School stages come alive with spring musical theater
By Lisa Peklo
Howard County Times|
Mar 21, 2019 | 1:45 PM
Whether it was the exuberant performance of Libby LaPort and company during the Glenelg High School’s Glenelg Broadway Connections show or the endearing Dorothy played by Emma Smith of Glenelg Country School during the “Wizard of Oz” performances, our area is loaded with talent and creativity.
When it comes to high school musicals, local stages offer a harvest of talent. The hills of Marriottsville are alive with music when Hanna Al- Kowsi as the beloved Maria and Adrian Levy as Captain Von Trapp bring the magic of the Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece, “The Sound of Music,” to the stage at Marriotts Ridge High School. According to Al- Kowsi, the cast and crew have been rehearsing since early January.
“This cast is genuinely stellar,” Al-Kowsi said,. “Our three youngest Von Trapp kids are from Manor Woods Elementary and Mount View Middle School.”The family-friendly musical is set for March 21 through 23 at 7 p.m. and on March 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Children under age 5 pay only $5.
Razzle dazzle and all that jazz. Chicago the musical is coming to Glenelg High School with performances set for March 28, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and March 30 and 31 at 2 p.m.
The popular Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City Spring Breakfast is on the way. Since 1940, this service club has been an integral part of our community with scholarships, endowments, assistance to those in need and an enduring essence of giving back. In its 79th year, the club continues to serve. Kiwanian Gus Katsampis is part of the team gearing up for the club’s bi-annual “all-you-can-eat” breakfast on March 30 from 8 to 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, Boarman’s sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, juices, teas, coffee, milk and all you expect from a hearty country breakfast.
Proceeds from this spring fundraiser will benefit youth activities in Howard County, including scholarships, support for the Ellicott City flood victims, key clubs and more. Admission is $8. Kids under 8 eat free of charge. Come hungry on March 30 to Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane.
Questions of any kind? Call Gus Katsampis at 410-465-1891.
Parishioners at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church are walking in support of the El Hogar School in Honduras. Participants will walk 5fmiles on March 24 beginning at 1 p.m. at Sharp’s at Waterford Farm in Brookeville.
Saint Andrews has long supported the efforts of the El Hogar community in Honduras. Interested? Go tostandrewsepiscopalmaryland.org for information on joining the walk or on contributing to the fund.
March 23 by 8 a.m. is the day to hang a bag full of canned goods on your mailbox for pickup by area scouts during the yearly ‘Scouting for Food’ drive. All collected foods go to area food pantries.
Retired West Friendship Elementary teacher Patricia Mack-Preston volunteers weekly at the Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School in Baltimore City. Recent budget cuts have resulted in no funds to purchase books for the school library. West Friendship Elementary students and staff want to fill the shelves for this city school library. Bring your new or gently-used favorite children’s books to the donation bin just outside the West Friendship Elementary school office up until March 29. A better gift I can not think of.