Mount Airy Players step out on Broadway


April 05, 2002|By Lesa Jansen | Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BROADWAY arrives in Mount Airy tonight as the Mount Airy Players put on their first musical production.

Broadway in Revue features songs from hit musicals such as A Chorus Line, Funny Girl, 42nd Street, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar and Show Boat.

"We didn't want to do a full-scale musical production because of the extremely expensive costs involved in obtaining the production rights," said Ken Berry, director of Broadway in Revue. "But I said, let's try this, a musical revue that will have a great deal of appeal to people."

Berry, who is a full-time teacher in Carroll County public schools, commuted from his home in Hanover, Pa., to direct, choreograph and perform in the production. He has appeared in productions at Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover and most recently directed the musical 42nd Street for September Song, a musical theater group in Westminster.

Berry has been with the Mount Airy Players for four years as a performer and director.

"We're hoping this [production] will bring in people who haven't come to a Mount Airy Players production before," he said.

The director and his cast of nine put together the 90-minute show in four weeks.

"Because we had never attempted this before in Mount Airy, I pre-cast some of the parts and held auditions for additional slots," said Berry. "We basically put together the cast from Pennsylvania, Westminster and Mount Airy."

The cast includes Ann Barcroft, musical director for September Song, Jan Buzzeo, Keith Eopechino, Nancy German-Nazelrod and David Yackley.

Karla Kucera and Kristina and John Dabbs join the production after work with Eichelberger Performing Arts Center. Duncan Wright, who rounds out the cast, has performed with the Mount Airy Players for five years and in off-Broadway productions and summer stock.

Broadway in Revue will be performed at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St. A matinee will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 and $6 for senior citizens. The ticket price includes beverages and dessert. Reservations are recommended.

Information: 301-829-1527.

Kick butts

The theme for the annual "Kick Butts Day" at Mount Airy Middle School Wednesday was the dangers of smoking.

"This is an annual event at our school, but also nationwide," said Christine Miller, health teacher at Mount Airy Middle School. "I think it brings awareness of the dangers of smoking and of second-hand smoke. It's something we talk about in health class but something like this gives the kids a chance to look at the facts again."

Charles I. Ecker, Carroll's interim superintendent, visited the middle school to help judge the door decoration contest.

The homeroom of eighth-grade teacher Lori True won the competition and will be treated to a pizza party.

Play ball

Tryouts for Mount Airy American Legion select travel teams will be held tomorrow, Sunday and April 13-14 at the field behind the Legion Post, 801 Prospect Road. Junior (age 16 and younger) tryouts will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Senior (age 18 and younger) tryouts, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Boys and girls are eligible.

Information: George Richardson, 410-489-7035 (Senior Legion); George Hancock, 410-875-2990 (Junior Legion).

Lesa Jansen's Southwest neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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