The play's the thing for North Carroll student director


January 10, 2001|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DIRECTING A PLAY is "a fun thing, a bit stressful, but something we all volunteer to do after school," said Katie Murphy, 17.

Katie is the student director for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," a play the North Carroll High School Drama Club will present Feb. 2 and 3.

The Drama Club chooses a student-directed production to present each winter, between the fall drama and spring musical. The play is selected from a list of proposals submitted by students.

Katie, a senior, wanted to produce the story of Charlie and his visit to a magical candy factory. She wrote a proposal, pledging plenty of after-school effort, and the Drama Club accepted it.

"I wrote why this was a great one to choose. It's a one-act play with 11 scenes, so there's a lot of scene changes to show the fantastical adventures. We have lighting cues, sound cues. It's a pretty crazy play," Katie said.

In addition to light and sound, she's coordinating the construction of scenery by the school Art Club. When difficult and technical problems crop up, Howard Spears steps in. He's a Baltimore County teacher and North Carroll parent who has helped with several school plays in the area.

Working with the actors takes lots of energy.

"It's not the director's job to teach, but to guide," said Katie. "How I guide is basically to do physical and vocal warm-up exercises for about 15 minutes before each rehearsal. This gets your voice and body in tune for the actual rehearsal. The little things you discover in warm-ups you carry into rehearsal. Lots of the time warm-up is the most fun because it's creative and wacky."

She has appeared in a number of high school productions, and is a member of the Fool Proof improvisational theater. She sings soprano with the North Carroll Ensemble, and participates in French Club and the National Honor Society. Katie hopes to pursue a theatrical career. She's getting ready to apply to drama programs at several colleges.

She has a play to direct, and less than a month to go.

"It's a really, really neat experience. It is worth every effort. It is so rewarding to see your creative ideas happening on stage with the collaborative effort of everyone. It's awesome and it's beautiful," Katie said.

Station renewal builds steam

After reading about the restoration of the Hampstead Train Station in The Sun last week, a number of people expressed interest in contributing to the project.

To help the restoration:

Large donation jars are on the counters of businesses in the Hampstead area.

Donations can be sent to: Hampstead Train Station Committee Inc., P.O. Box 727, Hampstead 21074.

People connected with the project, at the station or Hampstead Town Hall, will accept donations.

Smart Growth discussion

Views on Smart Growth will be discussed during an informational meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2434 Cape Horn Road, Hampstead.

The church and Manchester are co-sponsors of the discussion. Moderated by Manchester Mayor Christopher B. D'Amario, the panel will include state Del. Joseph M. Getty; Steven Horn, director of planning for Carroll County; and Matthew Weinstein of Citizens Planning and Housing Association.

Information: 410-239-3200.

Band concert tonight

The 166 pupils in Shiloh Middle School bands and orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. today at the school.

The music program, under the direction of Philip Stephenson, features several stars.

Several pupils from Shiloh have received All-County Band honors. They are: Sarah Friedrich, Kristi Scherbarth, Laura Schaefer, Chelsea Seibel, Heidi Scherbarth, Rebekah Friedrich, Sara Hollands, Stacy Sherwood and Allan Gehret.

Violinist Nikia Sayre competed against seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders to win a place in the All-State Orchestra.

The public is welcome to the performance. Shiloh Middle is at 3675 Willow St., Hampstead, off Shiloh Avenue.

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

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