River Hill High students, faculty offer 'Carousel'


TONIGHT, tomorrow and Saturday at 7: 30 p.m., the River Hill High School drama department will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel."

Featuring such tunes as "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "Carousel" is set in a seacoast town in Maine during the 19th century.

The production is a collaborative effort of students and faculty.

Senior Aaron Jackson plays Billy Bigelow, the carousel barker, and junior Stephanie Waters plays Julie Jordan, Billy's romantic interest.

Also featured are junior Larisa Stahl as Carrie Pipperidge, sophomore Ben Shirley-Quirk as Enoch Snow, senior Stephanie Williams as Mrs. Mullins, and senior Betsy Spies as Nettie Fowler.

Director and drama teacher Pam Land says 75 students will perform in the play.

Many faculty members are involved in the production, too. Vocal music teacher Betsy Graff is musical director. Rosemary Lather, instrumental music teacher, has been rehearsing and conducting the pit orchestra.

Dance teacher Jill Blizzard and English teacher Tara Gallagher have choreographed the dance numbers.

John Henderson, technical education teacher, led the set construction team. He was assisted by art teachers Barry Hoskins and Mark Coates.

Math teacher Rhonda Rust is in charge of costumes, and English teacher Joey Zemil is the prop manager.

Social studies teacher Mark Dubbs Sr. has served as rehearsal accompanist, and is the orchestra pianist for the performances.

Include "Carousel" in your plans for the weekend. Tickets are $6 in advance; $7 at the door.

River Hill High is at 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville.

Information: 410-313-7120.

River Hill scholars

River Hill High School has announced that three seniors have been chosen as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

They are Christopher Martin, Chanu Rhee and Sam Salganik.

Last September, the students were notified that they had been selected as National Merit Semi-Finalists -- a distinction earned by less than 1 percent of graduating seniors nationwide.

Chris, Chanu and Sam were notified of their selection as National Merit finalists in February.

More than 7,000 scholarships will be offered to National Merit Scholars for the 1998-1999 academic year.

Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic records, scores on the PSAT and SAT I, a student essay, a history of leadership, contributions to the school and community and the principal's written recommendation.

Chris, a Clarksville resident, hopes to attend Haverford College, majoring in English.

He plays varsity lacrosse, tutors a fifth-grader at Bryant Woods Elementary as part of a Foreign-born Information and Referral Network program and volunteers with Project Literacy.

Chanu, also of Clarksville, has applied to Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and Yale, and plans to major in physics or chemistry.

He is a member of the National Honor Society, captain of River Hill's math team, a member and past captain of the varsity tennis team and a violinist with the school orchestra.

Chanu will act as concertmaster for this weekend's performances of "Carousel."

Sam, a Columbia resident, is studying engineering, power and transportation in River Hill's Technical Magnet Program. He has been accepted at Brown University and is waiting to hear from from Amherst, Stanford, Williams and Yale.

Sam is River Hill's Student Government Association representative to the Board of Education and is a member of the National Honor Society.

He was co-captain of River Hill's soccer team, which won the 1997 State Championship.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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