GLENELG COUNTRY School is a lively place these days.
The school's board of trustees announces the opening of Mulitz Theater in the school's new Performing Arts Center -- in the same building as the new middle school -- at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday, with dinner beginning at 8: 30 p.m.
Joanne Eyre, Darlene Miller and Shelley Mulitz -- co-chairwomen of the gala -- are excited about the evening, which they call "Curtains Up, Light the Lights."
Glenelg Country School's choral group, the Harmonals -- under the direction of high school choral director Frances Motyca Dawson -- will entertain.
There will be a professional performance of "Lullaby of Broadway," a medley of show tunes directed by Carol Graham Lehan and an appearance by violinist Daniel Heifetz and The Classic Band with soprano Carmen Balthrop.
Proceeds from the evening will go to the Glenelg Country School Capital Campaign.
Information or tickets: Darlene Miller, at 410-531-5495, or Stuart Terry, at 410-531-7336.
The stage will not be empty long. Next week, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Glenelg Country School Players -- students from the upper school's drama department -- will present Mike Stewart's musical comedy "Bye Bye Birdie" in Mulitz Theater.
The play will be directed by drama teacher Jef Kaufhold.
Glenelg Country's middle school music teacher, Rayna Woodford, is the group's musical director. Dance teacher Debra DeVoe is the choreographer.
Members of the cast from western Howard County include senior Chris Shematek of Sykesville as Albert Peterson, freshman Lauren Gladden of Glenelg as Helen, freshman Maria Peklo of West Friendship as Deborah Sue, sophomore Helen Morris of Clarksville as Penelope, sophomore C. J. Bowles of Glenelg as the mayor, sophomore Kolin Leishman of Glenelg as Maude's first customer, and senior Mike Shippen of Mount Airy as Maude's second customer.
Junior Allison Miller of Mount Airy will play guitar and freshman Tae Strain of Clarksville will play bass guitar, both with the pit orchestra.
The production is open to the public. Tickets cost $8. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
Information or tickets: 410-531-7336.
The work of Pointers Run Elementary School fourth-grade students Robin Choe, Katherine Davis, Andrew Fichman, Zil Patel and Evan Sanderson will be on display in an exhibit, "Informed by the Combination of Image and Text," at Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City.
The students have created Native American fantasy creatures and written essays describing their works of art.
The exhibit, which celebrates March as Youth Art Month, will open tomorrow at 6 p.m. and run until April 24. Visit the Center for the Arts and see the work of some of Howard County's most talented students.
Bushy Park Elementary School first-grader Michael Mills and second-grader Brittany Hall will have their work on display until March 29 at the central branch of Howard County Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.
Another group of Bushy Park art students will be showing their art at Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, from tomorrow through April 24.
They are second-graders Katie Biggs and William Cottrell; third- graders Laura Garrison and Steven Greenburg; fourth-graders Lauren Capps, Christopher Leonavicius, and Alexandra Zajac; and fifth-graders Gracie Anderson, Carly Barron, Joel Bowers, Samantha Braun, Terri Coover, April Dorsey, Nicole Johnson, Alana Marrie, Brendan McShea, Jessica Noyes, Kyle Pitman and Jill Wasilewski.
A reception will be held in honor of these students from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Center for the Arts.
The uses of art
Not only does Bushy Park Elementary School fifth-grader Samantha Braun have an interest in art, she also has an interest in helping the very small babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
Samantha, a student in Michelle Little's class and a resident of Glenelg, is collecting new and used hats, caps and sleepers -- newborn size -- for the tiny patients.
Jennifer Cochran, a student in Kim Sullivan's fifth-grade class at Bushy Park, is also working on a project to benefit the babies in the neonatal unit -- she is crocheting tiny afghans.
Jennifer is asking for donations of yarn so that she can make many more.
If you can donate caps, sleepers or yarn, bring them to the lobby of Bushy Park Elementary School, 2670 Route 97, Glenwood. There are labeled boxes at the school, ready for contributions.
Calvary elects council
The Rev. Roger Rinker, pastor of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, 16151 Old Frederick Road, Woodbine, announces the newly elected members of the Church Council.