2 collaborate to stage children's theater

NEIGHBORS

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

STEWART DEARIE, musician, restaurateur and owner of Baldwin's Station in Sykesville, is passionate about the arts, including children's theater.

Dearie has joined with Duet Productions, a nonprofit organization run by Steve Seyfriet, to present theater productions geared to children ages 4 to 10.

One Sunday each month, Dearie uses the main dining room of his restaurant to accommodate the production, which draws up to 100 guests.

"People thought I was crazy to clear my most profitable room at 3 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon for a theater production," said Dearie.

But he feels the productions are worthwhile for the restaurant, and for the parents and children attending.

Dearie's attraction to the theater productions goes deeper than marketing for the restaurant.

As the father of two girls, he feels that many children spend too much time in front of the television, or doing things that don't call for much imagination. The children's theater provides an imaginative outlet and exposes them to theater, Dearie said. Also, the plays are only an hour, which is a small investment of time for busy families, he said.

On Sunday, Duet Productions and Baldwin's presented The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen. The story is about a scoundrel who tricked a vain emperor into believing he could make him magic clothes.

Before the play began, Seyfriet addressed the audience of about 45 parents and children, some from Cub Scout Pack 1191 of Mount Airy.

He said that Duet Productions uses two actors in its plays, with each assuming several roles.

The small stage in the corner of the main dining room was curtained for costume changes. Seyfriet and Owen Timoney reappeared at various times in different attire.

Seyfriet wrote the script and used innuendo to address the more mature members of the audience.

The children remained attentive throughout the show and responded to the actors who interacted with them. The actors answered questions that helped the children understand the play.

At the end of the show, Timoney, as the emperor, stood in front of the children wearing polka dot boxer shorts with suspenders and asked how they liked his new clothes.

"No clothes, no clothes," they shouted at him, laughing.

Seyfriet has been involved with Duet for 22 years, and performs at schools. He has performed at Baldwin's for three seasons.

Productions in the Creative Children's Series at Baldwin's will include Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland.

Information: 410-795-1041.

December basket days

The Parents of Century High School Class of 2004 are sponsoring a fund-raiser, December Basket Days.

For each day of December, except Sundays, a drawing will be held for a Longaberger basket or product. A $10 ticket offers 26 chances to win. Participants can win more than once.

Tickets or information: Jan Soth, 410-386-4400 or centurysoth @hotmail.com.

Christmas in Hershey

Piney Run Park on Martz Road is sponsoring a trip to Hersheypark from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 30. The bus leaves from the boat trailer lot.

The park will be decorated for Christmas with lights, music, and carolers. Participants can pay for rides and visit village shops.

The trip includes a stop at Bob Evans Family Restaurant near Hershey for dinner.

Tickets are $8 for members, and $10 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-794-6043.

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

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