Drama ministry to present production of 'Godspell'


WHILE IT MIGHT not be Broadway, Calvary Christian Outreach Drama Ministry will take to the stage in a musical production of "Godspell."

The play will be presented this weekend and next at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy. Curtain time is 7 p.m. today, Sunday and May 12 and 13.

Through music, drama and dance, the musical tells the parables and stories of Jesus as recorded in the Bible's New Testament Book of Matthew, said Clydia Koch, executive producer and director.

With a cast numbering more than 40, the Calvary Church production of "Godspell" represents a collaboration of youth and adult talent onstage and behind the scenes.

"We are all amateurs, but in spite of that there is an enormous amount of natural talent that makes for a must-see production," said Koch. "Some of us have been involved in local community theater. The rest are doing this for the first time."

Richard Cole leads the cast as Jesus, and Todd Wells plays two roles - John the Baptist and Judas. Ed Asher, Kathy Biancaniello, Lori Cole, Sarah Dorrance, Carol Isemann, Todd Martian, Sally Sneff and Mallory Sutphin complete the main cast roster.

Songs will be performed by the main cast, adult ensemble, onstage youth and a band under the direction of Beckie Karras. The play was conceived and originally directed on the New York stage by John-Michael Tebelak. New music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz.

Tickets may be purchased in advance. They cost $8 and $6 for senior citizens and students. If available, tickets may be bought at the door at $9 and $7 for senior citizens and students.

Proceeds will help pay for a sound system and stage lights recently added to Good Shepherd Hall for this production and all ministries at the church. Proceeds also will go to cover production costs.

"Any money we have left over will be used for future outreach productions," said Koch.

Tickets: 301-829-0358.

75th anniversary

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company celebrated its 75th anniversary Saturday at a formal dinner and ceremony at Turf Valley Country Club.

Incorporated April 29, 1926, the company was housed in the original fire station building on Main Street. One fire engine - a 1926 American LaFrance - was needed to serve Mount Airy then.

About 300 invited guests attended the dinner, which included a memorial ceremony for 41 charter members. Two original charter members, Norman Etzler and Lester Lowman, are living.

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company's Auxiliary, past fire company presidents and chiefs and life members were recognized for their contributions to the organization, and were presented with ceremonial gifts.

Guests included representatives from community service organizations that have supported the fire company through its history, Mayor Gerald Johnson, state Fire Marshal Rocco J. Gabriele and the president and two vice presidents of Maryland State Firemen's Association.

Rick Baker, past company president and co-chairman of the anniversary committee, said the evening's highlight was a midnight champagne toast that celebrated the arrival of April 29 and the 75th anniversary of the company.

School group achievements

This has been a successful year for South Carroll High School's PTSA.

The organization, with support from parents, teachers, students and the community, has accomplished several projects.

Highlights of the organization's projects include: a school sign in front of the building; a $3,000 contribution to the Maryland Incentive Equipment Fund for computers; a $1,000 contribution to the chorus for uniforms; sponsorship of a teacher appreciation dinner; and winter workshop classes for residents in the South Carroll area.

The organization is focusing its fund raising on purchase of a sound system for the stadium.

PTSA officers are: Bobbie DaCosta, president; Sandy Kohlway, vice president; Linda Price, treasurer; Faye Worley, secretary; and Susan Christianbury, teacher representative.

Yard sale at school

Spring Kidstuff Yard Sale gets under way at 8 a.m. tomorrow at Mount Airy Elementary School, 405 N. Main St.

The sale draws hundreds who shop for children's and babies' items.

Tami Everitt is chairwoman of the event, which is sponsored by the PTA.

Spaces may be rented in advance for $10 or tomorrow for $12. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon. No early-bird shoppers are allowed.

Information: 301-829-8959.

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

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