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Sound of Music. September Song.

Posted in Theatre on August 26, 2009 by Kathy Freundel


It’s that time of year again. September Song, is in full swing, staging The Sound of Music.

I was in the audience back in ’77 when September Song first produced Sound of Music.

It was my first play.


My whole family went together.

I wanted to be Leisl.

I  got to stay up WAY past my bedtime.

Directed by Erin Kauffman and produced by Joan Eichorn, this year’s production features some of Carroll County’s finest.

Last night’s rehearsal had all the magic of community theater . . . costume fittings, fix-its, scene construction and lots of love in the house.






Proceeds go to support CHANGE, Inc. and Therapeutic Recreation Council.

Performances are September 4,5,11,& 12 at 8 pm and September 6 at 2:30.

Century High School, Sykesville, MD

and for the first time, tickets can be purchased online.

We’ve got our twelve tickets and plan to make a Sunday afternoon event of it . . .

kathyfreundel-1-2I brought two of the littles along with me last night.

My girls loved watching rehearsal and changed seats every scene so they could view the show from lots of different angles.

I had a little “splainin’ to do to Lily. She wanted to know why she was not cast as Gretl . . .

a Friendly’s “make your own sundae” helped her get over it.


Lion. Witch. Wardrobe. Benefit.

Posted in Hometown Flavor, Theatre on April 25, 2009 by Kathy Freundel



It’s live theatre for a great cause.  The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and all proceeds go to Carroll County Young Life.

That’s a win-win-win. Your family wins with an evening of entertainment complete with sword battles, indoor guard performance, and dancing to tell a classic tale. The cast and crew of the play win, because they are READY to deliver an evening of (Turkish) delight,  and our community wins because Young Life and Wyldelife are in the business of changing lives of young people in  our community. 


So, here’s the 411.

Performances Saturday May 2nd at 2 pm. and 8 pm.

Sunday May 3rd at 7 pm.

Tickets are $10/ adult  $8/ student and  $5/ under age 5


Performances at NCF (the former Tractor Supply on route 140 behind Wa-Wa)


Directed by Shirley Dooley and her dedicated cadre . . . if you are looking for a place to express YOUR creativity, catch her after the show . . . this is her passion, and she shares it freely.









































HisWay. Take the Stage Drama School. Stone Soup.

Posted in Hometown Flavor, Personal, Theatre on December 1, 2008 by Kathy Freundel

Stone Soup. Yup, that classic story that you read as a child, comes to life in the hands of Lora Strosnider, director of Take the Stage Drama School. The kids from HisWay, our wonderful homeschool co-op, have transformed this show into a delightful comedy, complete with cross dressing knights, absurdist nobility, and an all around sense of fun. 





































Watching the actors’ siblings and friends engage with the production was as entertaining as the performance itself. Yeah, there’s nothing like seeing a group of kids come together to serve up a live, temporal piece of art. Interaction between actor and audience. The beauty of theatre.



















Annie Get Your Gun.

Posted in Hometown Flavor, Theatre on August 1, 2008 by Kathy Freundel

Community theatre is an awesome thing, and Carroll County does it as well as anyone. It’s the 33rd year for September Song, and this year’s production is Annie Get Your Gun. Profits benefit CHANGE, Inc. and the Therapeutic Recreation Council.  Directed by Erin Kauffman and produced by Joan Eichorn, the production features talent from around our county (and we have some incredibly talented actors in this county!) Choreography and musical direction are provided by Heather Hensley and Zayna Null, and add sparkle and pizzaz to the show.

It was a treat to shoot a rehearsal . . . the talent, the focus and the energy are all there! Come out and see a great show, Sept. 5,6,12,13 at 8 pm, and Sept. 7 at 2:30. Tickets are available at the CCArts Council, the Little Professor Book Store, Dianne’s Hallmark, or at the door. Tkts are $12 in advance, $14 at the door/ with special rates for groups and seniors. Oh, and the show is at beautiful Century High School.








































Little Women . . . for Carroll County Food Sunday

Posted in Hometown Flavor, Theatre on April 29, 2008 by Kathy Freundel

I was so blessed to be around this group of young adults for an evening. They have been spending hours and hours rehearsing the beloved classic Little Women and will be presenting three performances on May 9th at 8 pm and May 10th at 2 and 8 pm.  The performances will be held at the Westminster United Methodist Church on Main Street. Tickets are $8/ student, $10/ adult, with children under five free.  Beverages and desserts will be served, along with a special intermission period dance performance.  

Shirley Dooley has spent so much of her time, love and creative passion putting this project together. She is fourth from left in the photo. What a servant’s heart.

There is a link at the bottom of this post for a slideshow. Don’t miss this preview!!




But I was most excited by these beautiful young adults. . . with hearts as big as the ocean . . . and smiles as wide as the horizon.  They say that youth is wasted on the young . . . well, it’s not. These guys aren’t wasting a minute. It makes me feel good about our future.

Kristen Corman



Katie Salafia



Rachel Salafia



Alyson Marks



Gabriel Kirby



Nik Lutton


Rachel Corman



Jean Compton



Jon Dooley




Emma Lutton







The Trial of the Catonsville Nine by Daniel Berrigan

Posted in Featured photo Sessions, Theatre on March 1, 2008 by Kathy Freundel



I had the PRIVILEGE of photographing an amazing production of Daniel Berrigan’s The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.

{Author, Daniel Berrigan, played by Graham Smyth}


The mainstage at CCBC Catonsville, led by well known Baltimore actor and director, F. Scott Black,  is a place where I am always challenged. The recent production of Daniel Berrigan’s, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine was no exception.  What made director, Carl Freundel’s production even more riveting was the integration of original photo files and video depicting this civil demonstration. 
 On May 17, 1968, at the climax of the Vietnam conflict, nine men and women entered the Selective Service office in Catonsville, Maryland.  As an act of civil protest, they took military draft files, doused them with nepalm, and set them ablaze.  The play chronicles the legal proceedings which resulted.
The nine participants were arrested, and in a highly publicized trial, sentenced to prison terms.  Brothers, Daniel and Philip Berrigan, were propelled into the national spotlight. 
The CCBC production also incorporated period music, arranged and performed by Snorkelkat’s Skip Smaldone.  The production was a unified, ensemble performance by CCBC students. Enjoy these photos.Baltimore stage and film actor, Devon Harris plays artist, Tom Lewis
CCBC Professor, Ray Weglein, as the prosecuting attorney, and William Hauserman as the judge.
 Joanie Baker, Sean Latta, Brandi Sheppard, and Devon Harris as defendants, Mary Moylan, David Darst, George Mische, and Thomas Lewis.
  Marshal, Daniel Freundel listens to testimony as the Judge watches on screen. 
Brandi Sheppard, as George Mische, presents his testimony.
The burning of the draft files.
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Like most of what I see on the CCBC stage, this production was powerful! Ensemble members included Graham Smyth, Shawn Vain, Sean Latta, Jonathan Staten, Devon Harris, Andrea Wardell, Tim Whitehead, Brandi Sheppard, Jaonie Baker, Bernie Noeller, William Hauserman, Brittney Geelhaar, Ray Weglein, and Daniel Freundel.
 Amazing artist and director, Carl Freundel, gives pre show notes.  It is inspiring just to listen to him set boundaries for his cast and then encourage them to explore.
 The ensemble also had the privilege of spending the day with Catonsville Nine members, George Mische, Dave Eberhart,  and Thomas Melville. How cool is that?! 
(photo by Anne Lefter) 
The technical team included set designer, Marc Smith, technician Keny Horning, costume designer, Kendra Rai, stage manager, Tim Fitzpatrick, sound designer, Churck Green, production coordinator, Precious Stone, and Dramaturg, Daniel Freundel. 
George Mische, Philip Berrigan and John Hogan guarding the flame of the burning draft cards. May 17, 1969.