Same contest, same year, different stage: Director relives pageant days with 'SMILE!'


November 08, 1995|By Liz Lean | Liz Lean,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It's deja vu all over again for Tracy Adler, director of Wilde Lake High School at River Hill's production of the musical "SMILE!" about the 1984 Young American Miss California Pageant.

Ms. Adler was a contestant in the same pageant in the same year. As Miss Merced County, she competed for the California state crown in 1984.

Connie Sue Whipple, the fictional Miss Merced County, is played in the Wilde Lake production by Jamequa Redmond.

"SMILE!" will be presented at 8 p.m. Nov. 16, 17 and 18. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased before each performance at the box office. Wilde Lake High is on Route 108 near Trotter Road.

A silent auction will precede each performance at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will help pay for the group's trip to Scotland next August to participate in the Fringe Festival of Performing Arts.

'Up the Down Staircase'

They're calling it typecasting at Atholton High School.

Principal Roger Plunkett and Assistant Principal Bill Davis will alternate in the role of -- who else? -- the principal in the school's production of "Up the Down Staircase" tomorrow, Friday and Saturday.

More than 70 students are involved in the production, including the entire stagecraft class taught by Barry Hoskins. Atholton drama teacher Cathy Mundy directs the play about a rookie high school teacher and her difficult students.

Cast members include Courtney Bell, Maggie Sheer, Ryan Sullivan, John Armstrong, Ann Green, Lynn Court, Lisa Desautels, Dan Singer, Erin Caffrey, Jeff Hubbard, Jon Sykes and Carla Diaz.

Others in the cast include Ashleigh Shead, Sarah Gilpin, Nathan Nadell, Tracy Walsch, Neal Sinha, Saara Mahjouri, Dave Johnson, Sunshine Henle, Mikeala Rossman, Laura Askin, Jason Moeller and Ruby James.

Erynn Sosinski, Ruth Thompson, Jessica Johnson, Annika Wunsch, Heather Gilbertson, Corinna Heinz, Lisa Jenkins, Brenna Hansen, Patrick Marton, Sarah Compton, Julie Butler, Rebecca Eaton and Bonnie McAdoo also have roles.

All performances are at 7:30 p.m.; tickets will be sold at the door.

The school is on Freetown Road.

Homeless partnership

NationsBank and Longfellow Elementary School are putting their educational partnership to work for homeless people.

The partners are collecting blankets for the Grassroots shelter in Columbia, said Dottie Paxton, manager of the bank at Wilde Lake Village Green.

Please bring new or used blankets to the school or the bank by Nov. 18 so they can be packed and delivered by Thanksgiving.

Flat-out thanks

If you know a man named Steve who drives a royal blue Ford, tell him I said thanks again.

Steve's the guy who waved me into a parking lot on Lynx Lane in Wilde Lake last Wednesday after he spotted me wobbling along in the rain with a flat tire. Steve twirled off those lug nuts like they were Tinkertoys, whisked off the flat and had my spare tire on before I had time to say Triple A.

I tried to pay him for his trouble, but he would accept only a handshake before climbing back into the car and heading down Twin Rivers Road.

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