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2017-11-08 / Announcements

Manchester students win ‘all-star’ theater awards


Manchester High School’s Lancer Theatre Company representatives at the Virginia Theatre Association conference. Front row, left to right: Olivia Robertson, Melissa Gomez, Kaitlyn Cottingham, Kendall Hardin, Erinne Phillips, Michael McDonough, Mattias Clouse and Haley McGowan. Back row: Caleb Waselewski, Alex Renner, Nick Drake and Jackson Lockhart. In front is teacher Cary Nothnagel. Manchester High School’s Lancer Theatre Company representatives at the Virginia Theatre Association conference. Front row, left to right: Olivia Robertson, Melissa Gomez, Kaitlyn Cottingham, Kendall Hardin, Erinne Phillips, Michael McDonough, Mattias Clouse and Haley McGowan. Back row: Caleb Waselewski, Alex Renner, Nick Drake and Jackson Lockhart. In front is teacher Cary Nothnagel. Manchester High School’s Lancer Theatre Company participated in the secondary one act play festival held at the recent Virginia Theatre Association conference in Norfolk. Company members Kaitlyn Cottingham and Kendall Hardin received all-star cast awards for their performances in the company’s presentation of Johnna Adam’s short play “Gidion’s Knot.” Additionally, that production was selected as one of six finalists from the entries of 54 participating high schools. Jackson Lockhart, part of the Lancer stage crew and a playwright, received an honorable mention for his original one-act play “Never Came Back.”

Organizations

The James River Advisory Council is seeking 25 boats for this year’s 25th anniversary Parade of Lights, which will take place on Dec. 9. This festive parade marks the beginning of the holiday season and has become a tradition for many families in the region. More than 10,000 people gathered last year at viewing sites along the James River, from Richmond to the Varina-Enon Bridge, to see the boats and enjoy the parade and other holiday entertainment. Boaters will be competing for $500 in cash prizes. For more information, contact Kim Conley, JRAC executive director, at 748-1567 or visit jrac-va.org/signatureevents/annual-parade-of-lights/.

Henricus Historical Park has joined the Give BIG America movement to raise awareness of America’s foster children throughout the month of November, and to raise money to support Connect Our Kids, a nonprofit building cloud-based technology tools to support those working in the foster care system. Henricus Historical Park is participating in this grassroots campaign by offering free admission to foster children and their families on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event on this day, Affairs of the Hearth, will give visitors the opportunity to explore 17th-century cooking in the daily life of English soldiers, middle-class colonists and Virginia Indians. Foster families may contact their local social services office to receive their free-admission coupon.

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