When Tom Zepp was a student at Marriotts Ridge High School back in 2008, his drama teacher Sally Livingston commented that Zepp would make a great leading man.
Livingston's prophetic words have come true as evidenced by Zepp's powerful performance as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables."
Zepp, along with dozens of actors from our area, have been rehearsing day and night in preparation for this week's opening of the beloved musical by the Glyndon Area Players.
Zepp studied music education at Towson University, where he graduated in 2012. He is currently the bass section leader for Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore and also works as a personal trainer at Merritt Athletic Club in Eldersburg. Both of those jobs serve him well in his role as Valjean.
In addition to carving out time for this summer musical, Zepp includes teaching private vocal music lessons in his busy calendar. He has also performed at several home Oriole's games with powerful renderings of the National Anthem and "God Bless America."
Mark your calendar for the moving performance of "Les Miserables," produced by the Glyndon Area Players on Aug. 8, 9,14,15 and 16 at 8 p.m., Aug. 9 and 16 at 1 p.m. and Aug. 10 and 17, at 2 p.m.
The Glyndon Area Players include many talented students and faculty from our region, including actors from Marriotts Ridge High School, Glenelg High, Notre Dame Prep and employees of the Merritt Athletic Club in Eldersburg.
Local students and alumni from the western end of Howard County include Josh Altenburg, Ben Bott, Kyle Cochran, Orlando Davis and Annalisa Weymouth. For ticket information, go to http://www.glyndonareaplayers.com. Performances will be held at the Sacred Heart School.
Three days left for the 69th annual Howard County Fair and there are plenty of events for all. On Aug. 7, come out to the Home Arts building where White House beekeeper Charlie Brandis will demonstrate honey extraction. Local celebrity chefs cook off during an Iron Chef contest on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. in the 4-H activities hall.
Don't miss the amateur variety talent show on Aug.7 at 7 p.m. at the main exhibition stage.
West Friendship's Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club president John Frank will once again perform with his band Lone Mountain at the Howard County Fair on the evening of Aug. 8. Hometown music never sounded so good.
The 4-H sheep show is set for 9 a.m. on Aug. 8. A crowd favorite, the Baby Contest Miniature Parade is set for Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. The culminating Parade of Floats is set for Aug. 9 at 5 p.m.
A Maryland Western Horse Association event is scheduled at the Howard County fairgrounds on Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you missed the Howard County Fair, here is an opportunity to bring the family out for some equestrian showmanship at its best.
Congratulations to James Tangires, who recently graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Tangires earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. He is a 2010 graduate of Glenelg Country School. His parents are Jhan and Anthony Tangires.
What a welcome party. Aaron Tark, the new principal of West Friendship Elementary, held a "meet and greet" session for parents and students on Aug. 5 in the Media Center. Hard to believe that school bells will be ringing in just a few weeks.