Shows will light dark theater

January 22, 1993

The Annapolis Dinner Theater, dark for six months, has reopened to feature a variety of shows.

On stage will be everything from comedy shows to Broadway-style musicals, all brought to the building, by U.S. 50 between Annapolis and the Bay Bridge, on contracts.

"We are working very hard at it. We have picked people who have definite proven track records," said Jackie Diener, general manager for the theater's owner, Annapolis Dinner Theater Inc.

The 272-seat theater had been leased to 16 partners who filed for bankruptcy protection June 1. They closed the theater June 19, leaving patrons with worthless tickets and employees with their belongings locked inside.

Under the owner's management, area performing groups will stage shows there.

Baltimore's Slapstick Comedy Club was to have its first show at the theater last night. Slapstick will be there through March.

Five large-scale musicals will be done over a year by Burn Brae Productions of Burtonsville, including "Annie" which opens March 5.

The Talent Machine of Annapolis will run children's theater, starting Feb. 13 with "Sleeping Beauty."

The Entertainment Garden of Prince George's County is holding religious-gospel productions. Talks are under way for educational theater on weekdays, Ms. Diener said.

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