Fourth-graders at Hampstead Elementary School are designing T-shirts to celebrate what they do best.
The T-shirts will depict "baseball, music notes, a math problem, all types of symbols or terms to illustrate their strengths," said vocal music teacher Julie Hollenberg. "Our art teacher, Barbara Hammond, is helping students represent areas that are their strengths on the T-shirts."
The shirts designed by the 95 students will constitute the costumes for the fourth-grade spring musical production, "Celebrate You and Me."
" 'Celebrate You and Me' is a program about self-esteem and how to develop it," said Mrs. Hollenberg, who is directing the musical. "It's about believing in yourself, choosing good friends, having respect for others and others respecting you, and wellness or taking good care of our physical bodies."
The show is to be given next week in conjunction with Music in Our Schools Month. It will be performed for adults at 7 p.m. Tuesday, after a brief PTA meeting. Students will see the show in school Monday morning or Tuesday afternoon.
The plot begins as teams of students are organizing a show that depicts aspects of self-esteem. Their effort will be judged by the "self-esteem machine." The story ends when all teams emerge as winners.
Roger Emerson, the children's composer selected for two previous Hampstead Elementary productions, wrote the story and music.
"I think Roger Emerson writes really well for this age level," Mrs. Hollenberg said. "This one includes two-part harmony that is pretty sophisticated without being difficult. We can make the staging as simple or complicated as we wish."
The sound track is on compact disc.
"We try to involve as many students as possible, and this show has a lot of one-liners and several soloists. We've also choreographed several numbers," Mrs. Hollenberg said.
Rehearsals, an hour per week, began after the winter break.
committee of a dozen parents is creating scenery and props. Fourth-grade classroom teachers and guidance counselors have included aspects of the musical in their activities.
Carroll County artists are needed for the third annual Art Show and Sale May 20 and 21 at Manchester Historical Center.
Hours for the exhibition are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Previous exhibitions of works by more than 20 artists have been well-attended.
"Last year, several works were sold," said Phyllis Gettier, an artist and organizer of the show.
"This year, we are looking for two-dimensional art, but we're not limiting the media so long as an artist is there to look after it. We don't have a case that locks for sculptures."
Artists may exhibit three to five works free. The show will be held in the Town Meeting Room of the Manchester Municipal Building. There are no awards or judging.
A 10 percent commission from the sale of work benefits Manchester Historical Center. Registrations will be accepted until April 1.
For information, or to register, write to Phyllis K. Gettier, P.O. Box 174, Manchester 21102.
A strong showing of artists from North Carroll is in the "Women in the Arts Show," where 60 paintings are on display in the Great Hall of Carroll Community College until April 19.
For the fourth year, "Women in the Arts" focuses on area women artists. Few of these artists are able to relinquish home, children and employment to concentrate on their art full time.
This year, 30 artists from throughout Carroll County are each exhibiting two works.
Among paintings illuminated in the natural light of the Great Hall will be "Strawberries" and "Mushrooms" oil paintings in the style of the Old Masters by Jennifer Gorman of North Carroll.
Janis Murray will exhibit two drawings, "Sewing Rooster" in pastel and "Powder Horns" in charcoal.
Watercolorist and art instructor Sue Mancha of Manchester will show "To Shining Sea" and "The Sacred Tree."
An oil portrait and pastel drawing will be shown by Barbara Snell, an artist and private art instructor for children in Hampstead.
You'll also want to see Jane Zepp's oil and acrylic paintings, Lona Queen's lithographs and oil paintings by Carol Redman.
Information: Lillian Osten, 848-9277 or Sherry Glass, 876-9600.