Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre Serves Up Musical Comedy During 40th Anniversary Season

Into the Woods and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers On Stage This Summer

Montgomery College is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Summer Dinner Theatre with two acclaimed musicals. Into the Woods opens June 23. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers opens July 21.

Summer Dinner Theatre provides training to aspiring musical theatre performers and behind-the-scenes artists who must apply or audition for positions. Participants enroll at Montgomery College for 10 weeks of hands-on education in everything from performance to costumes and lighting. The highlight of the summer are performances in June and July, complete with a live orchestra.

The first show of the summer is the Tony Award-winning Into the Woods; book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

The second show is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; book by Lawrence Kasha and David Landy; lyrics by Johnny Mercer; music by Gene de Paul; new Songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn. The musical captures the energy of the original MGM film, harkening back to the glory days of the movie musical.

For both shows, performers include Montgomery College students, visiting students from universities, high school students and members of the community.

Walter Ware III, director of Into The Woods, is the resident casting director and artistic coordinator at Signature Theater. He has previously directed Side Show and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for the Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre.

Evan Casey is the director of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He has worked as an actor, singer director, and teacher for over fifteen years, performing at The Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, and Olney Theatre Center, among others.

The artistic director is Pauline Grossman. An accomplished choreographer and drama teacher, her credits include more than 35 musicals throughout the DC region. Pauline is a resident faculty member at The Catholic University of America, the Joy of Motion Dance Center and the Musical Theater Center of Rockville.

Lisa Carrier Baker is the managing director. A professor of voice at American University and Montgomery College, her students can be heard on Broadway stages and in national tours and include Helen Hayes award winners. Previously, she was director of education and ensembles at the Musical Theatre Center (now Adventure Theatre MTC). In addition, with the help of Bernadette Peters and Broadway Cares producer Scott Stevens, she founded DC Actors for Animals.

Tickets may be purchased for show only during some performances. To purchase tickets or to get more information on shows, seating, the dinner buffet and directions, visit http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/EDU/Department2.aspx?id=5103 or call 240-567-7676.

Into the Woods is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684, Fax: 212-397-4684

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019  Phone: 212-541-4684  Fax: 212-397-4684 Find more information at www.MTIShows.com

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

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