THE MYSTICAL Scottish town of Brigadoon has been transported to the stage of North Carroll High School, where the sometimes bawdy, sometimes tender musical of the same name will be performed May 10, 11, and 12.
Two Americans, played by Joshua Hunt and Chris Grove, get lost on a hunting trip and stumble into town on the wedding day of Charlie Dalrymple, played by Matt Perry, and Jean MacLaren, played by Amy Havlicsek. More than one romance is afoot. Harry Beaton, played by Adam Henry, also loves Jean, but is torn by a desire for a college education. The Americans each fall into a love situation, one humorous, one serious, and must choose to leave or stay in the mystical town.
"I love this play because it's all about second chances," said Tom Scanlan, English teacher and director.
All the other participants are students. Assistant director Jenilyn Anderman, with Brandi Malachowski has designed and painted mural landscapes of the Highlands. Stage managers are Sara Myers and Krystel Feeser.
"The hardest part is trying to mouth the Scottish brogue and be audible," said Amy Barcroft, who plays Meg Brockie, whom she describes as "a sex-crazed dairy maid who wears a costume 2 feet shorter than anyone else."
Meg leads a tavern song and dance that involves at least two dozen performers, including David Vaughn being lifted and tossed like a statue and a bevy of female folk who eat the bridal bouquet.
"There's more singing than dancing, but the dancing is complicated," said Tommy Beam, who plays Angus MacGuffie, one of Harry's friends. Amy Hyde, a student at Western Maryland College, is providing weekly dancing lessons to the cast.
It's Meg who's fallen for one American, and Fiona MacLaren, played by Katie Murphy, who sings the loveliest ballad for the other American, whom she's sure will leave her alone in Brigadoon.
A piano accompaniment is played by Justin Cole, who will be part of the 17-piece orchestra of high school musicians.
Other named characters are played by Jeff Hann, Scott Taylor, Danny Schwemmer, Dailyn Peake, Matt Peregoy, Kevin D'Alesandro and Melanie Fitz.
Playing the townspeople of Brigadoon, who sing and dance throughout the production, are Coralee Quinn, Kelsey Watts, Renee Rogers, Veronica Spears, Stacey Elcik, Maggie Wunderlich, Pam Allen, Jenn Spears, Carrie Reese, Shannon Gibbons, Suzette Rogers, Nicholas McCourt, Jason Werner, and Chris Mattingly.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. performances. Tickets are $5. The school is off Hampstead-Mexico Road, Hampstead.
NESAP building dedicated
North East Social Action Program began as a food bank by a consortium of churches about 12 years ago.
Today, it has grown into a community outreach mission that last year provided food, rent, clothing, medical, new children's car seats and other assistance to about 700 families.
To accommodate the flow of donated food and second-hand clothing, a sizable corps of volunteers from the community refurbished a former small grocery store at 1046 S. Carroll St., Hampstead.
On Saturday, the building was officially dedicated with an open house and ribbon cutting. The dedication ceremony recognized 82 families and 17 local businesses that gave time, talent and materials to make the new location habitable.
Republican Del. Joseph M. Getty made a surprise visit to present a state proclamation recognizing service to the needy.
"NESAP has a wonderful vision," Getty said. "Based on a concept of recycled personal belongings which generates [funds] ... to provide to the needy. The missing cog was having a facility. Now they have an efficient, cost-effective location to serve the needy."
Linda Geers, who has helped clients since the beginning, said, "NESAP wouldn't be possible without the people who have dedicated their time and talents, and ... have volunteered to make this building really work."
The consortium includes 33 pastors representing every church in the North Carroll area. On occasion, items are shared with church organizations in Baltimore.
The ground-floor entrance off Carroll Street is a spacious newly carpeted clothing store. Three days a week, the store sells donated clothing for a dollar or two, and last year generated about $80,000. Debbie Tocknell, assistant store manager, figures at least 150 50-gallon bags of clothing are donated and sorted every week.
A loading dock area makes donations convenient. Tocknell will leave May 1, and Lynne Feeser will take her place to work with Gwen Hanson, clothing store manager. They ensure that nothing donated goes to waste. Useless clothing is sold as rags and buttons and zippers are saved.
The food pantry is downstairs in a grocery store arrangement. A family of four is typically given a month's supply of nonperishables and a certificate to Weis Markets. Lisa Goretsas tracks donations and needs. Since January, 14 organizations have sponsored food drives to benefit the pantry. In addition, Goretsas often finds anonymous bags of groceries in the sheltered breezeway.
Behind the food pantry and clothing store are new offices for Geers and volunteer treasurer Tim Feeser, who previously shared a closet-sized room that doubled as storage. Space is available for two assistants, Cathy Warehime and Cathy Pokorny, and a meeting room.
"We now have so many clients for food and clothing, we ask them to make appointments to give them the attention they deserve. We get to know our clients as families. They feel comfortable coming to us. Our clients are pretty neat," Geers said.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.