Carroll County News

'Little Women' to be performed on thrust stage at Century

A corps of actors at Century High School will bring the 2005 musical version of "Little Women" to the stage for five performances, starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in the school's auditorium.

The show's run will continue with performances at 7 p.m. Oct. 11, 16, 17 and 18, with a 2 p.m. matinee Oct. 18, as well.


"Little Women" is an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic book about four sisters growing up in Concord, Massachusetts, during and right after the Civil War. Jo March, the imaginative, irrepressible, second sister, has been an iconic hero for generations of young women looking to find their way in the world.

At Century, senior Mallorie Stern plays Jo. "It's so much fun. Jo is still ladylike, but she's a big tomboy," Mallorie said. "She knows a lot about the world, but at the same time, she doesn't. She tries so hard."


With only 10 roles in the musical, Century drama teacher Lucas Hewitt, who is co-directing "Little Women" with his wife Caitlyn Hewitt, decided to bring the show to a more intimate level. Performances will be done on a thrust stage, with the audience seated on the actual stage at Century High School.

With this style of seating, the show can only host 150 audience members for each performance. Advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended.

Tickets for "Little Women" are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. You can purchase tickets online with a nominal service charge at the website at

For more information, check the website or call the school at 410-386-4400 during school hours.

The school is at at 355 Ronsdale Road, Eldersburg.

Yard Sale & Fallfest

Are you looking for some fun for the whole family? Boy Scout Troop 110 will have a Yard Sale & Fallfest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Freedom Optimist Hall, 6315 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg.

You can search for treasures or just useful items among the gently-used selections in the yard sale. You can celebrate fall by buying apple cider and sweet treats from the bake table.


Even if you're not shopping, Scouts from Troop 110 will be leading games and providing demonstrations of camping skills. Young, would-be Scouts are invited to tour the full-size tepee that the Scouts use on special occasions.

For more information, call Pete White at 443-920-3500.

Church hosting concert

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, Kent Courtney will present a program of historical music and stories at Springfield Presbyterian Church, 7300 Spout Hill Road, Sykesville.

This is the second event in the church's 2014-2015 bimonthly concert series.

Courtney focuses his performance on the music and events of the early parts of the 1800s in the United States. He has been featured on several television programs, and has written a book, "Returning to the Civil War."


This program has special resonance for Springfield Presbyterian Church, since the church was built in 1836. The performance will take place in the sanctuary.

Admission is free and all ages are welcome. The church members will offer a reception with light refreshments following the performance, and a freewill offering will be accepted at intermission to support the concert series.

More information is available at or by calling the church at 410-795-6152.

Costume resale

The PTA of Oklahoma Road Middle School is looking for some Halloween costumes. The plan is to sell those costumes to raise money to support programs for the school.

One sale has already been held, on Sept. 27, but there are plenty of costumes still available. The PTA is looking for additional costumes to add for the second sale day.


If you have costumes to donate, you can bag them up and drop them off inside the main entrance of either Oklahoma Road Middle School, 6300 Oklahoma Road, Eldersburg, or Carrolltowne Elementary School, 6542 Ridge Road, Eldersburg. Costume donations will be accepted through Oct. 16.

The next Halloween Costume Resale will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 in the main entrance of Oklahoma Road Middle School. Come out and find great costumes for the whole family at bargain prices.

For more information, call Michele Geidel, PTA president, at 443-223-2080.

Nancy McKenzie covers Berrett, Eldersburg, Flohrville, Gaither, Gist, Johnsville, Louisville, Marriottsville and Sykesville. Contact her at 410-848-2260 or