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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,Sun Staff Writer | September 8, 1994
The lights have gone out at the Annapolis Dinner Theater for the second time in two years.Annapolis Entertains Inc., the latest management company to run the theater and comedy club, has left and its owner plans to file for reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court..` Meanwhile, Ronald Denz, one ofthe building's owners, said he hopes to decide before Oct. 1 whether to lease the space to a new theater manager or give up on show business and look for another kind of commercial tenant.Two civilians from the U.S. Naval Academy opened the theater in the John Hanson Business Center in July 1989.
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By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
When Shirlé Hale-Koslowski tells people what she does for a living, she is often greeted with a blank stare. She is the owner and sole employee of Four Corners Cuisine, a Baltimore-based private chef service Hale-Koslowski operates out of the kitchens of her 10 clients. People have heard of personal chefs for the rich and famous, she says, but she caters to the middle class, not the multimillionaire. Each meal - groceries and labor included - averages $10 to $12 and includes an entree and a side.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | November 18, 1994
For most of America, the Thanksgiving turkey will officially usher in the Christmas season.But in Annapolis this year, Ebenezer Scrooge -- Old Humbug himself -- will be the first to announce glad tidings of the holiday to one and all.At the Annapolis Dinner Theater, the tree is trimmed, and Victorian settings are already in place for Ebenezer's annual appearances, which begin tomorrow evening at the recently reopened theater on U.S. 50 just east of the...
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2012
Toby Orenstein is once again at the helm of one of her favorite projects - directing the Young Columbians, a singing group formed in 1975 by the founder of Toby's Dinner Theatre when Columbia was still Jim Rouse's baby. Working with talented teens as they interpret tunes that tug on heartstrings never grows old, says the artistic director, who recruited the group's first members to perform for America's bicentennial. But then again, neither does the other work she also cherishes: helping disadvantaged and special-needs children succeed in life by giving them access to the esteem-building lessons bestowed by the theater.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer | October 15, 1993
Aficionados of the Gilbert and Sullivan style might well go into coronary arrest while viewing the Annapolis Dinner Theater's current production of "The Pirates of Penzance."What with vaudeville shtick superimposed everywhere, Broadway voices employed to the exclusion of more operatic ones and synthesized accompaniment droning throughout, the show's atmosphere is a far cry from that of the Victorian Age.But most people aren't Gilbert and Sullivan purists, after all, and the theater-goer who isn't so doctrinaire should find plenty to enjoy in this fast-paced, exceedingly funny production.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | April 23, 1993
Bonnie Kreamer is performing double dinner theater duty tomorrow and Saturday.First, she is cooking with the dinner crew. Then she has a meaty part in "The Scheme of the Shiftless Drifter.""This is a play where everything goes wrong," said Ms. Kreamer, who plays a scrubwoman more interested in cleaning the theater than watching "the mixed-up melodrama" unfolding on stage.When she is not emoting, she will stay in character -- or at least in costume -- while supervising in the kitchen.Of course, dinner will be perfect, she said, although she may have a little difficulty scurrying around the stove in her cumbersome construction boots.
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By Shirley Leung and Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer | January 27, 1995
Two veteran performers are hoping the third time is the charm for the Annapolis Dinner Theatre.Doug and Sherry Kay Yetter signed on last week as the latest owners who will try to revive a theater that has gone through two bankruptcies since it opened in 1989.The Yetters, who declined to specify the purchase price, are better known locally as the husband-and-wife cabaret act at Marmaduke's Pub in Eastport.The theater opens Wednesday under their management -- and under a new name, the Chesapeake Music Hall -- with "Butterflies are Free."
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By LYN BACKE | April 5, 1993
The National Honor Society and the Drama Club of South River High School in Edgewater are combining their efforts to produce the first South River High School Dinner Theater Project on Saturday, April 17.National Honor Society students will serve a lasagna dinner in the school cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the atmosphere of an Italian cafe. After dinner, guests will watch the Drama Club's performance of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," at 8 p.m. in the auditorium.South River students Annemarie Cirone, Christy Behlke, Brett Larimore and Elisha Harig-Blaine are featured in the musical's starring roles.
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By Melinda Rice and Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 5, 1998
Toby's Dinner Theater made history and raised expectations this year when an actor in its production of "Wizard of Oz" won the Helen Hayes Award -- the Washington equivalent of Broadway's Tony Award.The win for best supporting actor in a resident musical was one of nine nominations that the Columbia theater received this year. David James' win for his performance as the Scarecrow was the first Helen Hayes trophy awarded to a Howard County theater, and the first given for a performance staged at a dinner theater -- a venue that typically garners little respect in the theater world.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 9, 2004
The news that the Chesapeake Music Hall, the dinner theater in Annapolis, will close its doors Dec. 26 is sad on several counts. For the many gifted actors in the area, the Music Hall offered an opportunity to work in the theater and hone their craft in an intimate setting with immediate audience feedback - while being paid for something they love to do. The Music Hall has been a treat for audiences as well. Any dinner theater offers a hybrid experience. Theater food is seldom as good as in a top-notch restaurant, and the performances tend not to be as distinguished as those in a professional theater.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2009
Forget the two turtle doves and those lords a-leaping, and think "leaping lizards" this holiday season as "Annie" arrives at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia. "Annie" is a 1977 Tony Award-winning hit musical with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. It's a strong holiday offering, as Annie and her orphan friends celebrate Christmas 1933 in Daddy Warbucks' mansion in the heartwarming conclusion. The evening I attended, I was surrounded by happy kids and parents who seemed entranced by the show.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,Sun reporter | April 6, 2007
Dinner is about to be served in the kitchen in the William Paca House and Garden, apparently arrested in time. Set up as the busy workshop for the family's lavish dinner between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., it is not cluttered with kitschy cheer. It now looks like a period Dutch artwork. The "clockjack" spit - certainly a showpiece for the mistress of the house - is no longer spinning on the hearth. Faux sea bass are dressed on platters, a rabbit is stretched out ready for carving, a boar's head stares blankly at the mincemeat pies, peas, boiled onions and, yes, a pheasant, too. The new 18th-century still-life dinner scene is the central element of the transformation at the national historic landmark house in Annapolis, stressing authenticity, artisanship and domesticity in presenting the Pacas' lives as they were lived.
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By Arlene Baker | December 8, 2006
Church offers youth dinner theater Jenkins Memorial Church will host a series of events this month at 133 Riviera Drive, Pasadena. A dinner theater for youths, Miracle on Main Street, will be held at 6:30 p.m. today and tomorrow . Admission will be one nonperishable food item or a free-will offering. The menu will include chicken nuggets, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, applesauce, nachos, beverages and dessert. Reservations are required by calling 410-437-7861. The choir will perform a Christmas cantata at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services Dec. 17. A candlelight service will be held at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dec. 24, with performances given by the Handbells, the Kings Kids youth choir and adult choir.
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By WILLIAM HYDER and WILLIAM HYDER,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 10, 2006
A small-town girl goes to New York in the 1920s and finds adventure, friendship and finally love. That basically is the story of Thoroughly Modern Millie, both the 1967 movie and the stage adaptation now running at Toby's Dinner Theatre. On the night we attended, a spunky performance by Lauren Spencer-Harris was interrupted by illness during Act I. Her understudy, Ashley Adkins, took over almost seamlessly. It was her first performance in the role and she did a commendable job. Millie Dillmount has a plan -- go to work for a company run by a handsome single man and marry him. Her boss, Trevor Graydon, is a cheerful, outgoing go-getter -- just the type she is looking for. Ken Ewing brings vigor, charm and a fine baritone voice to the role.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | December 17, 2004
Ann Bianco Alexander, a Baltimore actress whose successful struggle to overcome lymphoma nearly a decade ago allowed her to return to the stage, died of pneumonia Monday at University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 47 and lived in Ellicott City. She was born Ann Marie Bianco in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville. Her interest in singing and performing began in her childhood when she and her siblings put on backyard shows and used a tape recorder to script imaginary radio shows. By the age of 12, she was taking voice lessons, and during her high school years, she regularly appeared in drama club productions at Woodlawn High School.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 9, 2004
The news that the Chesapeake Music Hall, the dinner theater in Annapolis, will close its doors Dec. 26 is sad on several counts. For the many gifted actors in the area, the Music Hall offered an opportunity to work in the theater and hone their craft in an intimate setting with immediate audience feedback - while being paid for something they love to do. The Music Hall has been a treat for audiences as well. Any dinner theater offers a hybrid experience. Theater food is seldom as good as in a top-notch restaurant, and the performances tend not to be as distinguished as those in a professional theater.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 22, 2001
Not for nothing has "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" become the dinner theater musical, par excellence. Glitzy and colorful to a fault, the fanciful tale of the Bible's most famous interpreter of dreams and his multicolored coat doesn't require all that much in the way of sets and scenery - which makes it perfect for the irregular nooks and crannies in which dinner theater thespians ply their trade. Also, "Joseph" is so beloved by theater folk that, I dare say, most casts walk into the first rehearsal knowing the show cold.
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By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer | June 9, 1994
County police are awaiting an autopsy report today on the body of a 31-year-old woman found on a motel-dinner theater parking lot just off U.S. 50 near Annapolis.The body of Vickie Lynee Hippler was found lying face up near some bushes on the lot by the old Dick Gessner's Broadway Corner dinner theater on Ferguson Road.The discovery was made shortly after 9 a.m. yesterday by a maintenance man for the adjoining Annapolis Terrace Motel, where she had been living, according to the authorities.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,SUN STAFF | December 2, 2004
The Chesapeake Music Hall - the only dinner theater in Annapolis - will let the curtain fall on its last performance at the end of this month, succumbing to competitive pressure after 15 years. The music hall, just off U.S. 50 a few miles west of the Bay Bridge, has been managed by Sherry Kay Anderson for the past five years after she and her then-husband, Doug Yetter, purchased it in 1995. The facility had two previous owners, both of whom declared bankruptcy. Anderson was unavailable for comment yesterday.
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