Glen Burnie High troupe to present one-act plays


February 05, 1997|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"I CAN'T believe you're letting a total stranger teach him to drive," my sister grumbled as we watched my son back up the street in a bright red car emblazoned with the warning: "Patience, I'm a Drive-Rite Student."

"Can you trust a company that spells incorrectly?" asked a woman who from 1972 to 1977 spelled her name Patti, with a heart dotting the "i."

I trusted that $210 had bought me 30 hours of classwork, six hours of driving lessons and a 16-year-old who can drive the videos back to Blockbuster.

"Sure, they may teach him the horror that is parallel parking, but will they teach him the rest?" she demanded.

Having driven with my sister, I knew "the rest" to her meant driving with one hand clenching the steering wheel and one hand poised above the horn.

"Who will explain to him that the use of a directional [signal] by another driver is actually a question: 'May I enter your lane?' " she said. "The correct answer is 'No! Of course not!' Changing lanes is a privilege, not a right.

"Will they tell him that people who decorate their license plates with chains and pulsating lights spend way too much time in Pep Boys and should never be permitted to ease into traffic ahead of you?"

Her tirade was interrupted by the long blare of a horn as my son politely alerted the mailman that his truck was blocking our driveway.

"My work here is done," she said softly.

One-act plays

The Thespian Troupe of Glen Burnie High School will present a showcase of one-act plays at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the school's drama studio.

Admission is $4 and the production is open to the community.

Unlike the fall and spring plays, which are open auditions, tomorrow's presentation is produced by the drama classes using student directors, said teacher Bill Smith.

The plays are: .

"My Gypsy Robe," based on a Broadway legend, the story of a dancer whose life is changed by the possession of a robe passed on from one troupe to another. Directed by senior Jessica Mitten.

"A Thing of Beauty," directed by seniors Justin Fox and Tim Johnson.

"The Last Leaf," an O. Henry story set in an artists' colony in Greenwich Village that follows the struggle of a young woman who believes she will dies when "the last leaf falls" from a tree outside her window. Directed by junior Amanda Glenn.

"The Empty Chair," directed by senior Anne Stull and Fox, which focuses on a rehabilitation clinic where group members deal with the overdose death of a friend.

For information, call the school office, 761-8950.

Homemade soups

The United Methodist Women of Messiah United Methodist Church are offering a half-dozen homemade soups for carryout or eat-in at a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the church hall, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.

Hoping to repeat their successful sale of the fall, the cooks are preparing vegetable-beef-barley, corn chowder, chicken noodle, potato cheese, navy bean and chili.

Prices are $4.50 a quart, $2.25 a pint, $2.25 a large bowl or $1.25 for a small bowl.

The eat-in menu also includes hot dogs, barbecue and soft drinks. Look for a baked goods table.

For information, call the church office at 761-1944.

Valentine parties

Children ages 3 to 6 are invited to a Little Sweethearts Valentine Party at 9: 30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the North County Library, 1010 Eastway.

Scheduled activities include stories, games and valentine crafts.

Children 5 and older are welcome to "Jump Start Your Heart" at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 with heartwarming stories, heart-pounding games and a special make-it and take-it craft project.

For information, call 222-6270.

League registration

Spring training is a few weeks away, and the Glen Burnie Boys Baseball and Glen Burnie Girls Softball clubs are preparing with open registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through February at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Highway.

Registration for Tee Ball is open to boys and girls ages 5 to 6; girls softball, ages 7 to 18; baseball for girls and boys, ages 7 to 18.

Fees are $30 for one child, $40 for two and $50 for three or more children.

For information call 761-8676.

Tax changes

Tax specialist William Ferguson will address changes in filing procedures at a meeting of the Glen Burnie Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, 1 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church Hall, 7434 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Retired federal employees and their spouses are welcome.

For information, call Dave Burke, 761-2934.

Coin club meeting

A meeting of the South Glen Burnie Coin Club is scheduled for 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at the VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road.

Doors will open at 6: 30 p.m. to allow members to review items for the monthly auction.

For information, call Tim Schisler, 760-6569.

Pub Date: 2/05/97

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