"The 39 Steps", a hilarious slapstick comedy based on the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name, is being performed at Reservoir High School by the drama department on Nov. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium and, then again on Nov. 17 at 2 and 7 p.m.
You can purchase the tickets on-line at http://www.seatyourself.biz/reservoir or at the door — $10 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens.
A lot of work goes into these productions. In addition to their regular classes (and maybe some extracurricular activities too), the student actors need to learn their lines, learn their stage movements, rehearse, etc.
The production crew, made up of students, teachers and parents, needs to design and build the sets, coordinate stage movements of the set pieces, set up the scenes, etc. If the production has a score, then that has to be coordinated with the music department.
All of this falls on the shoulders of Jessica Binder, the drama teacher and show director at Reservoir. Jessica herself is a product of the Howard County public schools. She chooses challenging shows, ones that stretch the talents of her students. She has very high expectations for the students.
And, Jessica's influence is felt beyond the walls of the schools, to the parents of her students (past and present). She has inspired them to continue on past the graduation of their children by volunteering for various committees, build sets, etc.
Jessica is just one more example of the talented and dedicated teacher/mentor that we have at Reservoir High School. Thank you, Jessica. One more thing — her mom and dad still reside in the county and attend every show.
The choir from Bethany United Methodist Church, in conjunction with four other church choirs, is sponsoring a benefit concert for the American Cancer Society. The concert will take place on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at Bethany UMC, at 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City.
The other choirs are from Bethel Baptist Church, Glenelg United Methodist Church, Glen Mar United Methodist Church, and Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church. The concert is free but an offering will be taken. Light refreshments will follow the concert. For more information, call 410-531-2324.
The students of the week at Lime Kiln Middle School for the week ending Nov. 2 are Helen Struble, Maxwell Quill, Amal Hussain, Trevor McKibbin, Hannah Goldstein, Henry Savich, Marinn Scott, Daniel Quinn, and Abigail Swygert, Congratulations to you all.