Severna Park High to kick off Rock 'n' Roll Revival tomorrow

Neighbors

March 06, 1997|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AFTER THE SHOCK of seeing Pat Boone in his heavy metal duds, I need to hear some authentic 1960s music.

Just in time comes Severna Park High School's eighth annual Rock 'n' Roll Revival.

Shows are 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, and at 8 p.m. March 13-15.

Producer Sam Scalzi (guidance department) and director Doug Kotula (drama teacher), with student directors senior Aimee Wood and junior Ben Keck, have put together a cast of 97 students, plus teachers and grads, to perform in a re-creation of beach and boardwalk (including the sand) that'll make you long for a return to Ocean City and the good old days.

Even the tech tower in the rear of the auditorium gets into the act, decorated like a lighthouse atop rocks and water.

Everyone backstage is either a parent or a school graduate.

Colette Shrimpton and Julia Weber handle choreography, Scott and Kris McCullough the lights, and Gary Tawes and Dan Mitchell the sound. Chris Doyle directs the band with an assist by Adam Wheatley.

Parent Kathy Harper is in charge of costumes.

Tickets at $7 can be purchased for a half-hour during lunch periods at 10: 30 a.m., 11: 30 a.m. and 12: 30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, or from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. in the lobby.

Information: 544-0900.

Runners from all over

Since it began some 20 years ago, thousands of men, women and children have taken part in the races sponsored by the Annapolis Striders.

You might assume most of those runners are from Maryland.

But many are not.

While Severna Park is hardly Boston or New York, the Striders' marathon (26.2 miles) and half-marathon Sunday have attracted runners from 22 states and the District of Columbia. Runners will be coming from as far as Georgia, Wisconsin, Texas and California.

Tom Bradford, race director, says, "This is not unusual. There is a national organization for runners who run in all 50 states, some of whom are starting on their second time around."

A racer's story is sometimes as exciting as a photo finish.

Karl Gruber quit his job at a Lancaster, Ohio, radio station last May to spend a year running for a cure for leukemia. His goal is to run 52 marathons, one each week, and in the process raise $1 million to help speed the Leukemia Society of America toward its target of a cure by the year 2000.

The Severna Park race will be his 45th marathon.

Ray Scharenbrock from South Milwaukee is one of the field's top runners, having completed 253 marathons.

A familiar figure to local crowds is Maryland resident Dick Good. He has run in more than 100 marathons and 162 ultra-marathons, a race longer than 26 miles.

Bradford can be reached at 987-0674.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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