Stagelighters' 'Once Upon a Mattress' starts today


The South Carroll Stagelighters Drama Club will take the stage at 7: 30 p.m. today and tomorrow to present the musical comedy "Once Upon A Mattress," written by Mary Rodgers with lyrics by Marshall Barer.

The performance will be in the auditorium at South Carroll High School, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield.

The play is a spoof on "The Princess and the Pea." Senior Missy O'Brien plays Winifred the Woebegone. Better known as Princess Fred, she successfully passes the supreme test of sensitivity when a pea is placed under her mattress.

Dan Pacheco and Heather Hopkins play Sir Harry and Lady Larkin, who ultimately find happiness together after enduring many trials and tribulations.

Queen Aggravain is played by senior Amanda Lewis and King Sextimus by Sean Hopkins.

Directing the show is Brian Irons. Kevin King is the musical director and conducts the student pit band.

Show publicist Erica Saxton promises patrons a funny show with an abundance of student talent. The sets and costumes are "the most extravagant ever done at South Carroll," she said.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.

Information: 410-751-3375 or 410-795-8858

Spring yard sale

What started 18 years ago with a handful of vendors is today billed as "one of Maryland's largest yard sales."

With close to 250 vendors and drawing crowds up to 15,000, the annual Mount Airy Jaycees' spring yard sale is eagerly awaited by bargain shoppers from as far away as Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware.

This year's sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25, rain or shine, at the Mount Airy Firemen's Carnival Grounds, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road.

Jaycees President Gary Hymiller said 400 vendor spaces are available. Spaces may be rented the morning of the sale for $35. Registration will begin at 5: 30 a.m. Spaces reserved before Monday cost $30.

The spring and fall yard sales are the Jaycees' biggest fund-raisers. The organization relies on the profits to finance annual projects such as Thanksgiving baskets, a children's Christmas celebration and donations to local charities.

Information: 301-829-MAAJ.

Calling all actors

The Mount Airy Players will hold auditions for "Who Am I This Time?" beginning next week.

The one-act play is written by Christopher Sergel. The witty, romantic comedy is about a small community theater group and how the lives of several members are changed because of their roles in a dramatic play.

The play will be presented at the Firehouse Pub in Mount Airy in June.

Director Donna Abel needs men over age 18 to audition for three roles and women over 18 for seven roles.

Auditions will be held in Mount Airy at 7 p.m. Wednesday and April 27 and 28 at St. James Episcopal Church, 204 N. Main St., and at 7 p.m. Thursday at 1309 S. Main St.

Information: Donna Abel, 301-829-3737.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 4/17/98

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