I recently had the pleasure of attending "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Annapolis Dinner Theatre and was entertained by a talented neighbor.
Brian Ooysterwyk, the son of Carol and Dick Ooysterwyk, turned in an excellent performance as Mendel, the rabbi's son and one half ofthe ghost Promessera.
Brian began the audition process for "Fiddler" in the spring. He auditioned for the part with a prepared piece of music for the musical director and a dance routine for the choreographer. After two call-backs, Brian was selected.
Rehearsals began in mid April and continued until opening day, June 13.
This is Brian's first semi-professional production. In addition to rehearsals and performances, he also has a regular full-time job that starts bright and early at 6 a.m.
"This is the longest (running) show I've done and it's very tiring, but it's still very fulfilling," Brian said.
Despite rehearsing for long hours, actors have to expect the unexpected.
While playing the character of Promessera during preview night, the combination of bright lights and heavy material over Brian's face caused him to miss the edge of the stage. Both he and the actress who he was carryingon his shoulders fell from the stage onto a runway table.
Luckily, neither was injured, and they quickly regained their composure and the show continued from that point.
Brian is a part-time student at Anne Arundel Community College and has
worked on productions there as an actor or stage hand, building sets and hanging lights for "Gulliver's Travels," "The Pirates of Penzance," "Pinnochio" and "The Nerd."
Brian said he likes to learn all aspects of theater and wants to get experience in different areas. He even enjoys doing his own makeup -- applying a pancake makeup base and highlighting his features -- so they are more visible under the bright lights.
Brian said,"From the stage my face would look very bland without the added highlighting." He also adds a beard for the part of Mendel.
AACC presents two productions a year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Italternates between musicals, children's theater and an adult-oriented play, usually a comedy.
This fall, Brian plans on being a part of the college's production of "Peter Pan."
Brian's interest in acting did not begin in college. He has always enjoyed film and TV productions. He sang in the school chorus while attending Martin Spalding High School and had a part in the "Wizard of Oz." Since attending AACC, he has developed a deeper interest in live theater.
He also enjoys impromptu singing and isn't the least bit reticent about picking up the microphone at the piano bars at Marmaduke's in Annapolis and Phillip's Crab House at Harborplace.
You can catch Brian in "Fiddler" through Sept. 8.
For the first time in its history, the Per
forming Arts Association of Linthicum has a new president. JerryVanAirsdale was elected to replace Eloise Vaughn who will serve as first vice president.
Vaughn's tireless efforts on behalf of PAAL and the Arts in Anne Arundel County will always be appreciated and VanAairsdale's experiences on the PAAL board will help him to fill her shoes.
PAAL also is pleased to announce the election of its newest member to the Board of Directors, Erna Shuley.
Shuley will join re-elected members Dale Townsend, Bill Yakaitis, Pat Barrows, Irene Wilson, Pat Breidenbach and Nancy Gaston for a three-year term.
Leaving the board is Olga Zablotny, who was a charter member, having served all nine years of PAAL's existence. Her contributions to the society will be greatly missed.
The elections were part of PAAL's annualmeeting in preparation for their 10th anniversary season beginning this fall.
The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association is participating in "National Night Out" Aug. 6.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs; strengthenneighborhood spirit and police/community relations and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods nationwide are organized and fighting back.
Everyone is invited to turn on front porch lights to showsupport for the program.
The Women's Club of Linthicum Heights is sponsoring a cleanup weekend on Aug. 9, 10 and 11.
Trash containers will be placed in the parking lot of Linthicum Park on BentonAvenue for residential trash and yard trimmings only.
Please loaddebris into the back of the trash bin first in order to fill them more efficiently. The trash containers will be removed by 2 p.m. on Aug. 11 to allow for parking at the summer concert series.
The Friendly Thyme Herb Club is having its "Second Annual Herbal Luncheon"at 11 a.m. this Friday at the clubhouse, 7205 Baltimore and Annapolis Boulevard in Ferndale.
This was such a successful event last year that it was decided to make it an annual affair for members and invited guests.