School to present 'The Electric Sunshine Man'


March 31, 1998|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT'S THE season for spring musicals, and Stevens Forest Elementary School will not be left behind.

The school is presenting "The Electric Sunshine Man" at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Oakland Mills High School. Families, friends, neighbors and especially alumni are invited.

Students at Stevens Forest were the first to see preview performances Thursday and Friday.

Third- , fourth- and fifth-graders -- 160 children directed by physical education teacher Barry Palmer -- will present the fast-paced show about Thomas Alva Edison.

The show's theme song, "Nothing's Impossible" -- sung by the chorus costumed in gold "sunshine-man" T-shirts -- is a tune that conveys a message.

Nina Clopton is musical director, and the fancy footwork is the work of choreographer Christine Estabrook.

Teachers Susie Uccellini and Pat Hamilton were in charge of set design.

The musical was performed at Stevens Forest several years ago, so alumni may especially enjoy comparing the new production with the earlier one.

The audience at the Howard County Dance Festival last month had a preview of the play when "Electric Sunshine Man" dancers performed "Gonna Turn on New York City" -- costumed in top hats, bow ties and suspenders.

Tickets are available at the door. Information: 410-313-6900.

Church choir on tape

Friends of the choir at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church will be delighted to know that they can hear the choir sing in their homes.

Anyone who has not had the opportunity to hear the choir live, can enjoy its music and the talent of choir director Chris Youstra on tape.

St. John's adult and children's choirs and its handbell choir, directed by Chuck Sanders, have recorded a compact disc, "Canticle of Hope."

The selections range from "Ave Maria" and "No Longer Strangers" to Youstra's composition, "Irish Blessing."

The CD, which costs $15, will be available before and after Masses, beginning on Palm Sunday.

Technical engineer Steve Bishop recorded and mixed the music during a daylong session this month.

Youstra is assistant music director at Toby's Dinner Theatre as well as associate music director at St. John's.

Information or to place an order: 410-964-1439 or 410-740-4479.

Every spring

Long Reach Village Community Association will sponsor its "Kids Clothes Swap" in this season of blossoms and growth.

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18, clothing toys and equipment for children of all ages will be available. Parents can also sell used items in good condition.

Spaces cost $15, and can be reserved by calling facilities coordinator Cindy Rector Baney, at 410-730-8113, before April 17.

Pottery show

While shopping at the Long Reach Village Center, visit the dTC Columbia Art Center's Columbia Students' Ceramics Show.

Functional and sculptural ceramics will be on display, juried by resident artist Richard Lafean and his wife, Yvonne.

The center offers introductory courses in using the potter's wheel, taught by Linda Calin and Rick Choe.

Intermediate wheel-throwing is taught by Ron Holmberg, and advanced wheel-throwing and soda firing is taught by Nancy Ziegenfus McIntosh, who also teaches Raku firing -- a traditional low-temperature firing process.

Information: 410-730-0075.

It's academic

Oakland Mills and Hammond High School's "It's Academic" teams will compete in the semifinals of the television program May 16.

Oakland Mills' team was area champion last year, and is reading and researching in hopes of repeating the victory.

Oakland Mills captain Owen Read gave the correct answer on March 14 to help the team into the semifinals.

Coached by science teacher Penny Walkow, seniors Owen and Rachel Whitmore were members of last year's team; this year, Aron Rosenberg has joined them.

Hammond High's team of seniors -- David Heine, Matt Green and Francis Filteau -- is coached by history teacher Bob Jenkins.

CPR: There's no excuse

Have you been telling yourself that you really should learn how to administer certified pulmonary resuscitation but?

Now there is no excuse. Howard County General Hospitalis holding a free community "CPR Across Maryland" course from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road in Kings Contrivance village.

Several instructors will teach participants one-person CPR, as well as techniques to remove airway obstructions.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-740-7601.

Searching for spring

On Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 2: 30 p.m., take your children and grandchildren to "Searching for Spring in Symphony Woods."

The event, which includes games, crafts and an egg hunt, is sponsored by the Columbia villages and is open to families living on Columbia Association-assessed property.

Children will need their own baskets.

Today is the deadline to call your village community center to register.

Election-day contests

Kings Contrivance village has extended its deadline for special contests and displays planned for election day -- April 18.

The competitions will celebrate the village's 20th anniversary.

Photo, poster and video contests now have a deadline of April 10.

Collect as many of your neighbors as you can and take a group picture at your street's sign.

Bring the picture, names of neighbors and the name of the photographer to Amherst House.

Pub Date: 3/31/98

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