Chesapeake High returns to the stage with 'The Matchmaker'


After a yearlong hiatus, the Chesapeake High School Drama Club returns to the stage to present Thornton Wilder's four-act comedy, "The Matchmaker," at 7 p.m. Thursday and April 16, in the school auditorium.

The plot of this hilarious farce focuses on the efforts of Dolly Levi and her efforts to find a suitable wife for Horace Vandergelder, a rich merchant. The play became the smash Broadway musical "Hello Dolly!"

More than 50 students, under director Vicky Weedon, are in the cast and crew.

"It was truly a challenge to pick the cast since 56 very talented students auditioned," Weedon explained.

The cast includes: Rob Anderson, Jill Blessing, Brandi Burkhardt, Mike Caps, Randy Clifford, Cortney Clulow, Joe Crespo, Johnathan Dowsling, John Ethridge, Michael Gary, Andy Grieb, Cherie Kesseling, Kenny Reichert, Danielle Russell, Jerry Shandrowsky, Jen Sokoloff, Katie Splater, Chrissy Weedon and Jen Weedon.

The 33-member stage crew has been under the guidance of a parent volunteer this year. "Walt Glinowiecki, a professional stagehand, has offered his years of expertise to our eager-to-learn stage crew," Weedon said.

Tickets, available in advance or at the door, are $5 for adults, $3 for students and children.

Information: 255-4722 or 255-9175.


The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will have its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Orchard Beach Fire Company hall on Solley Road.

"This month's meeting will be a special one since we are celebrating our third anniversary," said spokesman George Bentz.

Sunny Forest, captain of the "Fin Finder" out of Solomons Island, will be discussing techniques for landing trophy rockfish and drum.

Information and rules will also be presented on three PSG fishing contests.

Membership in the group is free. Door prizes will be awarded and a 50/50 raffle will be held.

Food and refreshments, to benefit the fire hall, will be on sale throughout the evening.

Information: George Bentz, 255-3678.


Faith United Methodist Church, 905 Duvall Highway, is sponsoring an "Everything Bazaar" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16, at the church.

"We'll have a little bit of everything from flea market items to crafts and food for shoppers," said Walt Kinder, event spokesman.

Kinder is in charge of the barbecue again this year and he promises that the outdoor, hardwood barbecued chicken will be "great!"

Chicken will be sold by the quarter, half or whole. A dinner platter including barbecued chicken, your choice of cole slaw, macaroni or potato salad, biscuit and dessert will be on sale.

Spaces, with or without tables, are still available.

Information: 437-8515 or 255-5902.


The Aid Association for Lutherans, Branch 9017, will have its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Magothy-Chelsea Community Lutheran Church, Third and Beach streets.

"During the past month we've been actively involved in the food drive, sponsored by Galilee Lutheran Church, to benefit the South Baltimore Emergency Relief fund and through our Helping Hands funds, donated groceries to [North County Emergency Outreach Network]," said Annie Webb, branch spokesman.

Information: 360-8552.


Msgr. Raymond Kelly Council 10966 of the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a spring dance from 8 p.m. to midnight tomorrow at St. Jane Frances parish school hall on Virginia Avenue.

Admission is $5 per person and includes beer, wine, pretzels and chips. A cash bar will be available.

A disk jockey will provide music for dancing.


The Home School Association of St. Jane Frances School will sponsor its annual fashion show on April 29 in the school hall. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m.

Fashions -- modeled by SJF parents, faculty and students -- are being provided by Chesapeake Village Outlet Center, that features 57 manufacturers, including Lee, Britches, B.U.M. Equipment, Anne Klein, Liz Clairborne and Vanity Fair.

Tickets are $18 per person. A cash bar will be available.

Tables of 10 can be reserved in advance.

Information: 255-2799 or 255-3812.


The popular musical duo "Magpie" will perform at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Riviera Beach Branch Library, 1130 Duvall Highway, to celebrate National Library Week, April 17-23.

Musicians Greg Artzner and Terry Leonion use catchy, upbeat songs to celebrate the earth and how we can help preserve it.

The performance is free. No registration is required.

Donations of nonperishable foods will be accepted for the county food bank.

Information: 222-6285.

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