IT'S A MYSTERY, and it's funny." That was teacher and director Kevin Shea's synopsis of "Murder Is a Game," the play being performed this weekend at Oakland Mills High School.
The play involves mystery and comedy, and cast members have devoted much time to developing the timing so crucial to the dialogue.
The actors and actresses are Mike Lieberman, Laila Ayad, Laura Bacon, Naomi Sandler, Jack Lange, Beth Wilson, Pat Combs and Dawn Christensen.
Pianist Christine Jensen will set the mood before the curtain opens and during intermission.
Adam Walworth is stage manager; Chris Nichter is responsible for sound; and Meghan Riley provides the lighting.
The stage construction crew includes Mike Barth, Pat Gordon, Matt Lesley, Jason Straub, Mike Denz, Courtney Burner, Alex Vlahov, Craig Wishnick, Matt Pumplin and Ryan Griffin.
Art students decorated the set and designed the program cover and theatrical poster.
The public is invited to the production, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia.
Tickets are $5.
Art at the movies
Art teacher Pinkie Strother's sixth-grade students are showing their work at the movies.
The children's interpretation of the movie "RugRats" is on display at United Artists Snowden Square Theater, 9161 Commerce Center Drive.
Strother, who teaches at Owen Brown Middle School, was contacted by the theater's publicist, Lisa Wilkenson, and asked to help her students develop a promotion for the film.
The 50-by-30-foot mural, made of individual drawings hung adjacent to each other, was created by Martese Kosh, Justin Kolowski, Daryl Marshall, Omar Matthews, Laura Mayrovitz Thomas Medo, Casey Merricks, Gerald Miller, Shateim Mills, Matthew Misiazek, Allyson Mizia, Paul Mohr, Brendon Nash, Kira Neal, Khoa Nguyan, Alexander North, Sean O'Donnell, Mac Olsen, Tyler O'Neill, Fitzroy Padmore and Andrew Patrick.
Also participating were Torrie Lee, Bryant Kowaleviocz, Rachel Parkinson, Andrew Piet, Jeffrey Quarrick, Rachel Rager, Jessica Rennenkampt, Toni Ridley and Amber Richardson.
United Artists presented free movie passes to the students as a "thank you" for their work.
Traffic and the holidays
Long Reach village residents living on High Tor Hill in the neighborhood of Phelps Luck are invited to ask questions or submit suggestions concerning the traffic proposal for the area.
Long Reach Village Board Vice Chairman John Snyder and his committee -- Vernon Williams, Janet Neus, Eric Proctor, and SteveVan Nostrad -- are working with Howard County officials and will approve traffic designs.
The proposal includes "curbing chokers" and stop signs to replace mini-roundabouts.
These measures are already in use in Howard County.
Sarah Uphouse, Long Reach village administrator, says the village's Holiday Lights Tour will be held Dec. 13.
The tour is free and for seniors only.
The escorted bus tour is one of the highlights of the holiday season.
The tour features fresh and bright holiday decorations and a party at Stonehouse.
Seniors will be met by the bus at Longwood House, 6150 Foreland Garth; Shalom Square, 6170 Foreland Garth; and Owen Brown Place, 7080 Cradlerock Way in east Columbia.
The bus will also stop for tour participants at Hickory Ridge Place, 10799 Hickory Ridge Road in west Columbia.
Reservations are required.
Information or reservations: 410-730-8113.
Here is a New Year's resolution for parents of Waterloo Elementary School pupils that would be easy to keep: Resolve to sign up at the school as a "one-time only" reader.
Donate time to read a favorite poem or short story in the classroom, over the intercom or in the library.
Volunteers can choose the time and place.
Waterloo Principal Arlene Harrison said that if each family signed up for 15 minutes during the school year, the total would be 6,750 minutes.
The school library needs donations, too.
Picture books, fables, nonfiction or mysteries would be welcome additions.
Volunteers who read aloud to the children may want to consider donating a book to the library.
Spanish Club tutors
Oakland Mills High School's Spanish Club members spend Wednesday afternoons helping students at Talbott Springs Elementary.
They tutor the younger girls and boys in reading, writing, spelling and math.
Marilyn Holland, Spanish Club sponsor, and Pam Mitchell and Julie Byrd Clark, English as a second language teachers, organized a homework club.
It has proved to be beneficial for the teen-agers and their Talbott students. The teens have the opportunity to serve while tutoring. The elementary school pupils gain improved grades.
An exciting evening
Cara Cassell, gifted and talented resource teacher at Owen Brown Middle School, reports that tomorrow evening will be exciting as well as important to her seventh- and eighth-grade students.
Based on their research, they will present a proposal to the school's Parent Teacher Association for a television studio at the school.
The group would appreciate the support of their parents, the community and interested parties, who are invited to attend the 7: 30 p.m. meeting in the school's media center, 6700 Cradlerock Way.
Pub Date: 12/01/98