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Century High students to stage special nights of fright

Sophomore Sarah Noll, left, and freshman Eva White duel with lightsabers during a rehearsal of "Little Women 2: Wrath of the Undead" at Century High School in Eldersburg on Oct. 20.
Sophomore Sarah Noll, left, and freshman Eva White duel with lightsabers during a rehearsal of "Little Women 2: Wrath of the Undead" at Century High School in Eldersburg on Oct. 20. (Photo by Dylan Slage, for The Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Would Count Dracula's coffin, resting in the depths of a medieval castle's basement, be dusty and covered with cobwebs?

That was the grave question members of Century High School's Drama Club pondered after doing a run-through of "Escape from Dracula's Castle" last week during rehearsal.

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Student director Mark Huber, 17, had liked the way that actor William Blauch, 15, paused before he opened the imaginary coffin but thought Blauch should dust off the top.

Many in the cast, though, said the lid would be dust-free since the count went in and out every night. Some were not so sure.

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Others were more concerned about the obvious missing ingredient. "There's no coffin yet," someone quipped, as the prop has yet to be built.

Still, rehearsals were in full swing at the school for two special "One-Axe" plays for the Halloween season.

With the successful completion of their fall production of "Little Women," the drama club moved quickly into its next production — "Little Women 2: Wrath of the Undead" and "Escape from Dracula's Castle" — that are scheduled for Halloween and Nov. 1.

"It's the first time we've done a Halloween production," said Lucas Hewitt, drama teacher at Century. "They're definitely a lot of fun."

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After battling dinosaurs, robots and zombies, the cast of "Little Women 2 " took a break from rehearsals. All were excited about their upcoming production.

"I love zombies," said Sarah Noll, 15, whose character becomes one. "I'm really excited to be the undead."

Jessica Lang said her character, Jo, is the coolest, and that everyone will enjoy the show. There is one hang-up, however.

"I'm going to miss the candy, to be honest," Lang, 15, a sophomore, admitted.

Blauch, too, admitted he would miss the evening's typical festivities, but smiled.

"The show is a great alternative," Blauch said.

The One-Axe: "Little Women 2: Wrath of the Undead" and "Escape from Dracula's Castle" will be presented by Century High School's drama club on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

For information, go to http://www.centurydrama.com.

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