Columbia Figure Skating Club to present 'The Sound of Music'


Talent, on stage and ice, will be in the spotlight next week.

Columbia Figure Skating Club will present its 21st annual spring Ice Extravaganza, "The Sound of Music," at East Columbia's ice rink, Thunder Hill and Santiago Roads, Oakland Mills Village.

The principals and soloists in the show are professional skaters who have appeared in national shows and Olympic competition.

Steve Summers, who portrays Captain Von Trapp, began skating at age 5 and has been a competitive ice dancer for 10 years. He also found time to earn a master's degree in mechanical engineering and performs automotive crash tests for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Martha Muth, who plays Fraulein Maria, began at the Columbia rink and has progressed to television's "Nutcracker On Ice" and National Endowment of the Arts' "Next Ice Age."

Cara Morrissey, Catarina von Trapp, began skating at Columbia Rink when she was 4. She has performed at "First Night Annapolis" and with Nancy Kerrigan, Paul Wiley and Scott Hamilton in "Fire On Ice."

Soloist Kristina Pervi has also performed with Scott Hamilton and Katrina Witt, and found time to excel in her high school studies and to enjoy teen-age fun as well.

Artistic director Pat Muth of Thunder Hill neighborhood is professional director at the Columbia rink.

Mike Derby is stage manager for the production. East Columbians skating principle roles in the Austrian setting are Dan Coggins as Max and Amanda Buckler, Lauren Clark and Julie Glisen as three of the von Trapp children.

A dress rehearsal ($4 tickets) will be held March 30, 6 p.m. for seniors, Scout troops, churches and nonprofit organizations.

Tickets for April 1 performances (3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and April 2 performances (1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.) cost $10 for adults, $8 for children 12 and over.

Children under may 12 attend free. Performances for the Columbia Ice Skating Club's productions are always sold out well before the scheduled dates.

Ticket reservations may be made at the rink or by phone: (410) 730-0322.


The Columbia School of Theatrical Arts, 9650 Basket Ring Road Oakland Mills Village, is adding a performance and dessert reception of "Ben Carson, M.D." Monday, at Toby's Dinner Theater, South Entrance Road, Columbia. It will be a fund-raiser for the group.

Members of the cast are: Emily Barth, Risa Binder, Joel Frisch, Sara Blazer, Shani Harris, Allison Kessler, Elise Oesterreicher, David Offenheiser, Michael Offenheiser, Ryan Pierce, Amy Sheff, Libby Temple, Megan Ferrill and Daryl Birch.

Ben Carson is chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The drama was adapted by Carole Graham Lehan from Dr. Carson's autobiographies "Gifted Hands" and "Think big," written with Cecil Murphy.

The audience will have a "two-for" evening with a Young Columbians' bonus workshop performance of "IF" presented after "Ben Carson."

The new work is a product of the Professional Performance Class at Columbia School of Theatrical Arts Inc. Music for the play was composed by locals Tom French, Steve Bishop and Tom Alonzo.

Reservations are $8 for adults, $5 for students. Information: (410) 531-2418 or 992-7853.


You read about it; even see it on TV. But how many people do you know who really give of themselves and their time to help people in need?

Read on.

Liz Bielefeld spent her college spring break helping thhomeless in Washington, D.C.

She and Baptist Student Union school friends attending FurmaUniversity in Greenville, S.C., helped with day care and taught classes at First Baptist & Grace Lutheran Church, and cleaned and served food in Martha's Kitchen.

Liz's parents, Mary and Jim of Columbia's Owen Brown village, are proud of their college freshman daughter.


AIDS and related cancer research will benefit from an "Aerobics Master Jam" session, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday at Howard Community College's Physical Education Center.

Sponsored by Synergy, the 2 1/2 hour session of best step, funk and aerobics is open to the public to participate in raising money for City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute. The event is open to the public and all aerobics enthusiasts.

Pledge sheets are available from Synergy, 8815 Columbia 100 Parkway, Suite 2, or at the aerobic session. or by calling 964-9858,

Minimum donation is $10. Athletes who raise $50 will receive a 1995 "Workout for Hope" T-shirt.

A Workout for Hope sweat shirt will be given to participants who raise $200. All donations are tax deductible.


Recycle memo: As of March 30, the "Sort with M.O.R.T" recycling vehicle will not be available at Kings Contrivance village.

It will still be parked at The Mall in Columbia Monday and at Golden Triangle Wednesday.

Questions? Call 313-SORT.


April 8, is residential household hazardous waste pickup from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Columbia Gateway Building, off Route 175 near Snowden River Parkway.

It will be a convenient drive-through service to accept chemicals, solvents, oil-based paints, carpet cleaners and insecticides.

For a list of acceptable and nonacceptable waste, call 313-6444.


Long Reach Community Association has a suitable preschool site available for the 1995-1996 school year.

Information: 730-8113.


Columbia Association Nursery School is holding registration for its 1995-1996 year.

Call (410) 715-3165 for location and class schedules.


Monday is "Salute to Scouting" night at the Olive Branch Restaurant, Normandy Shopping Center, Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City.

A percentage of the income from the day will be donated to the Boy Scouts of America, Baltimore Area Council, which in turn will benefit National Pike District (Howard County).

So, Scout families and friends, support area Scouts and enjoy an "evening out" for Scouting that doesn't involve cooking or camping.


Girl Scout Troop 988 is sponsoring an Easter party and egg hunt for children 2 to 8 at 11 a.m. April 8.

The deadline for registration is April 6; tickets are $3 per person.

Because space is limited, early registration is suggested. Children are asked to bring baskets for the egg hunt.

Registration and information; 730-4610 or (301) 596-5237.

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