Liberty High bringing `The Music Man' to stage


March 28, 2000|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STRIKE UP the band: "The Music Man" is coming to Liberty High School.

Members of the Drama Club will present the Meredith Willson musical about a traveling band instrument salesman who visits a small town in Iowa near the turn of the century.

The salesman tries to pass himself off as many things he is not, including a band director and a professor of music in order to sell instruments to the townspeople.

Ryan Holmes will portray salesman Harold Hill and Ashleigh Vittetoe is Marian Paroo, Hill's eventual love interest and the reason he is loath to leave town even when he is revealed to be a fake.

Greg Skipper, Josh Beck, Andrew Gordon, Jeremy Hagy, Doug Mason, Justin Fahey, Kyle Mitchell, Meghan Rose, Caitlyn James, Andy Aitkin, Caitlin Eubank and Becky Bradley also star in the production, which features such well-known songs as "76 Trombones," "Marian the Librarian" and "Til There Was You."

More than 60 other actors round out the cast. Kathy Schnorr and Cathy James direct the performance.

Providing music for the play will be an orchestra of about 20 Liberty High students and volunteer pianist Erica Westover, who has become a familiar face at the school's musical productions.

"The Music Man" will be performed in the school's auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and April 6 and 8. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door.

Information: 410-751-3560.

Young Child Month

The Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County public library has designated April as the Month of the Young Child. Throughout the month, the library will promote awareness of the importance of young children and addressing their needs.

To open the event, the library will remember the late M. Peggy Holniker and her commitment to children and their education through library use. Holniker worked to help establish the Eldersburg branch of the library.

County Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge will share her memories of Holniker during a brief program at 7 p.m. Monday. A video of Holniker's life will also be shown, and harpist Elaine Bryant will perform in the living memorial area of the library.

The Month of the Young Child will conclude with family events on April 29. Beginning at 10 a.m., representatives from the sheriff's office will be on hand to fingerprint and take photo IDs of children free of charge. The Reisterstown Jazz Ensemble is scheduled to perform. Plans for storytelling, clowns and a magician are in the planning stages.

The Eldersburg library intends to honor Holniker on a continuing basis by celebrating the Month of the Young Child as an annual event.

"Just knowing that this event will be institutionalized by the library and carried on each year in Peggy's memory has made me very happy," said Kenneth Holniker, Peggy Holniker's husband.

Wimmer honored

The Sykesville Gate House Museum of History in Sykesville will honor one of its strongest supporters at a reception at the museum from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Thelma C. Wimmer has been an avid collector and preserver of Sykesville history since she moved to town with her husband in 1936. Wimmer was instrumental in the creation of the Gate House Museum and has been one of its biggest contributors since it opened several years ago.

The event is also in recognition of Wimmer's 91st birthday.

Visitors to the museum may greet Wimmer and tour museum displays. Light refreshments will be served. A local gospel group will perform.

Information: 410-549-5150.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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