School's musical rolls back to '70s for laughs

NEIGHBORS

April 12, 2002|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DRAG OUT those polyester shirts, bellbottoms and platform shoes. It's time to boogie down at Northeast High School this weekend.

The school's Dionysus Club will present its spring production of a new musical comedy, "Friday Knight Fever," at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow in Eagles Auditorium. A matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Admission is $5.

The setting for this high-energy production is a snack bar at Rita's Roller Skating Rink, a local after-school hangout for the Fighting Knights of Culpepper High. The rink is temporarily closing for renovation, but the kids are trying to persuade the owner to keep their hangout open.

Then there is the award-hungry principal's attempts to influence the judging in the Principal of the Year contest by filling the hangout with nerdy students, a back-stabbing vice principal with mischief on her mind, school thugs, jewel thieves, undercover cops and other quirky characters.

The production features the efforts of more than 30 students, including: Earl Bohrer; Amanda DiMartino; Brittany Warf; Ashley Lotz; Annie Bik; Taren Van Heerden, Kristina Moore; Tina Stewart; Patrick Herb; Loren Pacheco; John Lucia; Ben Croissant; Greg Poling; Mark Gardner; Zack Zhao; Danny Kim; Keven Gerdes; Steven Kitchen; Danielle Lynch; Amber McCauley; Angela King; Amanda Griffith; Joey Fowler; Kayla Fell; Michael Powers; Rebecca Shannon; Carla Mallory; David Del Signore; Heather Goehring; Brett Harwood; Mary Stock; Melissa Lehman; Sara Odea; and Allison Jones.

Northeast teacher Martin LeFrancois is directing the musical, with Ashley Schaeffer as student stage manager, Shelby Schorm handling the lights and Jackie Myles in charge of sound. Other crew members include Tara Holste, Teresa Sparklin, Kelly Sartwell, Courtney Bull, Stephanie Caswell, Mandy Freberger, Keith Keys, Jennifer Long, Bryan Minnick, Kristen Mohr, and Tom Strother.

"We have a large talented cast, humorous dialogue, far-out musical numbers and original dance routines," said LeFrancois. "Everyone has the fever, and you will get it, too."

Audience members are encouraged to dress in their finest 1970s outfits to compete in a costume contest. Winners will get free tickets to the club's production of one-act plays in May.

"We asked the Magic Eight Ball, `Will they dig this show?'" LeFrancois said. "The answer was, `It is Decidedly So.'"

The school is at 1131 Duvall Highway.

Information: 410-437-6400.

Youth fishing derby

Pasadena Sportfishing Group and Friends of Lake Waterford Park are sponsoring a fishing derby from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Lake Waterford Park

The contest, open to children ages 5 through 16, includes free bait, a cookout and an awards ceremony at which prizes will be awarded in three age groups.

Registration is $2 per child.

To register: Lake Waterford Park, 410-222-6248.

Bingo luncheon

Join the members of the Long Point Garden Club for their annual spring bingo luncheon Wednesday at Long Point Hall on Long Point Road.

Doors will open at 11 a.m.

The cost is $6 and includes a luncheon platter and one bingo card. Extra cards will be sold. Prizes will be baskets of grocery items.

Information: Katie Haines, 410-255-6087.

Last chance for fruit

Last call, at least until November, for the East Anne Arundel Lions Club's Florida fruit sale.

The Lions are accepting orders for temple oranges, ruby red grapefruit and Vidalia onions.

Citrus is available by the quarter-bag, half-case and case. Onions are sold in 5-pound or 10-pound bags.

Orders must be placed by tomorrow.

Fruit pickup is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20, at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road. Onion orders will be available for pickup May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Proceeds from the sales help support sight and sound projects in the community.

Information: 410-255-7207, 410-255-1128, and 410-255-1783.

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