In this new year, we're enjoying memories from last year's highlights on Anne Arundel's theater scene — and looking forward to encore performances in 2013.
In 2012, residents were treated to stellar performances in drama, comedy and dance, along with noteworthy popular and
This classic was followed by a nontraditional offering, "Avenue Q," with its outrageous cast of puppets and actors. It was an ideal choice for ASGT's outdoor venue. This production of a 2004
In May came a classical music triumph, as Annapolis Opera presented Charles Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet," featuring the local debuts of Michael Wade Lee as Romeo and Megan Hart's Juliet. Artistic director Ronald Gretz conducted a superb performance — near the top of any Annapolis Opera production of the last 20 seasons.
For two summer seasons, Infinity Theatre has brought high-caliber productions to Annapolis. In July, the company's "Dames at Sea" engaged Broadway director-choreographer Randy Skinner, and he delivered a phenomenal, thundering troupe of tap dancers.
Last year marked milestones in our entertainment scene — including the 40th year of the jazz performance series in downtown Annapolis. In his show, guitarist Nate Najar seemed to channel the late, great
On the other end of the longevity spectrum, Compass Rose Studio Theater Company capped its inaugural season in May with the musical "Oliver!" featuring an ensemble of 15 performers. Daniel Siefring, as Fagin, led a skilled group of five young singing and dancing orphans.
In October, this academy theater started its second season with
Top acting awards for 2012 go to two Bay Theatre performers. Kathryn Kelley made her Bay Theatre debut in "The Belle of Amherst," a show that closed the company's 10th season in May. Kelley truly brought poet
Then, Bay Theatre opened its 11th season with "Master Harold," featuring a stellar performance by Washingtonbased actor Michael Anthony Williams as the South African servant Sam. The dignity of Williams' portrayal showed that despite apartheid, the oppressed could maintain human pride and free spirit.
Top musical performer award goes to Annapolis native and resident David Bosley-Reynolds for his portrayal of the king of Siam in Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia's January production of "The King and I" — just one of his memorable lead roles in 2012.
Despite its relative youth — it has been in existence for only three years — the Annapolis
In all, 2012 left us wanting more. And in the new year, local theater companies seem ready to provide it.
Compass Rose, 1011
Bay Theatre, 275 West St., Suite 70, Annapolis, hosts its production of "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All," Feb. 9 to March 17. Go to baytheatre.org to order tickets.
Annapolis Opera continues its 40th season with two fully staged performances of Verdi's "Rigoletto" on March 15 and 17 at Maryland Hall. Information is available at AnnapolisOpera.org.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company's next production will be
The Annapolis Summer Garden has announced its next season, June through August, with information at summergarden.com.