Hammond students to stage 'Our Town'


October 27, 1998|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAMMOND HIGH School's production of "Our Town" Nov. 12 to 14 is a must-see for students, families and friends.

Drama teacher and director Melissa Davis has a cast and crew eager to try their wings in a drama worthy of their talents.

The three-act play opens with "stage managers" Shannon Hunt, Riana Hershenfeld and Erin Hammer describing the history of Grovers Corners and introducing the Gibbs and Webb families.

Brad Wasser is Mr. Webb; Jessica Reddick, his wife.

Bill Frank and Georgia Paulding are Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs.

George Gibbs (Dan Bresnick) and Emily Webb (Erin Coleman) provide the love interest.

There are 36 more major roles -- from an artistic lady to three dead people.

The cast is supported by approximately 50 crew members who handle light, sound, makeup, the box office, publicity, paint, props, costumes, construction and advertising.

Forty-two members of the cast and crew are Drama Honor Society members.

Jessica Schwarz is assistant director; Stephen Watson, stage manager; Shannon Hunt, program designer.

Emily Grason, the light designer, shares credit for the poster design with Amy Swantko.

Lavender Boyce is "house" and ticket manager.

Tickets for the 7: 30 p.m. performances are $4 in advance; $5 at the door.

'Nutcracker' season

Ballet instructor Cindee Velle's Columbia Chamber Ballet will present free performances of dances from the "Nutcracker" at Chatham Mall in Ellicott City at 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 18.

The Chamber Ballet will travel to White Marsh Mall to dance at 3 p.m. Dec. 5, and to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore for a 3 p.m. performance Dec. 13.

Adults and children will enjoy the dancing dolls, snowflakes and candy canes, as well as the children's march and the sugarplum fairy.

Velle's classes are held at Stonehouse Community Center in the Long Reach shopping center.

Information: 410-465-7674.

Remember the hungry

Long Reach Village Manager Sarah Uphouse asks everyone to donate nonperishable food items to the Long Reach Community Association's Thanksgiving food drive.

A collection box will be in front of the Safeway at the village center from Nov. 1 to 20.

Information: 410-730-8113.

The meaning of citizenship

"Citizenship Day," Oct. 19, had special meaning at Stevens Forest Elementary School.

Red, white and blue could be seen throughout the school as students and staff wore the colors in honor of their special-education teacher, Ferne Kroeker, who was sworn in as a United States citizen Oct. 16.

Teacher Nina Clopton led the fifth grade in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Kroeker led the students in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Choir Chimes Chorus entertained during lunch -- which featured an "all-American" menu.

Kroeker then spoke to first-grade students about what it meant to her to become a citizen.

She lived in Pretoria, South Africa, as a child and attended college and taught elementary school in Johannesburg.

Kroeker, her husband and two children have lived in Maryland for eight years.

A special teacher

Congratulations to Hammond High School's Debra Messer.

After being selected as Howard County Teacher of the Year, she went on to become a finalist for Maryland's Teacher of the Year award.

Messer, who designed and taught the advanced composition class at Hammond, has been a teacher at the school for 20 years.

She now supervises the independent research projects of students in the school's gifted-and-talented program.

The finalists for Teacher of the Year are chosen by a committee of their peers -- administrators, parents, business representatives and legislators.

Bikes needed

Tom McCarthy has announced that the bike collection -- co-sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Parish (at the Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake interfaith centers), St. John United Methodist Presbyterian Parish and "Pedals for Progress" -- will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

Bikes should not be brought to Oakland Mills Interfaith Center.

Bikes will be repaired and refurbished by McCarthy and his crew. Bikes for children and adults are needed. Bikes should not be beyond reasonable repair.

Small monetary donations would help pay for supplies and shipping.

McCarthy needs volunteers to help with the repairs, as well as the use of a truck for transportation and a walk-in basement or garage for storage.

Adult bikes will be shipped to Latin America and Africa, where bicycles are an important mode of transportation.

Bikes for children will be donated to Baltimore parishes for distribution to city families.

Information: 410-744-0102.

Move those feet!

The deadline to purchase tickets to Oakland Mills' Country Barn Dance is Saturday.

The menu will include hand-carved beef, southwestern chicken, garden salad, potato salad, pasta salad, baked beans, dessert, beer and soda -- and you can learn to line dance, too.

The dance is co-sponsored by Oakland Mills High School's Booster Club and the Oakland Mills Community Association.

Information: 410-730-4610.

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