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by | September 3, 2004
The third installment of UPN's hit reality series "America's Next Top Model" could turn into "College Girls Gone Wild. " Of the 14 contestants, eight identify themselves as students, representing a diverse assortment of colleges including Brown, the University of Oklahoma, Mercyhurst College and New York University. These lucky ladies may be beautiful and they may be bright, but will they be smart enough to avoid alienating their fellow models? The new "Model" cast features women from 12 states (California and New York are doubly represented)
BY KATE COLEMAN | May 29, 2003 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Eight days before the Friday, May 30, opening night, a few men are cutting vinyl siding, creating the "premier hotel" for the set of the Apollo Civic Theatre production of "Annie Get Your Gun. " The noise of the power saw and hammers drives the cast to an upstairs room for rehearsal. The crew has yet to begin building a planned 16-foot train car. "It's a major undertaking," says Bob Fuegi, a member of the construction crew and an Apollo board member.
by DON AINES | August 5, 2003 CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - His first foundry was a crude contraption, but that cannot be said of the work Foster McNew has turned out over the past three decades. "I made a little furnace out of a grease bucket and a propane tank and a motor off a sewing machine" to power the blower, McNew said Thursday. "It would blow enough hot air to melt aluminum. " McNew became good enough at casting to go into business full time until a fire destroyed the building in which he rented space for his shop and put him back on the road.
By Ric Dugan | September 29, 2005
Flowers painted on a window at Boonsboro High School cast shadows Wednesday afternoon.
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | March 6, 2008
MARTINSBURG W.Va. - The Apollo Civic Theatre's production of "Play On!" might be a live-theater version of a blooper reel. "It's community theater making fun of itself," says Judy Malone, the play's producer. "Play On!" opens Friday at the Apollo Civic Theatre. The comedic farce is about a theater group's efforts to put on a show in spite of multiple script revisions and other mishaps. Cast members say the play offers a glimpse, albeit an exaggerated glimpse, of the funny things that really happen during community theater productions.
December 24, 1998
Hagerstown's Personnel Department may get a new name in the new year. The City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to introduce a law to rename the office the Human Resources Department. The council is expected to cast a final vote on the change in January. Acting Personnel Department Manager Austin Abraham said the change would cost $100 or less, for expenses including a new sign for the office door.
by JUSTIN MARTIN | August 1, 2006
I walk out on stage, and it all comes back to me. I feel complete joy when I see audience members' attentive faces and see people laugh. It all reminds me of why I act. I am part of Thespian Troupe 502 at Martinsburg (W.Va.) High School. The International Thespian Society is a global association of actors, hosting local and national theater festivals. It all started with a group of teachers in the spring of 1929, in Fairmont, W.Va. Since then, the ITS has helped more than 2 million students fulfill their dreams of acting.
By DON AINES | March 17, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - It is the oft-told tale of a boy, some magic beans and a giant, though Saturday night's production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" was set to music with and cast with budding thespians from the area. Many of the 53 members of the Missoula Children's Theatre cast are veteran troupers, such as 11-year-old Skyler Allen of Greencastle, Pa., who played one of the merchants. Her mother, Patti, said Skyler has been a performer in amateur theater groups in Hagerstown, Greencastle and Chambersburg since she was 5. "I have one more year.
by EDEN ERICKSON | February 7, 2006
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Four plays, three hours, nine awards, one great evening of entertainment. The annual One-Act Play Festival had another successful production on Friday, Feb. 3, at Hedgesville High School. The festival consists of four student-directed plays, each of which is one act long. One play is presented by each class. Four judges from outside the high school give awards for the evening's best work in several different categories. The first play performed Friday evening was a light comedy, "Midnight at World's End" by Gabriella Miyares.
By DON WORTHINGTON | July 21, 2000
City boy reels in top prize A 9-year-old Hagerstown boy out-cast four other regional champions Friday to win the BASS Masters national Casting Kids competition for children age 7 to 10. Jessey Flowers, the son of Richard and Chris Flowers, won the title at the 30th Annual BASS Masters Classic Show in Chicago. The Chicago championship completed a string of competitions that began with the Clear Springs Carnival last August, said Betty Henson, one of the boy's grandparents.
By MARIE GILBERT | | June 21, 2013
It's the musical parodies that get the audience laughing and clapping - songs like the golden oldie “My Guy” that becomes “My Thighs.”   But it's the self-deprecating jokes about hot flashes, sleepless nights, weight gain and Jekyll-and-Hyde personality changes that create a bonding experience among the audience and cast members.   Add sassy dialogue, handsome staging and funny scenes like a bra fight at a lingerie sale and you have a comedic piece of theatre known as “Menopause The Musical.” Since its debut in 2001, the play has been a mini-juggernaut, entertaining sell-out crowds in more than 250 American cities and 14 countries.
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | | March 6, 2013
Beth Smith has had a fondness for "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" since she was a child. "I remembered I always loved that show," said Smith, Clear Spring High School drama and choral teacher. And when she was teaching at another school years ago, she watched the musical again. She said she thought, "Yeah, some day I'm going to do this. " "It's pretty much has always been on the back burner," she said. "This year, I finally had the cast. " Clear Spring High School Drama Club will present the iconic musical, " Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 10, at the high school.
November 9, 2012
Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education recently conducted a voting exercise for the kindergarten students, having them vote on candidates for House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and president. Teacher Tammy Montini created a lesson about the election process for the students.
May 8, 2012
More than 4,100 ballots for Tuesday's primary election have already been cast by early voters in the Eastern Panhandle, according to Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant's office. As of Monday, 2,357 people voted in Berkeley County, more Republicans (1,122) than Democrats (956). Another 273 residents with no political party affiliation also voted. More registered Democrats (658) voted early in Jefferson County than Republicans (439) and another 185 voters with no party affiliation cast ballots, according to Tennant's office.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | April 29, 2012
The crowd at The Maryland Theatre was sprinkled with little girls on Sunday afternoon, apropos for a musical about a Disney princess, Belle of “Beauty and the Beast.” Despite the hairy “Beast” with horns and a growl, some of the little girls said he was their favorite character in the Disney musical. The Beast was Chloe Dorsey's favorite character, though the 6-year-old Smithsburg resident admitted she liked everything about the show produced by Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in downtown Hagerstown.
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | April 9, 2012
Watching "American Reunion," it occurred to me how similar the "American Pie" series is to the "Final Destination" series.  The "American Pie" series is a scatological comedy franchise known for convoluted sequences where everything seems to go wrong at once and the characters end up humiliated. The "Final Destination" series is a horror franchise known for convoluted sequences where everything seems to go wrong at once and the characters end up dead. Both franchises are more than decade old and still coming out with new installments.
By DAVE McMILLION | | March 25, 2012
Images of fish circle the edge of a lampshade in the room and a picture of a brook trout graces a clock on the wall. On the opposite wall, a mounted 16-inch golden trout stands as a testament to Art Overcash's fishing prowess. Overcash tells a story of how his fishing buddies were unable to land the elusive fish in a Pennsylvania stream, but he managed to hook it one day while depending on murky water to mask his presence. Above a work table is a big picture of a blue marlin.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | November 9, 2011
A Waynesboro Borough Council member might have lost his seat in Tuesday's municipal election, according to complete, but unofficial results from the Franklin County (Pa.) Elections Board. Councilman Ronnie Martin, who is finishing his first four-year term, appeared on ballots Tuesday in an uncontested race for the First Ward seat. However, Martin received 82 votes, compared to 171 cast for write-in candidates. Waynesboro businessman Michael Cermak Sr. ran a quiet write-in campaign that he said only gained momentum the day before the election.
August 26, 2011
Auditions for “The Rocky Horror Show” will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, 5 Willowdale Drive, Frederick. This limited production of “The Rocky Horror Show” will have only two performances - 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, and 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Those auditioning should be at least 18 years old. Bring a headshot, resume and 16 bars of prepared music, and be ready to sing, dance and read from the script. No appointments are necessary.
June 8, 2011
The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre will host auditions for "Chicago" at 7 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the theater, 5 Willowdale Drive, Suite A1, off U.S. 40 West, Frederick. The role of Mary Sunshine has already been cast.  All other roles are open and non-union paying. " Those auditioning are asked to bring a headshot and resume, as well as 16 bars of prepared music. Be ready to sing, read from the script and dance.  Those auditioning should be at least 18 years old.  A complete list of casting notes and character details is posted on the theatre's website, . No appointments are necessary.
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