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Teacher talents on display at school event

Teachers teach, right? That's what they do. Many teachers, however, have skills that you might never expect.

The Class of 2016 at Century High School will have some of those teachers putting their talents and skills on display at a Teacher Talent Show and Showcase. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 31.

"The purpose of the event is to showcase the various talents of faculty and staff of Century High School and its feeder schools. We have several teachers from Linton Springs Elementary School and Sykesville Middle School who are performing, as well as teachers from Century High," class adviser Anne Dorwart, a teacher in Century's social studies department, wrote in an email.

According to Dorwart, faculty members from all three schools will be performing onstage, with acts ranging from a team of fourth-grade teachers from Linton Springs Elementary to vocal music from Century High School Junior Reserve Office Training Corps instructor Lt. Col. Lee Mitchell, U.S. Army, retired.

The showcase part of the event will allow teachers to show off skills that don't translate readily to the stage. Century's cafeteria will give these teachers room to display their crafts, skills and artwork and will let the audience to get a closer look.

The most unusual skill included in the showcase is that of Century biology teacher Cindy Perouty. Dorwart notes that Perouty will have a presentation on food eaten on naval and pirate vessels between 1680 and 1740.

The show will have an intermission to give everyone a chance to see the showcase and purchase snacks. The refreshments will be sold by the Century High School Class of 2017 as a fundraiser.

Tickets for the Teacher Talent Show and Showcase are $5 per person and will be available at the door. If you bring along one canned food item to donate to Carroll County Food Sunday, your ticket will only cost $4.

Proceeds from the show and showcase will go into the Class of 2016 treasury to help pay for next year's junior prom and other class events.

Other fundraisers planned for this year include a basket and bag bingo on March 7 and a community yard sale on April 26. Watch this column for more detail on those upcoming events.

To learn more about the Teacher Talent Show and Showcase, call Century High School at 410-386-4400.

Century High School is at 355 Ronsdale Road, Eldersburg.

One-act play

Liberty High School's Thespian Troupe 984 is breaking new ground this month. The acting company is making the North American debut of "The Trench," a one-act play by Oliver Lansley.

"The Trench" was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2012. Some of the troupe's members saw the show on a trip to Scotland this past summer.

The play focuses on the experience of a World War I tunnel digger, who is trapped underground. Liberty's production features shadow puppetry, hand puppetry, a live band on stage and innovative staging techniques.

Directed by drama teacher and Thespian Society adviser Tony Cimino, a preview of the play was presented at the Carroll Arts Center on Jan. 18 and is being performed at the Maryland State Thespian Festival this weekend.

You can see "The Trench" next week, when it takes the stage in the Schnorr Auditorium at Liberty High School. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 31, and 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 1.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Military veterans can attend the 2 p.m. show Feb. 1 at a discounted ticket price of $8 at the door.

Advance tickets are only available online at http://www.lhsdramaclub.com or directly at http://www.showclix.com/events/15620. You will be able to pick the advance tickets purchased at the Will Call window at the school's box office two hours before show time. The box office at Liberty will open at 5 p.m. for ticket sales before the 7 p.m. shows and at noon for the 2 p.m. show.

To learn more or to see the video trailer for Liberty's play, go to http://www.lhsdramaclub.com. You may also call 410-751-3560 for more information.

Liberty High School is at 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.

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