Thursday, July 1, 2004

Young People's Theatre hopping

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

The dance-sensation show Footloose will be on the stage of the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave., Westwood, from July 30 through Aug. 8.

The show will be performed by the Cincinnati Young People's Theatre, an award-winning program for teens in the performing arts.

Jennifer Perrino, business manager, said the show will feature about 70 students from Greater Cincinnati.

Some performers are: Heather Roush,Oak Hills High School graduate, as Ariel; Mark Scherer, St. Xavier graduate, as Ren; Christa Ackerman, Seton graduate, as Vi; Sarah Hiance, Highlands High student, as Rusty Jerome Doerger, LaSalle graduate, as the Rev. Shaw Moore; and Genny Perrino a LaSalle grad, as Urleen.

Mark Scherer as Ren and Genny Perrino as Urleen prepared for the Cincinnati Young People's Theatre's Footloose.

"We are rehearsing now on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday," Perrino said. "We pretty much have the first act down, but we have a ways to go."

The Young People's Theatre was founded in 1982 by Tim Perrino, who is directing the show. For more information, call 241-6550.

Sirkin honored

He has been fighting to protect First Amendment rights in more than 22 states and 100 cities across the country.

H. Louis Sirkin, 64, with the law firm of Sirkin, Pinales & Schwartz, has been awarded the Nicholas Longworth III Achievement Award at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

"I am excited about the award because it is good to be an advocate for something and be recognized for it," Sirkin said.

The award is presented by the senior class at the law school. It recognizes graduates of the College of Law for outstanding contributions.

Sirkin is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. While he specializes in protection of First Amendment rights, his practice also ranges from criminal defense to habeas corpus appeals for death-row inmates. Sirkin, of Amberley Village, teaches a course at UC in habeas corpus appeals.

Habeas corpus is a writ that brings an imprisoned person before a court to decide whether he or she is being held legally.

History Day winners

Among the 24 winners in the National History Day competition were two students from Mason Middle and High schools:

Alexander Muetzel, Mason Middle School: His exhibit was titled: "The Emperor of Domes: the Pantheon and its Profound Effect Upon Architecture.'' It won 13th place. Alexander is the son of Jean and Timothy Muetzel.

Casey Wittekind's "The Photographic Imagery of Dorothea Lange: To Sensationalize or to Censor?" won fifth place. Casey is a student at Mason High School. He is the son of Tom and Jill Wittekind.

Acts of kindness

A group of kids is reaching out to help other kids less fortunate than themselves.

It is a collaboration between Camp Joy and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, which are offering a leadership development program through a group called Core Camp Crew that enables kids to create a camp for kids.

It is designed to meet the needs of children living in urban neighborhoods, said Amy Thompson, director of Camps and Retreats for Camp Joy.

Camps and Retreats for Camp Joy is a component of Joy Outdoor Education Center.

Thompson said youths need opportunities to act as leaders or they lose interest in the youth programs that are available.

"There is a real need for leadership programs for pre-teens and teens in the Greater Cincinnati area,'' Thompson said.

Core Camp Crew plans and implements a day's worth of summer activities for youth and teen campers at Camp Joy near Wilmington.

Participants meet monthly at LeBlond Boys & Girls Club Teen Center, Over-the-Rhine, and also attend team-building retreats at Camp Joy.

Thompson said the core camp participants are responsible for all aspects of the summer program days, from determining goals, values and guidelines for success to interacting with campers and staff.

For information, call (800) 300-7094 or (937) 289-2031, ext. 232.

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