Nutcrackers, Scrooges and O'Malley, too

Festive performances cover the classics in musicals, concerts and more

Holiday preview

December 01, 2006|By MARY JOHNSON | MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun

There's plenty holiday entertainment in store this month, with at least four singing Ebenezer Scrooges, several classical concerts, two Nutcrackers and one on-stage appearance by the governor-elect.

For three weekends, 2nd Star Productions' Scrooge: The Stingiest Man in Town has been lighting up the Bowie Playhouse stage. It continues tonight through Sunday. Tickets cost $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. Call 410-757-5700.

Colonial Players' version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition for many, who lined up outside the box office in the wee hours of Nov. 18, when tickets went on sale. A few seats remain for most Dec. 8 to 17 performances. Tickets cost $7. Call 410-268-7373.

Tickets are available for all Dec. 8 to 17 performances for the Musical Artists Theatre version of A Christmas Carol at the Chesapeake Arts Center Studio Theater in Brooklyn Park. Tickets cost $15. Call 410-636-6597.

Chesapeake Arts Center's Main Stage will present A Christmas Carol on Dec. 8 and 9, a comedy called Hack and Slash Christmas Special: The Musical. Tickets cost $25. Call 410-636-6597.

Pasadena Theatre Company will present its version of the 1946 Frank Capra film classic, It's a Wonderful Life. For the ninth year, Sharon Steele will direct it. And, for the ninth time Marty Hayes will play Clarence Odbody, the angel in search of his wings. Chuck Dick will portray the nasty Henry Potter.

"These actors are creating their own tradition by returning each year to play these roles," Steele said. "Over the years we've added new elements to the show that have become traditions, and this year we have a new location. Although we faced some challenges in our first show here in our new home at Kerr [Performing Arts Center] with Fiddler [on the Roof], that production has helped us handle our problems creatively in rehearsals of this show."

Tickets cost $12 for all shows scheduled for weekends Dec. 8 to 17 at the Kerr Performing Arts Center in Severn at www.pasadenatheatrecompany.com.

Among holiday concerts, the Arundel Vocal Arts Society conducted by David Daniel will offer Christmas Tidings at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvary United Methodist Church on Rowe Boulevard. Tickets cost $15. Call 410-268-3131.

On the same date, another holiday tradition -- Annapolis Opera's Mozart by Candlelight -- will take place at 4:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Annapolis. Tickets cost $40 and include admission to a reception to meet the artists after the concert. Call 410-267-8135.

The Anne Arundel Community College Orchestra, Concert Choir and Opera and the All Children's Chorus of Annapolis will perform Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 general admission, $12 groups, senior citizens, children, outside students and AACC employees, $10 AACC students. Call 410-777-2457. On Dec. 7 and 8 another favorite holiday tradition arrives with the 180-voice Annapolis Chorale's Celebration of Christmas Concert under the direction of J. Ernest Green and featuring the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Youth Chorus. Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, who last month was elected Maryland's governor, will be the special guest at the Friday performance.

Both concerts will feature musical guest artists jazz singer Felicia Carter and pianist Erik Apland. Tickets cost $30. Call Maryland Hall Box Office at 410-280-5640, or order online at www.marylandhall.org.

The All Children's Chorus of Annapolis will offer a free concert of holiday songs and carols at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Dubois Road off Bestgate Road in Annapolis from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Call Director Liz Barrett at 410-263-9191 for further information.

On Dec. 15, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will present a holiday pops concert conducted by Jose-Luis Novo. Tickets range from $10 to $42. Call 410-280-5640. Also that day, at 8 p.m. Anne Arundel Community College Orchestra will offer a holiday concert conducted by recently hired director Anna Binneweg.

She's also conducting this weekend's Amahl performances. Tickets cost $10 general admission, $7 seniors, groups, children and AACC employees, $5 AACC students. Call 410-777-2457. The Chesapeake Ballet Company will perform The Nutcracker along with a Rockettes-style holiday revue tomorrow at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Chesapeake Arts Center's Main Theatre. Tickets cost $12, $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger and may be purchased at the theater box office on the day of performance.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland will also present The Nutcracker, choreographed by artistic director Dianna Cuatto, on Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Tickets cost $40 for adults, $17 for children, $22 for students and $32 for seniors. Call 410-280-5640.

Two choruses will present Handel's Messiah. It will be heard in the Naval Academy Chapel on Dec. 9 and 10 under the direction of John Barry Talley, marking his final performance before retiring. According to the Naval Academy's Web site, this event is sold out. The Annapolis Chorale will also perform the piece under the direction of J. Ernest Green at St. Anne's Church on Dec. 15 and 17. Tickets cost $34 and $14 for students. Call 410.263.1906. Other holiday performances include the Talent Machine's Home for the Holidays Dec. 12 to 23 at St. John's Key Auditorium. Tickets cost $12 for general admission, $8 for children 8 and younger, and $10 for groups of 20 or more. Call 410-956-0512. Finally, on Dec. 21, the Three Irish Tenors will be held at Maryland Hall. Tickets cost $33. Call 410-263-5544.

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