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North Carroll High School to bring 'Clue' to life on stage

Cast members react to Mrs. Peacock, played by senior Abby Wargo, right, at a rehearsal of a¢,ǨaìCluea¢,Ǩ¬ù at North Carroll High School in Hampstead, Nov. 9. Pictured from left: junior Wyatt Miller as Mr. Green, senior Sanie Fontaine as Miss Scarlet, sophomore Nick Ruszala as Professor Plum, senior Nicole Bagniefski as Mrs. White, junior Ryan Christopher as Colonel Mustard, senior Matt Block as Wadsworth and senior Abby Wargo as Mrs. Peacock. __- Original Credit: Donna Mortensen/correspondent ph
Cast members react to Mrs. Peacock, played by senior Abby Wargo, right, at a rehearsal of a¢,ǨaìCluea¢,Ǩ¬ù at North Carroll High School in Hampstead, Nov. 9. Pictured from left: junior Wyatt Miller as Mr. Green, senior Sanie Fontaine as Miss Scarlet, sophomore Nick Ruszala as Professor Plum, senior Nicole Bagniefski as Mrs. White, junior Ryan Christopher as Colonel Mustard, senior Matt Block as Wadsworth and senior Abby Wargo as Mrs. Peacock. __- Original Credit: Donna Mortensen/correspondent ph (Photographer Donna J. Mortensen / HANDOUT)

The cast and crew of North Carroll High School's "Clue" will bring the board game to life on the school's stage at 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is general admission.

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Roberta Gore, drama teacher and director of the play, said that each night's performance will end differently. The cast will do a drawing before each show to pull a piece of paper from a bag containing papers marked for each ending, she said, and the drawn ending will be presented in that night's show.

Gore, who is now in her 34th year of teaching, said she had to order the script package from England because she could not find a non-musical version of the show in the U.S. When it arrived and she saw that it had three endings, Gore said, they decided to do all three.

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Professor Plum is played by sophomore Nick Ruszala, who is giving his first performance on North Carroll High School's stage. Ruszala said the audience should "be prepared for anything — the show's wild with lots of twists and turns." He said the idea of performing three endings, with each night's ending being drawn on the day of the show, is a little scary, but that they will be prepared.

Sania Fontaine, who plays Miss Scarlet, said she has been acting since her freshman year. The senior described her character as "very sarcastic but in a bland way, so it's hard balancing the two." She said the show will take audience members "on an emotional roller coaster."

Senior Natalie Bagniefski, who said she usually acts, is taking a behind-the-scenes role for this production, serving as its assistant director.

"It's a really fun show to watch. I think people will not only enjoy it but realize how fun it is for the actors to be on stage," she said.

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Gore said most of the actors are seasoned performers.

"They make it work," she said. "There's much to be proud of."

Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. They will go on sale Monday, Nov. 16. Tickets may be purchased weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school or you can call the school at 410-751-3450 to reserve tickets for pickup at the performance. Payment is by cash or check only.

"Everybody played Clue as a kid. Lots of people have seen the campy movie … If you just want a light night of wonderfully hilarious comedic acting, it fits that bill," Gore said.

Cash raffle to benefit Lineboro fire company

Act fast to get tickets for the Lineboro fire company's annual Big Money Cash Raffle at the fire hall at 4224 East Main St., Lineboro, from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov 21. Event tickets are $5. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

"We virtually sell out every year," said event chair John Krebs.

Each event ticket earns its buyer two four-digit raffle tickets. On the day of the event, four wheels numbered 0 through 9 will be spun every 10 minutes, Krebs said.

"If those numbers match one of your tickets, you win," he said.

The winning numbers in the Maryland Pick 4 drawing at 7:56 p.m. will be used as the winning numbers for the grand prize drawing at the end of the day.

A drawing and payout schedule for the day is available through the cash raffle link on the fire company's website.

The $5 event ticket "gets you in the door that day, and we have a lot of other games of chance happening that day," Krebs said. "That ticket also entitles you to food and beverages while they last — hot dogs, barbecue, mac and cheese … sodas, water and beer."

Only 5,000 raffle tickets are being sold. If people are not able to buy a cash raffle event ticket before they sell out, he said, they can still come to the firehouse on Nov. 21 and pay $5 for admission to eat and play the other games.

For more information or tickets, call the firehouse at 410-374-2197 or visit www.lineborovfd.com.

Pig roast to raise funds for area family

The Jacob Armacost Foundation will hold its sixth bi-annual pig roast and silent auction at the Arcadia fire company's social hall at 16020 Carnival Ave., in Upperco, from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Armacost was the victim of a near-drowning accident when he was 16 months old, which has left him with severe brain damage.

Proceeds from this event will go toward paying for therapies and equipment not covered by insurance, according to the event flier.

Jacob's mother, Donna Armacost, said the pig roast will include barbecue pork, chicken, side dishes and baked goods, all made by volunteers. Prigel Family Creamery, of Glen Arm, is donating ice cream for the event.

The silent auction will offer about 250 items, many of which will be Christmas-related, Donna said, including collectibles, antiques, sports items, kids' toys, jewelry, gift baskets and tools.

She said they will probably also have a few items for live auction.

Music will be provided by a DJ.

Donna said the pig roast usually draws 350 to 400 guests.

For more information or to buy tickets, call Donna Armacost at 410-967-7748 or Donald Dell at 410-848-5486.

Donna Mortensen covers Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro and neighboring communities in northern Carroll County. She can be reached at DonnaNeighborhoods@gmail.com or 443-547-6507.

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