Glenelg High School's winter musical, "Once Upon Mattress," is a best bet for this weekend in Western Howard County.
This droll retelling of "The Princess and the Pea" features a talented cast and crew that has had a ball preparing the show, according to director Ron Oaks. The production plays at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Dancers from the ballet class at Glenelg will open the performance. Erika Schonemann dances in the role of the Queen, Melanie Pierce dances as the Princess, and Jimi Voland dances as the Prince as Tom Kouyas, playing the Minstrel, tells the story.
Throughout the production, 11 knights and 13 ladies sing in the chorus under the direction of Nancy Buckle.
Lauren Taylor dances and plays the Nightingale, and Jennifer Hayes dances and plays Princess No. 12, the rejected princess.
Other cast members are Jil Weinknecht as Winifred, Chris Connolly as Dauntless; Mary Marland as the Queen; Dave Willis as the King; Tim Wellington as the Jester; Jamie Hill as the Wizard; Kara Laws as Lady Larken; and Jeb Johnston as Sir Harry.
Linda Simms is the Costume Director. Jen Blizzard is the choreographer, and Barry Enzman directs the pit band. Kim Buckle accompanies the cast in rehearsals and is a member of the pit band.
Fabulous sets are hallmarks of the Glenelg productions, and Ron Oaks has designed another winner for this musical. Imagine a castle that opens into different "rooms." It's a large unit set, which works somewhat like a pop-up book.
Students in the first-period stage craft class constructed the set, and the sixth-period stage class produced details and smaller props for the set. The Art department added realism to the castle by painting each stone to make the castle come alive.
All seats for "Once Upon a Mattress" are $6. Buy your tickets in advance from cast members or at the door. Call 313-5528 for more information.
Former Dayton resident Joe Maloney brought some light into our lives last week when he called to say hello and dropped in to visit. Last summer, Joe and his family moved to London, where he is finishing his last year of high school at the American School. His brother Andrew is a first-year student there.
Joe came back to the United States to visit Rice University for an admission interview. Duke University already has accepted Joe, and he has applied to the University of Virginia, Georgia Tech, and Rice.
Joe says he misses his friends and American food in England. There are no Oreos, Doritos or other good snack foods in London, he reports.
He says he loves being close to art galleries, restaurants and good theater, although that means being far away from the natural scenery he enjoyed in Dayton. He's happy to continue to hear from his good friends at Glenelg High School, who keep a steady stream of letters coming his way.
Joe says that Andrew, whom many of us know as Mr. Magic, has made so many friends that some people know Joe as Andrew's big brother.
The Glenelg High School staff invites parents of all area eighth-grade students to attend an orientation program in the auditorium from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday. Glenelg guidance counselors have been meeting with students at their middle schools to discuss scheduling for next year. Eighth-graders have brought home registration forms and the high school program of studies, so that they may register for their ninth-grade programs with their parents' help.
During the parent orientation, Principal Jim McGregor, Assistant Principal Addie Kaufman and a representative of the PTSA will welcome parents to Glenelg High and explain the school's program. Parents will have an opportunity to follow a typical ninth-grade class schedule and to meet some teachers. Parents will receive a booklet to help answer some questions about the school, and they will have a chance to ask questions of the staff, including the guidance counselors.
Registration forms for eighth-graders who will attend Glenelg High next year are due to be submitted to the student's middle school counselor by March 9.
For more information about the orientation program at Glenelg, phone 313-5535.
St. Louis Catholic Youth Ministry in Clarksville is planning its annual Italian dinner from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 20. The group needs many hands to help make this a successful event, and they welcome helpers of all ages. If you would like to volunteer, call Chuck Wible at 531-6668.
How does a good breakfast sound? The folks at the Glenelg United Methodist Church will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. March 6. The proceeds will go to the youth who will attend Camp Hope this summer.
Each year a group of youngsters from the church goes to an economically distressed area to spend a week fixing up someone's home. They paint, scrub, repair and make a place livable for occupants who are unable to do the work themselves. Each camper spends more than $200 to support himself during this activity.
You can help by enjoying pancakes, sausages, and beverages for only $2 for children and $3 for adults. Donna Bracken and Pam Kafer are putting the breakfast together. Call Ms. Kafer at 442-5616. for more information.