Performers make Annapolis' holidays magic with music and dance


Christmas in Annapolis means that our performing arts organizations are in full swing. Here is some of what the holiday season is bringing us this year.

* Now through Dec. 23, Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the rest are on stage at the Annapolis Dinner Theatre in a brand new production directed by David Reynolds and produced by Roland Chambers.

Evening performances at the theater, 339 Busch's Frontage Road, are at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 1:30 p.m.

Call 626-7515 for reservations.

* "A Christmas Rejoicing" will be presented by the Arundel Vocal Arts Society at 8:15 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis.

Glenette Schumacher, the ensemble's new musical director, will conduct the "Magnificat" of John Rutter and other seasonal favorites.

For ticket information, call 553-6532.

* The Newe Renaissance Voyces, the talented female septet that's become such a holiday tradition, performs twice on Sunday: at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in West River at 3 p.m. and at St. Andrew's by the Bay Catholic Church of Cape St. Claire at 8 p.m.

Old Ebenezer makes a second appearance, this time at the perennially popular "Christmas Carol" put on by the Colonial Players of Annapolis.

Though these performances sell out quickly, CP aficionados know that those with their names on the waiting list occasionally hit pay dirt. Shows will run Dec. 8-18.

Call 268-7373 for details.

* The Key Auditorium on the campus of St. John's College in Annapolis will fill with the toe-tapping sounds of Bobbi Smith's Talent Machine as the youngsters invite you to "Mix and Mingle with a Jinglin' Beat." Shows are Dec. 9 and 16 at 7 p.m., Dec. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 11 and 18 at 6 p.m.

To celebrate Christmas with some of the area's best hoofers -- regardless of age -- call 956-0512.

* For a change of pace, try the Children's Theatre of Annapolis presentation of "Snow White Goes West" at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts.

The talented cast appears at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17.

Call 757-ACT1 for tickets.

* Best-selling author Tom Clancy will read works by Mark Twain, Robert Frost and others when he joins the Annapolis Chorale, the Annapolis Youth Chorus and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra on Dec. 9 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

The musicians will perform cherished old carols and holiday pops tunes.

The concert is at 8 p.m. Dessert and dancing to a four-piece band will follow at about 10 p.m.

Tickets are $20. To reserve yours, call 263-1906.

* Also at Maryland Hall, the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis presents its annual performances of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," which comes alive with flowers, snowflakes, sugar plum fairies, and dancing mice everywhere!

Show times are 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Dec. 10, 3 p.m. on Dec. 11, 8 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 18.

Call 263-8289 for ticket information.

* With no complete "Messiah" available locally this year, your best bet is the Naval Academy's performance of the Christmas portion of Handel's masterwork. Dr. John Barry Talley conducts the 1994 edition of this annual tradition at the Academy Chapel at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11.

Call 268-6060 for ticket information.

* Fresh from a nicely mounted "La Traviata" of Verdi, the Annapolis Opera brings the beauty of Mozart to the Christmas season with a "Musicale" to be presented from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Charles Carroll House behind St. Mary's Church on Duke of Gloucester Street in Annapolis.

Call 269-1737 or 263-2710 for ticket information.

* For the most harmonious Christmas get-together of them all, join the Annapolis Vocal Corps at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 for its holiday musical show to benefit the Children's Cancer Foundation.

Come hear the group that will be performing at the White House on Dec. 27.

Call the Annapolis Dinner Theatre at 626-7515 for details.

* The Ensemble Galilei will perform two evenings of medieval Christmas music at St. John's College's Great Hall. "Ancient Noels, Carols and Dances from the Castles to Towns" will be presented at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 18.

Call for tickets at 626-2539.

* The Annapolis Brass Quintet is no more, but lovers of brass chamber music can hear the Bowie Brass Quintet in concert with the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus at 8 p.m on Dec. 17 at St. Martin's-in- the-Field Church on Benfield Road in Severna Park.

A second, family-oriented concert will take place at 3 p.m. on Dec. 18 at St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spa Road and Hilltop Lane in Annapolis.

This concert will help Annapolis Youth Services' Christmas project.

L Concertgoers are asked to bring a gift suitable for a child.

Tickets are $15 for each concert, but in keeping with the family theme the Dec. 18 performance will offer $10 tickets for seniors and students.

Call 263-1906 for tickets.

* If you crave a reprise of the musical joys of Christmas, the Maryland Chamber Singers offer their annual 12th Night Concert and Feast on Jan. 6 at St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Call 263-6037 for details and tickets.

Happy Holidays!

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