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'Nutcracker' role is a pointe of honor for fourth-grader


IN OCTOBER, the Moscow Ballet held auditions for its December production of "The Nutcracker" at the Central Maryland School of Ballet in Laurel. Emilie Reinhard, a fourth-grader at Bollman Bridge Elementary, was one of the young dancers selected.

That's right -- the Moscow Ballet from Russia.

The troupe travels around the United States in winter with its production of the holiday extravaganza. The ballet requires a corps of child dancers for the magical Christmas Eve fantasy, so the company invites students from each of the towns where performances are scheduled to be part of the production.

Emilie is a student at the Central Maryland School of Ballet and has been dancing since she was 4.

She and other dancers from the school have traveled to New York to perform in other productions. Recently, they performed at the Prince George's County Fair. But this will be Emilie's first professional performance.

According to her mother, Maureen Lynch, Emilie is more excited about performing with her friends in "The Nutcracker" than about appearing with a world-renowned troupe.

Performing is a natural event for her, Lynch said, not an occasion for nerves.

Emilie takes three dance lessons a week, in addition to her regular fourth-grade studies.

Lynch credits her mother, Rhua Flock, with getting Emilie interested in ballet and supporting her interest.

Flock -- Bobby to her family -- is Emilie's chauffeur to and from lessons.

The Lynch household is busy.

Emilie's brother, Ahron Reinhard, attends Patuxent Valley Middle School, which is putting on a play this winter: Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Ahron is a member of the technical crew that will be at work painting the backdrops.

It's not easy converting the lunchroom into "Fair Verona where we lay our scene," as Shakespeare put it.

Good wishes to Emilie and Ahron, and to their mother and grandmother -- who help make it all possible.

Exploring the workplace

Hammond High has a mentoring program in which students can work with area businesses to explore a career and gain experience in the field.

Among those participating in this year's program are Min Myo, Nate Ricklin and Kunal Singh.

The three Hammond students are working with the staff at Computer Solutions of Columbia, learning to install business systems.

They also are attending workshops and conferences to learn the latest developments in this rapidly changing field.

Fine artist

Erick Meneses of Laurel Woods Elementary School was one of about 150 artists who entered the National Aquarium's "Year of the Ocean" poster contest.

Erick was awarded honorable mention. Congratulations. We'll look out for more of your work.

Santa's helpers

Girl Scout Troop 141 is engaged in a winter project. Scouts are making sure that Santa visits everyone -- even those who may have fallen on hard times.

They are filling stockings for LARS, the Laurel Advocacy and Referral Service.

The Scouts will be collecting stocking stuffers for the project though Dec. 11.

You can drop off small toys, hair clips, school supplies, books, gloves, trading cards and games at Murray Hill Middle School, 9989 Winter Sun Road, Laurel.

Volunteers are needed

It's difficult to find the time in our busy schedules to volunteer. But teachers at area high schools are always in need of a little help, and teen-agers need the support.

Call Hammond High School to offer technical assistance with setting up Web pages or helping out at the lab.

Some area companies allow employees to take time off to volunteer at a school.

Donations are useful, too. The technical education department can use tools or other materials left over from a home improvement project.

Information: 410-313-7615.

Pub Date: 12/04/98

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