Theater's Anniversary

Arts and entertainment

June 09, 1991

June 22 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the area's most popularentertainment institutions -- the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre atthe Old Shaw Blacksmith Shop near the Annapolis City Dock.

Their first production at this location was "Carnival," directed by Martha Wright, with musical direction by Dick Gessner. And in honor of the anniversary, they have chosen to revive that show.

To celebrate, the theater will sponsor a birthday benefit at 7 p.m. that night at the Charles Carroll House on Duke of Gloucester Street.

All proceeds will support capital improvements at the theater,such as a new sprinkler system, and other projects required by the city of Annapolis.

Light refreshments will be served, and a specialguest, Charles Carroll himself (actor Dan Higgs, a veteran ASGT personality), has promised to attend. Afterward, the party will move downthe street to the theater fora special performance of "Carnival."

The production is directed by Judy Wobensmith, and Dick Gessner is again handling the music. Other links with the first show include noted local actor and director Roger Compton, who originally played Paul Berthalet but is returning to play Paul's best friend, and Martha Wright's son Bobby, then as now portraying a carnival roustabout.

Tickets to the benefit are $40 per person and $75 per couple. The tickets include the price of the show. Make the checks out to ASGT, and mail them to ASGT Birthday Benefit, 143 Compromise St., Annapolis 21401 by June 17.

The show's regular run is Thursdays to Sundays until July 20, with an 8:45 p.m. curtain. Ticket prices are $9 for Thursdaysand Sundays, and $10 on Fridays and Saturdays. Discounts are available for seniors and groups.

Tickets may be purchased the night of the show or reserved in advance.

Information: 268-0809.


The fourth annual Student Sculpture Show, sponsored byMaryland Hall for the Creative Arts, will take place in the AIR Gallery 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 14.

All works on display were created bythe students of the "Head and Figure" class; including Frank Amigo, Gretchen Barshis, Marylu Bloom, Laura Butler, Tim Craddock, Bruce Crossman, Jean Crossman, Robert Davis, Louie Dod, Dan Govar, Renie Knudson, Joel Levin, Judson Martin, Joe McCarthy, Sean McLaughlin, Stephanie McSpadden, Fred Ness, Lynn Palmer, Schelly Reid, John Safko, Kathryn Sweeny, Amber Thurman, Mary Torggler, Julie Ward, Phyllis Williams, and George Yu.

Maryland Hall is at 801 Chase St., Annapolis.


The Children's Theatre of Annapolis is offering two workshops for young people this month.

"Creating Captivating Characters" takes place 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays, June 18 through June 29, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Designed for 8- to 12-year-olds,the workshop is taught by Mianna Jopp, who has directed many CTA productions. The cost is $50 per child.

"So You Want to be a Performer," is a music workshop led by Colleen Rigot, director of the county's summer music camps at Arlington Echo. It will take place between June 18 and June 21 at Magothy Middle School in Arnold, and is aimed at11- to 15-year-olds. The emphasis is on voice and movement, and the fee is $35 per child.

To register, send a check, along with your name, address, telephone number, age and a parent's name to Sandy Corwin, 2046 Forest Hill Lane, Crofton, 21114. Non-CTA members should add$3 for membership.

Information: 721-2165 in the evenings, or 757-ACT1.


"Fair Winds," a vocal-jazz quartetconsisting of members of the U.S. Navy band known as the "Sea Chanters," will perform at the West River Center at 7:30 p.m. June 22.

Sponsored by South County Cultural Arts, the group will be accompaniedby an instrumental trio.

Bring folding chairs or blankets for seating. A refreshment stand will be open to serve snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.

The center can be reached by taking Route 2 south fromAnnapolis, turning left on Route 214 (Central Avenue), then right onRoute 468 for about eight miles, and left on Chalk Point Road.

Information: 222-1247 or 867-2029.


Annapolis resident Tyrone Taylor is exhibiting his black-and-white art work in the Arundel Center Lobby in Annapolis through June 27.

Titled "Pet Doodles," the collection is a variety of abstracts ranging from sharkdrawings to daydream images. It is sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Commission on Culture and the Arts and can be seen Monday throughFriday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information: 222-1247.


Paris Kern, one of Baltimore's best folk musicians, will be the featured guest at the next edition of Mack Bailey's Folk Jam at 8:30 p.m. June 27.

Information: 263-2641.


The committee for the ninth annual Towson Art Fest is now taking applications from artists, craftspeople, photographers, and antique collectors from Anne Arundel County who are interested in exhibiting or selling their work.

The Art Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Sept. 28 on the grounds of the Towson Courthouse. Rain date is noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 29.

Information: (301) 828-8629.


The 10th annual Drama Competition in Honor of Black History Month is accepting works from aspiring black playwrights for production on television.

The deadline for the submission of scripts in Sept. 6 of this year.

Information: 377-2222.

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