STUDENTS, TEACHERS and the principal sang and danced their hearts out Thursday night on the tiny stage in Clemens Crossing Elementary School's cafeteria.
The school's production of the musical "Annie" drew an enthusiastic audience. Cast and crew had worked on the show since September.
The production was the culmination of an after-school drama class offered by the PTA.
Director Alice Zehrbach teaches music at the school. She has been producing plays at Clemens Crossing for six years.
She said she chose "Annie" because "it's a show that's close to our hearts. It's full of nostalgia and history." The play is set in New York City in 1933.
Fifth-grader Emily Rozanski, who played the lead role, praised the director's work. "It's great working with Mrs. Z because she makes you believe you really are the character," she said.
The only downside of her part, Emily said, was wearing the curly red wig. "It was hot and itchy," she said.
The cast included 43 students and six staff members. The adult cast included fifth-grade teachers Nathan Haskins and Melissa Carney as Daddy Warbucks and Grace Farrell; fourth-grade teachers Nancy Kapp and Kim Slezak as Lily St. Regis and Miss Hannigan; and the school's guidance counselor, Joel Roth, as Bundles McCloskey.
Principal Robert Bruce played Rooster Hannigan. "What's really neat about productions like this is the teamwork that goes into it," Bruce said.
Carney noted, "It's so much fun to work with the children outside of the classroom. It gives me the opportunity to be a good role model for them."
Zehrbach said parent involvement was key to the production's success. "I couldn't do this without the help of the parents and the PTA," she said.
She credited Judy Bandier, Sheryl Berger, Eileen Adams and Brenda D'Angelo for the costumes. Eileen Jones and Roth were stage managers, and Patrick Caughey provided the backdrop.
Congratulations to Clemens Crossing students and staff for a quality theatrical production.
Volunteer wins computers
Last month, Harper's Choice resident Rachel Coleman was notified by Safeway officials that she was a winner in a national sweepstakes sponsored by Safeway and General Mills.
The prize was 10 IBM-compatible computers that she could donate to the school of her choice.
As a volunteer at Running Brook Elementary, Coleman had no trouble deciding which school would benefit.
Coleman volunteers three days a week at the school as part of the "We Care Team" organized by the Columbia Volunteer Corps.
The We Care Team has 30 members -- most of them senior citizens -- working with children at Running Brook to boost academic skills.
"We don't seem to give enough money to support public schools, and I was more than happy that I was able to make a contribution," Coleman said.
"This is one in a series of meaningful gifts that the We Care Team has given us," Principal Marion Miller said.
She added, "Mrs. Coleman, in her quiet and gentle way, has us in her heart, and we benefit from that. We're very grateful to her."
The school is in need of IBM-compatible software and printers to support the new computers. To offer any of the needed supplies: 410-313-6893.
HCC-TV wins awards
Four Howard Community College Cable TV producer/directors were recognized in the Communicator Awards 1998 competition last month.
The national awards program recognizes outstanding work in communications.
Karen Hinds and Rebecca Jessop received the highest award -- the Crystal Award of Excellence -- for their program, "CineMaryland."
The program highlights filmmaking in the state.
It airs monthly on HCC-TV (Channel 71 for Comcast subscribers; Channel 8 for OnePoint subscribers).
Margaret Kahlor, a Howard Community College alumna, received the Award of Distinction in the documentary category for "A New City for Howard County."
Her hourlong program shows how Columbia was founded.
Cheryl Magill, HCC-TV studio manager, received an honorable mention in the information programming category for"Lyme Disease," a program she produced for the Health Today series.
"HCC-TV has a long history of award-winning programming," Magill said.
HCC-TV produces four original programs each month. Telecourses make up the largest portion of the station's programming. Twenty-three courses air each semester for college credit.
For information on telecourses: the Department of Continuing Education, 410-772-4823.
To receive a free copy of the HCC-TV programming schedule: 410-772-4815.
Talk for singles
The Hickory Ridge Village Association is sponsoring "Discussion for Singles" on Fridayand Feb. 19 at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia.
Singles can participate in one of three small groups, each discussing a different topic at each meeting. The cost is $2 a session. Meetings begin at 7: 30 p.m.
Linda Hitzelberger, vice chairwoman of the village board, came up with the idea -- with the help of her friend, Diane Masters, who is also a resident of Hickory Ridge.
"When I became a widow 3 1/2 years ago," Hitzelberger said, "I didn't know any single people. All my friends were married."
Hitzelberger and Masters thought a singles discussion group would be a comfortable way to meet people.
"At a dance," Hitzelberger said, "the music's loud and it's all very superficial. It's too intimidating for my personality."
Information: Hawthorn Center at 410-730-7327.
Photographer Nancy Timer of Longfellow is one of the artists exhibiting this month at Artists' Gallery in the American City Building in Columbia.
Timer describes her work in terms of light: "This exhibit captures snow and ice in the sunlight, shadows and reflections of rural Howard County, Columbia paths and Centennial Park."
Her exhibit is called, "Painting with Light."
A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. The gallery is at 10227 Wincopin Circle.
Pub Date: 2/03/99