Severna Park High ready to rock 'n' roll


February 21, 2002|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SEVERNA PARK High School's 13th annual Rock 'n' Roll Revival is a cavalcade of familiar tunes from the '50s, '60s and '70s. It's also a showcase of many familiar faces.

Students and teachers are joined by alumni to put on a rock 'n' roll revue that covers three decades of musical history. "This is rock-solid rock 'n' roll," says Angela Germanos, a 1974 SPHS graduate who is now a French instructor at the school and, for the first time, the rock show's producer.

This year's show is directed by SPHS choral instructor Kathy Gabriele. SPHS senior Meredith Snyder returns for her fourth assignment as student director, and junior Danny Schwartz is assistant student director for the third time.

SPHS alum Gary Tawes returns as technical director. This is his 13th show. Matt Hutchison, who performed in past shows as a student, returns to direct the band. SPHS grad Kelly Ridgely and Archbishop Spalding grad Jen Malecki, both dance instructors, are handling the choreography.

Maybe it's the original costumes, the all-live music or the incredible talent of the students, even though they're performing music so old that their parents and grandparents know the words. Whatever the attraction, the show provides as much pleasure for the performers as it does for the audience. This year's show has an island theme, with sets in the school auditorium that feature palm trees and mermaids.

Performances are at 8 p.m. March 8 and 9; at 3 p.m. March 10; at 7:30 p.m. March 14; and at 8 p.m. March 15 and 16.

Tickets are $9 and are available during school lunch hours Monday through Friday and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the school lobby.

A word of warning: The show is always a sellout.

Scholarship to be awarded

The Severna Park Optimist Club and its adjunct organization, the Severna Park Optimist Foundation, are serious about their commitment to young people. Their motto says it all: "Bringing Out the Best in Kids - Right Here, Right Now."

The foundation was established in 1996 by the Severna Park club, now entering its 26th year. Established to raise money for charitable projects, the foundation named its first award, the $1,000 Ken Allor Volunteerism Scholarship, in memory of a member who epitomized the club's philosophy and was club president at the time of his death.

Continuing a long tradition of club projects for teen-agers - including essay- and speech-writing contests and Hugh O'Brian leadership workshops - the foundation is offering the Allor scholarship to a local high school senior who has excelled in volunteerism, citizenship, leadership and academics.

This will be the second year the club and foundation have awarded scholarships. Students from Severn School, Old Mill, Severna Park, Archbishop Spalding and Broadneck high schools, and residents of Severna Park who attend high school elsewhere are encouraged to apply.

Last year's winner, Heather Dechene, a graduate of Old Mill High School, is a freshman at Penn State University.

"Academic scholarship is important," says foundation treasurer Jim Hubbard, "but voluntarism is the overriding consideration. We're looking for leaders, the kind of students who've had an effect on other kids."

Hubbard says the foundation might award more than one scholarship this year because it has received generous donations from Severna Park Optimists, former club members and friends of the club.

People have donated used vehicles to the foundation, which uses sales proceeds for the scholarships, Hubbard says. The good thing, he says, is that the cars are recycled and the money from the sale of the cars is often more than the owner could have gotten from a trade-in.

Scholarship applications are available by writing to Severna Park Optimist Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 342, Severna Park 21146; or by calling 410-647-6966.

The application deadline is April 15. Winners will be announced May 1.

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