Mount Airy pupils present first drama club production


February 11, 2000|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MOUNT AIRY Elementary School Drama Club presented its first production, two short plays, Wednesday evening in the school auditorium.

The first play, "The Little Clown Who Forgot How to Laugh," was about a colorful clown, played by Ian Maynes, who forgot how to laugh and who was afraid the circus wouldn't want him anymore. Children and several men and women try to make him laugh without success. The clown then meets a sad lost boy, and while trying to cheer him up, discovers the secret of laughing again.

The cast included: Stephanie Clark, Danielle Clark, Megan Ratti, Adam Boldt, Brian Klahre, Melissa Neagle, Jesse Clark, Christopher Misner and Anthony Nardo. Lexa Wali was the announcer.

The second play, "The Crowded House," takes place in a carpenter's small cottage with his wife and eight children. The house is so small that everyone complains constantly about the tight quarters.

Then a wise friend named Bartholomew, played by Maddie Maynes, suggests the family allow the farm animals, played by Daniel Misner, Molly Malarkey, Nikki Carter, Mary Kate Swann, Laura Spencer, Heather Reed and Ashley Kilgour, live in the house.

The house becomes so crowded the animals are finally run out and the family believes the house has grown bigger, making everyone happy.

Other cast members included: Derek Olinger as the carpenter, and Michelle Parks as his wife. Their children were played by Maria Gorrell, Laurin Ruprecht, Missy D'Amato, Lauren Taylor, Branden Klahre, Chance Spangler, Stefan Sraver, Sean Boldt and Tim Malarkey. The announcer was Lisa Waters.

The production featured colorful backdrops painted by the children with help from Mount Airy Elementary's art instructor Pat Aaron. The first play was sign language-interpreted by student/actor Maria Gorrell.

Melissa Twilley was the overall announcer for the production and the stage crew included Drew Lederer, David Taylor, Anna Ardeeser and Ali Noel.

The Drama Club began a few months ago, the brainchild of parents Cathy Taylor and Jill Maynes.

"My daughter was interested in acting and in theater, so I thought something local at the school would be a good idea. It would be a good start," Taylor said. Taylor also selected the plays to be presented.

Mount Airy Elementary School Drama Club is not sure when its next production will be, but the children are eager for their next onstage performance.

Valentine's dance

The Ladies' Auxiliary to Winfield and Community Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Valentine's Sweetheart Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight tomorrow at Winfield Fire Hall.

A disc jockey will provide music. Hot and cold appetizers will be offered, along with door prizes, beer and setups. Those attending should BYOB.

Cost is $25 per couple or $13 for singles.

The fire house is on Route 26, a few miles east of the Route 27 intersection.

Information: 410-875-2365 or 410-549-2369.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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