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July 21, 2005

NOW OR NEVER

Wake up from that cat nap. This weekend the Cat Country Fair, a cat agility tournament and all-breed cat show, will be in Timonium. Like their canine counterparts, the cats will compete in many events. In the cat agility tournament, they will showcase their speed, grace and trust. In other competitions, the cats will be judged on their "purrsonalities," grooming and appearance. More than 200 pedigree cats and household pets will compete. Cats can be entered into the competition as long as they are at least four months old, and all eight-month-old cats must be spayed or neutered.

Take home a feline friend from the Maryland rescue groups that will be on hand with cats and kittens up for adoption. Then buy cat accessories and other cat items from the 20 vendors on site.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of incomplete information supplied by the theater, the name of the wrong director was listed in a Live item July 21 about Cockpit in Court's production of The Sound of Music. The director is Roy Hammond.
The Sun regrets the errors.

The Cat Country Fair will be at the Exhibition Hall at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. The show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students and free for children 5 and under. Call 703-244-5707 or visit www.novacats.org.

-- Erica Kritt

COMING UP

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music is one of the ultimate family musicals -- both in its subject matter, the singing von Trapp family, and its appeal. The production that opens tomorrow at Cockpit in Court takes that family feeling one step further. Director Michael Bareham's cast includes four sets of real-life family members.

Brother and sister A.J. and Julia Unitas play two of the von Trapp children, and their mother, Eileen Unitas, plays one of the nuns. Husband and wife Kate and Christopher Briante play Captain von Trapp's fiancee and cultural minister Max Detweiler. And the chorus includes identical twins Lisa and Kristin Rigsby as well as mother and daughter Kathy and Becky McCrory. The lead roles are played by Julia Lancione as the postulant-turned-governess, Maria, and Michael Sullivan as Captain von Trapp.

Show times at Cockpit, on the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7201 Rossville Blvd., are 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Aug. 4, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 7. Tickets are $15 and $17. Call 410-780-6369.

-- J. Wynn Rousuck

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