Glenelg High 'Matchmaker' preparing to find some fun for everyone

NEIGHBORS

November 17, 1994|By SALLY BUCKLER

It's almost show time at Glenelg High School. The Glenelg Drama Department is now in rehearsal for Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," which it will present Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. This hilarious comedy, the inspiration for "Hello, Dolly," takes place in Yonkers and New York City around the turn of the century.

Ron Oaks directs the play, and student directors Jason Murray and Kathryn Hughes help him. Linda Simms and Peggy Loyd are developing costumes, and the Glenelg stagecraft class is building four stylized sets for the comedy.

Tom Kouyeas as the rich, vain Horace Vandergelder, and Mary Marland as the matchmaker, Dolly Levi, lead the cast of 16 young men and women. Chris Connolly and Chris Trimper have principal parts as Cornelius and Barnaby, and Sara Johnson and Karyn Casper play Mrs. Malloy and Minnie. Kristine Pirnia acts as Horace's niece, Ermengarde, and Jeb Johnston is Ambrose, the artist she hopes to marry.

The sly clerk Malachi is portrayed by Wes Curtis, and Suzie Wolfinger plays the flighty but helpful Miss Van Huysen. Others in the cast include Eric Miles, Upkar Chana, Emily Gault, Chris Miles, Mike Schwartz and Nick Taxiarhou.

Between acts, Glenelg students will present olios -- vaudeville and musical entertainment traditionally presented between the acts of a burlesque or minstrel show. These songs and skits appropriate to the turn of the century will add to the fun.

Tickets are $5. They will be available beginning next week at the school office, from a drama student or at the door.

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The Clarksville Strikers girls soccer team completed its fall season recently by winning the 10- and 11-year-old girls division, with a record of 6-0-2.

In eight games, the girls scored 28 goals, while allowing their opponents to score only seven. Team members are all former Western Howard County Youth Soccer League players. They became a SAC 'A' league team last spring.

The Strikers offense was powered by 9-year-old Bryn Buckler of Glenwood, with 10 goals. Rashida Walcott had eight goals and Kristi Krugger scored four goals. Katie Nicole scored three times and Anne Clarke, Lindsay Lewis and Fana Walcott each scored one goal.

Defensive leaders were Regina Gouker, Rachel Hoyle, Jessica Pryszmont, Sarah Miller, Leah Burger, Ashley Aronson, Alison Greene and Beverly Menard.

?3 Cliff Walcott coaches the Clarksville Strikers.

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Thanksgiving at Glenelg Country School is a time for merriment.

Next Tuesday, kindergarten students dressed as Pilgrims and Native Americans will share a dinner of turkey and trimmings.

On Wednesday, the Middle School Handbell Choir and the Middle and Upper school Choruses will perform at 9 a.m. in the Gould Building. At 10:30 a.m. children in the Lower School will sing songs, dance and play recorders and Orff instruments.

First-graders, attired in brown bags with red tights on their heads, will dance to "Turkey in the Straw". Second-graders will present the

annual Thanksgiving play, which includes the "Muffin Man" dance.

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Over the river and through the woods is the course for the third-, fourth- and fifth- graders who will run their fastest in the traditional Clarksville Elementary School Turkey Run next Wednesday. The annual one-mile cross country run is the finale to the students physical education unit entitled, "Let's Get Fit."

Physical Education teacher Kevin Hendon will hand turkeys to the fastest boy and girl in each grade at an awards ceremony.

Each child will wear a race day number and receive a printout of his or her time, calculated by an official electronic timer. The Howard County Striders are helping Mr. Hendon produce this very popular Clarksville event.

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Members of Poplar Springs and Jennings Chapel United Methodist churches will gather at 5 p.m. Sunday to share Thanksgiving dinner at Jennings Chapel.

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This year, Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church will be the site for the Western Howard County Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve worship. At 7:30 p.m. clergy and members from St. Michael's Roman Catholic, St. Paul's Episcopal, Calvary Lutheran, Lisbon United Methodist, St. Andrew's Episcopal and Poplar Springs and Jennings Chapel United Methodist churches will join the Shepherd of the Glen congregation to give thanks. Call 442-1204.

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It's time to fill the Food Banks again. The need for food is always strong.

If you wish to make a donation of food or cash, contact a local church. Poplar Springs and Jennings Chapel United Methodist churches are collecting nonperishable food items at Communion services Dec. 4, as they did last Sunday.

Gethsemane Baptist Church in Glenwood, St. Michael's Catholic Church, and Glenelg United Methodist Church have food kitchen projects. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, worshiping at Union Chapel also collects food for the needy.

You don't have to belong to one of these churches to contribute or to receive food. Church members will accept your donations or help you if you are in need.

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