Mount Airy Players to present Agatha Christie play

NEIGHBORS

April 28, 1995|By KATHY SUTPHIN

There's no need to travel to London to catch a performance of the world's longest continuous-running theater show -- you can see the famed murder mystery right in Mount Airy.

Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" is being presented by Mount Airy Players at 8 p.m. May 5, 6, 12 and 13 at Twin Ridge Elementary School, 1106 Leafy Hollow Circle.

Eight cast members will bring the classic to life under the direction of Robin Hanselmen. "It will be a great who-done-it night," she said. "And, of course, everyone is a suspect until the end."

Two veterans of Mount Airy Players are pulling double duty as co-producers and cast members. Charles Beck will appear as Giles Ralston and Mark Wichtendahl will appear as Major Metcalf. "Mark and Charles are the only two oldies but goodies," Mrs. Hanselmen said.

Auditions were held in February for "The Mousetrap" and brought three members of Carroll Players in Westminster to the cast. Jack Gore will appear as Detective Trotter, Sharon Templeton will appear as Mrs. Boyle, and her husband, Tom Templeton, will appear as Mr. Paravicini. The trio most recently appeared in the Carroll Players' production of "Inspecting Carol."

The three new Mount Airy Players are: Mary Ann Hayes, who will play Molly, the wife of Giles Ralston; Chad Johns, appearing as Christopher Wren; and Adrienne Rogers, as Miss Casewell.

The mystery is about a man and wife who run a guest home that they recently inherited from an aunt, Mrs. Hanselmen said. The audience is introduced to each character as the guests arrive to stay at Monksville Manor.

The plot thickens as a detective arrives to investigate a recent, nearby murder.

Family and friends of Mrs. Hanselmen, who provided invaluable assistance to the Players' holiday production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," once again are helping the director.

Mrs. Hanselmen said her husband, Scott, is doing the lights and her sister Lisa Griffith is the stage manager. The sheet metal shop of her employers, Bilman Co. in Gaithersburg, fabricated a radiator that was needed as a prop. "I'm still trying to find people to do the sound," she added.

Community theater fans will have the option of enjoying dinner and the show Saturday nights, May 6 and 13 when Cozy Restaurant of Thurmont brings a catered buffet meal to Mount Airy for a preplay feast.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets will cost $15 for adults, $13 for children, and $12 for senior citizens. Advance reservations may be made by calling (301) 829-1527 or (301) 831-5271.

On Fridays, May 5 and 12, admission for the play will be $6 for adults, $4 for children, and $3 for senior citizens.

The play is being sponsored by Twin Ridge Elementary's PTA.

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Tomorrow will be a day to get bargains at Mount Airy Jaycees' annual Spring Yard Sale at Firemen's Carnival Grounds, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road in Mount Airy.

The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, and bargain hunters should arrive early.

Mount Airy Jaycees' spring and fall yard sales are touted as the largest in the state, with more than 250 vendors at each event.

Admission and parking are free. Spaces may still be available to rent for $25 each. For information, call (301) 831-7841 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or (301) 829-0651 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Area residents can combine fitness, fellowship, and fund-raising from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon during the third annual Mount Airy NET Walk.

The rain-or-shine event encourages participates to gather pledges from family and friends to benefit Mount Airy NET. This nonprofit, ecumenical agency was founded in 1992 to provide support and emergency assistance to needy local people.

Director Gail Costello said the organization has tried to involve local clubs, civic groups, various levels of government, and volunteers as well as area churches to provide food, clothing, shelter and other day-to-day essentials.

From maintaining a community food pantry to helping people with utility payments, Mount Airy NET has been a safety net to those who may otherwise have fallen through the cracks. Last year, more than $4,884 in assistance went to 80 families and nearly 80 bags of groceries were given away.

Mrs. Costello and a staff of 10 to 15 volunteers screen and assess the needs of clients.

In 1994, Mount Airy NET received $11,146 in donations. Of this income, 65.5 percent was contributed by churches; 14 percent by civic clubs and businesses; 12.5 percent by fund-raisers; and 8 percent by individual donors.

Sunday's fund-raiser is open to everyone and begins and ends at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy. Registration for the 10-kilometer walk will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the church. A shorter route will be available, Mrs. Costello said.

Participants may walk, stroll or roll at their own pace. For information, call Mount Airy NET at (301) 829-0472.

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Anyone who thinks of grocery cash register receipts as trash should talk to Mount Airy Elementary School PTA volunteer Christy Kruhm.

By collecting, highlighting, sorting and counting used Safeway register tapes donated by parents and friends, Mrs. Kruhm and a team of helpers tallied $197,904 in receipts for the 1994-1995 school year.

Mount Airy Elementary redeemed these tapes for: one videocassette recorder; one paper shredder; one electric stapler; three wall clocks; 20 computer spelling aids; and one book.

The program offers a catalog with school-oriented goods. For the 1993-1994 school year, Mrs. Kruhm said the school redeemed the receipts for "a computer work station, a laminator, a mini-body torso for science, and Spelling Aces."

After two years of chairing the Safeway Receipt Program, Mrs. Kruhm is stepping down and the PTA is looking for someone to carry on her mission.

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