'Nutcracker' glides into town for 2 shows on ice in December


November 26, 1996|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TCHAIKOVSKY'S "Nutcracker" will be presented by the Columbia Figure Skating Club Dec. 15 and 22 at the Columbia Ice Rink on Thunderhill Road at the Oakland Mills Shopping Center in Columbia's Oakland Mills Village.

Skating in the show will be 120 club members.

The familiar featured roles of Clara (Cara Morrisey), Prince (Scott Smith), Nutcracker (Sean Rogers) and Sugar Plum Fairy (Kim Rzeimen) will be performed by teen-agers, and Uncle Drosselmeir will be performed by Kim's father, Russ Rzeimen -- all South Atlantic Regional competitors.

Artistic director Pat Muth, an east Columbia resident, has been the club's professional director for 23 years.

East Columbia skaters are Amy Adler, Kaitlin Benson, Amanda, Amy, Alicia and Chuck Buckler, Nina Charity, Carolyn and Katie Donovan, Lisa Headen, Heather Hutcheson, Laura Jenkins, Rachel Kasmir, Rayanne Lane, Beth Malone, Tiffany Meade, Ryann Pfeferstein, Sydney Sigler, Pat Stephens, Jessica Straub and Megan Woolley.

Libby Boswell and Meryl Eddy are in charge of publicity. Donna Burrows and Brenda Penyak coordinate sales.

Figure skating club members also belong to the U.S. Figure Skating Association, which allows them to enter competitions. They have the privilege of private ice time on less crowded ice with skaters of similar ability and parties for families and friends.

The troupe's performances, which are sanctioned by the U.S. Figure Skating Association, are always sold out.

It is suggested that $5 advance tickets be ordered from 461-9948 or 465-4479.

There are 5: 30 p.m. and 6: 30 p.m. performances both days.


Handel's "Messiah," parts II and III and the Christmas portion, will be performed by the Columbia Pro Cantare chorus under the direction of Columbian Frances Motyca Dawson, accompanied by members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, at 7: 30 p.m. Sunday evening at Hammond High School.

East Columbia members of the popular annual performance are John Bailey, Lawrence Bory, Tom Buckingham, Dan Cashman, Bonnie Catalano, Laura Ernst, Alberta Hall, Dennis Coskren, Kristina Lehtoner, Linda Linton, Duncan MacDonald, Bob Marcus, Carole Mark, Louise McLaughlen, Cindy Pedlen, Jacqueline Rude, John Sietiema, Cristina von Zeppelin, Margaret Wesley, Karen Hamming, Chuck and Viviana Holmes, Steve Mack, Judy Peterson, Chuck Schmitt and Mary Strickland.

Rated one of the best annual "Messiah" performances in the Baltimore-Washington area, soloists include nationally known soprano Amy Van Roekel, mezzo-soprano Marianna Busching, tenor Charles Reid and baritone Andrew Wentzel.

Columbia Pro Cantare is co-funded by the Columbia Foundation, Howard County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, Holmes Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.

Intermission refreshments will be served courtesy of Elkridge Furnace Inn.

Information for individual and group tickets: 465-5744.

Santa's lunch

Girls and boys ages 3 to 8 are invited to have lunch with Santa Claus at 11: 30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Owen Brown Community Center at 6800 Cradlerock Way in Owen Brown Village.

Santa's elves will help the children enjoy fun and exercise, and there will be time to give private "wish lists" to Santa.

Tickets are $4.50 for children or adults, and this is the last day to buy them. Information: 381-0202.

Christmas concert

Families, friends and the public are invited to attend tomorrow evening's 7: 30 performance of the Stevens Forest Elementary School's Christmas Concert -- with band, choir chimes and chorus -- at Oakland Mills High School.

The performance is directed by band and instrument teacher Charlene Critcher and vocal teacher Nina Clopton.

Information: 313-6900.

Pub Date: 11/26/96

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