River Hill High to present fall musical


November 12, 1998|By Geri Hastings | Geri Hastings,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE DRAMA department of River Hill High School will present its fall musical production, "Once On This Island," at 7: 30 p.m. today,tomorrow and Saturday.

The play, the culmination of two months of intense effort, went into production in early September.

Impressed by the number of talented students who auditioned for the production, drama teacher and director Pam Land anticipates spectacular performances.

"Once On This Island" is based on Rosa Guy's novel "My Love, My Love."

The book, in turn, was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid."

Set on an unnamed island in the French Antilles during a violent storm, the play weaves together themes of love, loss and redemption.

The musical was written by composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, the team responsible for the Broadway musical "Ragtime."

Featured in the production are seniors Larisa Stahl as Ti Moune, Graham Summers as Agwe, Todd Fussell as Tonton Julian and Dylan Breton as Daniel.

Also featured are juniors Sara Albino as Mama Euralie, Molly Martin as Erzulie, Kelly Thompson as Andrea, Ben Shirley-Quirk as Papa Ge and George Van Osterom as Armand.

Freshman Ryan Krasney plays Asaka, and Claire Wilson, from Centennial Lane Elementary School, plays Little Ti Moune.

Sophomores Kate Anderson and Hannah Sanderson are student directors.

Senior Emily Ashcraft and sophomore Sasha Heifetz are stage managers.

Senior Eric Moore and junior Devon Vanecek are crew chiefs, and sophomores Alison Silber and Missy Ring are the "running crew" -- stage crew members who move props and sets.

A choral and dance ensemble of 22 students helps tell the story.

Doug Lawler, musical director at Toby's Dinner Theatre, Columbia, advised and helped with the show.

River Hill dance teacher Jill Blizzard is choreographer.

Math teacher Rhonda Rust is the costumer.

English teacher Joey Starnes is prop mistress.

Technical education teacher John Henderson has supervised set design and construction, and art teachers Mark Coates and Barry Hoskins are artistic directors.

Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at the door.

River Hill High School is at 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville. Information: 410-313-7120.

Outstanding jazz

Mark your calendar for 7: 30 p.m. Nov. 19 and plan to attend the River Hill High School Jazz Band's performance of perennial favorites.

Earlier this year, the school's jazz ensembles (which are part of the jazz band) won grand champion and first-place awards at Music Festivals of Orlando, Fla., and the jazz band's saxophonists received eight ratings of outstanding.

Admission to the concert, which will be in the school auditorium, is free. Information: Kathy Bonebreak, 410-531-5430.

Improving the countryside

Tomorrow, about 220 seventh-graders from Glenwood Middle School will receive hands-on experience in improving their community.

They will dig trenches, refurbish stone walls and restore parts of the Davis Branch stream on the grounds of the Mount Pleasant Conservancy, a nature preserve and environmental center on Old Frederick Road in Woodstock.

Students will weed, rake leaves, mulch trails, wash windows, prepare fund-raising letters and make craft items out of recycled materials to be sold to benefit the conservancy.

The young people will earn community service credits.

Carol Nieberline, English teacher and seventh-grade team leader, said, "We are delighted that the students are giving their time."

Also tomorrow, the Glenwood eighth-grade class will travel to Centennial Park to participate in a day of volunteer cleanup.

Eagle Scout

Jimmy Corrigan, 14, was honored Oct. 30 with the Eagle Scout award by Boy Scout Troop 72 at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, Glenwood.

Jimmy, a freshman at River Hill High School, is the son of Thomas Michael Corrigon and Alice Corrigan of Dayton.

Jimmy's Eagle Scout project -- an environmental undertaking at the Big Branch section of the Triadelphia Reservoir -- took more than a year to complete.

In the project's first phase, Jimmy cleared trees that blocked the view of the water for visitors to the boat ramp.

Then he cleared small scrub trees and shrubs from a 150-foot-square piece of land along the reservoir.

In the final -- and most ambitious -- phase of the project, he fixed up a half-mile nature and fishing trail beside the water.

This required widening the path and cutting branches from trees. In fact, one section of the trail was so eroded that Jimmy had to build a new trail, removing rocks and stumps that might be hazardous for walkers and constructing stairs on a steep stretch.

Jimmy built a 12-foot foot bridge across a creek.

In addition to his Scouting activities, Jimmy is a member of the youth group at Shepherd of the Glen and plays basketball in a western Howard County recreation league.

Swinging young man

Marcellus van der Valk, son of Sue and Ubbo van der Valk of Highland, is appearing as a swing dancer in Salisbury State University's eighth Dance Showcase.

Marcellus is a senior, majoring in management information systems.

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