`Anything Goes' for Crofton teen who gets a kick out of the theater


July 30, 2002|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PASSION IS the most important thing in life," reflects Sam Willocks, speaking about his daughter, Karley. "My daughter has a passion for theater and music. Karley has been saying the word Broadway for as long as I remember."

The Crofton 15-year-old has studied dance since she was 4 years old and has been a member of the Talent Machine Company for seven years. Despite the hours of practice and frequent rehearsals, Karley's dad says his daughter never falters.

"She's never complained about long or boring rehearsals," he said.

In addition to her Talent Machine rehearsals, Karley is busy this summer with voice and dance lessons. And, during the school year, the rising junior is active in Archbishop Spalding High School's chorus, girls' ensemble and concert band, in which she plays percussion.

Over the years, she has taken part in several Talent Machine productions, including Santa's Frosty Follies and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

This week, Karley will play the role of Bonnie in the Talent Machine's production of the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes. The show tells the story of a luxury liner sailing from New York to Southampton, England, in the 1930s, filled with lost loves, rekindled romances, disguised delinquents and clever clergy.

Besides the entertaining plot twists and turns, the show features great dancing and such popular songs as "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top" and "Anything Goes."

Joining Karley in the cast are several other West County teens, including Crofton's Devin Arbogast, Jeff Gerheiser, Matt Keffer, Amy Sonntag and Andrew Sonntag, as well as Gambrills' Jeremy Eaton and Ross Koenig.

The musical will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Key Auditorium at St. John's College in Annapolis. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 18. (No evening performance will be presented Aug. 18.) General admission tickets are $10.

Information: 410-956-0512 or www.talentmachine.com

School golf tourney

School of the Incarnation is planning its third annual golf tournament at Walden Golf Club in Crofton. Tee time will be 9 a.m. Sponsors and foursomes are welcome.

Information: school office, 410-729-7820.

Book discussion

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Crofton is sponsoring a book discussion group for parents and catechists of young people between the ages of 13 and 18.

The discussion will focus on Sometimes We Dance, Sometimes We Wrestle by Michael Carotta. The topic of the book is adolescent spirituality.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 and Aug. 19 at Caribou Coffee in Waugh Chapel Village.

Information: Jack O'Malley, 410-721-5775.

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