Hammond High drama class will perform 'The Crucible'


November 03, 1995|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAMMOND HIGH drama teacher Mary Jane Sasser and her talented students are putting on "The Crucible" as their fall production.

It promises to be a moving production. The play is a wrenching examination of the Salem witch trials of the 1600s. Those lucky enough to get the coveted on-stage seating will feel as if they are there in Salem.

The students are down to the final week before the performance. While the technical crew and the actors put the final polish on their performances, it's a good time to note that without the efforts of the large and varied crews, this and other plays would not be as compelling or successful.

This is a good time to note the efforts of Jenny Crooks and David Heine, in charge of public relations, to ad crew leader Patty Watson and her helpers Stephen Watson and Seth Blinder, to Kees Fanjoy, who designed the poster, and to the skillful fingers of the costume crew headed by Jen Voneiff and including Cammie Surface, Laurie Mullen, Shannon Hunt and Stephanie Waters.

Sally Livingston is responsible for the set concept. Greg Grason was the draftsman for the set. He is also the head of the construction crew. Rachelle Thorne, Debra Dwoskin, Kaitlin Schwartzel, Brooke Hafets and Jeff Grover built the set. Eric Hendren built the furniture. Jonathan Winkles heads the painting crew consisting of Georgia Paulding, Shoshannah Beck, Erin Hammer, Jessica Solan, Allison Decker, Jeanette Dellinger, Paula Holzman, Vanessa Frazier and Larissa Doran. Robbie Heacock, Trevor Greene, Elliot Tobin and Josh Merti scrounged, begged or built the necessary props.

Astute readers may note that I've yet to mention the cast, the directors and the members of the technical crew. Check this space next week for a report on their efforts.

"The Crucible" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 10 and 11 at the school.

Hammond homecoming

It was homecoming week last week at Hammond High. Congratulations to seniors Julie Schroeder and Greg Minah on their ascension to the throne as queen and king of the festivities. Members of the court were seniors Joe Leise and Sara Greenleaf, juniors Phil Cohen and Stephanie Karadimos, sophomores Craig Feinberg and Desirae Turner and freshmen Dave Acott and Nada Moulier.

Countryside first Friday

Countryside Fellowship Church holds its first-Friday informal service tonight for those who have trouble getting to a regular Sunday service.

There will be a brief talk on "Why Are Relationships So Weird?" followed by coffee in the church.

For details and directions call the church at (301) 490-5737.

Honored freshman

Hammond High freshman Jenni Thomas was recently honored by Howard County for her volunteer efforts.

She has volunteered for two years with the Department of Parks and Recreation. But that's not what got her so honored. In sixth and seventh grades, she raised money for books for an impoverished school. She collected celebrity autographs, which were sold to raise money. In addition, she obtained software for the school worth $1,600 from Comptons Encyclopedia.

This is a terrific achievement for anyone, let alone someone with a curfew and no driver's license.

Oyster and ham supper

Tomorrow, Savage United Methodist Church holds its famed ham and oyster supper. Local residents gather early in the afternoon in the parking lot for a taste of fried oysters, baked ham and all the trimmings cooked by some of the best chefs around. The church also holds a craft fair that day -- the church members know they have a captive audience for their wares.

The craft show and bake sale begins at 3 p.m., the supper at 4 p.m. Takeout is available for those who prefer to take their dinner home. The dinner costs $9 for adults, $4.50 for the under-12 set.

The church is at Baltimore and Foundry streets in Savage. Just look for the crowd of eager diners and sniff the air for ham.

Super volunteer

The Bollman Bridge Elementary family thanks Joan Gaston, a parent volunteer, for her dedicated service in the health room.

As nurses everywhere attest, sick children are no fun! Mrs. Gaston has made visiting the school nurse a better experience.

Library art work

The Savage Library is again delighted to be the temporary home of artworks by the Forest Ridge Elementary art classes.

Please stop by to see the shadows and assortment of collages done by second-graders Rebecca Lee, Danielle Johnson, Devin Rivers and Sara Humphreys. The collages show dancing, running children followed by their shadows.

The Parent-Tot area features self-portraits by Roberta Laric's second-graders. Come see the pictures by Erin Southard, Jessica Johnson, Justin Landy, Taja Roniet, Shane Wieman, Tabitha Palm, Katie Lugo and Amy Fitzgerald.

Gingerbread competition

This is your last chance to enter Savage Mills 10th Annual Gingerbread House Competition.

Design a palace fit for the Snow Queen, a cottage for Hansel and Gretel, a carousel full of horses, or anything your talent inspires.

There are four categories in the competition: traditional house, unusual dwelling, student gingerbread house and professional caterer.

Participants must agree to leave the houses at the Mill through Dec. 31.

Registration closes Nov. 10. The judging takes place a week later on Nov. 17.

For more information about this please call Savage Mill at (800) 788-MILL. There is a $5 registration fee.

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