Wednesday, April 2, 2008

‘Chalk Out the Smoke’ to be held Sunday

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Billiards, music, food, singing competitions, dancing and door prizes will highlight the annual ‘‘Chalk Out the Smoke” party for high school students from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Orange Ball Billiards in Rockville.

The event celebrates the effort to educate students about the dangers of smoking. It is sponsored by the county departments of Recreation and Health and Human Services, in addition to Students Oppose Smoking, the Youth Advisory Committee and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

This year, local radio station HOT 99.5 will spin hits and the ‘‘Montgomery County Idol” finalists will compete until a winner is named.

Students must attend a Montgomery County high school and present a high school ID card. Admission is $3, or $2 with a canned food donation.

For more information, call 240-777-6985. Orange Ball Billiards is located at 430 Hungerford Drive.

Author of Kennedy bookto speak at Friends School

Shannon Thomas Perich, author of ‘‘The Kennedys, Portrait of a Family,” a collection of the late Richard Avedon’s photographs of President John F. Kennedy and his young family, will speak at Sandy Spring Friends School at 7:15 p.m. April 9.

A reception and book-signing will follow the talk. The event is free and open to the public.

Perich is an associate curator in the photographic history collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Her book is based on more than 75 selections from the collection of photos that Avedon donated to the Smithsonian.

Perich, who holds a master’s degree in museum studies from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the University of Arizona, is the parent of a first-grader at Sandy Spring Friends School.

The event will be held in the school’s Performing Arts Center, located at 16923 Norwood Road in Sandy Spring.

For more information, call 301-774-7455 or visit the school’s Web site at www.ssfs.org.

‘Once Upon a Mattress’at Rockville High

Rockville High School will present ‘‘Once Upon a Mattress,” a musical that puts a comedic spin on a classic fairy tale, for one weekend this month.

The show will be presented at 7 p.m. April 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. April 13 in the Zane Rush Auditorium, located on the school’s campus at 2100 Baltimore Road in Rockville,

Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults, and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket sales will begin about an hour before each show.

For more information, visit www.freewebs.com⁄rhs_theater.

‘Fiddler’ comingto Richard Montgomery

The Black Maskers Drama Club of Richard Montgomery High School will present ‘‘Fiddler on the Roof” for two weekends this month.

The Tony and Oscar award-winning musical about a poor Jewish peasant living in pre-revolutionary Russia who must contend with marrying off his three daughters while anti-Semitism threatens his home will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and April 11 and 12 in the school’s auditorium, located on the school’s campus at 250 Richard Montgomery Drive in Rockville.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door.

Richard Montgomery is also offering reserved seats for the performances for an additional $2 surcharge. Tickets can be reserved by calling 301-610-8452 and leaving a name, phone number, number of seats requested and the date of the performance.

‘My Favorite Year’at Wootton

Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville will present ‘‘My Favorite Year,” a musical comedy based on the hit film starring Peter O’Toole and Mark Linn-Baker that tells the story of a naïve young television writer who is assigned the daunting task of chaperoning a movie star, for two weekends in April.

The production will be presented at the Wootton Center for the Arts, located on the school’s campus at 2100 Wootton Parkway in Rockville, at 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12, 17 and 18 and 2 p.m. April 13.

Tickets are $10 for general admission seats and $15 for reserved seats and can be purchased from the Wootton box office in the auditorium lobby 3-6 p.m. daily April 3-16, except on show dates when the box office will be open only during the two hours prior to show time.

Tickets may also be purchased online at www.fieldhouse.comˇwoottondrama.

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