Company planning a varied season


If you encounter tap dancing nuns, singing orphans and an Elvis impersonator at the Annapolis City Dock this summer, don't think the heat is finally getting to you.

They will be the characters from another season at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre.

"Nunsense," the hilarious farce that follows the antics of the five "Little Sisters of Hoboken" as they sing, dance and mug their way through a convent variety show, opens today and runs Thursdays through Sundays until July 8.

The cast includes Julia Pruchniewski as Sister Mary Regina, Diana Wolf as Sister Mary Hubert, Carole Gilmour as Sister Robert Anne, Laurie Frank as Sister Mary Leo and Nicole Roblyer as Sister Mary Amnesia.

In its New York days, "Nunsense" won three Outer Critics Circle Best of Off-Broadway awards.

"Bye Bye Birdie," the spoof of the rock 'n' roll craze that hit the country with Elvis Presley, will run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from June 20 through July 26 with a cast of middle-school through high-school age actors and actresses.

They should lend great credibility to those crowd scenes when ** rock 'n' roller Conrad Birdie tells his screaming teen-age fans to "Suffer!"

Don't sell the young people's show short. The kids have given us some of the best moments of Summer Garden's recent seasons.

In the final show of this season, everybody's favorite orphan, "Annie," returns to Annapolis' outdoor theater, where she last appeared in 1985. With songs such as "Maybe," "Hard Knock Life," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" and the mega-hit "Tomorrow," "Annie" is among the most tuneful, colorful Broadway shows of them all. It will run at Summer Garden Thursdays through Sundays from July 14 until Sept. 2.

A certain malaise seemed to have crept into Summer Garden's offerings in recent years. Last season, for example, the theater -- gave us a competent but colorless "Guys and Dolls" and an inept "Little Shop of Horrors."

However, it's a new year, marvelous shows have been chosen, and a glance at this season's production staff reveals many new and accomplished faces.

Ticket information: 268-9212.

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