IMAGINE 6-year-olds in green velour suits with numbers up the sides. And other children in the same body suits with orange tutus on their heads, all skating together.
That's what you'll see in "Inchworm," a number in the Columbia Figure Skating Club's program "Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales on Ice."
The show will be held at at 2: 30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1: 30 p.m. and 4: 30 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road.
More than 120 members of the club -- some as young as age 4 -- will skate to the score from the 1952 movie "Hans Christian Anderson," which starred Danny Kaye.
Preparing for the show is an all-consuming activity for club members, who are practicing for 4 1/2 hours every Sunday at the Columbia rink.
Figure-skating attracts family participation if this club is a typical example.
Skating in the show from our area are sisters Laura and Stephanie Burrows; siblings Jonathan and Sophia Chien; Meryl Eddy and daughters Kimberly and Sarah; sisters Katherine, Kristie and Lilly Khatibi; sisters Erin and Laura Maskell; and sisters Alexandra and Brittanie Klinedinst.
Russ Rzemien of Dorsey will play Hans Christian Andersen. His daughter Kim -- who recently qualified as a senior-level skater -- will also perform.
Other neighbors skating in the show are Allison Barber, Rebecca Bers, Elizabeth Daly, Laura Dattaro, Stephanie Ducey, Michele Farquharson, Sarah Franks, Cori Harrison, Emily Hebeler, Samantha Huntt, Stephanie Jarrett, Amy Jordan, Heather Nieman, Katie Penyak, Amanda Pleasant, Jessica Rohrer, Kaori Tanaka, Julie Tsai, Ashley Virtue and Stephanie Wittbecker.
Two ensemble numbers will be highlights of the show: "The Little Mermaid," choreographed and directed by skating teacher Rob McBrien, and "The Red Shoes," directed by dancer Michael O'Rourke.
McBrien has choreographed for Olympic figure skater John Curry.
O'Rourke recently performed in "The Snow Queen" and "The Nutcracker" with the Howard County Ballet.
Eddy says, "The ensemble numbers combine ballet and skating. The ensemble moves in one seamless line."
Tickets cost $8.50. Information: 410-461-9948.
Howard County's Interfaith Choir will present Lenten and Easter concerts.
The first concert will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at Liberty Baptist Church, 1275 North Ave., Lisbon.
The second concert will be held at 7: 30 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Route 108 near Route 29, Columbia.
For 31 years, members of different denominations and churches have come together to sing the story of Easter, says Elkridge resident Mary Burke, who has sung in the choir for more than 20 years.
The concerts open with hymns of praise and tell the story of Holy Week in song.
"We always try to include some anthems that any choir can sing in its church," said Burke, "but we also include more difficult pieces -- pieces that require 10 altos or six-part harmonies, pieces that can only be sung in a large chorus."
Linda Runkles, organist and choir director at Trinity United Methodist Church in Catonsville, has directed the choir for three years.
The Interfaith Choir has more than 100 members from 34 area churches.
Eileen Gregory, choir director at Dorsey Emmanuel Methodist Church, 6951 Dorsey Road in Dorsey, is president of the Interfaith Choir.
Five members of Trinity Episcopal Church, on U.S. 1 in Elkridge, will be singing. They are Dorothy Stembler, Naomi Livingston, Pat Cullison, Laura McClung and Tim Lobach.
Other choir members from Elkridge are Burke, Maureen and Aime Cole, Joni Eckard, Edward Head, Jeff Hickinbotham, Judy Kaufman, Verna Prehn, George and Gladys Perry and Joyce Shields.
Ellicott City singers include Terry Alexander, Becky Becker, Patsy Bohanan, Paul Bohn, Dave Bowersox, Lois Butler, Don Dixon, Tom Doub, Betty, Edith and Mary Anne Espenshade, Iris Goehring, Bill and Joan Heymann, Charles Leonard, Billy Lewis, Ruth Lloyd, Jerry Loiselle, Jeff Nibali, Tom Perry, Gail Phillips-Smith, Jack Smith, Jeff Tomaski and Peggy and Robert Wilson.
Howard High School will present the musical "Bye Bye Birdie" at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The story deals with a rock idol named Conrad Birdie who, when drafted into the Army, offers to kiss one lucky teen-age girl as a parting gift to his adoring fans.
Starring in the show are Stefan Lasker, Jessica Binder, Erin Holmes, Ashly Walton, Mary Calomeris, Donald Chiarella and Kenny Fisher.
Tickets cost $5 and are available in advance at the school office or at the door.
Nearly 10 percent of the student body at Mount Hebron High School is involved in the school's production of "Damn Yankees.
The curtain goes up at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
About 70 people make up the cast. Fifty or so work behind the scenes.