Theater is back, with an old favorite

October 02, 1994|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun

" 'A Christmas Carol.' Opening November 19th," says the sign.

No, it's not an optical illusion. The Annapolis Dinner Theatre is back, this time with well-known director-producer Roland Chambers at the helm ready to open the musical version of Dickens' perennial holiday favorite the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Financial problems have wreaked havoc on the Revell Highway theater's two previous ownership groups, but Mr. Chambers is confident that the theater can become an institution in the area.

"We can have something really special here," Mr. Chambers said. "We have a waiting audience and we have the talent."

Mr. Chambers has entered into an agreement with Annapolis Dinner Theatre Inc.'s owners Ronald Denz and Robert Hewitt. Each side brings different areas of expertise to the arrangement as well as monetary investment, they said. They declined to discuss the specific terms.

Profits from "A Christmas Carol" will be invested in the 1995 season, which may include such offerings as "The Wizard of Oz," "Camelot," a children's series, and outdoor performances in downtown Annapolis.

"We're on to something really special here," Mr. Chambers said. "This place is going to be known as the theater that wouldn't die."

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