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Stage: theater, music, dance

July 22, 2004

Debut at Vagabond

Baltimore Playwrights Festival veteran Kathleen Barber's latest entry, A Different Kind of Love, debuts tomorrow at the Vagabond Players. Barber's ninth festival play focuses on two sets of romances - one between college students and the other featuring their parents' generation and the unexpected discovery of love in midlife.

Under Linda Chambers' direction, the younger lovers are played by Laurel Peyrot and Ian Bonds. The older generation, which becomes involved in a romantic triangle, is portrayed by Lynda McClary, Terry Hickey and Mark Steckbeck.

Show times at the Vagabond, 806 S. Broadway, are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 8. Tickets are $10. Call 410-563-9135.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

A musical classic

Cockpit in Court continues its season with tomorrow's opening of Meet Me in St. Louis, the stage adaptation of Vincente Minnelli's 1944 MGM musical, which starred his future wife, Judy Garland. Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane's score includes such chestnuts as "The Trolley Song," "The Boy Next Door" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

The plot, by Hugh Wheeler, revolves around a middle-class family in 1903, the year of the St. Louis World's Fair. Will Delanoy, Susan Liberatore, Megan Martinez, Greg Oppenheim and Julia Unitas head a cast directed by Roy Hammond, with musical direction by William Waldrop and choreography by Rikki Howie.

Show times at Cockpit, on the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7201 Rossville Blvd., are 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Aug. 5, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 8. Tickets are $15-$17. Call 410-780-6369.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

Donizetti at Wolf Trap

Opera fans don't have to think twice about making the trek to Virginia when Wolf Trap Opera Company has a production on the schedule. You can count on a spirited young cast and high artistic values, which makes this weekend's presentation of Donizetti's comic masterpiece L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) self-recommending.

This new production takes the original story of a shy, love-smitten fellow, the dreamy-eyed object of his affection and a quack salesman and relocates it from Italy to the Old West. Performances are at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va., at 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday, and 8 p.m. July 28 and 31. Tickets are $56. Call 703-218-6500 or 800-955-5566; online at

-Tim Smith

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