High school's Stagelighters to stage musical comedy


SOUTH CARROLL High's Stagelighters return to the stage tonight and during the weekend in the drama club's spring presentation, "On the Town." Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

The play is a musical comedy written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with music by Leonard Bernstein.

The cast and crew have been working on the play since January under the direction of Bobbi Baker, English and drama teacher at the school. Jen Klem, a junior, choreographed the dance numbers. Vocals are conducted by music teacher Judy Parks, and band director George Smith is leading the student pit orchestra.

"On the Town" is a fun-filled romp about three sailors on shore leave for 24 hours in New York City. Wanting to make the most of their day in the big city, the sailors, played by students Sean Hopkins, Andrew Morse and Jerrod Cannistraci, find more than they bargain for as they try to meet beauty queen "Miss Turnstiles for the Month of June," played by Jen Klem.

Trouble ensues, as does a run-in with police, and the sailors are on the run.

Along the way, they meet memorable characters such as Hildy Esterhazy, a tough female cabdriver, played by Mallory Sutphin, and a hot-blooded anthropologist, Claire de Loone, played by Meredith Heinen.

The role of Madame Maude P. Dilly is played by Jocelyn Petit de Mange, and Anthony Cimino plays Judge Pitkin W. Bridgework. Kelly DaCosta is cast as Flossie and Meaghan Dimond plays Flossie's girlfriend.

Tickets are $5, and may be purchased at the door. All proceeds support future Stagelighters productions.

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

Benefit auction

High bidders will have the opportunity to take home an assortment of prizes - Orioles memorabilia, three nights at a luxury resort, gift baskets, gift certificates and more - during South Carroll High School's PTSO Silent Auction.

The two-night auction will run during South Carroll Stagelighters' spring musical, "On The Town," from 6 p.m. until final curtain today and from 6 p.m. until intermission tomorrow.

By the final curtain call Saturday, the highest bidders will be able to see what they've won and take their treasures home.

Sponsored by the school's PTSO, the auction's proceeds will be used toward the purchase of a sound system for the school's stadium.

Information: Laurie Lewis, 410-795-7648.

Postal food drive

Mount Airy post office will join post offices across Maryland in a statewide Harvest for the Hungry food drive.

Beginning tomorrow through March 24, Mount Airy residents are asked to leave a bag containing nonperishable food items next to their mailboxes.

Mail carriers will pick up the donated food during their regular mail deliveries.

Residents are asked to hang the bag from the mailbox or place the bag close to the mailbox so it will not be mistaken for trash.

All collected food will remain in the community.

Area food banks, including Mount Airy NET, Carroll County Food Sunday and Food Resources in Hagerstown will distribute the food to those in need.

Through the generous support of postal patrons, the Harvest for the Hungry drive has resulted in the largest single food donation to Maryland food banks each year.

A collection site has been set up in the lobby of the Mount Airy post office for donations.

Information: 301-829-1199.

Pennies for potatoes

Prospect United Methodist Church invites the public to its 11 a.m. service Sunday to hear guest speaker Dennis Hall present "The Treasure of the Pennies for Potatoes Project." A potluck lunch will follow the service.

Potatoes are purchased through donations of pennies to the United Methodist Men's organizations.

The potatoes are distributed by Methodist churches in Western Maryland and the panhandle of West Virginia to food banks and rescue missions.

The church is at 5923 Woodville Road, Mount Airy.

Information: 301-829-9244.

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

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