Play recasts Cinderella in more rugged footwear

NEIGHBORS

January 26, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

With the bitter cold of last week behind us, you may now be sitting around the house asking the question -- what would my whole family enjoy doing together on a cold afternoon in the middle of winter? If so, combat boots just might be the answer.

"Cinderella Wore Combat Boots" is the unusual title of a whimsical, somewhat off-beat stage version of the original Cinderella story. The play will be presented by the Burtonsville Players on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m., at Kahler Hall in Harper's Choice Village Center.

The Burtonsville Players were originally formed in 1972 through the efforts of community residents and the PTSA of Burtonsville Elementary School. The all-volunteer acting company has evolved into an award-winning traveling troupe with members from all over the area.

Hickory Ridge resident, Fran Lenz, is a longtime player as well as a member of the company's board of directors. In "Cinderella Wore Combat Boots," Ms. Lenz serves as the storyteller and also plays the part of the fairy godmother.

"Most of the members are from the Burtonsville area," says Ms. Lenz. But there are members from the Columbia area, too. Sue Pakulla, who plays the role of Motherella in the play, is from Ellicott City, and Marsha Askin, who also serves on the board of directors, lives in Dorsey's Search.

"This adaptation of the Cinderella story is a lot of fun for children," says Ms. Lenz. "We use a lot of interaction with the audience, and kids really enjoy that. They feel like they're part of the story."

Play selection varies from year to year, but the group usually stages a drama or a comedy in fall and winter, and a musical in spring and summer. This year, "The Reluctant Dragon" is scheduled for the spring production beginning in April.

The Burtonsville Players is a nonprofit organization, and all proceeds, above production costs, go to local charities. The troupe is available to perform for anything from private parties in homes to large events for companies and organizations.

"We are very versatile," says Ms. Lenz. "We can perform in full costume in a living room, as well as on stage."

Anyone interested in enlisting the services of the Burtonsville Players may call Shelly Rochester at 301-384-5515, or Marsha Askin at 410-997-3572.

Those interested in seeing the afternoon performance of "Cinderella Wore Combat Boots" at Kahler Hall, please call 730-0770. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested.

There is an admission fee of $1 per person.

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Some people are just plain lucky, but for Dorsey's Search resident Dennis Lawson, it was all in the timing . . . perfect timing.

During last week's big freeze, when temperatures dipped to below zero in Columbia, Dennis was enjoying temperatures in the low to mid-80s and basking in the sun on a beach in Jamaica.

"I didn't run away from the cold," Mr. Lawson says. "This vacation has been in the works for almost a year."

A sales representative for an auto parts manufacturer, Mr. Lawson planned the vacation with his fiancee, Judy Krueller, and their friends, Marcia Cabris and Gary Mauer.

"We left a couple of days before the bad weather hit," says Mr. Lawson. "But, we saw what was going on back here on television. Judy was worried about her mother who lives in Silver Spring, so she called home a couple of times."

After a glorious week at the Sandals Resort, in Montego Bay, the group returned home Saturday afternoon, when temperatures here reached an almost balmy 38 degrees.

And, after only a few days at home, Dennis is off again. This time it's to a trade show in New Orleans, also not a bad place to be at the end of January.

As they say, timing is everything.

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If you don't speak Spanish, or if it's been a long time since that last high school Spanish class, you might be interested in a new program being offered at Slayton House, in Wilde Lake village.

Nina Adler, a foreign language instructor, will offer a class designed to teach basic conversational phrases or update existing skills in Spanish. It is recommended for individuals ages 16 and older.

The four-week course begins on Feb. 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and costs $40.

For more information, or to register, call 730-3987.

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The St. John United Methodist-Presbyterian Church, which holds services at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, has announced that the Rev. James Williams will join the church staff as a parish associate.

Mr. Williams, who was officially welcomed during worship services last Sunday, will assume a variety of duties within the church.

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Congratulations to several former Wilde Lake High School students.

Pamela Glick, who attends Radford College, in Radford, Va., and David Brelsford, a student at St. Mary's College, in St. Mary's City, made the dean's list for the fall semester at their respective schools.

Both Pamela and David graduated from Wilde Lake in 1990.

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