Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre Begins With June 17 Showing of “Aida” Students to Bring Elton John & Time Rice’s “Aida” and the Classic  “Meet Me in St. Louis” to the Stage This Summer

Montgomery College will bring two acclaimed musicals to the stage–Elton John and Time Rice’s “Aida” and “Meet Me in St. Louis”–for its Summer Dinner Theatre performances starting June 17. Aida performances will take place June 17-18, 24-26 and July 1-3. Meet Me in St. Louis performances are July 15-16, 22-24, and 29-31. The June 26 and July 3, 24 and 31 shows are Sunday matinees.

All performances are held in the Theatre Arts Arena on the College’s Rockville Campus, located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md. In the first production, Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” ‘every story is a love story’ as the classic epic is given a beautiful pop-rock sound with music by John and lyrics by Rice. Aida is an enslaved Nubian princess whose love for Radames is thought of as taboo as war ravages her people and her culture. She must choose between a free life without her one true love or the dangers that await her and Radames, hand-in-hand. A saga that transcends time produces tender ballads, energized dancing and chorus numbers.

The second show of the Summer Dinner Theatre season, “Meet Me in St. Louis,” is a delightful and loving look at family life at the dawn of the 20th century in St. Louis. The Great World’s Fair, which celebrates its 160th anniversary in 2011, is to open in less than a year and everyone is happy to be living in the perfect place, that is, until dad announces the family will be moving to New York. The score includes some of the all-time great show tunes, “The Trolley Song,” “The Boy Next Door,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Banjos,” “Skip to My Lou” and the title song.

Montgomery College’s Summer Dinner Theatre, now celebrating 34 seasons, is an annual training ground for both aspiring musical theatre performers and behind-the-scenes artists, who apply or audition for the summer productions. Performers include Montgomery College theatre and music majors, visiting students from universities, talented high school students, and members of the community. Those chosen to participate enroll at Montgomery College for 10 weeks of hands-on education in everything from singing and dancing, to costumes and lighting. For some students, Summer Dinner Theatre marks the first time they have worked alongside professionals to learn the craft of acting and theatre production. The students also get the thrill of singing with a live orchestra. In true dinner theatre fashion, the students also serve as waiters and support staff at the performances.

Tickets for Summer Dinner Theatre are $43.00 for adults and $31.50 for children ages 12 and under. Prices include the performance and a full dinner buffet. A 10 percent discount is available for alumni or retirees of Montgomery College on the opening nights of each show. The general public may obtain a 10 percent discount if tickets are purchased for both shows on the same order. On Friday and Saturday night performances, the doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with a show time of 8:15 p.m. On Sunday, the doors will open at 12:30 p.m., with a 2:15 p.m. show time.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/sdt or call 240-567-7676.

You can also visit the Summer Dinner Theatre on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/summerdinnertheatre.

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