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On Mt. Hebron's stage, Maria and the Von Trapp family [Ellicott City]

It's showtime at Ellicott City high schools 

"The Sound of Music," Mt. Hebron High School theater department's fall show, opens on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. Four additional shows will be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16,  and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Senior Scarlett Forgrave plays the young postulant Maria, who is sent to the Von Trapp family to care for the seven children of Captain Georg Von Trapp. Seniors Paul Lutchenkov, Maliaka McCorn and Rahul Sitaram play the Captain, the Baroness and Max, respectively.  

The VonTrapp children are portrayed by Carly Wakefield (Liesl), Kevin Nolan (Friedrich), Gracie Dillon (Louisa), Alyssa Tschirgi (Brigitta), Sam Bishop and Mike Olson (alternating as Kurt), Haley Miller (Marta) and  Camden Lippert and Jenna Miller (sharing the role of Gretyl).  The cast also features Paige Needham (Mother Abbess), Ben Straube (Franz), Olivia Barnum (Frau Schmidt), Collin Rasmussen (Zeller), David Niezelski (Rolf) Warren Harris (Admiral Von Schrieber) and Naomi Abankwah, Emma Kate Davis, Erin Dobbins and Kaeli Tilghman (the Nonberg Abbey nuns). 

Directed by Tom Sankey, the show's creative team includes Amanda Tschirgi and Kassi Mattera (choreographers), Barbara Bogart (costume director), Pete Johnson (set design) and Anna Pickard (lighting director) and music teachers Chris Hettenbach and Daniel Pendley (musical direction). All tickets are $10.  Reserve tickets by calling 410-313-2880.

Centennial High School theater department will present Neil Simon's "Rumors," a slapstick play about upper class New Yorkers attempting to conceal a dinner party shooting from police and media, on Thursday, Nov. 14, and Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m.  

"It's a comedy that involves a lot of physical humor which everyone in the show is experienced in. ... The audience can expect a lot of laughs, " said student Sarah Fritz who plays Chris Gorman. 

Under the direction of CHS's theater director Kathryn Carlsen, the "Rumors" cast includes Sarah Fritz (Chris Gorman), Gabe Lewman (Ken Gorman), Jordan Kudisch (Claire Gantz), Bobby Henneberg (Lenny Gantz), Tara Rudomanski (Cookie Cusack), Ben Newman (Ernie Cusack), Kaylah Crosby (Cassie Cooper), Daniel Giangrandi (Glenn Cooper), Siena Demes (Officer Pudney), Tyler Zabriskie (Officer Welch) and  Miguel Fernandez (Male Understudy). Students Audrey Schlimm and Nick Smith serve as stage managers. 

Tickets are $10 in advance (at or 10:15 a.m 12:30 p.m. the week of the show in the school lobby) and $12 at the door. For more information, contact  Kathryn Carlsen at 410-313-2856. 

Happy 40th anniversary Centennial Lane Elementary School.  The student body, staff, parents and the community honored this milestone at the school's annual Dolphin Dash. The celebration included performances by the student concert band including "Happy Birthday" while attendees were treated to birthday cookies, ice cream and a slide show.  

Families of children and adults with disabilities are invited to a free workshop, Understanding Wills, Guardianship and Special Needs Trusts, on Friday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Roger Carter Community Center in Ellicott City.

Panelists Victoria Sulerzyski and the Honorable Byron E. Macfarlane, Howard County Register of Wills, will discuss guardianship, special needs trusts and wills. It is sponsored by Howard County Autism Society, Howard County Commission on Disability Issues Provider Committee, Howard County Department of Citizen Services and the Howard County Public School System. Light refreshment will be served. Registration is required. Contact Erica Lewis at 410 313-6402 (voice/relay) or to make a reservation. 

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