Burn Brae, kingpin of the area dinner theaters, is presenting an appealing spirited, well-sung "Carousel." This Rodgers and Hammerstein gem demands good voices and assured playing - and receives it here under Rodney B. Fayman's direction.
Now nearing the end of its 10th year, the Burtonville, Md. dinner theater, a trailblazer for the area, constantly has developed its facilities and menu. Producer John Kinnamon, presently alternating with John Stevenson, another fine performer, as "Carousel's" Billy Bigelow, and producer Bernard T. Levin have enriched dining and performing and areas.
After some experimenting, Burn Brae also has found a way to cope with orchestral problems. Even for a small, hidden orchestra, absentee averages were high. Now, following a rehearsal period, a 27-piece orchestra is taped by musical director John Sichina.
The sound system is fine indeed, tapings allow for improvisations and the performers are adept in using the novelty. The result is richer dinner theater orchestra than found elsewhere in the area.
There are good, well-trained voices for the melodic score: "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "Mister Snow," "That Was a Real Nice Clambake," "You'll Never Walk Alone" and Billy's Soliloquy.
1/4 The Billy and Julie roles are vital. Kinnamon, a handsome felllow with a baritone trained by Todd Duncan, is an ideal Billy and so, I imagine, must be John Stevenson, a Burn Brae regular, Katherine Campbell's silver-voiced Julie is lovely, and Lani Chenille gives grand dash to Carrie. Rodney Fayman has voice and comic style for Mr. Snow and there's an exceptionaly able Jigger in Glen Greensburg. Shirley Welch, Phyllis Goldblatt, Tony Fountain, Robert A. Arnold and Steve Wappel all have professional class in this lovely production of one America's loveliest musicals.