Drama Club's 'Cuckoo's Nest': serious theme, a touch of humor


November 20, 1996|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Because of an editing error, Hampstead businessman Seth Shipley was incorrectly identified as a town councilman in the Nov. 20 Carroll edition of The Sun.

The Sun regrets the error.

THE STAGE AT North Carroll High School has become a state mental hospital in the Pacific Northwest for the Drama Club's latest production, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

The drama is the story of the meekness of numerous long-term patients vs. the powerful compassion of the hospital's newest arrival, Randle P. McMurphy, played by Dave Hammond.


Until McMurphy arrives, the patients dwell in personal isolation. The nervous female patient suffers through endless games of cat's cradle. An executive patient hugs his briefcase, keeping its contents a secret. Yet he shouts that he is making a bomb "to blow the whole world."

"You'd be safe as long as you kept your temper," Dale Harding, played by Brian Sirman, warns McMurphy, who immediately conflicts with the psychological therapies of Nurse Ratched, played by Leah Young.

"This is serious drama, but there's humor in it," said Tom Scanlan, who teaches ninth-grade English.

The two-act play marks his debut as a director. The 19-member rTC cast has rehearsed four days each week since Sept. 11.

Performances will be at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow and Friday at the high school. Tickets are $3. The play is for an older audience.

Information: 751-3450.

Christmas tree lighting

Hampstead Mayor Christopher Nevin will illuminate the town's Christmas tree and village at 7 p.m. Friday.

Santa Claus will arrive on a firetruck and visit with children until 9 p.m. The Christmas village is between the War Memorial and the former elementary school through New Year's.

"We want to bring back the old Christmas spirit to town, to bring people into downtown Hampstead," said Seth Shipley, a town councilman and Main Street business owner who headed a small committee that organized the holiday extravaganza.

After Friday, Santa will be in residence from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Information: 374-2761.

Concert band to perform

The Carroll Concert Band will perform at 7: 30 p.m. Monday at Westminster High School.

Students of Kim Keeler, instrumental music teacher at Manchester and Hampstead elementary schools, will see their teacher playing the trumpet.

The Carroll Concert Band is composed of instrumental music teachers from county public schools.

This is the band's second Sousa Concert. It benefits the "Meet the Composer" program of the Carroll County Arts Council and the Carroll County Board of Education.

Tickets are available from music teachers.

School's 10th anniversary

The fifth-grade Webelos of Cub Scout Pack 791 will form a six-flag honor guard Friday to begin the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Hampstead Elementary School.

At 2 p.m., 11 Scouts from dens 5 and 8 will advance with the flags to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The pack is sponsored by the school PTA and is led by Cubmaster Rian McDonnell.

The public is welcome to attend the assembly to hear former school principals and administrators reminisce. A tree planting will be held outdoors.

Information: 751-3420.

Pub Date: 11/20/96

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