Wilde Lake will go 'Into The Woods'

NEIGHBORS

March 15, 1995|By LARRY STURGILL

For whatever reason, many people in Columbia seem to think the new Wilde Lake High School at River Hill is somewhere out in the wilds of western Howard County. The school is only a short, pleasant drive into the wooded countryside at the western edge of Columbia. It is on Route 108, exactly two miles west of the intersection with Harper's Farm Road near the new Columbia community of River Hill.

This clarification, and the directions, are important because everyone in Columbia is invited to come next week into the woods near River Hill to see the Wilde Lake High School Drama Department's stage production of James Lapine's award-winning Broadway musical, "Into The Woods."

Performances will be presented at 8 p.m. March 23-25 in the new -- but still incomplete -- Main Auditorium at Wilde Lake at River Hill.

Wilde Lake is the first Howard County high school to present this extravagant and exciting musical, which features the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. Tracey Adler is the play's director and head of the school's drama department.

"This is a very talented cast," says Ms. Adler. "They chose 'Into The Woods' because they wanted to be challenged. Some have acting experience outside of high school."

For example, Santina Maiolatesi is active outside the school and was recently awarded a scholarship to the summer program of the Roundhouse theater. Amy Sheff has performed with theater groups, including the Liberty Showcase theater, and Amy and Christopher Hitzelberger have received awards as Maryland All-State Thespians.

The efforts of the Wilde Lake thespians, Ms. Adler and her assistants, musical director Sandy Adkins and choreographer Christine Estabrook have not gone unnoticed. The International Thespian Society recently honored Wilde Lake High School with an award for Outstanding Drama Department, one of only five given to high schools statewide.

For those not familiar with "Into The Woods," the play incorporates some of the fairy tales loved by children and adults alike -- "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Jack and the Beanstalk" and others -- and continues them past their familiar endings. The result is a surprising dark, poignant and sobering view of modern society.

Other members of the large cast are the narrator, Jamequa Redmond; Jack, Brian Bassett; Jack's mother, Meaghan Kyle; the baker, Chris Hitzelberger; Cinderella's stepmother, Alex Roe; stepsister Florinda, Emily Allyn Barth; stepsister Lucinda, Alicia Klein; Cinderella's father, Charlie Downs; Mysterious Man, Mike Caloia; Little Red Riding Hood, Casey McCoy; the witch, Santina Maiolatesi; Cinderella's mother, Michelle Dvoskin; the wolf, Dylan Gentile; Granny, Alex Griffin; Rapunzel, Maria Romano; Rapunzel's Prince, Ben Garcia; Cinderella's Prince, Dan Bender; the steward, Dale Jenson; the Page Boy, Michael Robb;the giant, Carolyn Smith; Snow White, Katie Harkness; and Sleeping Beauty, Lesley Ralls.

Music for "Into The Woods" will be provided by a full orchestra, conducted by David Zajic, the musical director of the Liberty Showcase theater. Wilde Lake senior Cristina Turney will be a percussionist with the orchestra.

Tickets for "Into The Woods" are $5, and are available in advance by calling 313-6969 or 730-1089, or at the Wilde Lake Box Office at 7:30 p.m. before each performance. Group rates are available if arrangements are made in advance.

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The Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Foundation recognizes and develops the leadership potential of high school sophomores. Annually, it searches nationwide for outstanding students for its leadership program.

This year, one of those selected is Maggie Sheer of Atholton High School. She will attend the foundation's 1995 Maryland Leadership Seminar to be held in April.

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Jeanette Lazarofsky, program administrator for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, has announced that the organization is celebrating its 20th year of service in Howard County.

Ms. Lazarofsky says they are looking for pioneers, the people who were there at the start of the Meals on Wheels program, to come back and join the celebration.

Anyone who may have historic information about Meals on Wheels is encouraged to call Ms. Lazarofsky, or Margaret Edge, at 730-9476.

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