High school actors delight young with 'Golden Goose'

Neighbors

February 19, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE DRAMA CLUB at North Carroll High School entertained first-graders yesterday with a humorous production of "The Golden Goose."

The 40-member club worked three months on the children's production under the direction of senior Jeremy Gill. His assistant was senior Dawn Straitz. The students had planned to give a public performance Feb. 8, but a snowstorm caused them to cancel the event.

The play was performed before students of Spring Garden and Hampstead elementary schools and the staff and students of the high school.

"This is our first completely student-directed production at North Carroll, and it's gone off beautifully. All choices were Jeremy's and he's been very responsible. He did a marvelous job," said Rebecca Gore, drama instructor.

The silliness was enough to keep the full attention of an audience of children and high school students.

"The Golden Goose" is a fairy tale in which a variety of characters envy the golden feathers of a gold-spangled goose. Things get sticky, however, for to touch is to become glued fast. Before long, a parade of characters are stuck to the goose, portrayed by senior Courtney Mattingly.

The goose is loosed by Simpleton, a character played by junior Doug Blackiston, and they embark on a journey that nets plenty of sticky fingers. No one except Simpleton is above the lure of the golden feathers.

"Join the flock," states the unwittingly attached parson, portrayed by senior Mike Ruhlman in his first time on stage, as an entourage of villagers -- an innkeeper, his daughters, a cook, and others -- all become attached to the goose.

Simpleton is told to bring the goose to the king. Whoever makes the king's daughter, the sour princess, played by junior Elizabeth Passauer, laugh, gets to marry her. When Simpleton shows up with a parade of villagers stuck to the goose, the princess laughs. And the couple marries.

And in typical fairy tale style, all the villagers are released when the glue is dissolved by a mysterious Little Old Lady, played by junior Rebecca Lagatare.

North Carroll performs a children's production every two years.

Storm water discussion

Catherine Rappe, chief of the county's Division of Water Resource Management, will speak at 7 p.m. today to members of the Fields Homeowners Association at Spring Garden Elementary School, 900 Boxwood Drive, Hampstead.

She will discuss storm water management facilities at the Roberts Field development.

Information: 374-1225.

Country craft fair

The country look is what organizers are looking for at the annual Country Craft Fair at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2434 Cape Horn Road, Manchester.

The outdoor event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10.

"Crafters tend to draw a crowd," said Jack Gillette, junior warden of the church. "Every year we've been able to add sites and expand beyond a craft fair to offer food, rides, activities for children, and a small flea market, a silent auction, things people can do and have fun. There's no admittance charge."

Crafts vendors can register space in three locations -- under a canopy, in the churchyard and in the parking lot. Fees range from $15 to $25. Vendors must supply their own displays.

A sudden storm caused last year's event to close in midafternoon, but Gillette said the fair was a financial success.

He said St. George's is a small parish of about 50 active families and that between 500 and 1,000 people attended last year's fair.

A portion of the proceeds benefits church outreach projects.

Information: 239-8381.

Pub Date: 2/19/97

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