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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | February 24, 1995
An article in the Feb. 24 edition about a production of "Princess and the Pea" mentioned the wrong company. Children's Theatre of Annapolis is not associated with the production.The Sun regrets the error.I grew quite fond of the "fractured fairy tale" approach favored by the "Under the Hood Productions" gang when it was the children's theater troupe in residence at the old Annapolis Dinner Theatre.So I couldn't help wondering how much I'd miss the hilarity when I saw Children's Theatre of Annapolis' "Princess and the Pea" at the recently renamed Chesapeake Music Hall.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
"Legally Blonde: The Musical" proves to be an ideal production for Children's Theatre of Annapolis, following the troupe's promise to provide professional on-stage opportunities for young performers. In its second main stage play of the 2012-2013 season, the Children's Theatre's talented teen cast stretches to new horizons in this lively show. Based on the 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Luke Wilson, the 2007 musical by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin has audiences rooting for Elle Woods, a young woman who knows what she wants and ultimately uses her determination, intelligence and savvy to get it. The show opens as UCLA Delta Nu sorority president Elle — portrayed by Broadneck High School sophomore Colleen Coleman — has a dinner date with boyfriend Warner Huntington III, played by Annapolis Area Christian School junior Zeke Quellette Elle expects Warner to propose marriage, but instead he tells her she has no place in his future and he's going to Harvard Law School.
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March 3, 1995
An article in the Feb. 24 edition about a production of "Princess and the Pea" mentioned the wrong company. Children's Theatre of Annapolis is not associated with the production.The Sun regrets the error.
NEWS
August 20, 2010
Sunday, Aug. 22 Ecology by canoe From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., participants can discover the abundance of wildlife in the Patuxent River wetlands by paddling along some of the smaller branches of the river to look for beavers, birds and flowering wetland plants at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Bring water, sunscreen and lunch, and wear shoes that can get wet. Children must be at least 7 years old and accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10 per person. Registration: 410-741-9330 or programs@jugbay.
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August 20, 2010
Sunday, Aug. 22 Ecology by canoe From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., participants can discover the abundance of wildlife in the Patuxent River wetlands by paddling along some of the smaller branches of the river to look for beavers, birds and flowering wetland plants at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Bring water, sunscreen and lunch, and wear shoes that can get wet. Children must be at least 7 years old and accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10 per person. Registration: 410-741-9330 or programs@jugbay.
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December 6, 2009
Children ages 8-14 are invited to audition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 for the Children's Theatre of Annapolis' production of "Willy Wonka Jr." Each person is asked to sing a prepared song, dance a short dance, and read from a script. Auditions will be held at 1661 Bay Head Road, Bay Head Park in Annapolis. Show will be performed in March. To register or for more information, call 410-757-2281.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 24, 1997
The end of the year is a time to reminisce, and there is cause for celebrating the number and quality of cultural events offered in Anne Arundel County. But the audiences present another issue. Those that I've been part of over the past year have been overwhelmingly middle-aged.To survive, the arts need to attract more young people. Doing my part, I have been sharing an array of cultural diversions over the past year with my granddaughter, Marie, who is nearly 6.Like most children, she is a tough, honest critic, unwavering in her loyalty to favorite performers and characters.
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By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 21, 2001
Taking advantage of its Colonial past, parks, recreation sites, community centers and location on the water, the Annapolis area is packed with children's activities, classes and events. They range from indoor and outdoor drop-in activities to scheduled classes that require registration. Among them: Artful activities: Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department offers dance lessons in ballet, tap, and jazz for ages 2 to 12 at Annapolis Recreation Center, 9 St. Mary's St., Annapolis, 410-263-7958, www. ci.annapolis.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 24, 2006
At last weekend's opening of the musical Honk! the Children's Theatre of Annapolis folks again proved that they know how to find and present some of today's brightest musicals for young people. Their talented production staff is headed by Jose de la Mar, making his Children's Theatre directing debut with this show, displaying a sure touch with his young cast. Also debuting at Children's Theatre with this production is music director Alicia de la Garza, a 2004 graduate of North County High School and a full-time music major at the Community College of Baltimore County's Essex campus.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 19, 2002
Rodgers and Hammerstein's made-for-television Cinderella won't ever be confused with Oklahoma or Carousel as a classic of the musical stage. But a bright, attractive retelling of the fairy tale it is, and one can hardly keep from humming along with the breezy score which contains tunes such as "In My Own Little Corner," "It's Possible," "Ten Minutes Ago," and "Do I Love You?" Having opened Cinderella on Sunday afternoon, Children's Theatre of Annapolis is poised for a four-performance run this weekend, and families looking for a pre-Christmas treat would do well to seek it out. For starters, the show is exceptionally well-cast.
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December 6, 2009
Children ages 8-14 are invited to audition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 for the Children's Theatre of Annapolis' production of "Willy Wonka Jr." Each person is asked to sing a prepared song, dance a short dance, and read from a script. Auditions will be held at 1661 Bay Head Road, Bay Head Park in Annapolis. Show will be performed in March. To register or for more information, call 410-757-2281.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2009
In a production where the audience is asked to clap if it believes in magic and fairies, a dress rehearsal of Peter Pan easily accomplished its goal last week in the new, $1.8 million Children's Theatre of Annapolis on Broadneck Peninsula. Helping to create the magic is Robert Kauffman, the 71-year-old former Anne Arundel Community College performing arts chairman who was lured out of retirement by CTA to direct the opening production for its 286-seat theater. This is the same show that capped his 30-year AACC career in November 2002, a few months before his retirement.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | March 26, 2008
The family focus of Children's Theatre of Annapolis takes on new meaning this weekend with three siblings cast in leading roles of the musical Annie Jr. Nine-year-old Meagan Bannigan will make her debut as the spunky orphan and gets the bonus of rehearsing with her 13-year-old sister Allie, who will co-star as the nasty Miss Hannigan, while her 12-year-old brother Michael will play Miss Hannigan's scheming lazy brother, Rooster. "It's all Annie all the time in our home for now," said their mother, Anne Bannigan.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to the Sun | January 6, 2008
The current production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast by Children's Theatre of Annapolis follows the New Year's tradition of looking back and forward. This will be CTA's second-to-last show at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center and the last featuring older children, ages 12 to 18. This year, said CTA spokeswoman Cathy Hollerbach, "we're looking forward to auditioning kids for our first show in our very own theater in September." The long-held dream of Children's Theatre folks to have a theater will be realized with the completion in the spring of the company's new theater at Bay Head Park in Arnold.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | January 5, 2007
If Tuesday's first dress rehearsal was any indication, the Children's Theatre of Annapolis production of Bye Bye Birdie is going to pack an energetic wallop. Naturally exuberant, the well-primed group of 20 young performers was coaxed to higher levels by music director Kevin Kimble and never missed a step of the intricate dance routines. "The 38-member cast has worked incredibly hard, and you can feel the excitement from them and the crew at every rehearsal," producer Deb Engler said.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 24, 2006
At last weekend's opening of the musical Honk! the Children's Theatre of Annapolis folks again proved that they know how to find and present some of today's brightest musicals for young people. Their talented production staff is headed by Jose de la Mar, making his Children's Theatre directing debut with this show, displaying a sure touch with his young cast. Also debuting at Children's Theatre with this production is music director Alicia de la Garza, a 2004 graduate of North County High School and a full-time music major at the Community College of Baltimore County's Essex campus.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | January 5, 2007
If Tuesday's first dress rehearsal was any indication, the Children's Theatre of Annapolis production of Bye Bye Birdie is going to pack an energetic wallop. Naturally exuberant, the well-primed group of 20 young performers was coaxed to higher levels by music director Kevin Kimble and never missed a step of the intricate dance routines. "The 38-member cast has worked incredibly hard, and you can feel the excitement from them and the crew at every rehearsal," producer Deb Engler said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanne E. Morvay and Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 5, 2004
When your bedtime is 8 p.m. or earlier, going to a dinner theater doesn't quite fit your schedule. Fortunately for the 12-and-under set, a few area theaters offer lunch and a show. With menu choices such as cheese pizza, a hot dog or peanut butter and jelly sandwich and shows including Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk and Charlotte's Web, kids have a chance to get caught up in the excitement of a live performance. Luckily for parents, the experience is also affordable family entertainment.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 13, 2006
Children's Theatre of Annapolis will continue this weekend to bring Dr. Seuss' whimsical characters to life in an enchanting production of Seussical the Musical, playing at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts. The local version illustrates the Seussical success phenomenon that followed the somewhat disappointing 2001 Broadway run of the Stephen Flaherty/Lynn Ahrens' musical. In Children's Theatre's production, favorite Seuss characters thrive in a lively, innocent environment created by a mostly teenage cast.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 6, 2006
Children's Theatre of Annapolis opens a two-weekend run of Seussical: The Musical tonight at 7:30 at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts. Although the Broadway stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss' (Theodor Seuss Geisel) whimsical material was not a critical hit at its December 2000 opening, Seussical recently became a hot property in the stock and amateur market with a record number of bookings. The character-filled plot of Seussical follows the adventures of elephant Horton, who discovers a race of tiny creatures called Whos living in Whoville.
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