A Nose for Drama at Northern

The Northern High School theater department will present "Cyrano de Bergerac" at the Mary Harrison Cultural Arts Center from Nov. 11 to 13.

This English version of the French play by Edmond Rostand was adapted by Edna Kruckmeyer. The play tells the story of large-nosed Cyrano, who has compensated for his appearance by becoming a skilled swordsman as well as a great poet and wit. But he does not have what he really desires: the love of the beautiful Roxanne.

More than 40 students will appear in period costume as musketeers, cavaliers, ladies and wenches. The swordplay has been choreographed by Dan Curran, a member of the International Order of the Sword and fight choreographer for the Studio Theatre in Washington.

Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. Nov. 13. Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $6 for general admission and $4 for students and seniors. The center is at 2950 Chaneyville Rd. in Owings.

PR Firm Founder to Receive Award

Evelyn Hungerford, founder and president of the Hungerford Associates marketing and public relations firm, has been selected to receive the 2005 Citizen of the Year Award at the Charles County Economic Development Summit on Tuesday.

In announcing the award, the Charles County Economic Development Department cited Hungerford's record of community involvement, service work and corporate responsibility.

Hungerford Associates, which Hungerford established in 1977, offers a range of marketing services, including graphic design, advertising, public relations and event planning. Before opening her business, Hungerford was with the Washington design firm Beveridge Associates.

Hungerford has frequently volunteered to provide public relations and graphic services to local charities and civic organizations, according to the economic development agency. She has served on the boards of numerous service organizations and is regarded as a supporter of the arts.

A native of Indian Head, she lives just outside the town with her husband, Vince.

The eighth annual Charles County Economic Development Summit is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waldorf Jaycee Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy. The event is sponsored by the Economic Development Department and the Charles County Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are $40, including a continental breakfast and lunch, and will be available at the door.

A Rally for After-School Programs

Parents, children, educators, local officials and business leaders came together Thursday in North Beach to call for more funding for after-school programs.

The "Lights On Afterschool" rally at North Beach Parks & Recreation Community Center School was one of approximately 7,000 such events held across the nation. The rallies were organized by the Afterschool Alliance, with sponsorship from the JCPenney Afterschool Fund.

According to the advocates, after-school programs can address the problem of children being left without adult supervision after school lets out.

"We are all so proud of our after-school program and of our students," said Program Director Michelle Donohue. "There's no reason learning should stop at 3 p.m., particularly if the alternative is unsupervised time that too often leads to dangerous or unhealthy behaviors that can ensnare children in the afternoon hours."

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland's Bayside Unit operates the after-chool program at the community center. It serves 125 children, providing homework assistance, mentoring and tutoring, sports, chess and other programs.

Cyrano (Mark Celeste), right, makes a point with Compte de Guiche (Andy Peterson) in a scene from Northern High's production of "Cyrano de Bergerac." Jacqueline Rice is Roxanne.