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Opening Knights to present 'Cinderella'

Century High School's drama club, the Opening Knights, will begin a two-weekend run of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" on March 15.

The production marks Century High School director Lucas Hewitt's debut as the lead director since taking over for longtime director Kathy James, who retired last year.

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Hewitt, who co-directed with James for two productions before taking over the program, said the transition has gone very smoothly and he is expecting a stand-out production with this show.

"[Ms. James] left me a great program," said Hewitt. "And, now I'm coming in and putting my own spin on things and re-energizing it in my own way."

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One of Hewitt's new additions to the program was to enter the show in the CAPPIES, a high school theater and journalism awards program, this year, making Century only the second high school in the county to compete in the program.

"Of course, I would love for us to be recognized at the CAPPIES," said Hewitt of his goals for the program, "but I really want to grow the theater department so it's a bigger part of Century High School ... and to be more of a community event that everyone will look forward to."

To that end, the Opening Knights scheduled two publicity events leading up to the show, where Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming, visit with guests, sing songs, read and make crafts. The first event, held at the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library, drew a crowd of 120 guests. The second event will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at A Likely Story Bookstore, 7566 Main St., Sykesville.

The drama club is also offering an opportunity for guests to visit with the cast and crew prior to each Saturday matinee during their "Enchanted Backstage Experience." Guests will enjoy juice and cookies with members of the cast, take a backstage tour, receive preferred seating for the show, and learn a song and dance, which will be performed after the show.

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Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 15, 16, 17, 23 and 24, with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. March 17 and 24.

Tickets are $10 each; at the two matinees, tickets for children younger than 10 are $6. The Enchanted Backstage Experience is an additional $5 per person. Adults accompanying children must also purchase a backstage pass.

Tickets can be purchased online at

as well as in person at A Likely Story Bookstore, in Sykesville; at the school's front office Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and at the school box office, beginning one hour before each show.

There is a high likelihood these shows will sell out, so advance purchase is recommended.

For more information, call 443-939-2100 or visit http://www.centurydrama.com.

Century High School is at 355 Ronsdale Road, Eldersburg.

'I Remember That...'

The Old Main Line Visitor Center and Post Office in Sykesville will host its monthly "I Remember That..." meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

The meeting will take place at Nexion Healthcare at Springfield Hospital and will feature guest speaker Matt Candland, Sykesville's town manager.

Nexion was the first company to renovate the old Springfield wards for use as a corporate office space and will have before and after photos available during the presentation.

"I Remember That..." meetings are free to attend. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

For more information or to register, call 410-552-9975 or visit http://www.sykesville.net.

Nexion at Springfield is at 6937 Warfield Ave., Sykesville.

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