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Dulaney readies production of Peter Pan prequel [Cockeysville]

The stage is set and the rehearsals are done and now it is showtime as the Dulaney Theatre Company debuts Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to Peter Pan that tells the story of what happens to Peter before he met Wendy.

With a brilliant star-covered backdrop, the students at Dulaney High School are ready to tell the tale of how a miserable orphan becomes the Boy Who Never Grew Up with the help of his adventurous friend Molly.

This play has it all — singing, dancing, mermaids and pirates, and of course, Peter and his band of lost boys who, along with Molly, bravely fight off the notorious pirate, Black Stache and his sidekick, Smee.

Under the direction of Tamara Moon with assistance from Abigail Fair, both Dulaney teachers, the cast of Peter and the Starcatcher have been preparing since September. The cast features Ben Clement, Rachel Gitlin, Aiden Slowey, Kate Saumell, Alex Mungo, Caroline Currey, Ella Palarea, Annie Murphy, Anna Garmen, Molly Asher, Shannon Trageser, Ryan Seidenman, AJ Kutrik, Peyton Forthuber, Jack Shane, Elias Rodriguez, and Rowan Gardner. T

The boisterous ensemble, playing everything from islanders to shipmates to undersea creatures, includes ensemble leader Claire Marsh along with Maddie Howard, Samantha Proctor, Sabrina Kuhn, Caroline Sutley, Anna Stein, Kate Whatley, Samin Kamouei, Katie Gardner, Lena Labiran, Ava Askandarian, and Tony Nguyen.

Performances will be held in the Dulaney High School Auditorium on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. with a special children’s matinee, including face painting and games, on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Break a leg, everyone!

The Hunt Valley Rotary Club has once again sponsored Operation Warm, which provided 155 new coats to children in need in our community.

Under the direction of Donna and Matt May, who are longtime members of the Rotary, Operation Warm donated the coats to students at eight local elementary schools and three area middle schools. Operation Warm was founded in 1998 by a Rotary member in Pennsylvania after he saw children shivering without coats at a school bus stop.

The effort, which is now nationwide, has delivered coats to more than two million children. What sets Operation Warm apart from similar efforts is that it provides new coats in the latest styles and colors, which helps improve self-confidence, peer acceptance, school attendance, and overall wellness in the children who received the coats.

The Mays have been spearheading the local effort since 2010 and have provided coats to nearly 1,000 children. Thanks to the Mays, the Hunt Valley Rotary and all their corporate partners for making this a warm winter for so many children.

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