Mount Hebron High grad to tour in role of 'Evita'


August 08, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

Ellicott City's Pat Zimmerman is proud to let the community know about the accomplishments of her daughter Jennifer, a 1990 graduate of Mount Hebron High School.

Jennifer continued her schooling at the Boston Conservatory and this spring received a bachelor's degree in fine arts, with a specialty in musical theater.

The arts market being what it is, Jennifer was one of only three in her class to have a job lined up.

For the summer, the new graduate is working as a singer at King's Dominion amusement park in Virginia. In the fall, she will join the cast of the New York National Tour for the Broadway musical "Evita."

The newly formed cast will perform the play seven to eight times each week.

Jennifer will work as the alternate lead female singer, which means that several times each week she will assume the lead role to allow the other Evita time to rest her voice.

When not in the lead role, Jennifer will be the featured female singer in the ensemble.

One of the perks of her job will be the travel. The tour will take the cast to Canada, Alaska and the rest of the United States.

There will be three bus-loads of actors, costumes, sets, props, musicians and instruments.


The concern of last week -- and the two weeks preceding it -- has been water.

The dehumidifier in our basement is always running, mushrooms are everywhere in the grass and green tomatoes are splitting on the plant, all for the abundance of water.

The tennis lovers in my family have been frantically trying to play games before the county gets hit with another storm.

I've postponed two trips to the ocean because of the weather and spent fewer hours at the pool than any year I can remember.


We residents of the Columbia Hills/Meadowbrook Farm neighborhood in Ellicott City have puzzled over the future of our small community park.

In the early spring, a truck from the county Recreation and Parks Department carted away the play equipment: swings, slide and climbing toys.

Rumors flew as the summer progressed: one, that the white pines would be removed and the softball field expanded; another, that Route 100 would take over the space; another, that the old play equipment would be replaced with a tot lot.

I spoke to Clara Gouin of the Recreation and Parks Department last week and learned that none of the above is true.

The old Columbia Hills Park is a victim of a sorely needed neighborhood access road to Longate Parkway.

Whether the park will be resurrected after the new road is built is unclear. It depends on the lay of the land after all is complete. Columbia Hills will get a softball field and new play area, but it will be in Brampton Hills Park.

The new access from our neighborhood will be by foot. A pedestrian entrance will be installed on Dower Drive in the vicinity of the stream, which is a tributary of Red Hill Branch. The path will include a bridge across the stream.

So, when will this new park be completed? Again, it's unclear.

This year, state highway agency will re-establish the wetlands by repairing construction damage around the creek and planting trees. When this phase is complete, plans can be drawn up for the new park. Ms. Gouin said the plans include play equipment and ball fields.

This fall, watch the mailbox for a questionnaire that will request citizen input for the park planning.

Also, regional meetings held in September and October will address community concerns. Meanwhile, Columbia Hills residents are welcome to use the ball field remaining in the park, which Joanne Moroney and her community board lovingly planned more than 10 years ago.


Here's the promised follow-up on the Forest Hills Swimming Club Diving Team that participated in last Sunday's regional diving meet, in which nearly 150 children competed.

The Ellicott City team, which is small compared with other area teams, walked away from the meet with four trophies and one ribbon.

Diving judges rank the participants by requiring them to demonstrate a number of dives, the number increasing as a child grows older.

The judge then scores each dive by the same system used in the Olympics: 1 to 10.

In the age 8 and under boys' category, Sean Stevens placed fourth. In the age 8 and under girls' category, Samantha Sidney placed third.

Cortney Stevens won a third place in the girls 11 to 12 age group.

In the age 13 to 14 category, Debra Pinkston placed third and Elizabeth Corbin placed seventh, winning a ribbon.

A small correction: at the awards picnic last week, two girls were recognized for having spent 10 years diving at Forest Hills Pool: Amy Brandt, 14, and Shannon Stevens, 15.

The picnic was held indoors because of -- you guessed it -- rain.

My apologies to these girls, who possibly started to dive before they started to read.

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