Musical tale of show biz life comes to Northeast High

NEIGHBORS

March 23, 2001|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COMBINE THE greatest show tunes of George M. Cohan with a sparkling story by Shubert Fendrich about an off-Broadway theater group's rehearsal hall trials and triumphs getting ready for a wartime musical production. The result, "Give My Regards to Broadway," will be presented Thursday through March 31 by Northeast High School's Dionysus Club, in the Eagles Auditorium on Duvall Highway.

Curtain time is 7 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $5.

The musical features a cast of familiar show biz characters including a Broadway director, played by Patrick Herb Jr., who is having problems with money, and his leading lady, played by Katherine Brash. Entering the mix is a seasoned rehearsal pianist, played by Brett Harwood; an aspiring actress from New Rochelle, played by Annie Bik; and a fast-talking mob bookie, played by Zack Zhao, on the run from his cohorts.

Problems soon arise with the addition of an aspiring chorus girl, played by Lindsay Payne; a mob hit man, played by David Del Signore; his moll, played by Danielle Lynch; a buttoned-down Harvard man, played by Andy Lee; a Southern belle in the chorus line, played by Christina Garde; a seasoned chorus girl, played by Megan Harrison, plus a bevy of chorus-liners and other rehearsal hall characters.

Chorus line singers and dancers include Melissa Carrigan, Stephanie Caswell, Kelley Grant, Dana Lowman, Carla Mallory, Kristina Moore, Jessica Pritchard, Mary Stock and Danny Sweitzer.

The cast of Northeast students are under the direction of teacher Martin LeFrancois.

Choreography was handled by student actors Bik and Harrison.

The 17-member stage crew is managed by student Ashley Schaeffer with assistance from Dana Lowman and Ben Croissant.

Information: 410-437-6402.

Church to hold fund-raiser

Parish members at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Riviera Beach have come to the aid of fellow parishioner Susan Greif in her struggle to regain independence after a devastating injury.

Greif, 46, is a former Anne Arundel County school teacher. She was active in the community and at the church as a eucharistic minister until suffering head injuries in an automobile accident on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in September 1999.

She continued to progress slowly, with the help of therapists and her family's assistance, but real independence was still a far-off goal. That was until her family learned about the benefits a service dog could bring to her life - and about the dog's $15,000 price tag.

Service dogs are trained to help people of limited physical abilities to live a more independent life. Dogs can be taught to help open doors, help a person get dressed or undressed, retrieve dropped items, pick up a cordless phone and flip light switches.

Fellow parishioner Mike Bieda stepped in to help. As a Maryland state trooper, he was familiar with the accident and had kept tabs on Greif's progress. "I really didn't know Susan well, but I was familiar with her family," Bieda said. "After her accident, I got to know her and her extended family well."

To help with the cost of training both dog and dog owner, Bieda and fellow parishioners at St. Jane's have organized a dinner bingo fund-raiser at St. Jane's parish hall, 8513 St. Jane Drive, on March 31 to help.

Tickets are $25 and include a dinner of roast pork, baked chicken breast, stuffing, vegetables, homemade desserts and beverages, and 20 regular games of bingo and five specials.

The doors will open at 6 p.m., with bingo starting at 7:30 p.m. Monetary donations will also be gratefully accepted.

"Susan deserves this chance for independence," Bieda said.

Information: 410-647-0189.

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