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'The Great Gatsby' coming to FSK stage

Francis Scott Key High School drama teacher Sharon Garcia said that most years she chooses light-hearted plays and comedies for the student productions, but this fall's choice of "The Great Gatsby" brings more depth to the stage.

"The Great Gatsby" was nominated by a student who was reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel for English class, Garcia said. The adaptation the students will perform was written by Simon Levy, and is very close to the book, though somewhat abridged.

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"I don't often do this, but the kids came to me last year and really wanted to do this," Garcia said. "I thought about the kids, the type of talent that we have here ... we really do have what it takes to handle that type of a play, so we decided to do that."

The play will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15 and 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in the school's auditorium.

Though it was published in 1925, Garcia said it is no surprise "The Great Gatsby" is still taught in schools, and she believes it is a play that will interest many.

"F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the prominent writers of the early 20th century and you can get a little bit of a literary perspective on history and the time of Prohibition and the Roaring '20s, and some of the prejudices that existed among those who had money coming down through the ancestry and those who were just coming into money at the time," Garcia said.

Senior Bryan Burrows plays Nick Carraway, the narrator who ties all of the parts of the story together. Burrows said "The Great Gatsby" breaks the mold of past school plays at FSK.

"I think what parents and students both will take away from this show is that it is very realistic, more so than some shows that I have been a part of in the past at FSK," Burrows wrote in an email.

Senior Devin Holsey, who is portraying Jay Gatsby, said the play really gives a glimpse of what life was like during that time period, with interesting characters that make a good story.

"I had just seen the new movie before we got the news that we were doing it as a play," Holsey said. "I basically fell in love with Gatsby the first time I saw him."

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Holsey said playing Gatsby is a challenging role since he is almost two characters in one: There is the sweet country boy who fell in love with young Daisy before she was married, and then the cultured facade of a suave gentleman he later became to try and win her back.

"Embodying both of those things simultaneously on stage is really, really difficult," Holsey said with a laugh.

Other lead actors include Annie Douglas as Daisy Buchanan, Carraway's cousin and Gatsby's love interest; Matt Schuyler as Tom Buchanan, Daisy's husband; and Carly Gabriel as Jordan Baker, a friend of Daisy's and potential love interest for Nick.

Sophomore Gabriel said "The Great Gatsby" is a classic in which she is excited to be performing.

"It's such a stereotypical love story, and I think it's what people want to see. It's the right amount of drama, the right amount of comedy," she said. "It's a loveable story."

Ticket prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $7 for adults.

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For more information, contact Heidi Eiwen at 410-751-3320 or

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Francis Scott Key High School is at 3825 Bark Hill Road, Uniontown.

Shopping Night
The New Windsor Middle School PTO will hav a "Shopping Night" fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Featured will be numerous home-based sales companies, such as Thirty-One, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef and Silpada.
The participating businesses have offered to donate a portion of their sales back to the school's PTO.
The PTO is currently raising money for Promethean Expressions, which are hand-held devices that will allow an interactive learning experience, as well as money for school field trips and assemblies.
Planned for mid-November, the Shopping Night can help you get a jump-start on your holiday shopping and help the school at the same time.
The event will take place at the school, 1000 Green Valley Road, New Windsor.
For more information, call Beth Abbott at 443-398-6672.

Fire company events
The Union Bridge fire company will have its monthly breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday in the fire hall at 8 W. Locust St., Union Bridge, with a free raffle with two turkeys being given away.
Breakfast is all you can eat with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, sausage gravy, hominy, pudding, potatoes, biscuits, muffins, fruit, orange juice, tea and coffee.
The cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 6 through 12, and free for children younger than 6.
Call 443-244-3507 for more information.
The Union Bridge fire company is having a Bingo Banquet Nov. 16 at the fire hall.
The cost is $25 per person and includes a meal and a chance at cash prizes throughout a night of bingo.
Doors will open at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5 p.m., with games beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the evening will go to the fire company's general fundraising efforts.
For more information, call 443-547-8080.

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