HCC faculty follies to honor teacher, raise endowment funds

April 09, 2003

Some Howard Community College faculty, staff and administrators will show off their finely honed artistic talents, and others will display their lack of embarrassment at the HCC Follies on Thursday night.

Employees of the college will offer an eclectic selection of entertainment during the event, which has been staged every few years since 1983. This year, the follies will raise money for the college's Virginia Worthington Schardt, Ph.D. Educational Foundation Endowment.

"Every group in our college is represented," said economics professor and follies coordinator John Bouman. An open invitation to instructors, workers and administrators has yielded talented singers, bands, actors and dancers, including some with professional experience.

Other participants will help the cause with humor, like the women (and one man) of the continuing education department and their rendition of "There is Nothin' Like a Dame" from the musical South Pacific. Also, college President Mary Ellen Duncan plans to take part in a rendition of "YMCA" by the Village People.

Part of the fun is seeing the college staff in a new light, Bouman said.

"You see people that you know ... all kinds of staff, and all of a sudden they put on this performance," he said. "It's like, `I didn't know you could do that.' "

The event will also feature an online silent auction, which will include theater tickets, art, dinners, weekend getaways and other items. At the performance, a live auction will have sports memorabilia signed by athletes Cal Ripken, Kirby Puckett and Brooks Robinson, as well as tickets to the musical Hairspray, among other things.

The public is welcome to view all of the items and bid in the silent auction at www.howardcc. edu/follies.cfm.

Each time, the follies is a great experience, Bouman said. "The bonding that takes place to rehearse for the show and put on the show, I think, is really unique. ... And it is always to raise money for a good cause."

This year, proceeds will go to an endowment established in memory of "Ginny" Schardt, who spent 16 years as a teacher and counselor at HCC before becoming a professor of sports psychology at Towson University. Schardt died of breast cancer in August.

The follies are to start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Smith Theatre on the HCC campus in Columbia. Tickets are $6 both in advance and at the door.

Information: 410-772-4452.

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