Sondheim, Oz scheduled for summer season Garden Theatre set to build on success

March 10, 1996|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

One of the happiest stories of 1995 was the artistic resurgence of the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre after several seasons of flat, colorless productions.

We were graced last summerwith a delightful visit from the Little Sisters of Hoboken in the spirited production of "Nunsense."

And when the good sisters left town, director Peter Kaiser and his talented cast came through with a solid, thoroughly enjoyable "Annie," featuring the extraordinary CeCe Newbrough as Broadway's least lovable lush, Miss Hannigan. The Summer Garden has announced its schedule for the season, and here's hoping the momentum can carry over from last season to keep the energy crackling on the outdoor stage just across from the Annapolis City Dock.

From May 24 through July 6, the Summer Garden will produce "Side by Side by Sondheim," the remarkable revue of songs by the reigning poet of the American musical stage. Fay Jacobs and Eloise Ullman will direct this evening of music taken from the treasure trove that is the Sondheim oeuvre.

Opening on June 25 will be the youth production of Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious romp, "The Pirates of Penzance," directed by Bob Rude and Kathleen Gabriele.

Frederick, Mable, the Pirate King and Major-General Stanley -- the very model of a modern major-general himself -- will take the stage Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings through July 31.

From July 12 through Aug. 31, everyone's favorite, "The Wizard of Oz," comes to Annapolis with its unforgettable characters and score. "Over the Rainbow," "If I Only Had a Brain," "We're Off To See the Wizard" and "Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead" should make this one of the most tuneful summers in Summer Garden history.

Peter Kaiser will direct the Frank L. Baum classic, with Anita Patton and Morey O'Connor collaborating on the musical side of things.

Pub Date: 3/10/96

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