History, current events featured at a sleepover with 'Chelsea'

Neighbors

April 15, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I AM MARRIED to a man who considers it a privilege to pay taxes, and reminds me that our nation's tax rate is among the lowest in the world. I try hard to remember that about this time every year. It doesn't do me much good, but I offer his attitude in the hopes that it will give some comfort today, to someone.

Sleepover with 'Chelsea'

One thing that does give comfort is the indomitable energy and enthusiasm of youth. Take, for example, the bevy of students, ages 5 to 18, who are preparing an original musical for presentation at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

"Chelsea," about a sleepover at the White House, mixes familiar music with original dance, and a bit of history into current events. The first daughter and her parents are joined on stage by Socks the cat, Chelsea's friends from dance class, Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and his daughter Alice, and other notables from today's newspapers and yesterday's lore.

Jackie Bays of Annapolis stars as Chelsea. Joining her in the production are, Meghan Bradshaw of Davidsonville; TinaMari Coleman of Edgewater; Erika and Marjorie Knepp and Allison Short of Riva; and Margo and Kristi Ambrosetti, Megan Block, Erin Brady, Alice and Julia Elkin, Brandon Hardesty, Courtney Hattan, Liz Jamison, Sarah Horgenson, Pam Pirchner, Cassie Lyons, Melissa Masciarelli, Ashley Mehl, Melissa Parker, Julia and Nicola Payne, Kristina Schrader, Amanda Smear, Katie Smith, Emy Stiverson, Caroline Strissel, and Ted and Thea Strom, all of Annapolis.

Performances are at 7: 30 p.m. on April 26 and May 3; 9 a.m. and noon May 2; and 1 p.m. May 4.

Tickets are $5, and can be ordered by calling 544-4688.

Busy Saturday in Annapolis

There is a lot happening Saturday in Annapolis.

The annual citywide GreenScape cleanup activities will be going on all day, while the second annual Disability Awareness Day takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Dock.

Earth Day is being celebrated all weekend at Quiet Waters Park with environmental exhibits, children's activities, a concert and a yard sale of "gently used items."

Entrance to the park is free on Saturday; regular vehicle fees apply on Sunday. For information on the Quiet Waters activities, call 222-1777.

Spring Community Sing

There also is a familiar event being promoted under an unfamiliar name. It is a Welcome to Spring Community Sing at 7 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Shady Side, under the aegis of Chesapeake Cultural Arts.

It seems that South County Cultural Arts, organizers of a wonderful mix of musical entertainment each year, has officially changed its name. The group chose "Chesapeake Cultural Arts" for numerous reasons, including the recognition that many of its supporters live outside the area, but come to South County to enjoy the talent showcased in these musical events.

For the first event of the 1996 season, all are invited to participate in an evening of barbershop harmonizing, World War II favorites, love songs, hymns and miscellaneous ditties. Song sheets will be available, refreshments will be served, and pianists Betty Hepler and Mary Coleman will provide the music.

The evening is free, thanks to financial assistance from the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County, the Maryland State Arts Council and the friends of the former South County Cultural Arts.

Information: 867-0888.

Kindness to animals

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is searching for children whose attitudes and actions toward animals show extraordinary kindness. The local chapter will select a "Be Kind to Animals Kid," who will be entered in the American Humane Association's national contest.

Each local contestant will receive a Certificate of Kindness. The national winner will receive additional prizes and a trip to Hollywood.

The deadline for local nominations is April 25. For information call the SPCA at 268-2659.

Pub Date: 4/15/96

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