Musicals take the stage at Mt. Hebron, Centennial [Ellicott City]

Musicals take the stage at Mt. Hebron, Centennial [Ellicott City]
Centennial High School student Anne Marie Demme heads the cast as Dorothy along with students Niall Musonda as the Scarecrow, Daniel Giangrandi as the Cowardly Lion and Ben Evans as the Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz." (submitted photo)

It's showtime for the high school Spring musicals. Bid farewell to Birdie and take a walk down the Yellow Brick Road.

At Mt. Hebron High School, over 150 students are involved in bringing the school's musical "Bye Bye Birdie" to stage on March 16, 21, 22 and 23, at 7 p.m.; and March 17, at 2 p.m. This family-friendly musical features many popular songs such as "Put On A Happy Face," "One Last Kiss," "Lot of Livin' " and "Telephone Hour."


Under the direction of Tom Sankey, seniors Christina Mattera and Ben Browne lead the cast as Rosie and Albert. They star along with freshman Tharen Rice and junior Paul Lutchenkov (sharing in the role of Conrad Birdie), junior Maliaka McCorn (Mae Peterson), senior Patrick Rasmussen and junior Scarlett Forgrave (Mr. and Mrs. MacAfee), senior Abi Welch and freshman Mike Olson (MacAfee children Kim and Randolph), Eric Dombrowski (Hugo) and sophomore Carly Wakefield (Ursula). Featured players also include juniors David Niezelski, Molly Bishop and Naomi Abankwah; and seniors Austin Bendik, Andy Shin and Graham Knapp.

The production team includes choreographers Amanda Tschirgi and Kassi Mattera, costumers Barbara Bogart and sophomore Kate Weiss, set designer Pete Johnson, orchestra director Dan Pendley, vocal director Chris Hettenbach, stage manager senior Sam Borchers and lighting designer senior Matt Cooley.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in the school's cafeteria on school days from 10:15 a.m. to noon. Also, reserve tickets by calling 410-313-2880 weekdays between 7:15 a.m. and 3 p.m.

At Centennial High, they're off to see the Wizard … the wonderful Wizard of Oz. Follow characters Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion as they bravely chase their dreams to the Emerald City at the school's musical production of "The Wizard of Oz," March 21 and 22, at 7 p.m.; March 23, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and March 24, at 3 p.m.

Director Kathyrn Carlsen has assembled a spectacular 100-plus student cast; a 15-piece orchestra including all-state and all-county band members; and "Over the Rainbow" sets to transport the audience to Kansas and the Land of Oz — no passport required!

Anne Marie Demme leads the cast as Dorothy Gale, along with Niall Musonda (Scarecrow), Daniel Giangrandi (Cowardly Lion), Ben Evans (Tin Man), Sarika Reddy (West Witch), Jillian Loeffler (Glinda), and Bobby Henneberg (The Wizard of Oz).

Tickets to your journey down the Yellow Brick Road can be purchased in advanced for $10 online at Day of show tickets, if available, are $12 at the door. For more information, contact Kathryn Carlsen at 410-313-2856 or by email at

Back by popular demand, Clarlen Nursery School's second annual Wheely Fun Day will be held on Friday, March 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. (rain date March 22).

At this free community event, kids will get a hands-on experience with a multitude of trucks and vehicles, including a BGE bucket-lift truck, an FBI hazmat response vehicle, a cement truck, a rollback truck, four-wheelers, bikes, tractors and a police car.

In addition, enjoy balloon artist Tom Lilly, the Baltimore Orioles Bird and a magician. Located in Bethany United Methodist Church, at 2875 Bethany Lane, in Ellicott City, Clarlen has provided preschool education to 3- and 4-year-olds for more than 30 years. For more information about Wheely Fun Day, call 410-465-7405.

Chris Geibel, of Folly Quarter Middle School's Community Outreach Committee, would like to invite the public to the school's Community Indoor Yard Sale on March 23, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Sponsored by the school's Leo Club, this event is a great opportunity to sell your "extra" items. Crafters are also welcome. Seller space is available at $15 each.

Donations are also being accepted for the "donation tables," where invited guests from local charitable agencies will be able to shop for free. Tax deductible donations can be dropped off at the school on March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the cafeteria.

For more information or to reserve a seller space, call 443-506-7394 or email The school is at 13500 Triadelphia Road, in Ellicott City.


The Centennial High School Boosters are sponsoring a Luck O' the Eagles gala and silent auction on Saturday, March 16, from 7 to 11 p.m., at The Lodge. This is an adults only, business-casual event that is open to the public.

Silent auction items include an autographed football by the Ravens' Ray Rice, Orioles and Ravens tickets, 15 reserved seats and preferred parking pass at Centennial's graduation ceremony, in-home wine tasting and catered dinner packages, Bruno Mars and Jerry Seinfeld tickets, weekend escapes, golf and spa packages, and more.

Proceeds support the school's student extracurricular activities. The cost of $50 per person includes a Catering by Alan dinner, dancing and free drinks (beer, wine and soda).

To purchase tickets online, go to the Boosters website at