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In this scene, Mayor Shinn (Matt Block) disapproves of the antics of Harold Hill, despite the delight the rest of the town displays. Pictured from left: Matt Block, Abby Wargo, Shannon McHenry and Angie Tolomei.
In this scene, Mayor Shinn (Matt Block) disapproves of the antics of Harold Hill, despite the delight the rest of the town displays. Pictured from left: Matt Block, Abby Wargo, Shannon McHenry and Angie Tolomei. (Submitted photo)

Fifty-one years after it was the first show performed at North Carroll High School, "The Music Man" is coming back on the NCHS stage.

The school's production will be presented at 7 p.m. May 1, 2, 8 and 9.

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"The Music Man," written by Meredith Wilson, opened on Broadway in December 1957 and was last performed at NCHS in 1964, according to Roberta Gore, NCHS drama teacher and show director.

"It's fun to imagine how, at the time, it was a new show fresh off the Broadway boards gracing our NC stage," Gore wrote in an email. "We're all looking forward to sharing 'The Music Man' with the North Carroll community. It takes us back to a time, the fourth of July, 1912, when playing pool could lead to dangerous teenage activity, and parents cringed to hear their kids say swell."

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Con man Harold Hill, played by Sam Lister, arrives in River City, Iowa, to swindle the townsfolk into buying band instruments, instruction books and uniforms so their beloved children can be part of Hill's band. Of course, he has no band and no intention of actually teaching them anything; he'll just steal their parents' hard-earned money, break their little hearts and leave town.

But Hill hits a roadblock when he meets the town librarian, Miss Marian Paroo, played by Madison Coffman. He falls in love and all his underhanded scheming falls by the wayside because of Marian the Librarian's wholesome womanly wiles.

Other major players include Matt Block as Mayor Shinn, Abby Wargo as his wife Eulalie, Harrison Boyle as Marcellus, and Sophie Mittelstedt as Mrs. Paroo.

Dan Schenning, Doug Bishop, Sam Burros and Mitchell Clauser are the show's Barbershop Quartet, and fifth-grader Nathan Chalk, who attends Hampstead Elementary School, is Winthrop.

Victoria Brusca is assistant to the director, Robert O'Neal is the show's band director, Tyler Workman is the vocal coach and Amy Appleby is the choreographer.

The total cast has 50-plus members, including a few kids from local elementary and middle schools.

Tickets for the show are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. They will go on sale the week of April 27 during lunch at the school or by calling 410-751-3450.

North Carroll High School is at 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead.

Baseball's bingo

The Manchester Baseball Association will have its inaugural bingo May 1 at the Manchester fire company activities building, 3297 York St., Manchester.

Bingo prizes include Thirty-One bags, coolers and Husky tool bags. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and four other raffles for items such as a custom-made corn hole set, a canopy and chairs, a Coleman tailgate grill and a Marine cooler.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m.

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Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Proceeds will be used by the baseball program to improve the fields.

Food will be available from the Lineboro 4-H Club and those proceeds will benefit that organization.

For more information, contact Misty Brathuhn at 443-340-1184 or brathuhnmt@yahoo.com.

Food pantry serves

North Carroll Middle School has a food pantry that offers free food, paper products, household items and gently used items for families in need.

There is an entrance that leads into the building to the left of the school gym. The pantry is right inside that door, on the left. It's open every Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. whenever the school is open. The last day for this year will be June 4.

The pantry is stocked by donations from the Maryland Food Bank, NCMS families and the North Carroll community.

The school will gladly accept donations of nonperishable food items, paper goods, toiletries and gently used clothing anytime during the school day in the main office or the school counseling office.

For more information, contact Ruth Winsker, Mary Dee Oxen or James Carver at 410-751-3440.

The school is at 2401 Hanover Pike, Hampstead.

Jill Murphy covers Hampstead, Manchester and neighboring communities in the North Carroll area. She can be reached at jillmurphy.neighborhoods@netzero.com or 443-604-8619.

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