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May 25, 2012  RSS feed
Good Stuff

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Good Stuff

Diane Tindell

This “Good Stuff!” is about the rise of our community “Drama Queens” and honors! “M-I-C, K-E-Y, M-O-U-S-E!” is the refrain Bianca Rosen Siegel Diane will be hearing for the next six months as a professional intern at Walt Disney World. It’s been an exciting month for the new Virginia Tech graduate. Parents Rose Rosen and Eddie Siegel flew up to Blacksburg, VA, to attend the graduation, which featured First Lady Michelle Obama as commencement speaker. The festivities continued in Tampa where mother and daughter sported black and pink, Bianca in polka dots and Rose with the signature red lipstick to highlight the M-Mouse theme brunch held in Bianca’s honor at the Rosen-Seigel home. Adding to the celebration were special guests: paternal grandparents Judy and Joe Goldstein from Memphis, Aunt Rose Rosen, Cousin Lila and Steve Huse from Sarasota and roommate Melissa Shurgan from New York.

Melanie Present Bowman gets a hug from her husband Jonathan. Melanie Present Bowman gets a hug from her husband Jonathan. * * *

Sara Cohen, a high school student at Berkeley Prep, is one of five winners of the 12th annual Gorilla Theatre Young Dramatists’ Project (YDP) competition. The winning entries were selected from among more than 30 scripts submitted, answering this year’s question, “What are they thinking?” Those selected receive mentoring by YDP Artistic Director James Rayfield, paid membership to the Dramatist Guild and, likely most thrilling, a professionally produced debut of their work. The YDP plays will be presented beginning May 31 for eight performances at the Straz Center’s TECO Energy Foundation Theatre in the Patel Conservatory.

Sara’s play, Full Arc, is set in a pediatric mental hospital where an inarticulate and delusional girl struggle to overcome her fears. Her doctor successfully uses art therapy, but her relationship with a fellow patient may be her real salvation.

Father and stepmom Steve and Ellen Cohen, have more than one reason to celebrate. June 2, Sara will become a B’nai Mitzvah with her brother Andrew at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor.

The Annual Meeting of Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties earlier this month held a pleasant surprise for a couple of Tampa families and for their Pinellas County daughter. Melanie Present Bowman, daughter of Jan Segal and Steve Present, both of Tampa, was named the recipient of the annual Dr. Edward Ludin Young Leadership Award for her dedication and hard work with Jewish organizations. The evening’s pleasure was doubled because the presenter of the award was Melanie’s husband, Jonathan, last year’s award recipient. That’s keeping it in the family!

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