Howard County and Columbia, in particular, are alive with talented young actors. Anyone who saw any of the plays and musicals staged this past school year by high school drama departments can attest to the talent displayed.
Although school is out for summer, many elementary, middle and high school students continue to expand their talents by participating in summer acting camps. One such camp is the Slayton House Camp of the Arts, which has been enhancing the acting talents of young people for a number of years.
Next week, the Conservatory Section of the Slayton House Camp of the Arts will present the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
Shows will be presented in the Slayton House Theater, Wilde Lake Village Center, on July 20 and 21. Curtain time is 5 p.m.
Thirty-three talented and energetic young actors are involved in this production. Performers from the west side include: Sarah Berson, Emily Biondi, Lindsey Bloom, Susan Carr, Kate Colvin, Neha Desai, Vivian Fenstermaker, Kristen Friend, Natalie Friend, Jamie Hausch, Jessica Lapides, Catherine Lijinsky, Allison Marin, Mariah Martin, April Tishkevich, Paige Usyk, Maggie Via and Elizabeth Zarnoch.
The production is directed by Pam Mizel, with musical direction by Ross Scott Rawlings.
Admission costs $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Slayton House, or at the door.
Atholton High School is offering a special program for incoming freshmen. The program, "Learn to Learn," is designed to help new high school students focus on time management, learn organizational skills and become familiar with PSAT math and verbal testing. There will also be a session on computer orientation.
Classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Monday and July 24, Aug. 7 and 14.
& Information: 531-5097.
While the rest of us spent the Fourth of July at the annual family cookout and watched fireworks at the Lakefront, Harper's Choice resident Wayne Thomlison joined some friends from Washington for a wild kayak ride on a rain-swollen river through the New River Gorge in West Virginia.
Mr. Thomlison, who has shot the rapids of rivers throughout the ** United States and is an expert kayaker, said the water level of the New River was higher than expected, but that just made the trip more fun.
To water sports of a different nature . . .
Don't forget about "Summer Splash '95," the Harper's Choice Middle School Pool Party at Longfellow Pool from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.
The party is free, and all sixth- to eighth-grade students are invited.
:. To register, call Kahler Hall at 730-0770.
On July 29, Columbia will recognize its cultural and ethnic diversity with a celebration called Columbia International Day, "A Multi-Cultural Experience."
The festival will begin at Harper's Choice Village Center, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., where Columbia residents will have the opportunity to meet visiting students and their chaperones from Columbia's two sister cities, Cergy Pontoise in France and Tres Cantos in Spain. The festival then will move to Lakefront in Town Center for an evening celebration from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Columbia residents and businesses are encouraged to get involved in Columbia's International Day. Performers are needed, and entertainment of all types is welcome. Arts and crafts people are encouraged to set up displays and sell their wares.
To participate, call Carol Wasser at 715-3161.
In conjunction with the festival, the Columbia Association is sponsoring a poster contest. The winning poster will be used as a cover for note paper which will be used to promote the sister city program. Posters should illustrate the International Day theme of multiculturalism and must be submitted by Monday.