February 29, 2008
High school spring plays in Howard County Atholton - Seussical, Thursday to March 8, 7 p.m.; March 9, 3 p.m. 410-313-7065. Centennial - West Side Story, April 2-4, 7 p.m.; April 5, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 410-313-285 6. Chapelgate Christian Academy - Don't Drink the Water, March 15, 7 p.m. 410-442-5888 Glenelg Country School - Aesop's Foibles, Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 410-531-8600. Hammond - Honk, Thursday to March 7, 7 p.m.; March 8, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 410-313-7615.
February 27, 2008
High school spring plays in Howard County Atholton - Seussical, March 6-8, 7 p.m.; March 9, 3 p.m. 410-313-7065. Centennial - West Side Story, April 2-4, 7 p.m.; April 5, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 410-313-2856. Chapelgate Christian Academy - Don't Drink the Water, March 15, 7 p.m. 410-442-5888 Glenelg Country School - Aesop's Foibles, Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 410-531-8600. Hammond - Honk, March 6-7, 7 p.m.; March 8, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 410-313-7615. Howard - You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, March 27-29, 7 p.m. 410-313-2867.
March 9, 2007
For its 58th season's annual musical, Colonial Players tackles the dark Victorian tale of good and evil, Jekyll & Hyde, with aplomb, thanks to an energetic cast and immensely clever staging. Director Craig Allen Mummey's actors can sing and dance - and even perform fight scenes fearlessly. His set, designed with help from Dick Whaley, forgoes computer-controlled staging for a U-shaped bench-like representational set fitted with disappearing platforms to instantly create Jekyll's laboratory, a hospital board room, an elegant home, a tawdry pub and the mean streets of London.
September 21, 2003
Loretta and Andy Favret invited us to a cocktail party in their rented beachfront condo on St. Simons Island, Ga. They used to live in Maryland and now live in Delaware, just like my wife, Madeline, and me. Like them, we also rent a St. Simons condo in the winter, when Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island are bleak and lonely. All the other people at the party that afternoon were snowbirds -- retired folks from states with frigid winters who come south for a month or longer. St. Simons and the other nearby islands, known as the "Golden Isles" of Georgia, have become a regular winter destination for many in recent years, although the area is still primarily a spring and summer resort.
May 8, 2003
Toby Orenstein won a Helen Hayes Award this week for her direction of Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. Each year, the awards recognize excellence in professional theater in the Washington area. The awards were announced Monday. "I was in very elite company in my nomination," said Orenstein, who owns the dinner theater. Other nominees for directing a resident musical (one that does not tour) were from the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage and Signature Theatre, all in Washington.
November 9, 2002
Convention says that most actors would rather be onstage than on-screen - you know, the smell of greasepaint, the roar of a live crowd, the thrill of getting an immediate response to your performance. But that's not Mark Redfield, a fixture on the local stage for much of the 1990s. Five years have passed since his last performance before a live audience; this summer, he completed his first movie, an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, for which he wears the myriad hats of actor, director, set designer, co-producer and co-screenwriter.