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Broadway musical 'Aida!' hits Centennial stage [Ellicott City]

Montria Walker stars in the title role of Centennial High School's production of "Aida!"
Montria Walker stars in the title role of Centennial High School's production of "Aida!" (Photo by David Chance)

Broadway fans alert! For the first time on a Howard County high school stage, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Aida!" will be performed by the Centennial High School's theater department on Thursday, March 5, through Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m., with matinees on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m., and Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m.

Famed singer and songwriter Elton John composed "Aida!" based on Giuseppe Verdi's opera of the same name, with the help of lyricist Tim Rice.

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"Aida!"is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country,Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love.

Aida! stars Montria Walker in the title role Aida, Tommy Hegarty (Radames), Anne Marie Demme (Amneris),John Hunter (Mereb), Ben Newman and Niall Musonda (shared role as Zoser), Daniel Giangrandi (Pharoah), Kaylah Crosby and Francisco Joseph.

The supporting cast members are Jesse Kinstler (Egyptian Soldier #1), Tim Vall (Egyptian Soldier #2), Eddy Choe (Egyptian Soldier #3), Jonathan Harrity (Egyptian Man), Siena Demes (Nubian Servant #1), Tori Stroud (Nubian Servant #2), Hannah Richardson (Female Nubian #1), Danielle Kalivretenos (Female Nubian #2), Miguel Fernandez(Male Nubian #1), Jack Goodman (Male Nubian #2) andChalium Potter (Egyptian Guard #1)

The 70-member cast also includes two talented ensembles, as Egyptians, Sana Aslam, Belle Brillante, Maddie Caldis, Evelyn Chen, Megan Daughtery, Christina Dee, Jennifer Dietrich, Dina Eloseily, Sienna Fleegal, Jeremy Fung, William Gao, Lily Hanrahan, Anna Harrington, Mevie Henderson, Chetana Jadhav, Ethan Kinstler, Frances Kramer, Sarah Kruhm, Nick Latham, Sophie Lovering, Maria Rodriguez, Gillian Rossbach, Grace Rout, Samantha Sterenberg, Abby Vall, Claude Williard, Chandler Wyatt and Fayyaz Zaidi.

And, as Nubians, Basilica Arocklaraj, Shukran Babkir, Lyndsay Batso, Kevin Costello, Stephanie Crispell, Juhi Dwivedi, Taruna Emani, Emily Erle, Zoha Faraz, Shannon Finnegan, Harrison Gertler, Alex Giang, Marina Glennon, Taylor Good, Jack Goodman, Minnie Gregorini, Sydney Grossman, Nidal Hakim, Kayleigh Hasson, Elisabeth Heleba, Lauren Her, Zahraa Hotait, Megan Hromek, Rachel Kim, Tara Lanehart, Audrey Lawrence, Emma Levine, Lisa Li, Valerie Matthews, Pujit Mehrota, Grace Nardei, Nina Parekh, Carolina Requejo, Gaby Schito, Park Sehgal, Ashley Waller and Jayla Waters.

Directed byKathryn Carlsen,"Aida!" is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces exuberant dancing and singing with a cast of 70 students, 20 stage crew and an 18-member pit band, many of whom are county and state award winning players.

Advance tickets at $10 are available online at http://www.seatyourself.biz/chstheatre or at the door for $12. For more information contact, Kathryn Carlsen at 410-313-2856 or kcarlsen@hcpss.org

Lego fans ages 9 to 17 years old, put your skills to the test at Lego Wars, on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Howard County Library Miller's Branch. Lego fans will be given 45 minutes to build the best Lego structure.For more information call, 410-313-1950.

Learn how to use technology in your genealogy searches at a free presentation, "The Technology in Genealogy," presented by the Howard County Genealogical Society on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Miller Branch Library.

As part of their general membership meeting, society members will demonstrate how current technology, such asiPads, scanners, cameras, the Internet, libraries, archives and family history centers can be valuable tools to conduct research into your own family history and preserve it for future generations. For more information, go tohcgsmd.org/

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City invites the community to its 14th Spring all-you-can-eat country breakfast on Saturday, March 7, between 8 and 11 a.m., at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City.The menu includes pancakes with a variety of toppings, scrambled eggs, Boarman's sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits and beverages. Adults tickets are $8 and children under 8 years of age are free.

Proceeds from the Kiwanis breakfast support youth activities in Howard County, including college scholarships, Howard Community College endowment, community service organizations, the Eliminate Program (an effort to eliminate Maternal Neonatal Tetanus, which kills 60,000 new born babies annually worldwide) and high school student Key Clubs. For additional information, contact Gus at 410-465-1891 or katsamg@yahoo.com.

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