'Katie-O' to perform at Renaissance fest


July 12, 1998|By Cynthia Kammann | Cynthia Kammann,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

KATIE OSTROSKY, a singer from North County High School, will join the Young Actor's Ensemble, playing a variety of roles, at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in August. She was one of nine chosen from more than 100 16- to 18-year-olds who auditioned about a month ago.

As a member of the ensemble, she will play a lady in waiting in the production of "The War of the Roses," sing in the Revel Grove choir, portray shepherdess Phoebe Walker as a street actor and dance the creek stomp as part of the Village Dance Ensemble's parody of Riverdance.

Known as "Katie-O," the 16-year-old recently performed in Pumpkin Theatre's production of the "The Emperor's Nightingale" and has appeared at the Fells Point Corner Theatre, Timonium Dinner Theatre, Chesapeake Music Hall and Heritage Players.

Katie, who has been studying piano for 10 years and voice for three years, received superior ratings for solo, duet and ensemble performances at the county solo and ensemble festival this year, performed in the All County High School Chorus and the All County Jazz Band. She is the principal percussionist in the North County band.

In April, I attended the North County Drama Club's production of "Guys and Dolls" with my next door neighbor, Kristin Bradway, a student at the school. We agreed that Katie stole the show with her portrayal of Adelaide.

Katie says she got her start in a school play in fifth grade, where she discovered that acting and singing are fun. While she auditions for as many plays as possible, she says she is limited by her mother's 30-minute travel time rule. The rehearsals can be no farther than a half-hour's drive from home. But she says she does "a lot of begging" and sometimes "mom gives in."

Last summer, Katie talked her mother, Nanci Ostrosky, into performing a dance routine with her in the Patapsco Summer Theatre's production of "The Music Man." Katie sang in the chorus and was principal dancer.

Katie plans to study musical theater in college.

I can't resist predicting that those of us who have seen Katie-O perform as a 16-year-old will some day be saying, "I knew her when. "

For those of you who have yet to discover it, the Maryland Renaissance Festival takes place on a 23-acre wooded site in Crownsville done up to look like a 16th-century English village.

The festival, which offers food, crafts and entertainment, will be open from 10: 30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends and Labor Day from Aug. 29 to Oct. 25.

Information: 410-266-7304, or web site www.rennfest.com.

Pub Date: 7/12/98

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