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Date: June 1, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Students Share the Spotlight at Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre 2005
This Season’s Shows Include ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ and ‘The Music Man’

"Annie Get Your Gun" Logo Montgomery College students will bring the classic Broadway musicals “Annie Get Your Gun” and “The Music Man” to the stage during the 2005 season of Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre. “Annie Get Your Gun” will have performances June 17-18, 24-26, and July 1-2. “The Music Man” will be performed during the weekends of July 15-16, 22-24, and 29-31.   

Almost 100 students from teenagers to working adults are currently enrolled at Montgomery College for the Summer Dinner Theatre course. For 10 weeks, they take classes in everything from voice to makeup and movement. Students also learn about producing musicals in a dinner theatre setting. For many of them, Summer Dinner Theatre is the first time they have learned about the craft of acting from theatre professionals.     

“Summer Dinner Theatre is a wonderful experience for the young artist, not to mention a wonderful evening of entertainment and dining for our audiences,” said Susan Hoffman, chair of the Speech, Dance, Theatre and ASL Department at the Montgomery College Rockville Campus. “Many of our past performers have gone on to do regional theatre and Broadway productions, but still remember what a great experience they had here.”

The first production of the season, “Annie Get Your Gun,” is an Irving Berlin musical comedy about the true life gunslinger Annie Oakley. Oakley was best known for her role in Col. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. It features the songs “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” 

“The Music Man” Logo The second production, “The Music Man” by Meredith Willson, tells the tale of Harold Hill and his time in River City, Iowa. He convinces the small town to start a band and buy his instruments, but Marion the Librarian soon has him re-considering his plan to skip town without delivering the goods. The songs, including “Ya Got Trouble” and “Seventy-Six Trombones,” will have you humming long after you leave your seat.

The dates for “Annie Get Your Gun” are June 17-18, 24-26, and July 1-2 with a matinee performance on Sunday, June 26. The performances of “The Music Man” will run on July 15-16, 22-24, and 29-31, with matinee performances on Sunday, July 24, and Sunday, July 31. For evening shows, the buffet opens at 6:30 p.m. and the curtain rises at 8:15 p.m. For matinee performances, the buffet opens at 12:30 p.m. and the curtain rises at 2:15 p.m.

The performances on June 17 and July 15 are special Montgomery College alumni nights.  Call 301-279-5378 for information about those evenings. 

Regular show tickets cost $33.95 for adults and $24.50 for children age 12 and under. There is a 10% discount on the purchase of tickets to both shows.  Priority seating is given to those who purchase their tickets early.  For more information, call 301-251-7676 or log on to www.montgomerycollege.edu/summerdinnertheatre

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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