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Jennifer Cruess to star as Clara in abbreviated 'Nutcracker' show


East Columbia has its own holiday star, Jennifer Cruess, who danced the featured role of Clara in "The Nutcracker" ballet at the Washington National Cathedral this month.

She will repeat her performance, in an abbreviated production, "Nutcracker in a Nutshell," Friday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

The public is welcome to attend.

Jennifer dances with East Columbia's Arabesque Dance Company, directed by Marcia Lachman.

The cast also includes Hope Showacre as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Graham Pitts is Fritz, Jennifer Crooks dances Aunt Drosselmeyer, Kathleen Carullo is Silberhaus, Christina Webb is the Favorite Aunt and Renee Meyer dances Amelia Bedelia.

The troupe has performed four other shows this month, in which Sara Wade, Brittany Carozza, Jenny Shead and Melissa Palazzolo were "Clara."

Jenny's sister Sarah and parents, Joy and David, had the pleasure of watching her performance in Washington and will be in the audience this week.

Chemistry magicians

Atholton High School students Eric Schwartz, Sylvia Lin, Kyung Kim, Ann Cheung, Katherine Bryant, Kim Obst, Troy Elliott, Desi Chaplain, Missy Nag, August Cheering, Yin Cao and Kelly Fox entertained children with "Chemistry Magic" this month at the East Columbia library.

Kathleen Thompson, science chairwoman at Atholton High, reports that the chemistry class has been working on the program since last spring, when they were inspired by "Wonderment," a program presented by Mark Greenberg, chairman of Town State University's chemistry department.

Working with their educational partner, W. R. Grace Co., the science students' GRACE group coordinated the program.

Young artists

Talbott Springs School second-grader Tyiesha Johnson's art is one of only three works to be chosen by the Maryland Art Association for a statewide tour.

Art teacher Sharon Hidden reports that Tyiesha's portrait in tempera, and the works of 10 other students, had been selected by Howard County before being judged by the Maryland Art Education Association.

And Rani Francis' art won first place in a competition sponsored by the Columbia Association's "Youth Expansion" contest.

Her work will be on display in January when the Supreme Sports Club officially opens its "Main Street" expansion area Jan. 18.

Talbott Springs was also represented in the contest by Alex Andrade, Yang Zhao, Danny Sanchez, Rebecca Sanchez, Chase Nelson, Jeremy Kesler and Lindsay Good.

Also on the art scene is the "Rediscovering Totemic Images" exhibit of work by Stevens Forest students Courtney Cox, Gary Hersey, James Buonato, Emily Kay and Sasha Sher at the Oakland Mills Shopping Center main hall.

At the East Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Julie Horowitz's art has returned to the facility's entrance display area.

Before she and her husband, George, retired to Columbia, Julie was a social worker in Westchester County, N.Y.

Her work is a reflection of her frequent travels.

Local historian

Stephanie Mangus is so interested in Columbia history that she has decided to make it her gifted and talented Type III project.

The Phelps Luck fourth-grader is collecting information to help celebrate her school's anniversary of its 1972 opening.

She needs your help.

If you are -- or know -- a school alumnus, she would appreciate receiving photographs, memorabilia or school programs.

Any and all information may be brought to her teacher Lynn Spence at the school, or call the school at 313-6886.

Trees for heifers

Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. is the last day that the Columbia Cooperative Ministry is selling Christmas trees at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Wilde Lake Village.

The east Columbia churches -- Long Reach Church of God, Christ Episcopal, Columbia United Christian, Christ Lutheran, Columbia Baptist Fellowship, Christ United Methodist and First Presbyterian -- are joining eight other churches in the effort.

hTC Twenty-five percent of tree sales will be donated to the Heifer Project International, which helps impoverished families become self-sufficient by providing cattle, horses, sheep and goats for income and food.

For tree information, call: 730-7862.

Pub Date: 12/17/96

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