Students to stage Neil Simon play


THIS WEEK, OAKLAND Mills High School drama department director Holly Pasciullo and her students will present Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs."

The cast of seven includes Michael Herdson, Stephanie Wu, Terri Hayman, Andrew Bartlett, Josh Burke, Amanda Lamb and Jennifer Christensen.

Theater is not the students' only interest. Michael, who plays Eugene, is a member of the varsity cross country and baseball teams, a parliamentarian for the National Honor Society and a member of PLOOM, the school's peer leadership group.

Terri, "Blanche," is a member of the varsity soccer, basketball and track teams and the National Honor Society. Jennifer, "Laurie," is a varsity cheerleader and a member of the Student Government Association and the Spanish Club. Josh, "Zack," is editorial editor of the Oakland Mills Scroll and is active in S.H.O.P. (Students Helping Other People). Amanda, "Nora", is a member of the Madrigals, the drama group, the jazz choir and PLOOM. Stephanie, "Kate," plays the piano and is on the lacrosse team.

Understudies are Chrissie Rochester, "Nora"; Obenewa Amponsah, "Blanche" and "Kate"; and Harrison Budd, "Eugene."

Tickets for the Thursday and Saturday performances, both at 8 p.m., will be sold at the door. Information: 313-6945.

Tot Lot

Oakland Mills Village Manager Erin Peacock invites residents to inspect plans on display at the Other Barn for the proposed tot lot between Stevens Forest Elementary School and Stevens Forest Neighborhood Center on Stevens Forest Road.

The "Great Outdoors" equipment planned for the play area is designed for the enjoyment of all children. The Oakland Mills Village Board will vote on the project at its Nov. 14 meeting. If approved, the plans will be presented to Howard County officials for their approval.

Information: 730-4610 or (301) 596-5237.

Play time

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" will be presented Friday at 7:30 p.m. by the Young Columbians at its Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts School, at the Talbott Springs Neighborhood Center in Oakland Mills village. Students will present the readers theater under the direction of Toby Orenstein and Carol Graham Lehan. The audience is invited to attend in Halloween costumes. A donation of $3 is requested. Information: 992-4315 or 531-2418.

Scholarship finalists

Hammond High School seniors Ralph Bodenner and Cayley Pendergrass have been named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Oakland Mills High School students Stephanie Bryant, Keri Farmer, Brian Howard and Thembi Scott are semifinalists in the National Achievement Program for Outstanding Negro Students.

Citizens of the week

Jeffers Hill Elementary School's reading specialist Sharon Burgoon reports that the list of the school's "Citizens of the Week" includes Danny Johnson, Alison Hendricks, Sarah Lebro, Jyoye Kuvelker, Shelly Bell, Margaret Lockhart, Becky Koza, Caroline Peddicord, Kara Shea-Parrish, Richard Walton, Ronnie Carrao and Stephanie Weaver.

S.H.O.P. donations

Hammond High School senior Patty Watson reminds students that this is the last week to donate clothes to Hammond's S.H.O.P. (Students Helping Other People) program. Clothes should be brought to third-period class. The class with the most donations will win a dessert party during lunch.

Book learning

The Oakland Mills Book Discussion group meets tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Other Barn. The book of the night will be Ivan Doig's "Heart Earth." Information: 730-4610 or (301) 596-5237.

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