Local talents will shine in annual September Song fund-raiser


September 16, 1996|By Lois Szymanski | Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE CAST AND crew of September Song, a benefit show produced each year during the last two weeks of September, have gained a reputation as one of the finest community theater groups in the area.

This month, the volunteer troupe will present the musical "Mame" in the Westminster High School auditorium, showcasing some fine local talents, and a new producer, Joan Crooks of Uniontown.

"This show is a benefit," she says. "The people who come to these shows are donating to the developmentally disabled of this county. I want them to leave the theater feeling that they did something good for themselves, but also that they were helping someone else at the same time."

"Mame" is an upbeat, hopeful-outlook-on-life show. The setting is New York City in the 1920s, and the story revolves around a woman and a boy who turns her life upside down.

The actors, singers, dancers, stage and production workers of September Song all donate their time and talents during summer rehearsals and planning, as well as for each performance. Proceeds from the show benefit the mentally and physically disabled clients of Change Inc., Richcroft Inc. and the Therapeutic Recreation Council of Carroll County.

Crooks brings a range of experience to her new role. She has been stage manager for the past two September Song musicals, as well as prop mistress and a crew member for previous shows.

"Mame" marks her seventh show with this theater group, which made its debut in Carroll County in 1974 with "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

Other locally recognized folks taking part in "Mame" include veteran choreographer Mary Lois Powelson, director Hal Fox, assistant to the director Joan Eichhorn, and cast members Ken Berry, Ann Barcroft, Beverly Wells, Justin Barcroft, Chuck Lambert, Katy Hale, Harry Langmead, Edith Burbage, Jeremy Gil, Kristen Bolster, Bob Miller, Sandy Eichler, Diana Schmidt, Brian Sirman, Jimmy Phillips, Richard Schmidt, Ruth Snow, Cheryl Wilson, Dougg Blackston, Monica Walsh, Delynn Powelson, Nikki Jackson, Trish Szymanski, Susan Tabasko, Frances Cullison, Jane Schultz, Heather Hahn and Rachel Tittle.

"Mame" will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 27-28 at Westminster High School's auditorium. A matinee will be presented at 2: 30 p.m. Sunday with Lutheran Brotherhood matching the show's proceeds.

Tickets can be purchased at Coffey Music in Westminster for $10 each. Information: 374-6610.

Students in Mexico

Three Westminster High students were among a group of volunteers who helped renovate a sports complex in Juarez, Mexico, last month.

Juniors Jason Cangelosi and Scott Riddle and freshman Neal Page, along with Dave Stevenson, director of the Carroll County YMCA, spent five days in an impoverished area of the border town, refurbishing a sports park for a struggling YMCA.

They were part of a group of 10 youths and advisers from several regional YMCAs who made the trip and donated their labor.

"It gave them an opportunity for cultural learning and community service," Stevenson said. "And, they got to use their Spanish lessons."

Book lunch

On Thursday, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," the best-seller by John Berendt, will be reviewed by English professors Mary Bendel-Simso and Rebecca Carpenter at Western Maryland College.

The lunchtime program is held from 12: 10 p.m. to 1 p.m. at McDaniel Lounge on the Western Maryland campus.

Book lovers are invited to bring lunch and join the discussion. Beverages are provided.

Information: 857-2278.

Lois Szymanski's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/16/96

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