Northeast High School students present the musical 'Oklahoma!' this weekend

NEIGHBORS

April 28, 1995|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

The stage at Northeast High School has been transformed into the wide open plains for this weekend's performances by the Northeast Players of the hit musical "Oklahoma!"

Curtain times are 7 o'clock tonight and tomorrow evening, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Written in the early 1940s by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the musical broke new ground when it opened on Broadway with tunes such as "Oklahoma!" and "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," and love songs such as "People Will Say We're in Love." It enjoyed a run of 2,212 performances.

Hollywood also produced a hit movie of it in the 1950s, starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.

Our local production boasts a cast and crew of close to 30 students, and director Anna Walker has recruited several local pros to collaborate on the production. Patrick Wenning, a regular on the Annapolis dinner theater circuit, is the choreographer. Annapolis entertainer Anita Patton is the music director, and Rick Latchaw is the technical director.

Principals in the cast include Beth Alexander, Kevin Docet, Dave Duvall, Paula Kirby, Amanda McMurtrey, Jake Miller and Shane Stenner.

Several parents (even a grandma) put their creative talents to work on this production, Ms. Walker says. Carol Harvey, grandmother of a cast member, sewed all of the costumes. Jennifer Tunney painted the backdrops. Michael and Michele Hanks will be covering the wardrobe and sound duties. "We couldn't have made it without these dedicated volunteers," Ms. Walker said.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. A portion of the admission fee will be donated by the NE Players to Oklahoma City disaster relief funds.

For more details, call the school, 437-6400.

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Members of the Lake Shore Rotary Club will be busy in the kitchen tomorrow morning serving up an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church hall.

Breakfast will run from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.

In addition to flapjacks, the menu features hominy, applesauce, juice and a beverage.

Proceeds will benefit the Rotary's community service projects.

The church is at 4760 Mountain Road.

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The Anne Arundel Raiders will be accepting registrations for fall football and cheerleading over the next two weekends at the Lake Shore Athletic Complex on Woods Road.

Teams are open to players ages 7 through 15. Cheerleading will accept girls ages 6 to 14.

Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m tomorrow and May 6, and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday and May 7.

Parents should bring a copy of their child's birth certificate with them.

* The Raiders are sponsoring a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 20 at the VFW Post 2462 home on Bayside Beach Road.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. The price includes beer, sodas, setups and snacks. Music music will be provided by The Beach Bum.

For information on registration or dance tickets, call Don Way, 360-8731, or Ruby Sweeney, 255-1858.

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The Chesapeake High School Varsity Club and Athletic Boosters will present the fifth annual Senior Athletes Spotlight Night at 7 p.m. May 25 in the school student center.

Tickets are $10 and include a pasta dinner catered by the Italian Oven, a beverage and dessert.

Ticket reservations must be made by May 15.

Checks can be dropped off at the school or mailed to: Senior Athlete Banquet, c/o CHS Varsity Club, 4798 Mountain Road, Pasadena 21122.

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