First family portrayed in children's play 'Chelsea' musical will be presented at Maryland Hall

April 26, 1996|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Don't look now, but Bill, Hillary and Chelsea will be spending time at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts during the next couple of weeks.

The Clintons won't be lonely. "Administration heartthrob" George Stephanopoulos will be along, as will America's first feline, Socks.

Teddy Roosevelt is slated to drop by with his precocious daughter Alice in tow, and Abe Lincoln also is expected to make a long-awaited reappearance.

Now, before you dial 911 to have me carted away, please know that I'm referring to "Chelsea," an original musical production for children that will be presented at Maryland Hall in Annapolis in the coming weeks.

"Chelsea" is described as a whimsical look at a White House slumber party in which the first daughter and her friends from dance class spend an evening dreaming about the paths they will take in life.

As they socialize and later dream, they are visited by all those exotic White House occupants, past and present.

As with the best-selling novel "Primary Colors," authorship of TTC "Chelsea" has been a closely guarded secret, though it is rumored that the witty and talented Jan Hardesty of Annapolis had a major role in its creation.

We do know that "Chelsea" is directed by musical arranger Clayton Lewis and choreographed by Colleen Parker and Tim Roberts.

Although the show is aimed at young audiences, adults will no doubt chortle over mild bits of political commentary. (There's a "Domestic Hilary" and a "Nightmare Hilary," I'm told, and they turn out to be the same person.)

The cast of "Chelsea" is made up of 65 youngsters from across America who range from age 5 to 18. The children have taken part in costume design, makeup, set construction and stage management.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. today, 9 a.m. and noon Thursday, 7:30 p.m. May 3 and 1 p.m. May 4. Tickets are $5. To order, call 544-4688.

Pub Date: 4/26/96

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