Liberty High School to stage `Pippin'


March 20, 2001|By Debra Taylor Young | Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL will present its production of the Broadway musical "Pippin" in four performances at 7 p.m. Friday and March 29-31, in the school auditorium. Matinees will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday and March 31.

"Pippin" tells the story of French prince Pippin, son of King Charlemagne. The show begins with the character Leading Player and the acting troupe inviting the audience to watch their "magic" as they help tell the story. Leading Player is narrator throughout the play.

Pippin is a young man, just out of a university, searching for the meaning of his life. At first, he wants to go to war alongside his father, but is not satisfied being a war hero. Encouraged throughout the play by Leading Player, who does not have his best interest at heart, Pippin continues his search.

The play features musical numbers such as "Magic to Do," "Corner of the Sky" and "Simple Joys," under the musical direction of Connie Casamento. Joseph Fischer directs the orchestra.

With a cast of 43 students, technical crew of 20 and orchestra of 30, "Pippin" has been a tremendous undertaking for directors Kathy Schnorr and Cathy James. Schnorr says student and parent volunteers have offered wonderful support during production, which started in January.

Philip Grapes, a freshman, has taken on the role of Pippin, with Doug Mason, 18, playing his father, Charlemagne. Mason has been acting since elementary school and has been in every Liberty production since he was a freshman.

The role of Leading Player is performed by Caitlyn James, 16. Caitlyn has been dancing and performing since age 3 and says theater is her passion. She describes her character as "devilish."

Pippin's stepbrother Lewis is played by Ryan Holmes, 18. He is a National Merit finalist and president of the National Honor Society. He has been involved in drama since his sophomore year. His character competes with Pippin to be heir to the throne.

The school is on Bartholow Road in Eldersburg. Tickets for the show can be purchased in advance for $4, or at the door for $5.

Information: 410-751-3560.

Sykesville to vote

Sykesville will hold its general election for mayor and Town Council on May 1.

To vote, residents must register at the Carroll County elections board by 5 p.m. April 2. Registration forms are available at Sykesville Town House or at the county elections board, Center Street, Westminster.

Information: 410-795-8959.

Town historian honored

Gatehouse Museum on Cooper Drive in Sykesville is honoring the town's official historian, Thelma Wimmer, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the museum.

"People are invited to meet Mrs. Wimmer," says Jim Purman, curator and archivist at the museum.

Wimmer recently celebrated her 92nd birthday and has interesting stories to tell, Purman says.

Wimmer is responsible for many of the artifacts found in the museum's collection. She also helped establish the town's Historic District and worked for the purchase and restoration of Sykesville Town House on Main Street.

Refreshments will be served. The museum will unveil a display case restored by volunteer Wayne Matulonis.

Information: 410-549-5150.

Debra Taylor Young's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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