church issues.

One catchy song poses this theological tangle: "P is for prayer, an ambiguous practice -- a notion that's prickly and tough as a cactus. Is it meditation or talking things through? And if we are talking, then talking to who?" a soloist sings.

And the choir mischievously chimes in: "To whom?"

The revue, which includes 20 songs and dances performed by 15 church members, highlights the growth of the Annapolis congrega

tion from 280 members last fall to its current 360 members.

It also celebrates the completion of a large addition to the church in a wooded glen off Bestgate Road. Money from the revue will go to the church building fund.

The church has been invited to take the musical to the General Assembly, next month in North Carolina.

The assembly is attended by denomination members from across the United States and Canada.

The musical score comes primarily from Betsy Jo Angebranndt, the church music director and a composer who has written shows performed at the Kennedy Center. Pat von Schwerdtner, a musician and county librarian, wrote most of the lyrics.

The musical, subtitled "Growing Pains," had its first performance Friday and will be presented today at 4 p.m. at the church.

L Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

One song the chorus sings, "The UU Alphabet Stew," acknowledges that having many ideas in the pot can make things hot:

"Words can make problems, I'm sure you'll agree, but look at it this way: If we all agreed, would we be U U's?"

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