High school actors exit stage left with honors


March 17, 2000|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SOUTH CARROLL HIGH School's Stagelighters attended the Maryland High School Theater Festival at Magruder High School on Feb. 25 and 26.

About 2,000 students from schools across Maryland attended the festival in Rockville and participated in competitions and workshops.

South Carroll was pleased to have outstanding participation at the festival and to return home with awards in five categories. Excellence in Dance Technique was awarded to Jennifer Klem; Excellence in Song went to Matt Evans for his performance of "Ten Minutes Ago" from "Cinderella"; and Best Performance in Comedy was awarded to Shannon Wells and Matt Evans who performed a scene from "Beyond Therapy."

The honor of Outstanding Actor at the festival went to Heather Weisse for her performance in "The Actor's Nightmare."

Evans, Weisse and Wells were selected to All-State Theater.

In addition, South Carroll presented "The Actor's Nightmare" on the festival main stage, and because of an outstanding performance was asked to perform at the National Invitational Fest in June.

The show was directed by Stagelighter adviser Bobbie Baker and the cast included: Noah Mazaika, Mallory Sutphin, Weisse, Anna Harrison and Sean Hopkins.

Backstage were Mitchell Hawkins, Klem, Evans, Kelli Hoffman and Ashley Hier.

South Carroll also had students involved in the All-State Theater Troupe, which presented "Going Nowhere," an original scene created and directed by Evans and Wells. Hopkins assisted the directors and the cast included: Golden Stephenson, Harrison, Noah Mazaika, Kelly DaCosta, Karen Peterson, Hawkins, Grant Dorsey and Hier.

Science Fair news

Mount Airy Elementary held its annual Science Fair on March 3. Parents and youngsters found interesting displays and demonstrations.

Among the subjects presented were animal facts, electricity, sea life, space technology, volcanoes, insects, crystals and rock formations, plants, liquids, robotics, Native Americans, tropical rain forests, magnetic fields, ecology and pollution and ancient cave art.

Also in attendance was Steve Heacock from Hashawha Environmental Center.

He brought a birds of prey demonstration, consisting of a great horned owl, a bard owl, a screech owl and a barn owl and answered questions about birds of prey.

One tasty science display, created by brother and sister team Tim and Molly Malarkey, gave attendees the opportunity to sample four groups of chocolate chip cookies and to guess which ingredients were missing in each group.

The children got the idea from a book of children's science experiments.

The family made about 480 cookies for the hands-on science display.

"The children baked cookies every day after school. We found out the uncooked dough didn't look or taste differently. Only after you cook them can you tell something is missing," said their mother, Shelby Malarkey. "I don't think I want to bake any more cookies for quite awhile."

Beanie Baby Bingo

Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club will hold Beanie Baby Bingo on March 24 at Winfield Fire Hall, 1320 W. Liberty Road. Doors open at 5: 30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m.

The cost is $8 in advance and $10 at the door and includes 25 games of three cards per game. Three games will be held for "Wallace," "Fuzz" and "Groovey" Beanie Babies and three raffles will be held for "Holiday Bear," "The End" and "Birthday" babies.

Door prizes will be awarded. Food will be available for sale by Winfield Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Tickets: 410-795-4342.

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

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