Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007

Potomac Theatre Company to head down Yellow Brick Road

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For Heather Scheeler, director and choreographer of the Potomac Theatre Company’s upcoming performance of ‘‘The Wizard of Oz,” the classic tale about the cowardly lion, the scarecrow, the tin man, and the yellow brick road is synonymous with the holiday season.

‘‘When I was a child, the ‘Wizard of Oz’ was on every Thanksgiving,” Scheeler said. ‘‘It was the kickoff to the holiday season for me – they’re one and the same.”

The Potomac Theatre Company is a theater institution that is the resident theater troupe at the Bullis School’s Blair Family Center for the Arts. The Potomac Theatre Company is presenting the play as a part of its 19th season.

The troupe has stuck to a traditional interpretation of the play, Scheeler said. She hopes the show – a musical — will appeal to audience members young and old.

‘‘It’s just such a timeless story,” said Scheeler, who is a resident of Crownesville. ‘‘It speaks to every generation.”

The play opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, at the Blair Family Center for the Arts, 10601 Falls Road, Potomac. The play will be performed at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays through Dec. 2. Ticket prices for Friday and Saturday performances are $18 for adults, and $16 for children and seniors. Ticket prices for Sunday performances are $15 for adults and $13 for children and seniors. To reserve a ticket, leave a message at 301-299-8571. For more information about the Potomac Theatre Company, visit www.potomactheatreco.org

Potomac resident selected as pain awareness leader

Congrats to Potomac resident Gwenn Herman, who was selected as leader by the American Pain Foundation in advocating for people living with pain. As part of the recognition, Herman received a scholarship to attend the American Pain Foundation’s Power Over Pain Action Network advocacy training in Baltimore last Friday and Saturday. The American Pain Foundation, which was founded in 1997, advocates for people living with pain and sponsors the Power Over Pain Network, which is a coalition of pain sufferers and health care providers.

Herman, who suffers from chronic pain after a car accident 12 years ago, heads the Potomac-based Pain Connection organization and works to raise awareness about pain issues. The group holds support groups and offers information about health services for people living with pain. For more information about the organization, visit www.pain-connection.org

Seven Locks Baptist Church gearing up for ‘Holy Moses’

Rehearsals are underway at the Seven Locks Baptist Church for the presentation of a musical written about the life of Moses.

‘‘Holy Moses,” a project of the church’s Youth Ministry Team, features performances by children from pre-K through eighth grade. Older children are contributing to a multimedia portion of the performance that will include film clips.

The musical will detail the first part of Moses’ life, and the church group is hoping to follow up the saga with a second installation in the spring.

The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the church, which is located at 11845 Seven Locks Road. The performance is free. Reservations, which are requested but not required, can be made by calling 301-279-9338 or e-mailing bc7locks@aol.com. For more information about the Seven Locks Baptist Church, visit www.sevenlocksbaptist.org.

A how-to forthe holidays

The National Park Service is sponsoring a series of workshops to teach residents to make Victorian-era greeting cards at the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo.

The greeting cards will be made in the style of Clara Barton, a historic figure who is best known for organizing the Red Cross. Barton enjoyed sending photographs and greeting cards to her friends around the holiday season, and workshop participants will learn more about how Barton celebrated the holidays.

Participants will be photographed in Victorian-era costumes and the photos will be used to make the ‘‘cut-and-paste” cards.

Tours of the Clara Barton National Historic Site will also be available on the hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The workshops, which are free, will take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Nov. 24-25 and Dec. 1-2 at the Clara Barton National Historic Site at 5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo. Advance reservations are required and can be made by contacting 301-320-1410. For more information about the Clara Barton National Historic Site, visit www.nps.gov⁄clba.

Congrats!

Kudos to recent Winston Churchill graduate Natalie Kalas, a freshman at American University, who participated in the university’s four-day Freshman Service Experience – a project in which freshman contribute service hours to 37 sites in the Washington, D.C. area. Kalas was one of 500 American University participants in the program this year, and worked to restore the Marvin Gaye Park in the District.

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