WESTMINSTER — Carroll Community College student Sherilee Aldrich-Maenner plays a substantial part as one of the members of the chorus in Catonsville Community College's production of "Stop the World I Want to Get Off!"
Aldrich-Maenner has studied theater, costume design, voice and modern dance at Southern Illinois University.
After moving to Maryland, the city resident continued her studiesat Catonsville, Baltimore County, enrolling in acting classes and joining the student theater group.
A busy student, wife and mother, she also teaches creative movement for children at the Performing Arts Learning Center in Westminster, while studying classical ballet under the direction of Patty Neivert.
In addition to teaching, she isemployed by Geyer's Theatre Shop in Westminster, where she performs as costume characters and in some mime presentations.
Carroll residents and their children may have met her in her latest portrayal -- one of the Easter bunnies at Cranberry Mall.
"It's a high energy play," said Aldrich-Maenner. "It takes a lot of commitment and becauseof that commitment, it's turned out to be a lot of fun.
"The castis of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, yet we get along famously. This kind of chemistry makes a show work."
While she shares the spotlight with chorus members Dede Newport, Nicole Quickley, DianneBaker and Michell Monty, the leads are performed by Gary Hiel as Littlechap and Charmaine Arca as Evie, Littlechap's wife.
Aldrich-Maenner said audiences will enjoy the life adventures of Littlechap and Evie as their stories are told through the lyrics of Leslie Briccusse's and Anthony Newley's popular musical hits: "Once in a Lifetime," "Gonna Build a Mountain" and "What Kind of Fool Am I?"
After a whirlwind life of adventures, fortunes and misfortunes, Littlechap, in aged reflection, discovers the miscalculations of his superficial successes.
"Stop the World I Want to Get Off" will be performed by the CCC Theatre at 8 p.m. April 19-20, 26-27 and May 3-4 at 800 S. Rolling Road.
Tickets are $8.