Atholton club plans to continue popular 'Science Magic' shows


March 07, 1997|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MEMBERS OF Atholton High School's Grace Club presented "Science Magic" at the Savage library yesterday.

Kathleen Thompson, chemistry teacher and science department chairwoman at the school, reports that the program is very popular.

The Grace Club -- whose members are ninth- through 12th-graders -- has had numerous requests for the program from elementary schools and even from a senior center, according to Thompson.

Although many of the students are graduating this year, club members are determined to continue the program next year.

"We anticipate the number of students participating will grow," Thompson said.

She is looking to recruit drama majors into the program and plans to use their skill at dramatic presentation to enhance the show.

She noted that the students have prepared interesting demonstrations and devoted quite a bit of time after school to preparing chemical solutions, writing a script to link the chemical experiments and raising funds for the Grace Club treasury to pay for the magic.

Thompson says it has been interesting to watch the development of her students as they take responsibility for the program.

She particularly noted the efforts of senior Eric Schwartz, who leads the group.

Traditional and sacred

Lucky neighbors went to the Laurel Oratorio Society's winter concert last week at Laurel Presbyterian Church. It was a terrific concert.

The recently written "Missa Kenya" was a skillful blend of traditional religious music and African chants. And the Renewed Praise Chorale had the audience clapping hands in time to the gospel and spiritual songs they sang.

The Oratorio Society singers finished the program with sacred music, ending with the rousing hymn "Worthy to be Praised."

The group will perform "Porgy and Bess" and "Peaceable Kingdom" at the end of May.

New members are always welcome. Anyone interested in singing with the group (there are no auditions) should write to the society at P.O. Box 696, Laurel 20725-0696

Hammond stages 'Oklahoma'

It is still possible to buy tickets to Hammond High School's production of "Oklahoma."

Performances are at 7: 30 p.m. today and tomorrow at the school.

For $6, you can enjoy the talents of cast, chorus and musicians and also the skill and imagination of the technical and building crews.

While enjoying the show, spare a thought for these often unheralded folk, without whom the sets would be stark, the stage dark and the cast undressed -- stage manager Chris Weber; house manager Patti McLaughlin; Lavender Boyce, in charge of the box office; Seth Blinder, David Heine, Lauren Mullen and Larissa Doran, who set the programs; Robbie Heacock, Shannon Hunt and Janna Kaye, publicity; Lauren Mullen, graphics; Stacy Carr, matinee manager; and Jacob Appletree, Georgia Paulding and Allison Scott, professional program ad sales staff.

Paula Holzman, Larissa Doran, Kevin Ghozati, Kara Wagner, Amy Swantko and Annie Rosser were in charge of art.

Delroy Cornick and Godfrey Logan handled the sound.

Construction crew Matt Lebaron, Ed McCormick, Trevor Greene, Joe Byrne, Vasu Balu and Min Myo took hammers in hand, as did set builders Timmy Hendren, Daniel Kelly, Kristen Mackin, Scott Segal, Lorna Smelser, Joshua Souder, Aaron Klein, Stephanie Searfoss, Trevor Gauthier, Justin Mackey, Fred Nelson and Nick Schultz.

Costumes and makeup were created by the able hands of Kaitlin Schwartzel, Kelly Ross, Erin Coleman, Jessica Reddick, Rachelle Thorne, Heather Hutcheson, Riana Hershenfeld and Erin Hammer.

And acknowledgment for the lighting goes to Brian Schulman, Stephen Watson, Emily Grason and J. Wendus.

Matt Miller, Nicole Sugar, Greg Schively and Kevin Ghozati are the shift crew.

Finally, kudos to Debra Dwoskin, Robbie Heacock, Angie Fraser, Katie Schaub, Janna Kaye and Lenny Wakshul -- prop scroungers extraordinary.

Pub Date: 3/07/97

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