Theatreworks offers children a chance to perform


FOR CHILDREN who yearn for a chance to perform, Hampstead is the place to be this summer.

For 32 years, Paula Farb has given children the benefit of her multiple talents in a summer camp of theater production called Theatreworks. She condenses Broadway musicals into versions kids love to perform.

Farb brings her Theatreworks camp to Hampstead from June 29 through July 10. The camp will meet at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1205 N. Main St.

The camp runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and costs $99 per week. Registration is open until June 20.

Generally, children ages 7 through 14 choose a musical, such as "Annie," "The King and I" or "Oliver," which has been rewritten by Farb, transposed for children's voices and written in language children enjoy.

"Everything is easy to learn. I write all the music. It's truly unique. We do method acting that I've devised for children. In the first two hours, they'll have the essence of the whole production," Farb said.

Children learn songs and dance movement. They also design and sew costumes.

It takes about 15 children to fill the theater camp. No auditions are held. No talents are sought except the desire to enjoy stage performance.

"All areas are taught, so the children have unlimited opportunity to tap their potential," Farb said.

She has degrees in drama and music from several institutions, including the Peabody Conservatory. She's taught children for three decades.

+ Registration: 410-358-0827.

Scholarship awarded

Hampstead Business Association has awarded its annual $1,000 scholarship to William Newkirk, who graduated from North Carroll High School and will attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The award was presented last week by members of the business association: Kathy Rampolla, president; LaVere Grimes, education committee chair; and Todd Winebrenner, public relations committee chair.

3' Newkirk plans to major in business.

Fire prevention queens

Manchester Volunteer Fire Department seeks three girls from Manchester, who will know fire prevention and safety and have the sparkle to convey it to other children and adults.

"This is basically fun, a way to meet friends and, for older girls, a way to serve community hours," said Carolyn Gleespen, co-organizer of the contest with Kathy Rhodes.

The women are new members of Manchester Volunteer Fire Department.

Girls ages 5 to 8 can aspire to become Little Miss Manchester. Girls ages 9 to 12 can become Junior Miss Manchester. Girls ages 13 to 19 can compete for Miss Manchester Fire Prevention, with the opportunity to compete at the state level and also fulfill community service hours during public appearances.

All queens reign for one year, and their photographs are kept on permanent display at the Fire Department. All girls must be Manchester residents.

Registration deadline is June 26.

At the end of her reign, each queen receives a savings bond from the Fire Department.

NB Information: Gleespen at 410-239-7307 or Rhodes, 410-239-2312.

Name that school

Our new middle school, to be built adjacent to Hampstead Elementary, will open, if all goes according to plan, in 2000. What name will the school have?

Students and members of the community are invited to brainstorm suitable names for the school. Suggestions may be sent to the superintendent until 4 p.m. July 8.

Guidelines are available at local school offices, which are open on limited schedules for summer.

Pub Date: 6/10/98

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