It's a wizard weekend for youngsters

November 05, 1993|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer

Oh, to be a kid in Annapolis this weekend, where the cultural offerings are aimed at our young ones and their parents.

This evening and tomorrow evening, it's time to "Ease On Down The Road" with Pamoja Inc., as Annapolis' prodigiously talented theater troupe presents a colorful, enthusiastic version of "The Wiz," the soulful sendup of "The Wizard of Oz" that has been delighting audiences for nearly two decades.

Faith Luster, a Howard University sophomore, performs as Dorothy and will be accompanied to Oz by Scarecrow Karen Morgan, Tin-Man Langston Vauls and the hilarious Wayne York as the Lion.

Show time at the Unitarian Church of Anne Arundel County on Dubois Road in Annapolis is 8 p.m. Call 267-6966 for ticket information.

On Sunday, the scene shifts to Maryland Hall as Gisele Ben-Dor takes the podium to conduct the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in a children's concert that will feature the Bob Brown puppets in a sparkling dramatization of Prokofiev's ballet music for "Cinderella." Tchaikovsky's famous waltz from "The Sleeping Beauty" and Paul Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" will round out the program.

The ASO also is promising an appearance by Humphrey the Dog.

"Our primary objective," says orchestra manager Patricia Edwards, "is to engage the kids while giving them an afternoon of real fun. It's enjoyment with a big 'E' and education with a small 'e.' "

The ASO also hopes to demystify the classical music experience for children by providing them with a concert guide that explains the music and introduces conductor Ben-Dor on a friendly basis.

Before each of the concerts, at 1:15 p.m. and 3 p.m., individual players from the ASO will demonstrate their instruments for the children and their parents.

Concert times are 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $5 for children and $10 for adults and may be reserved by calling 263-0907.

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