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'Hello, Dolly!' will tap Glenelg High's remarkable talent [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Howard County Times
"Hello, Dolly" will be teacher Sue Miller's finale at Glenelg after 16 years and 48 productions.

Glenelg High School will perform "Hello, Dolly!" as its spring musical in March. This will be theater teacher Sue Miller's final performance at Glenelg after 16 years and 48 school productions. The Glenelg community celebrates Miller's contribution to the performing arts with this family friendly musical.

Miller loves "Dolly" for its universal appeal and for its wonderful characters, music and costumes. According to Miller, "The girls are really excited to wear the beautiful dresses and, of course, the hats!"

She adds that "Hello, Dolly!" is an outstanding choice for Glenelg this year because it features so many of the talented boys that Glenelg is fortunate to have involved in theater.

The performance is directed by Miller, with Ross Rawlings acting as musical director, Kassidy Sharp as choreographer and Zoe Robinson as student director. The cast features Lola Fadiran as Dolly Levi, Nihir Nanavaty as Horace Vandergelder, Kaylee Robinson as Irene Malloy, Alex Rothfield as Cornelius Hackl, Emma Rothfield as Minnie Fay, Bridget Doyle as Ermengarde, Ray Robinson as Barnaby Tucker, Hannah Tralka as Ernestina Money and Emilio Bayarena as Ambrose Kemper. The ensemble consists of 52 students, with an additional 20 in the pit band and 10 students on the tech crew for a total of 93 students involved in the production.

"Hello, Dolly!" was last performed at Glenelg in 2001 with Margo Seibert in the role of Dolly. Seibert went on to star as Adrian in the Broadway premier of 'Rocky the Musical' in 2014. Another of Miller's students from Glenelg, Caroline Bowman, has performed on Broadway in "Kinky Boots" and on national tour as Evita in "Evita." She is currently starring on Broadway in the hit musical "Wicked" in the role of Elphaba.

High school theater is a great way to see good performances starring people you know, and with the incredible talent at Glenelg, and two alumnae already on Broadway, you might be watching a future star.

Performances for "Hello Dolly" will be Thursday, March 5, and Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 7, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. All tickets are $10 and will be sold in the main office of the school, as well as at the door prior to all shows.

Congratulations to Ross Rawlings, who in addition to serving as musical director at Glenelg and director of all the choral groups, also works as musical director at Toby's Dinner Theatre. Rawlings has been honored with two Helen Hayes Award nominations for outstanding musical direction for his work on Toby's "Spamalot" and "Memphis, the Musical." The talent at Glenelg High School is incredible, and we are lucky to be able to enjoy it.

The Glenelg United Methodist Church Community Concert Series and Girl Scout Troop 4513 are proud to present trumpeter Chris Gekker, on Sunday, March 8, at 4 p.m. Gekker is perhaps the most recorded trumpet player in the chamber music medium.

Currently the professor of trumpet at the University of Maryland, Gekker was a member of the American Brass Quintet for 18 years, and has served as principal trumpet of the Orchestra of St. Luke and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has also appeared as guest principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, and has performed and recorded with Sting, Billy Joel, Peter Gabriel and Wayne Shorter. The concert is free, but free-will donations will be collected for Grassroots Crisis Intervention and Girl Scout Troop 4513.

Congratulations to Glenelg students Julia Nardone for winning the 3200 run and Calvin Pitney for winning the pole vault at the 3A Indoor Track and Field Championships. Nardone and Toby Dilworth each placed third in the mile. The Boys 4 x 400m relay team of Miles Mowbray, Scott Boettinger, Calvin Pitney and Jack Manning also placed third. The Glenelg boys team finished seventh and the girls team finished ninth. These athletes will go on to compete at the 3A Indoor State Track and Field Championships.

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