Students to compete in 5 one-acts


May 09, 2002|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE STAGE IS set for exciting theater this weekend, when the drama club at Severna Park High School presents "One Act Play Night," a competition among five presentations acted and directed by high school students.

Even before opening night, theatrical news was made at the school's awards ceremony Tuesday, when drama club President Bianca Slota, a SPHS senior, received the first monetary award of $1,000 for being named Honor Thespian of the Year. Slota plans to study drama at American University in Washington.

More than three dozen students plus the stage crew are involved in the productions, says drama adviser Angela Germanos, a French and drama teacher at SPHS. Social studies teacher Lisa Engstrom shares the advising duties.

The plays to be presented are: The Show Must Go On, directed by Slota; Wanted ... One Groom, directed by senior Pat Murray; The Pen of My Aunt, directed by senior Kate Petty; Happily Never After, directed by freshman Ariel Kelman; and The Cry of the Crows, directed by freshmen Katie McEvoy and Michael Palien.

Judges Roberta Wells-Famula of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's theater arts program and Scott C. Embler, who works for the Young Playwright Program in New York, will select the winners and present statuettes similar to Oscars for best actor, best actress, best director and best play, Germanos said.

The show is at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. Information: 410- 544-0090.

Springtime on the farm

Like a trip to Grandma's house in the country, the first Spring Farm Festival at Kinder Farm Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday will give everyone the chance to experience the bucolic pleasures of life way outside the beltway.

If you're thinking this is not the park's first spring festival, you're right, but the others were all craft fairs, says park Superintendent Bill Offutt.

It might take most of the day to experience all the fun that's planned, including a rock-climbing wall and hayrides pulled by mules and tractors. You'll want to be in line for the hayrides by 3:45 p.m., Offutt advises. Country music and line dancing also are planned.

Children will love the pony rides and their own crafts and games like three-legged and sack races. They also won't want to miss a visit to the farm animals.

Professional demonstrations of skills that kept the nation functioning 150 years ago are planned: spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, bee keeping and sheep herding. For today's outdoors enthusiast, demonstrations of composting, wooden wildfowl decoy carving and bicycle safety will be presented.

Look for representatives from GRREAT!, a golden retriever rescue, education and training group; Pets on Wheels; and a rescue group for retired racing greyhounds. A demonstration of Frisbee-catching dogs is planned.

High on the list of must-sees is the tractor pull, featuring vintage tractors, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Antique Tractor Club.

Parking will be directed by Boy Scout Troop 1785. Severn River Lions Club and Severna Park Kiwanis Club will provide food. Severna Park Elks will serve pit beef and chicken on a stick, and Girl Scout Troop 1472 will have a lemonade stand. Snowballs, popcorn, cotton candy and sodas will be sold.

"We can't put on an event like this without volunteers," Offutt says. "All our volunteers have a great time at the `thank you' cookout the following week."

Offutt says there's still time to volunteer. No rain date has been set. Information: 410-222-6115.

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