After youths help paint the set, elementary school play is big hit


April 05, 1996|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT WAS A gloriously splendid day two Sundays ago, one of those wonderful spring days that is warm and blessedly mosquito-free.

So Rosy Sullivan, who works at Rogers Heights Elementary in Prince George's County, decided to paint theater sets on her lawn for the school's production of "Three Piggy Opera."

Because there was no money for sets, Charles Scroggins, who works for a moving company, provided the large cardboard boxes that were cut down into a straw hut, a wooden shack and a brick mansion.

The school provided the paint. And Ms. Sullivan was left alone, on a glorious Sunday, with the task of converting cardboard into buildings. But her solitary job soon took on the look of the whitewashing episode from "Tom Sawyer."

Norma Neimiller passed by with her four children. The next thing anyone knew, there were four young painters on the scene. Shannon, brother Daniel and little sister Amber started painting the straw house. Baby brother Brian painted the woods. Along came Mandy Cordier, who painted the wooden house brown. She was soon joined by Fiona Shram and Gina, Charles and Robert Coons.

Later, Brooke Grooms and her mom stopped by. Soon they were painting, too. Now astute readers may notice that there were now more than a dozen painters busy on the driveway. All but two were under 10 years old. In 1 1/2 hours, the sets were finished and the impromptu painting party broke up as children went home for dinner.

The play was a terrific success, in no small part because of the generosity and artistic talents of some Savage kids.

This may be the best part about living in Savage: People just help you when you need it, then go home to dinner. No fuss.

'One Voice'

First Baptist Church of Savage will present "One Voice," a musical drama appropriate to the Easter season, tomorrow and Sunday at 7 p.m.

For details and directions, call the church at (301) 725-3944.

Stream monitor class

Another training class for those who want to help monitor the health of local waterways is scheduled for April 13.

The Howard County Parks Bureau teaches residents how to gauge the health of the Little Patuxent River as it runs through Savage Park.

Call Sue Muller at (410) 313-4697 to register or to find out what the programs entail.

It's a great way to do something about the environment without having to donate money or write letters.

Science fair winners

Hammond High students recently participated in a county science fair. The budding scientists won all sorts of kudos.

In the fair, Matt Miller won first prize in physics. Ashley Payne won first prize in chemistry. Andrew Bixler was awarded a prize ** by the American Meteorological Society. He also won a blue ribbon for excellence along with fellow students Cathy Welker, Julie Humphries, Stephanie Yezek, Rachel Harris and Heather Tyng. Are the Westinghouse and Nobel prizes in their futures?

Pub Date: 4/05/96

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