WHO NEEDS Broadway, when there's such great musical theater in Glenelg?
At 8 o'clock tonight, Glenelg High School's drama department will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Cinderella."
Performances will continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium, 14025 Burnt Woods Road.
The production features senior Jenna Bythrow as Cinderella, and junior Brian Rice as Prince Charming.
Senior Valerie Barnes and junior Sarah Cummings portray the selfish stepsisters, and senior Annie Marland is the evil stepmother.
The fairy godmother is sung by junior Kelly Frey, and seniors Tristan Spence and Chris Larsen play the king and queen.
The humorous character of Lionell is being played by junior Eddie Fee.
Forty-five singers and dancers are in the cast, and the Glenelg stagecraft group has built elaborate sets of the palace, Cinderella's house and garden, and the village square.
Even the palace as seen from a distance has its own set.
Dance teacher Jennifer Blizzard-Sisk is choreographer, the costumer is parent volunteer Linda Simms, and the chorus and orchestra are directed by teachers Nancy Buckel and Barry Enzman.
Drama teacher Ron Oaks is directing the production.
Tickets are available at the box office for $6, or by calling 410-313-5528.
The sound of music
Howard County is alive with the sound of music.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, Glenelg Country School's Music in the Manor House concert series will present the final concert of its season.
Pianist Inessa Zaretsky, a first-prize winner of the Moscow Young Artists Piano Competition, will perform.
Pianist Richard Good, a faculty member of the Mannes College of Music, describes Zaretsky "a superbly gifted pianist and a musical intelligence of the first order."
Tickets cost $14, and include light refreshments, wine and soft drinks.
Because renovations are being done in the Manor House, the concert will be in the Gould Building.
Glenelg Country School is at 12793 Folly Quarter Road.
Information: 410-531-0501, Ext. 2219.
Recognition for musician
River Hill High School sophomore Andrew Chen, a gifted pianist, has been recognized by Maryland musicians and teachers.
Andrew has won the Maryland State Senior Concerto Competition sponsored by the Maryland State Music Teachers' Association.
He will perform with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. March 22 in the auditorium of Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville.
Last year, Andrew was a finalist in the Columbia Orchestra Competition, where he competed against student pianists from across the state.
Andrew, who has studied piano for six years, has spent more than four of those years as a student of Hsiu-Hui Wang, whom he calls his "wonderful piano teacher."
When not practicing on the piano, Andrew is in the energy, power, and transportation technical magnet program at River Hill. He is a member of the math and "It's Academic" teams, and a percussionist for the wind ensemble and indoor drum line.
L The teen-ager sees music as a fertile field for exploration.
"I get excited when I get a new piece of music to learn," he says. "When I can play it well and the piece sounds good to me, I get a tremendous feeling of accomplishment."
Andrew plans to pursue a career in applied physics, but says music will remain an integral part of his life. He loves listening to classical music, especially his favorite composers -- Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
With the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, he will perform Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major, Opus 50, Movement 1 by Dmitri Kabalevsky.
More plaudits for students
Congratulations are in order for Fulton Elementary School students Eunice Kwon, Neil Williamson, Natasha Polanski, Jamel Hayes, and Leah Feldman.
Eunice and Neil, fifth-graders, were selected to play violin with the Howard County Elementary Enrichment Orchestra.
The orchestra performed a concert for the Maryland Music Educators Association Feb. 20 at the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel.
Fourth-graders Natasha, Jamel and Leah represented Fulton Elementary as members of the Howard County Children's Chorus, which also performed at the association's conference.
And three student musicians from Bushy Park Elementary School -- fifth-graders Diana Park and Nicole Boguslaw and fourth-grader Gabrielle Boguslaw, Nicole's sister, were among 70 students chosen to participate in a Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Columbia Orchestra.
Diana won first place in the piano category, while Gabrielle received an honorable mention for her violin performance.
Because of her award, Diana will perform with the orchestra at 8 p.m. March 21 at Howard Community College.
You can help
This weekend, you can help hungry families in the county by donating nonperishable food items to Boy Scout Troop 72 in Glenelg.
On Saturday, the Scouts -- in conjunction with Safeway supermarkets -- distributed plastic bags to homes in Glenelg and Glenwood as part of "Scouting for Food."