'A Midsummer Night's Dream' -- in December


December 02, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ONLY IN Oakland Mills will you find "A Midsummer Night's Dream" -- in December.

Director Holly Pasciullo's production will be on stage at Oakland Mills High School at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The cast and stage crew will present a preview performance for 200 Oakland Middle School students Thursday morning.

The show's cast includes Bukky Aghaji, Laila Ayad, Laura Bacon, Dawn Christensen, Patrick Combs, Lauren Crandell, Michael Golibersuch, Megan Greene, Charis Huhta, Jordan Knott, Jack Lange, Andrew Lee, Michael Liberman, Lee Liebeskind, Jennifer Lutz, Candace McKindra, Aharon Mckoy, Jeremy Magruder, Erin Moore, Meghan Riley, Christina Rochester, Rebecca Toss, Jennifer Royal, Naomi Sandler, Jeffrey Shepherd, Mark Stewart, Porkpa Tokpa and Beth Wilson.

Owen Read is stage manager.

Mary Bova designed the costumes, and lighting technicians Ross Piasecki and Adam Walworth press switches for the just right color tones.

Admission is $5 at the door. Information: 410-313-6945.

Table tennis tournament

The Maryland Table Tennis Association held its first tournament -- the Erich Haring Memorial -- at its new location at 9176 Red Branch Road last month.

Forty players from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia vied for honors -- in various divisions, singles and doubles, according to director Chris Pils, who said a national numerical rating system is used.

A player with a 1368 score may play in the 1400 category but

cannot decide to play "down" in the 1200 event, he said.

Men, women and children are rated the same way.

Parking and admission are free for tournaments. They are a good opportunity to get to know more about the matches.

New members are welcome from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, when the association is open.

Fees are nominal, and lessons are available. Information: 410-747-6176.

Wreaths are here

You know Christmas must be only weeks away when the sale of holiday wreaths, which have been made by members of the Appalachian Service Project, takes place.

Nancy and Fred Reidel want you to know that the youths of St. John the Evangelist and St. John Presbyterian/Methodist parishes are busy tying greens and bows on their handmade wreaths.

The Appalachian Service Project sells the wreaths for $20 each, to help defray expenses for next summer's trip to Appalachia -- where the young people repair and expand homes for impoverished families.

The wreaths will be sold after services at Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake interfaith centers on Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 13 and 14. To be sure of having a wreath, and a choice of a red or plaid bow, phone your order to 410-531-6279 or 410-964-1440.

St. John the Evangelist is sponsoring a Christmas tree sale. The trees are to arrive Dec. 11 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

A percentage of the sales will be donated to the Heifer Project, which sends cattle, goats and chickens to families around the world to enable them to become self-sufficient.

George Martin said the trees will be on sale from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 11, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 12.

A variety of sizes of freshly cut evergreens will be available. Information: 410-730-7862.

Be a Santa

It's time to help children of needy families receive a special gift at Christmas.

Used tricycles, bikes, skates, and new and used books are needed.

Tom McCarthy and friends of Columbia's St. John the Evangelist Catholic parish ask that all "wheels" be in good condition or require only minor repairs. Bike shops donate the necessary parts.

Restored to good as new, the bikes are delivered to inner-city churches for distribution.

Information or to donate a bicycle: 410-744-0102.

A volunteer who has a pickup truck is also needed by the bike committee.

McCarthy is in charge of collecting children's books and skates, as well as bikes. These items may be delivered to the parish's religious education program at Wilde Lake High on Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. through Dec. 14, or during the week -- before Dec. 12 -- to the religious education office at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

The books will be given to schools with limited libraries. The skates will be given to children.

Parents' night out

Stevens Forest Elementary's Parent Teacher Association has an idea: Parents' Night Out!

School-age children may bring playing cards, paper and crayons to amuse themselves during five hours of supervised time (which includes a snack) while their parents shop for the holidays, go to the movies or relax at home.

Coordinator Dana Bovill says the cost is $5 for the first child and $3 for each sibling.

Four- and 5-year-olds may also participate with their sisters and brothers if they will be comfortable in a play environment with many other children.

An emergency contact is required for each family. Information: 410-309-6112.

Winter performances

Stevens Forest's Winter Concert will be at 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Oakland Mills High.

A repeat performance will take place in the Stevens Forest cafeteria at 2 p.m. the next day.

Jeffers Hills' Sandra Cunningham will conduct the 50-member Enrichment Triad Chorus of fourth- and fifth-graders in their own concert Dec. 10. They will be guests of Gov. and Mrs. Parris N. Glendening for the tree-lighting ceremony at the State Office Building in Baltimore.

Pianist Kim Baccaglini will accompany the singers in their performance after the ceremony.

Pub Date: 12/02/97

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