South Carroll Stagelighters to present 'The Canterbury Tales'

Rehearsing the prologue to "The Canterbury Tales" Oct. 6 are, from left, Elizabeth Larsen as the Prioress, Jack Merson as the Franklin, Emily Alexander as the Hostess, and Federico Alvarado as the Reeve. Performances of "The Canterbury Tales" are scheduled for Oct. 22 to 24 at South Carroll High School.
Rehearsing the prologue to "The Canterbury Tales" Oct. 6 are, from left, Elizabeth Larsen as the Prioress, Jack Merson as the Franklin, Emily Alexander as the Hostess, and Federico Alvarado as the Reeve. Performances of "The Canterbury Tales" are scheduled for Oct. 22 to 24 at South Carroll High School. (Nancy McKenzie photo)

Do you like stories? Come out and hear some classic stories from Geoffrey Chaucer as the South Carroll High School Stagelighters drama club presents "The Canterbury Tales."

"We decided to do a season of literature-based shows," said Caitlin Adolph, technical director for the production and one of the Stagelighters advisors. "It's so much fun. This show, as an English teacher, is my pride and joy."


"The Canterbury Tales" is based on Chaucer's book of the same title, originally written in the late 14th century in what we now call Middle English. Don't worry about trying to understand pronunciation from ages ago; the show has been translated into modern English in this adaptation by Lindsay Price.

Although they use present-day language to tell the tales, the Stagelighters are working to replicate the characters' attire from Medieval English sources. The play is giving its actors and audience a view into the way of life more than 600 years ago.


Nearly 30 students have been working on the play, which features a series of seven tales related by a group of pilgrims traveling to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Thomas Beckett, an English martyr. The pilgrims are telling stories to compete for the prize of a free meal when they return to their starting point in Southwark.

The pilgrims, who are the lead performers in the play, are played by senior Emily Alexander, of Mount Airy; senior Federico Alvarado, of Mount Airy; junior Zach Federici, of Mount Airy; sophomore Elizabeth Larson, of Mount Airy; freshman Jack Merson, of Westminster; sophomore Jacob Miller, of Winfield; senior Tori Prestianni, of Sykesville; and junior Haven Snively, Mount Airy.

More student actors present the action to accompany each of the pilgrim's tales, some of them playing multiple roles in the separate scenes, while other students work behind the scenes.

"I love theater — that's what I want to do in life," said Alvarado. "I've been acting since middle school, and I've done every single play, musical and theatrical endeavor at the school or elsewhere. I spent this past summer working at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre in Frederick."


Miller, on the other hand, started acting because it was a family affair.

"I've followed my two sisters through the program," Miller said. "I did my first show when I was 8, and I've been doing it ever since."

For others, it's all part of being in the Stagelighters.

"It's a really good club to be in," said Larsen. "We're really close-knit, because we spend so much time together."

The club's president, Katie Dyson, a senior from Mount Airy, is working behind the scenes as the show's stage manager with Natasha Acuña, a sophomore from Mount Airy.

"My biggest challenge is staying motivated at this point. I have to keep my eye on everything," said Dyson. "I enjoy it. This is my place."

The show is being directed by math teacher and co-advisor of the Stagelighters Alyson Marks.

"It's a really fun show," said Marks. "A lot of the stories really make me laugh."

"The Canterbury Tales" will run for one weekend only, from Oct. 22 to 24. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 23, with a 2 p.m. and a 7 p.m. performance on Oct. 24.

Admission is $10 per person, and tickets can be purchased online at scstagelighters.org or at the door.

To get more information about the play or to order tickets, call the school at 410-751-3575 ext. 2283 or visit scstagelighters.org.

South Carroll High School is at 1300 West Old Liberty Road, Sykesville.

Liberty High School FFA to hold bag bingo

Need a bag? The Liberty High School Future Farmers of America may have just what you're looking for, if that's a Vera Bradley or Thirty-One bag.

The club will hold its second annual bag bingo at Oklahoma Road Middle School Oct. 17. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the bingo begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. You can call Kellie Patton to reserve tickets at 410-596-7341.

Your ticket will get you 20 regular games of bingo. You can buy additional tickets for the two special games and the 50/50 raffle, and purchase refreshments before and during the bingo.

All proceeds will go to support the activities of the Liberty High School FFA.

Oklahoma Road Middle School is at 6300 Oklahoma Road, Eldersburg.

Fire company to hold breakfast buffet

The Mount Airy fire company will be dishing up a Big Country Breakfast Buffet at the activities building at 1008 Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 18. All proceeds from the breakfast will go to support the fire company.

The menu features scrambled eggs, smoked sausage, bacon, French toast, pancakes, biscuits, home fries, sausage gravy, chipped beef gravy, baked apples and waffles. You can wash it down with coffee, tea, orange juice or hot chocolate.

The price is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger.

If you need more information, contact Mary Alexander by email at malexander@mavfc.org or by calling 301-829-0100 ext. 362.

Fire company open house to be held

The Sykesville-Freedom District fire company invites everyone to come to its Prevention/Safety Open House at the fire hall and carnival grounds at 6680 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 18.

The open house is being held as part of National Fire Prevention Month, which is observed every October. The observation traces its roots back to the Great Chicago Fire, which happened Oct. 8 to 10, 1871.

Visitors will be able to see fire and rescue equipment from the fire company as well as from other county and state agencies, and can watch demonstrations of some of the equipment. Free hot dogs and chips will be served.

For more information, contact cflanagan@sykesvillefire.org or call 410-795-8021.

Nancy McKenzie covers Eldersburg, Mount Airy, Sykesville and neighboring communities. Contact her at mckenzietimes@comcast.net or call 410-848-2260 and leave a message.

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