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Love triangle is central to WHS spring musical

A love triangle is about to play out on stage at Westminster High School, as students present the musical "Aida."

With music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice, the play is based on the opera "Aida" by Verdi. The plot follows Aida, the captured princess of Nubia; Radames, the Egyptian captain who helped enslave her people, and Amneris, the Egyptian princess Radames is engaged to marry. Aida and Radames must decide whether to go where love leads — or accept their duty to lead their people and separate forever.


"I've loved this show since I saw the original production on Broadway 14 years ago," said the WHS drama director, Melissa Purdy. "We were looking for a show that would be a good contrast to last year's production of 'Anything Goes,' which is a very traditional musical, and 'Aida' does that. We also felt we had the voices to handle this style of music."

WHS senior Michael Hudson said he was drawn to the character Radames because of the complex situation the character finds himself in and the inner tribulations he experiences. As Radames, he is one of many voices who sing in the production and he said he finds that to be fun.


"I think the most compelling part of the story is the love triangle between Amneris, Aida and Radames — but I don't want to give anything away," Hudson said. "The aspect of the show that the audience will love is how fun the music is to listen to and how emotionally gripping the story is."

Look for plenty of song and dance onstage as the story unfolds.

"Elton John and Tim Rice's music is a huge part of this musical," Purdy said. "It really sets the tone of the different scenes and matches perfectly with the different characters and what they are going through at each moment in the show."

"As I listened to the 'Aida' soundtrack, I fell in love with the music," said junior Nicole Banks, who plays the part of Aida. "Aida constantly struggles with deciding whether to be loyal to her country or to indulge in her more emotional pleasures."

Banks said, "There's a certain tension between Aida and Radames ... It's the kind of show where you just have to see what happens next. The music is amazing, it's an energetic show and there truly is something for everyone wrapped in the experience."

Purdy said the cast members are a mix of experienced and new talent, and they are doing a great job handling the challenges of this production.

Banks spoke of all she has learned, saying she feels honored to be surrounded by the talent on stage for this production. "I could not ask for a better group of people to support me and guide me through this process," she said.

The school's drama department will present "Aida" at 7 p.m. April 23 and 24 and at 2 and 7 p.m. April 25.


Reserved seats in the school auditorium cost $12 and general admission is $10. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Purdy said "Aida" has a "wonderfully written dramatic storyline that will really engage audience members. That paired with Elton John's music makes it something that shouldn't be missed."

The school is at 1225 Washington Road, Westminster.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call the school at 410-751-3630.

Benefit fashion show

Check out spring fashions and silent auction items, and enjoy food, at the Westminster Rescue Mission Ladies' Auxiliary Spring Fashion Show Fundraiser.


Tickets are $10 for the event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 25 at Faith Family Church, 4150 Sykesville Road, Gamber.

Look for new and gently worn clothing and accessories available for purchase.

"It's going to be a fun time with food and silent auction items," said Lynette Brewer, president of the Westminster Rescue Mission Ladies' Auxiliary. "A lot of the clothing modeled is new and it will all be sold for a reasonable price after the show. We will also have racks other nice donated clothing to sell, all very reasonably priced."

Brewer said the church will provide finger foods, included in the ticket price.

Among items up for bids in the silent auction are: a $95 gift certificate to a local beauty shop for hair coloring; five hours of math tutoring; restaurant gift certificates; antiques; hand-painted items; a Native American collection with jewelry, pottery and a book; a treasure chest with 12 green glassware pieces inside, and more.

"All proceeds raised go the ministry of the rescue mission," Brewer said. "They give relief, aid and rescue services to men who have had addictions but also help families in need because they give thousands of pounds of food away each week. A lot of people aren't aware that the mission also has the store on Main Street [in Westminster] called The Spare Room, as well as the big gymnasium store on Lucabaugh Mill Road off Route 27 in Westminster."


Tickets will be sold at the door but should be purchased in advance if possible, by calling Beverly Maring at 410-848-8149 or emailing

Brewer said those who attend "will have a good time with friends. They will enjoy the show, the food and the silent auction, but the main thing is that they will be supporting a wonderful ministry."

Playing bingo all day

The Pleasant Valley fire company will host an All Day Bingo Bonanza on Saturday, April 18, at the fire hall, 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Pleasant Valley.

The $35 all-day packet includes lunch and a six pack of cards with specials built in. A $1,000 jackpot sheet is also included in the package.

Throughout the day, participants may play up to 60 games of bingo. Other games — like lighting bingo and split-the-pot — can be purchased for an additional fee, as well as pull-tab games. The total payout for the day is $6,300 in cash.


Doors will open at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. and will include fried chicken, ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, roll and butter.

Iced tea and coffee will be available for free all day and additional food choices will be available for purchase.

Bingo starts promptly at 12:30. Look for two intermissions and a finish time at about 6 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the fire company.

For more information call 410-346-7563.

Baskets as prizes


The Westminster Lions Club will have its annual Longaberger basket bingo on Saturday, April 18, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 467, 519 Poole Road, Westminster.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with an early bird game at 6:30 p.m. and regular games beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 in advance or $18 at the door and include 20 regular games of bingo.

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The prizes are new and retired Longaberger baskets filled with goodies.

Bring a canned good for an extra game, but only one game card per person for this special game.

Look for four specials, King Tut games and raffles for an additional fee.


Refreshments, to include soups and sandwiches, will be sold and door prizes will be drawn throughout the night.

Event proceeds will go toward projects to benefit the community.

For tickets or more information, contact Barb Hayes at 410-596-1483 or or call Kathy Rixham at 410-526-4903.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her, call 410-346-7321 or email