Young performers get ready to spring into action


March 20, 2000|By Sally Voris | Sally Voris,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DAFFODILS AND forsythia are blazing yellow, the Patapsco River has been stocked with trout, and young actors, singers, dancers and skaters are stepping out in a lively season of musicals and shows.

`Anything Goes'

Howard High School will present "Anything Goes," a romantic comedy set on an ocean liner in the 1930s. With a score written by Cole Porter, the show includes the tunes "Anything Goes," "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick Out of You."

The school has so many talented students this year that drama teacher and director Michelle Fowler decided to double-cast many of the lead roles. The characters of Reno, Hope and Erma will be played Thursday and Saturday by Elisa Vasta, Erin Holmes and Mia Chiarella, and then by Samantha McEwen, Kelly Bylsma and Bia Lewis on Friday.

Other leading players include Alex Von Hagen-Jamar as Billy, Alex Wolniak as Lord Evelyn, Jennifer Kuhlman as Evangeline, Jonathan Porter as Eli Whitney and Jeff Corbett as Moonface Martin, Public Enemy No. 13.

Performances will be in the school auditorium at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $6 in advance, $7 at the door.

Information: 410-313-2867.

`Guys and Dolls'

Mount Hebron High School will present "Guys and Dolls" at 7: 30 p.m. March 29, 30 and 31 and April 1 in the school auditorium. More than 75 students will perform in the 1950s American musical by Frank Loesser. Fifty other students will work behind the scenes and in the pit orchestra.

Seniors Shawn Doyle, Mark Rosenberg, Rachel Warren and Maria Luiza Cortes star in the production; sophomore Jessica Ball plays Sarah Brown.

Tickets are $7.

Information: 410-313-2880.

From `Sugar' to `Snow White'

Ellicott City resident Mark Beachy, 23, enjoyed drama as a student at Centennial High School. He describes Mo Dutterer, Centennial's drama teacher, as his mentor. In 1994, he played Sir Osgood Fielding in the musical "Sugar."

After high school, he said, "I entered a play-writing competition and I won." The competition was to create a play for Baltimore's bicentennial. His musical, " 'Bout Baltimore," is still being performed by a local touring company.

This year, Beachy started a theater company, Baltimore Children's Theater. "All the money I make, I reinvest in my shows," he said.

He lives with his parents and works out of their home. His mother, Carla Beachy, teaches English at Mount Hebron High School and his father, Bill Beachy, teaches music at Laurel Woods and Waterloo elementary schools.

"It's perfectly natural that I should write musicals, because my mom helps me with my English and my dad helps me with the music," Mark said.

His version of "Alice in Wonderland" will be presented in Lansing, Mich., and Richmond, Va., this year.

He will direct and produce a version of "Snow White" to be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and April 1 and 2 at Second English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5010 Briarcliff Road, Baltimore.

Tickets are $7.50.

Information: 410-203-1757.

Skate into spring

Ellicott City residents Natalie Carlyle, 9; Erica Koenig, 10; Cynthia Peng, 10; Michael Poling, 9; Amy Spriesterbach, 13; and Samantha Tomarchio, 10, will make their debut in the Columbia Figure Skating Club's show.

"Swing into Spring With Music, Music, Music" will feature skating to music from the 1940s to the 1990s. Performances will be held at 1 p.m. and 4: 30 p.m. April 1 and 2 at the Columbia Ice Rink.

Tickets are $8.50; admission is free for children under 3 years.

Information: 410-730-0322.

Puppet people

Puppet people created by Hollifield Station fifth-graders Meghan Forry, Laura McKee, Allison Milgram, Brendan Nass, Katie Rekart and Shaun Wiggins are on display at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City.

Also on display are "Whingdingdilly" boxes and animals created by Hollifield third-graders Gregory Barr, Mary Heiser, Matthew Rich, Lauren Selawski and Nick Trainer. The boxes are inspired by the book "Whingdingdilly" by Bill Peet.

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