Shadow Block Productions, a new drama group for adults at the Drama Learning Center, is presenting Quilters, a musical about the lives of pioneer women, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The play is directed by Mo Dutterer, longtime drama teacher at Centennial High School who retired in August after 29 years with the Howard County public school system.
The seven-member cast is all women, as is the three-member orchestra and one-member crew.
"I'm the only guy," said Dutterer, who produced the play at Centennial High School in 1990. "It's a story about pioneer women and how they sometimes single-handedly settled the West. I thought that since this is a true women's piece - a woman-empowerment kind of thing - I thought it would be nice to do that."
The Drama Learning Center offers classes for elementary, middle and high school students, but had never tapped the adult market before, said Dutterer, who taught workshops in musical theater in January and last month. When Judy Templeton, the center's program coordinator, and co-owner Shari Grue, its artistic director, asked if he would do a full production, the idea of working with adults intrigued him.
Women came from around the Baltimore-Washington area to audition for Quilters. The actresses are Delia Chiu, Elizabeth du Toit, Jennifer Evans, Jessica Feldman, Karice Filardo, Samantha Peller and Conni Ross, who plays the central character, Sarah McKendrie Bonham.
Musicians are Pam Goss on piano; Marlee Lindon on flute; and A.J. Dinsmore on bass and percussion. Laura Zaccardi is producer and assistant director.
Shadow Block is named for Quilters, the group's first production. Dutterer explained that quilts are divided into blocks, or units of design; shadow blocks show a dark silhouette on a colorful ground. "A shadow block can be comic, tragic or any range of emotions," he said.
The play is in its second, and last, weekend. Tickets are $15; $12 for students, senior citizens and groups of 20 or more. The Drama Learning Center is at 9130 Red Branch Road.
Oakland Mills board hires new village manager
The Oakland Mills Village Board has hired Sandy Cederbaum of Long Reach as village manager, to replace Erin Peacock, who is retiring.
Cederbaum, who was executive director of Beth Shalom Congregation for nine years and worked as program and events coordinator for Oakland Mills Community Association, will start her new position tomorrow.
Her son, Jeffrey, is a sophomore at Ohio University; her daughter, Alison, is a junior at Howard High School. Her husband, Ken, is a computer programmer.
Intergenerational group to hold luncheon Thursday
Students and senior citizens will share a catered lunch and reflect on the year's activities at a meeting of Long Reach High School's Intergenerational Connections. The luncheon, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Longwood Senior Center, will be the last meeting of the school year.
Elkridge Furnace Inn is a sponsor of the event.
Information: Katie Chesler, 410-313-7428, or Cate Barry, 410-313-7117.