North Carroll High is alive with `The Sound of Music'

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May 03, 2000|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LOVE AND COURAGE triumph in the musical"The Sound of Music," which will be performed at 7: 30 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. Saturday at North Carroll High School.

"The Sound of Music," by Rodgers and Hammerstein, portrays the von Trapp family. In the familiar story, Maria, a young nun, becomes governess to the seven children of a widowed naval captain. She teaches the children to sing, falls in love with and marries the captain, and then the family flees when the Nazis invade Austria.

Maria is played by Kristen Geers. The captain is played by Scott Applefeld. The children are portrayed by: Katie Murphy, Skyler Brungardt, Laurel Dukehart, Ryan Spears, Rachel Hann, Rainelle Jochum and Hannah Gore.

"What I love about directing high school theater is the joy that is often missing in professional shows," said North Carroll drama instructor Roberta Gore, whose 3-year-old daughter plays the youngest von Trapp daughter. Josh Hunt plays Rolf, the telegram messenger. Franz is played by Mark Young, and Frau Schmidt is played by Jen Nalepa.

Also in the cast are: Christiaan Grove, Maggie Wunderlich, Jessica Bonito, Geraldine Carlos, Justin Watts, Robert Mai, Jenny Rigiel, Courtney Beard, Alex Griffith and Cassie Thompson.

The soldiers are played by Steve Pow, Fred Schmid, Val Sylvester and Russell Ward. The abbess is played by Christina Ramirez, and her three nuns are played by Amy Barcroft, Kelsey Watts and Sarah Blum.

Other sisters, who make up the chorus, include Courtney Beard, Danielle Chmielewski, Stacey Elcik, Krystel Feeser, Megan McDonald, Darilyn Peake, Coralee Quinn, Veronica Spears and Maggie Wunderlich. Molly Hamilton and Kristen Shields also have parts in the play.

Sarah Middleton is student assistant to the director. Jessica Weikers is stage manager. Scene designers are Lindsay Ballant and Kristen Yachera. Teacher Tom Manger and a student construction crew built the sets, which were painted by the school's Art Club and friends.

Designer Ann Constantinedes was inspired by the movie version of "The Sound of Music" in creating the children's costumes.

A singing trio lends a humorous note to the singing festival during which the von Trappe family makes its clever escape. The Trio of the Saengerbund of Herwegen is composed of Tommy Beam, Jeff Hann and Danny Schwemmer.

Actors in the party scene learned to waltz from choreographer Michelle Stansfield. Music directors are opera singer Cindy Blum and Robin Ryon, who conducts the orchestra. Abigail Werner was piano accompanist during rehearsals.

Tickets are $5.

Information: 410-751-3450, Ext. 278.

Swim with the Sea Lions

You can register to join the Sea Lions swim team from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Manchester-Lineboro Lions Club Pool.

"We swam an undefeated season, and have moved up to Division 7," said Dan Bressler, who has supported the team for three years and serves as team representative and president.

Division 7 includes Bolton Hill, Country Club Estates, Crofton Country Club and Fort Meade. Several meets will be at Manchester this year, Bressler said.

Although swim meets are team events, what counts are individualtimes. Each child competes against children of the same age group: 8 years and under, 9 to 10, 11 to 12, 13 to 14 and 15 to 18.

Sabraya Ibrahim will return for her third year as coach.

Children ages 5 to 18 can sign up for the Sea Lions during the season. Central Maryland Swim League stipulates they must be members of the home pool, which for the Sea Lions is the Manchester Pool.

Cost for team membership is $35, plus $10 for insurance, for the first child enrolled from a family; and $25, plus $10 insurance, for each additional child.

Interested swimmers can meet Dan Bressler and other swim team representatives at Manchester Day on June 3.

Information: 410-239-0177

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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