School play spoofs traditional gender roles


November 05, 1997|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN THE curtain rises at 7 p.m. tonight on Glen Burnie High School's production of "My Gun Is Pink," the audience may find its notion of the detective genre in need of a little updating.

Spoofing the traditional roles in movies, books and television, the play uses a male-female reversal for all the cast members, said drama teacher and director Bill Smith.

Women play the roles of lead detective Babe Archer, her partner Angel Stark and the cops. Even the bad guys are gals.

"The last two or three years we've done plays with strong male characters," said Smith. "This year we had so many female students we decided to do something different, a play for strong females."

The only male characters in the play are found in the roles traditionally played by women -- Babe's adoring secretary, Angel's "steady" beau and the crooks' victims -- all rich men scammed by duplicitous female hoods.

Taking advantage of the large turnout for the casting call, Smith decided to make the play even more challenging by assembling two casts. One cast will perform tonight and Friday, while a second cast performs tomorrow and Saturday.

Smith invites audience members to see both casts perform and compare the different nuances of the performances.

"Each cast has taken on its own personality," he said.

Babe Archer, the tough, fearless and smart private investigator, is played by seniors Sherri Fields and Staci McGonigal.

Sherri headlines the Wednesday/Friday show with juniors Donna Lupinos as Archer's partner and -- in one of the few male roles -- Jeff Andrews as the adoring secretary.

Staci stars in the Thursday/Saturday performances with junior Debbie Anthony as her partner and sophomore Mark Hagood as the secretary.

Staci is enjoying her first lead role.

"Most of the time the detective is a man. He's the authority figure," said Staci, adding slyly, "It's nice to see the male characters are inferior."

Other members of the cast include senior Carla Short and juniors Pat Teakle, Alli Stillman and Andy Bond.

Performances are at 7 p.m. nightly in the school's drama studio, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Admission is $4 at the door.

Information: 410-761-8950.

Athletic antics

The Harlem Wizards take on Glen Burnie High School's Gophertrotters in a game of hoops that promises to provide an evening of athletics and laughter at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in the main gym, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Famous for their showmanship with a basketball, the Harlem Wizards are guaranteed crowd-pleasers, says Janet Pogar, president of the school's Parent-Teacher-Student Organization.

"Even non-basketball fans will be won over by the antics and amazing trickery performed by the Wizards," she promised.

The Wizards may be good, but they face formidable opposition in the Gophertrotters, warns Pogar.

"In over 5,000 games, the Wizards have lost only twice. But we're going to give them a run for their money," she says.

Coached by teacher Brian Ranck, the Glen Burnie Gophertrotters include teachers, administrators, current students and alumni.

In keeping with the Wizards' policy, a minimum of 150 tickets must be sold before Nov. 12 to guarantee a show. Pogar will sell tickets at school during lunch tomorrow and Friday.

Admission is $7 for adults. Students and senior citizens tickets are $4 and children under 4 are admitted free.

For ticket information, call Pogar at 410-768-9556.

Memorial Mass

Join the Rev. John Kelly of the Church of the Good Shepherd to honor the memory of your loved ones at the annual memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at Glen Haven Memorial Park, 7215 Ritchie Highway.

The service is open to all denominations.

Information: 410-761-4607.

Retired federal workers

A representative from the Delmarva Foundation will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Glen Burnie Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church's community hall, 7434 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Barbara Donohue will discuss beneficiary rights under the Medicare law.

Information: Dave Burke, 410-761-2934.

Coin auction

A meeting of the South Glen Burnie Coin Club is scheduled for 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at the VFW Post 160 hall, 2597 Dorsey Road.

The doors open at 6: 30 p.m. so members can view items available for auction.

Information: Tim Schisler, 410-760-6569.

Pub Date: 11/05/97

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