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South Carroll students rehearsing the upcoming production of "Annie" are (from left to right) Gwen Lillycrop (freshman, Lily St. Regis), Jack Merson (sophomore, Rooster), and Rachel Schneider (senior, Mrs. Hannigan).
South Carroll students rehearsing the upcoming production of "Annie" are (from left to right) Gwen Lillycrop (freshman, Lily St. Regis), Jack Merson (sophomore, Rooster), and Rachel Schneider (senior, Mrs. Hannigan). (Caitlin Adolph/Submited photo / Caitlin Adolph/Submited photo)

In March, South Carroll High School's South Carroll Stagelighters will present Thomas Meehan and Charles Strouse's "Annie," a musical about a young orphan, who dreams to find her birth parents and to do that she decides to venture out of the orphanage. She then faces many challenges.

Caitlin Adolph, the director of this production and the drama teacher at South Carroll, said that this year is all about the classics and they came up with the idea of hosting "Annie" because this is a musical to which everyone knows the lyrics. This is the fist time she has directed this musical at South Carroll High School.

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Adolph said that they will be presenting a musical with a modern twist. The choreography is very modern with a mix of hip-hop music in them.

She also talked about the effort that everyone has put into the show, especially the students who are in charge of every aspect such as the building the set, choreography, singing, and acting.

"There are adults who are helping, but the majority is done by the students, which is very impressive," said Adolph.

According to Adolph, there are more than 60 students involved in the musical. They started auditions in mid-November and started the rehearsals in early December.

Adolph also talked about the "production team," a team of student leaders who are picked from the auditions to lead in every aspect of the show. She also said that those with no experience in theater learn from this team and by the following play they are more than welcome to apply and become leaders and be part of the team.

"It is a feel-good classic," said Adolph. "'Annie' is one of those musicals that everyone loves for its music and message. Even though it's set in the 1930s, the more and more we rehearse, the more I see current issues coming to light and presenting themselves in new ways. And these kids are unbelievable."

Also, Rachel Schneider, senior cast member, said "'Annie' has always been one of my favorite shows. I am very excited to see the different artistic choices that Stagelighters will bring to the classic!"

Technical Director is Alyson Marks and "Annie" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) and all authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

The musical will be held at SCHS's auditorium on March 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7 p.m. and on March 4 and 11 at 2 p.m.

Admission to this event is $12 for adults and $8 for children under 18 and they can be reserved at scstagelighters.org/tickets.

For more information about this musical, contact Adolph at ckadolp@carrollk12.org or Marks at avmarks@carrollk12.org. Also, you may contact them at 410-751-3575.

Geometric Objects at Eldersburg library

The Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library invites everyone in the community to come out to the Geometric Objects program on Saturday, March 4. Come out and use simple objects like straws and milk cartons to explore the amazing properties stating at 2 p.m.

According to Kahla Gubanich, the Children's Library Associate at the Eldersburg branch, the Geometric Objects program is designed and presented by the local mathematician and inventor, Jan Smid. He will work with kids and adults to explore the amazing properties of geometric objects like dodecahedrons.

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Gubanich also stated in an email conversation that the participants will learn how to make 3-D shapes using simple materials.

"It will be an opportunity to get hands-on experience building and thinking in 3-D, and will hopefully inspire participants of all ages to see that math and play can be the same thing," stated Gubanich.

Also, she stated that Smid will be displaying some of his own geometric constructions at the library.

This program is targeted to people 8 years old and older.

All of the participants need to register and you may register today for this program. For more information about this and other programs at the library, please contact them at 410-386-4488.

The Eldersburg library is located at 6400 W. Hemlock Drive in Eldersburg.

Seniors Prom at St. Joseph's

Come to St Joseph's Catholic Church Faith & Formation Center on March 11 for their annual Seniors Prom.

All of the seniors in the community are welcome to the annual Senior Prom: A St. Patrick's Day Party for Senior Citizens Age 60 & Up starting at 1 p.m. with live music, dancing, prizes, photos, and refreshments.

Monica Kerr, one of the coordinators of this event, stated in an email conversation that one of the former members of the Sheens Colleens came up with the idea.

The Sheens Colleens Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 7612 will be sponsoring this event.

Kerr said that they have been doing this event for six years.

"The Knights of Columbus and the Sheens are committed to giving back to our local community. This is one way we can give back to the senior citizens who have done so much for us," stated Kerr.

Kerr also said that the seniors usually dress up for the event, but they are not required to wear jacket or tie. Also, many seniors wear accessories based on the theme, so she expects lots of green shamrocks for the St. Patrick's theme.

According to Kerr, there will be a live band at the event.

"The band plays songs that go with our theme, older songs that the seniors recognize, as well as group dances like the electric slide," stated Kerr.

Additionally, she stated that there will also be guessing games and trivia games, with prizes for the winners and a photo station for pictures. They will print out and put the pictures in a photo folder, so the attendees can take home a keepsake.

Kerr also stated that they will be crowning the prom king and queen with prizes.

"It is not just a couples event. Couples do attend, but also widows, widowers, and groups of friends come to enjoy an afternoon of music, food, and socializing," stated Kerr.

This event ends at 4 p.m. Admission to this event is free and participants need to sign up by March 4, 2017 by calling 410-795-2288.

St Joseph's Catholic Church Faith & Formation Center is located at 915 Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

Sharina Taveras Lopez covers Eldersburg, Sykesville, Mount Airy, Winfield, Taylorsville and neighboring communities. Reach her at st008@connections.mcdaniel.edu.



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