Student drama clubs break in stage at Oklahoma Road school


February 18, 1997|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE STAGE at Oklahoma Road Middle School was christened Friday evening by members of the drama clubs at Sykesville and Oklahoma Road middle schools.

Under the direction and guidance of teachers from both schools, 24 actors performed scenes from the theater about teens and starring teens. The scenes were staged with very few props -- a cot here, a school desk or music stand there -- so the performers were the focus of attention.

A few of the youngsters came to the stage with performing experience.

Kacy McAllister took the part of the stage manager in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town." Kacy played an orphan in the Liberty High School production of "Oliver" two years ago.

"I wanted to play Juliet this time, but I've enjoyed being in 'Our Town,' " she said.

Erin Loyd drew on her piano recital experience as she performed as Ruth in "The Effect of Gamma Rays ."

"It's fun to play that you're somebody else," she said.

A heartfelt soliloquy as Eugene Jerome in "Brighton Beach Memoirs" seemed old hat for Doug Hieatzman. A magician, Doug said that "doing the magic cuts down on the stage fright."

Nicole, Doug's younger sister and magician's assistant, was equally at home in her solo role as Trish in "The Album."

Drama Club newcomer Kyle Mitchell portrayed Romeo in three scenes from Shakespeare's play about young love. Kyle counted on his experience in church productions to see him through.

Any lack of experience was more than compensated for by enthusiasm. Kelli Walker, Suzanne Kalwa and Kelly Fiorani were excited about their scene from "The Rainy Afternoon."

"I love being the center of attention," Kelli said.

'Parents' shows locals

The March issue of Parents magazine has caused quite a stir in one Sykesville household.

On pages 138 to 144 are photos and text covering the beauty makeovers of Vicky Deaver and five friends.

"I wrote to the magazine in May 1996 telling them about our group of friends and that we'd all like to have a new look," Deaver said.

She included a group photo of herself and Beth Cameron, Pam Cline, Sheila Felock, Sigrid Houston and Andi Spencer and described their friendship, families and activities together.

The magazine responded in November by inviting the group to the Cross Keys Inn in Baltimore for two days of hairstyle and make-up consultations. Each woman was photographed alone and with her youngest child.

Deaver and her son, Jason, 2, appear on page 142. Her husband, George, and daughters Lauren Fox, 12 and Jamie Deaver, 6, are excited.

"It was just an incredible experience. It came at a time when we all needed a pick-me-up," Deaver said. "It's something that we'll carry with us forever."

Aikido classes

Sykesville Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a five-week seminar in Aikido that will be held from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning March 6. Martial-arts students 8 and older may participate.

Registration will be at 6: 15 p.m., before the first class. Cost is $10.

Information: 552-0643.

Pub Date: 2/18/97

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