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Students present dessert theater

November 15, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG - When he is all fitted out as a pirate, Calvin Andrukat looks rather imposing, not to mention, entertaining. After all, that is what good theater is all about.

"I enjoy both comedy and drama," said the 16-year-old junior who is acting in his fifth play, playing Long John "Sliver."

And this week's performance of "Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen" will give him and his classmates plenty of opportunity for both.

The Smithsburg High School Drama Club is presenting this play at a dessert theater Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 each night. There also is a matinee Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Ruth Osik, a member of the Smithsburg High School Drama Boosters, said the dessert theater has been popular the past three years. "It's a fundraiser," she said.

Theatergoers will sit at tables on the stage rather than in the audience. The play will be performed on the other side of the stage.

During intermission, members of the cast will serve the patrons their desserts.

"We have served about 100 people in the past," Osik said.

The plot centers around a gentleman named Roger Goodman who wants to settle down and marry a wealthy woman. When he learns she thinks he is boring, he sets out to become the pirate - Captain Blood - she wants to meet.

In the meantime, the wife-to-be becomes a pirate queen herself so she can better attract a pirate as her mate.

When all the players meet up on Treasure Island, they encounter a retired pirate Bluebeard and his crew and comedy abounds.

Andrukat said he hopes to go into theater as a career. In the meantime, he is keeping active in the drama club and hopes to try out for "Grease."

Pirate Queen Amber Meyer is a senior at Smithsburg with at least six plays to her credit.

"It's my passion and my future," Meyer said, noting she intends to major in theater at Frostburg State University.

Ruth Hobson, drama teacher, made some of the big dresses for the play. But many of the other costumes have come from used clothing stores, according to the cast members.

Kyle Raios, 16, is a junior working in his fifth play, taking on the dual role of Roger Goodman and Captain Blood.

"My first play was 'The Three Musketeers.' I'm going to study it (theater) but am planning to be a writer."

John White, also a junior, attends Washington County Technical High School, but has been in plays for a while at his home school.

Bluebeard is the most lines he's ever had but it is the part he wanted.

"I love acting and am looking into either acting or directing," White said.

For information or inquiries about tickets for the performances, call 301-824-3658 in the evening.

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