'Take Three Girls' to be presented by theater group

April 15, 1994|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,Contributing Writer

Kim Davis' character in the play "Take Three Girls," Wanda Larkin, may not get the guy. But the role does have its rewards.

"I like to kiss him," said 14-year-old Kim, pointing to her 13-year-old co-star, Scott Givarz, who plays Dwight Aswell.

The youngsters will join nine other cast members in the Four County Players of Mount Airy's production of "Take Three Girls," a play about a trio of singing sisters who are trying to break free from their domineering aunt. The director is Walt Horning, who also teaches a drama course for the Mount Airy Recreation Council.

"I'm the oldest, and I went off and eloped," said Erin Bostick. The 14-year-old Linganore High School ninth-grader plays April Bower, one of the singing Bower sisters. "Actually I auditioned for June, but I had said I'd take any part."

Of the 11 cast members, nine of them are students in elementary, middle or high school. Playing mature roles has been a challenge for some of them.

"Trying to be old is tough because I'm only 13," said Erin Beam, who plays the man-hating Aunt Bertine. "I have to be in my late 40s."

Sisters Jessica Phebus, 16, and Jennifer Phebus, 15, of Woodbine have been doing hair and makeup to assist the actors in their transformation.

"How do I look?" asked 15-year-old Derek Taylor as they applied white streaks to his hair and used mascara to create his "beard." The sophomore at South Carroll High School plays the wealthy Clinton Aswell.

"He's Dwight's father," Derek explained. "I think he is a very commanding person. He's very rich, and he lets it show."

During the open casting call, dozens of students auditioned for parts.

"We had like 20 girls try out," said producer Sharon Cason.

The production is a bit of a family affair. Kim's mother is Diane Horning, who plays Madame Zola and is also married to director Walt Horning.

Ms. Cason's daughter, 10-year-old Joanna, plays Tracy Cowan in the play. Jason Maggitti, 20, who plays Jonah Jackson, is the brother of stage manager, Zena Maggitti, 18.

Ms. Cason and Mr. Horning, who appeared as an extra in the movie "The Pelican Brief," selected the play.

"He [Mr. Horning] had a catalog from a company in New York with thousands of plays," Ms. Cason said. "We looked for ones that were low royalties so we wouldn't have to pay much for it and that had more girl parts than boy parts since we always have more girls turn out than boys."

"The characters have to really blossom in their roles," said Mr. Horning. "The kids have a lot of energy, so you kind of have to give them a free hand."

Ms. Cason said the Four County Players of Mount Airy has been in existence only since last fall and has not had the opportunity to attract many adult members.

She does not see this as a problem, however.

?3 "They are a wonderful bunch of kids," she said.

The play will be at 8 p.m. today and April 22 and at 7 p.m. tomorrow and April 23 at Mount Airy Elementary School, 405 N. Main St. On April 23, there will be a buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m., which will include beef and chicken and rice. Tickets for dinner and the show are $17.50, or $6.50 for the show only. Senior citizens and students receive a $1 discount. Tickets for dinner must be purchased today. Information: (301) 846-0098.

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