THE MERRY men and women of Wilde Lake Middle School transformed their stage into Sherwood Forest last week for two evening performances of "The Legend of Robin Hood, sort of ."
This spoof of the familiar tale of men in tights delighted its audience with plenty of puns and asides.
Cast members included Nathan Koterba, Robin Hood; Sandy Schwartz, Maid Marian; Mike Romano, sheriff; Carly Hughes, Witch Waye; Shaina French, friar; Craig Stanford, King John; Stephanie Ellison, Little Joan; and Sarah Risch, Annie.
Also in the cast were Robin Shipp, Sue; Bry Herring, Frieda; Robbie Dawkins, King Richard; Borna Ghavam and Andy Lancos, guards; Ryan Goff and Chris Hughes, announcers; Emily O'Hern and Steven Hong, sellers; and Laura Stanford, the cardinal.
The play was directed by Tom Miller, a first-year social studies teacher at Wilde Lake and a graduate of Talbott Springs Elementary, Oakland Mills Middle School and Oakland Mills High School in Columbia.
Instructional assistant Stacy Pugh designed the costumes and sets. Math teacher Mary LaFratta was in charge of set construction, and student Rebecca Simpson was backstage manager.
Jennie Slater, Adam Kirk, Trianna Cokley, Jeff Spaulding, Rachel Drum and Zehra Qureshi were the hard-working stage crew.
Principal Albertha Caldwell was executive producer.
Atholton Manor resident Patchen Mortimer will receive his Eagle Scout award tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, where Boy Scout Troop 361 meets.
Scoutmaster Ted Morse will present the award, Boy Scouting's highest honor.
Patchen's Eagle Scout project was organizing a clothing drive for homeless people in Baltimore. In addition to collecting thousands of items from individuals, Patchen sought corporate donations, securing 25 new winter jackets from London Fog Corp.
Patchen, 18, will graduate Friday from McDonogh School as a National Merit Finalist and a Distinguished Maryland Scholar. He will attend Williams College in Massachusetts this fall.
Rosemary and Evan Mortimer are his parents.
Two new high school graduates from west Columbia have been awarded $1,000 college scholarships in recognition of their outstanding community service.
Jessica Brause of Dorsey's Search and Darin Oduyoye of Harper's Choice received Columbia Council Spear Family Community Service Scholarships last month.
Darin, who graduated this month from Centennial High School, volunteers with Helping Hands, a tutoring program run by the county's Black Student Achievement Program. He is president of the Columbia chapter of Jack and Jill of America and president of the Howard County Association of Student Councils.
Darin will attend Washington University in St. Louis in the fall. He is the son of Corita and Fred Oduyoye.
Jessica, who graduated this month from Atholton High School, volunteers at Harmony Hall retirement center and tutors children of immigrants through FIRN, the Columbia-based Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network.
Jessica will attend the Scholar's Program at the University of Maryland College Park this fall. Her parents are Sharon and Allan Brause.
Poster contest rescheduled
Holiday weather was such a washout that the River Hill Village Board rescheduled its traffic safety poster contest, which was to have been judged at the River Hill pool on Memorial Day.
Youngsters have until 5 p.m. July 3 to bring their colorful 22-by-28-inch posters promoting a traffic safety slogan to the Meeting Room on Trotter Road. Posters will be displayed and judged at noon July 4 at the pool.
The first prize in each age category is a $20 gift certificate from Zany Brainy. Second prize is a $5 McDonald's gift certificate, and third prize is one free item from the pool snack bar. The categories are sixth through eighth grade, second through fifth grade, and first grade and under.
The chronic problem of motorists speeding through River Hill neighborhoods inspired the contest.
The Midnight Basketball season tips off soon at Howard Community College, and slots are available for volunteer statisticians, timekeepers, coaches and monitors.
The program for young men ages 16 to 22 was a great success when it debuted last year, and it's sponsored again by the Columbia Association.
Call Charlie Thomas at 992-3726.
Pub Date: 6/12/96