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Stage: Theater/Music/Dance

December 02, 2004

`Seussical' reworked

Seussical - the Cat in the Hat musical - may be the show with nine lives. Created by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once on This Island, Ragtime), it survived the bankruptcy of its original producer, the firing of its director and designers after an out-of-town tryout, and financial failure on Broadway. Resurrected and reworked, it finally found success on national tour. Now Pumpkin Theatre is offering an abridged and further revised production, which opens tomorrow.

Directed and choreographed by Todd Pearthree, the cast includes Michael Himelfarb as the Cat, Patrick Martyn as Horton the Elephant, Lauren Spencer-Harris as Gertrude McFuzz, Tiffany Walker Porta as Mayzie LaBird, Lanor Long as the Sour Kangaroo and Jeff Baker, Sam Donnenberg and Cynthia Rinaldi as the Whos.

Pumpkin Theatre performs at the Hannah More Arts Center at St. Timothy's School for Girls, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and Dec. 17-18; with matinees at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Dec. 18-19. Tickets are $10. Call 410-828- 1814.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

Guitarist at museum

Two exceptional soloists give recitals here this weekend.

When he was starting his career in the 1970s, guitarist Eliot Fisk received an enthusiastic imprimatur from guitar master Andres Segovia. Fisk has honored his mentor with top-flight playing since. He will perform works by Bach, Scarlatti, Turina and Paganini, along with contemporary works by Robert Beaser and the late Luciano Berio, in a recital for the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society.

The performance is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets are $30; $25 for BCGS members, students and senior citizens. Call 410-247-5320 or visit www. bcgs.org

Shriver concert series

Canadian-American violinist Leila Josefowicz started wowing audiences when she was in her teens and continues to wow them in her ripe old 20s. The program she has selected for the Shriver Hall Concert Series attests to her admirably broad tastes. She'll balance well-known works by Beethoven and Ravel with pieces by Olivier Messiaen, Mark Grey and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The performance is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Shriver Hall, the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets are $33; $17 for students ($8 student rush). Call 410-516-7164.

- Tim Smith

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