Arts school brings Disney to youngsters

THE BALTIMORE SUN

IT WAS AN afternoon of Disney delight Friday at Little People's Place Child Development Inc. in Westminster. Little lions sang "Just Can't Wait to be King." Seven dwarfs bellowed "Hi Ho," and chimney sweeps sang "Super- califragilisticexpialidocious."

Minutes earlier the young audience was napping, part of the typical day at the center, but it wasn't long before they were wide-eyed and giggling.

Thirteen performers from the Carroll County School for the Performing Arts visited Little People's Place to present a show they had been working on since January.

The performance was also a dress rehearsal for competition next month in Baltimore, as well as the America Sings Festival in Washington.

Members of the school vocal ensemble, whose ages range from 4 to 14, will compete in the Trinity College, London, music and theater competition at the University of Maryland, College Park the second week of April. They will compete against dance companies and performance art ensembles from throughout the Northeast.

Last year, the Carroll school performers earned a distinction in the event, "the British equivalent of an A-plus," said Roberta Stein, the school's music director.

Performers from the school are well known in Carroll County for their community service. Throughout the year, they have danced and sung at nursing homes, churches and benefit concerts. They have raised money for organizations such as Shepherd's Staff.

"Our performances are a way of giving the arts back to a community, especially in areas that may not have a lot of exposure to the arts," Stein said.

"The performing arts school is a great opportunity for the students," said Ann Thomas, whose daughter, Carrie Thomas, is a member of the school's youngest group, the 8th Notes. "In the competitions next month, the children will perform in front of thousands of people, and that is a great experience. Plus, Carrie learns about music."

Members of the vocal ensemble who performed the Disney Review last week included 8th Notes (primary grades) Trevor Hoff, Carrie Thomas, Jake Stein, Daniel Stallings; SCORE (elementary grades) Lauren Stallings, Sarah Creager, Kelly Baker, Amanda Brenner, Temma Clark-Braverman, Amanda Zier; Vivo! (middle school grades), Marcy Polansky, Shatal Karne; A cappella (teen/adult), Laura Butler.

Celebrating women

If you are one of the people who pick up the Sunday and Tuesday papers and turn to Susan Reimer's column before you read anything else, mark your calendars for April 10.

Reimer will be the keynote speaker for the annual Carroll County Women's Fair, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Her talk will be one of many highlights of this year's fair.

Women can visit Westminster High School and learn about everything from money management and makeup to publishing, gardening, golf and yoga.

More than 70 workshops will be offered this year.

Registration, due Thursday, is $7. Tickets are $10 at the door, plus $6.50 for a box lunch.

Information 410-751-2313 or 410-875-2267.

Lisa Breslin's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 3/29/99

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