South Carroll senior takes on director's role for fall production


November 11, 1994|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Mount Airy resident Christy Blair is having a busy senior year. In addition to studying to maintain honor roll status and working with Carroll County's improvisational theater troupe, FoolProof, the 17-year-old is serving as the student director of South Carroll High School's fall production, "Sweet Dreams."

The two-act play, a futuristic spoof written by David Muschell, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 in the auditorium of South Carroll High. Tickets to the comedy cost $2.50 per person and will be sold at the door.

Christy received permission to do the all-student production just four weeks ago. She said she and fellow students have been "working at warp speed" to whip things together. Auditions were organized and held just three days after they received the OK.

"We're doing everything ourselves," she said.

The comedy takes place in a doctor's office of the future, where dreams are bought, sold and mixed. Six cast members are featured: Chris Probst as Dr. Kimeeva; Melissa Shartle as Lucy, his secretary; Jon Sandruck and Alex Gayhart as Mr. and Mrs. Morris; Kristin Carter as Susan; and Henry Griese as James.

Christy described the play as a "family show" and estimated its length at 1 1/2 hours.

"I think it's for everybody who has ever had a dream," she added.

This marks Christy's debut as a director. She said the best thing has been watching the play "coming together."

"I'm just doing whatever seems natural for me and the actors," she said.

Christy, who is the daughter of George and Jeannine Blair, is no stranger to the stage. A member of South Carroll High School's Stagelighters since ninth grade, Christy has played a variety of small parts in school productions, including "Brigadoon" and "Illinois Pete."

She worked on make-up for the 1992 Stagelighter spring musical, "Into the Woods," and played Dorothy in the 1993 fall production, "A Dark and Stormy Night." This summer, she played Princess CryBaby in the Carroll Players' Children's Dinner Theater's "Golden Goose."

Two years ago, Christy joined the FoolProof theater troupe, which is sponsored by the Carroll County Recreation Council and Junction Inc.

As a member of the group, Christy has performed skits about a variety of social issues including physical abuse and suicide for students in elementary, middle and high schools, as well as at colleges and drug rehabilitation centers.

"That has really helped me to love theater," she said.

Christy's avocation has provided a direction for a possible vocation. She plans to major in English and secondary education in college, with the goal of becoming a drama teacher.


Area residents will have the "once-in-a-decade" opportunity Nov. to bend the ear of the federal government when the Administration on Aging visits the Mount Airy Senior Center to listen to issues and concerns voiced by senior citizens.

"How Can We Help Senior Citizens?" brings an entourage from Washington, D.C. Area senior citizens are invited to speak at the forum from 10 a.m. to noon.

A reservation-required lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a staff conference from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. involving local government officials from Carroll and Frederick counties.

This gathering is one of thousands being held across the nation in preparation for the White House Conference on Aging, set for May.

For local information or to make a lunch reservation for the Nov. 17 event, call Debbie Shindle at (301) 829-2407. Mount Airy's Senior Center is at 703 Ridge Ave.


Christmas is just around the corner at Mount Olive United Methodist Church, where members are getting ready for the annual holiday bazaar tomorrow.

The holiday fund-raiser will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church's activity building on Gillis Falls Road between Mount Airy and Woodbine.

Hearty breakfasts and lunches, including soup, sandwiches and oyster platters, will be available to satisfy hungry bargain-hunters. Many gift and craft items will be featured to help shoppers with their Christmas gift-giving and decorating needs.

Information: (410) 795-2304.


Fried chicken, roast beef and ham will be the featured fare tomorrow when Salem United Methodist Church has a family-style dinner at the Winfield Fire Hall.

The church fund-raiser begins at noon. The cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children ages 6 to 12; and $9 for carryouts. A bake table will also be featured.

Winfield Fire Hall is at 1320 W. Old Liberty Road (Route 26), next to South Carroll High School in Winfield.


The Mount Airy Lions Club's first Lions' Reunion-Information Night will take place at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the lower-level meeting room of the Mount Airy fire station, 702 N. Main St.

Planners hope to increase the club membership by opening the doors to new members and by inviting former Lions now living in the area to return to active duty in Mount Airy. Anyone who left the club in "good standing" will find it a very simple process to rejoin.

The local Lions hope to recruit people who are new residents and may want to make friends and help their new community through membership in an active service club. They are also hoping long-time residents who would like to get more involved in the community will consider joining the club.

Membership is open to men and women who are at least 21 years old. Interested individuals will be paired with a current Lion, who will answer questions and assist with the application process.

Mount Airy Lions Club holds two dinner meetings each month and sponsors a single colossal fund-raiser each June, the popular Mount Airy Lions Carnival. The group does many service projects in the Mount Airy community and supports Lions International programs that help people worldwide.

Anyone interested is invited to attend the Reunion-Information Night. Preregistration is not required.

Information: Bob Disinger, (301) 831-7105; Tamra Barton, (301) 831-7320; or (301) 829-LION.

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