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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 5, 2001
Robin J. Holt, a speech and drama teacher who directed and performed with several Baltimore theater companies, died Monday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The lifelong Parkville resident was 52. For more than 30 years, Mr. Holt was a well-known fixture in community theater, directing or acting in productions at the Vagabond Players, Fells Point Corner Theater, Theater Hopkins, Spotlighters and Paragon Theater. He was a founder of the Baltimore Laboratory Theater at the University of Baltimore and the Millennium Theater Co. In 1990, he directed "The Heiress," which marked the Vagabond Players' 75th anniversary season.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
Howard County theater students from several schools showcased their acting chops last weekend at the 2014 Maryland State Thespian Festival in Calvert County. During the two-day event, more than 800 students from high schools across the state traveled to Huntingtown High School to perform on stage, compete for college scholarships and participate in workshops to hone their talents. Hunter Richardson, a junior at Oakland Mills High School, acknowledges that she was nervous before her troupe's performance before a judging panel of professionals.
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By Natalie Harvey and Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 21, 1998
I HAVE a suggestion for teachers returning to school in August: Tell your class what you did all summer.It may be enlightening to younger children to learn that teachers have a life, too.And living what one teaches sets an example for all.This summer, Oakland Mills High School's Holly Pascuillo is taking her knowledge and expertise out into the world.The English and drama teacher played a sexy, colorful siren and very bad secretary in the play "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at Cockpit in Court Summer Theater at Essex Community College.
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Lorraine Mirabella | May 11, 2012
Update:  In an email Friday, drama teacher Maura Morrison said Thursday night's show was standing room only with people turned away from the 900-seat auditorium. “Wegmans' executives were there and were wildly supportive of our show,” Morrison wrote. She added that the local Wegmans provided shirts, hats, signs and a paper towel display for the zero-budget class project. “They never asked to see the script. They had a real sense of humor about it all.” Wegmanshas built a loyal following with mega supermarkets known for gourmet cheeses, French patisseries, European-style cafes and attentive service.
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By Lesa Jansen and Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 10, 2003
With opening night only 72 hours away, the frantic figure in the darkness of the auditorium claps his hands and calls to the actors. "I need you guys to focus," Tony Cimino says. His tone hints at exasperation. If Cimino seems a bit anxious, consider that the 17-year-old senior is directing the South Carroll High School production of Neil Simon's The Prisoner of Second Avenue, which opens tonight. And while drama teachers typically oversee the staging of student plays, South Carroll's drama adviser is on maternity leave.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | March 8, 1999
Mitch Davis figured his show business days were behind him.For seven years he pounded the pavement in New York City auditioning for Broadway musicals. He came close a few times, but did most of his performing on the dinner theater circuit while holding down the obligatory waiter jobs to pay the bills.Eventually, the routine got old, and he decided to settle down, get married and teach English.Davis, 35, did land a teaching job, but not teaching English. Having given up his own Broadway dreams, he is now nurturing those of students at Westminster High School, where he's a first-year drama teacher.
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November 21, 1996
Lila Shanley, 86, a pioneering Hollywood stuntwoman who performed swimming and diving feats for Dorothy Lamour in the 1937 film "The Hurricane," died Friday in Santa Monica.She worked in motion pictures for almost six decades and appeared in more than 100 films under her professional name, Lila Finn. She was also the stunt double for Vivien Leigh in "Gone With the Wind," for Paulette Goddard in "Unconquered" and for Donna Reed in "It's a Wonderful Life."Bill Doggett, 80, a rhythm-and-blues musician who scored a 1956 hit with "Honky Tonk," died Nov. 13 in New York.
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By Peter Hermann and Mary Maushard and Peter Hermann and Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1997
A drama teacher at Mount St. Joseph High School in Southwest Baltimore has resigned amid criminal charges that he had a sexual encounter with a teen-age student.Robert Alan Gee, 41, who also taught religious studies at the private boys' school since 1993, was charged Friday with child abuse and perverted sex practice.He has been released on $5,600 bail and has a court date June 30.He could not be reached for comment yesterday.Charles L. Reiter, president of the high school, said Gee was "well-liked, well-respected."
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By From staff reports | August 10, 2001
In Frederick County Drama teacher is indicted on child-porn charges A Frederick County drama teacher was indicted yesterday on federal child pornography charges, the result of a sting operation conducted by U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents who were operating an undercover Web site. A federal grand jury in Baltimore indicted Samuel O. Huffer, 60, of Frederick on two counts each of receiving and possessing child pornography. Huffer was arrested on state pornography charges in June after agents searched his home and seized two computers they alleged were used to buy illegal videos of child pornography over the Internet.
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Lorraine Mirabella | May 11, 2012
Update:  In an email Friday, drama teacher Maura Morrison said Thursday night's show was standing room only with people turned away from the 900-seat auditorium. “Wegmans' executives were there and were wildly supportive of our show,” Morrison wrote. She added that the local Wegmans provided shirts, hats, signs and a paper towel display for the zero-budget class project. “They never asked to see the script. They had a real sense of humor about it all.” Wegmanshas built a loyal following with mega supermarkets known for gourmet cheeses, French patisseries, European-style cafes and attentive service.
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By Katie V. Jones | March 4, 2012
Peter Davis wants the world to know that he's not a fairy godmother, though his appearance suggests the contrary. Dressed completely in pink from fairy wings to a full tutu, Peter Davis is proud to be the hairy godmother in "Over the Moon," a musical comedy about somewhat fractured fairy tales, written by Jodi Picoult. "It is definitely the coolest costume I've ever worn," said the 17-year-old Winter Mills High School junior. The show, a collaboration of several local Carroll County high school theater groups, is set for performances March 9-10 at Winters Mill High School.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2011
Robert E. Kauffman, who led Anne Arundel Community College's theater and performing arts department for 30 years, died of cancer Thursday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 73 and lived in Arnold. "We called him 'chief,'" said Peter Kaiser, the school's events manager, a former student and a friend. "You looked to him as a leader. He was articulate and held the bar high. You rose to meet it. " Mr. Kauffman was associated with about 65 productions of the school's Moonlight Troupers Drama Club.
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February 27, 2005
Glenelg High School will present The Music Man from March 10 to 13 in the school's newly renovated arts wing. A cast of 85 will perform the musical under the direction of drama teacher Sue Miller. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances and at 2 p.m. for Saturday and Sunday matinees. Tickets, which can be purchased at the school, are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Information: 410-313-5528. The school's award-winning Jazz Ensemble will present its annual concert, this year featuring woodwind artist Chris Vadala.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | December 26, 2003
When a play takes place in a hotel, it is helpful if the set includes walls. Oakland Mills High School staff and students were planning a production of Ask Any Girl in the fall, but they returned from summer vacation to find that all of their sets - built and saved over 10 years - had been discarded during a school construction project. So they turned to a group of students at Hammond High School who are good at building walls, doors, windows, stairs and other pieces that literally set the stage for school plays in Howard County.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2003
When drama teacher Cate Barry announced that the spring musical at Long Reach High School was going to be Starmites, many students reacted with a resounding "Huh?" But several weeks into rehearsing the show - in which a comic-book-loving girl gets pulled into an alternate universe to help save the "guardian angels of Innerspace" from the forces of evil - the young actors are praising their leader's creative selection. "It's great that Ms. Barry is broadening our horizons," said Samantha Duvall, a Long Reach senior.
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By Lesa Jansen and Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 10, 2003
With opening night only 72 hours away, the frantic figure in the darkness of the auditorium claps his hands and calls to the actors. "I need you guys to focus," Tony Cimino says. His tone hints at exasperation. If Cimino seems a bit anxious, consider that the 17-year-old senior is directing the South Carroll High School production of Neil Simon's The Prisoner of Second Avenue, which opens tonight. And while drama teachers typically oversee the staging of student plays, South Carroll's drama adviser is on maternity leave.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
Howard County theater students from several schools showcased their acting chops last weekend at the 2014 Maryland State Thespian Festival in Calvert County. During the two-day event, more than 800 students from high schools across the state traveled to Huntingtown High School to perform on stage, compete for college scholarships and participate in workshops to hone their talents. Hunter Richardson, a junior at Oakland Mills High School, acknowledges that she was nervous before her troupe's performance before a judging panel of professionals.
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