Charlie Cash, a senior at Central Crossing High School, has been selected by Bands of America for the national Honor Band in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Charlie Cash, a senior at Central Crossing High School, has been selected by Bands of America for the national Honor Band in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade.

He was selected from among hundreds of applicants across the nation for membership in the honors ensemble, according to an announcement.

He is the son of Mike and Sherri Cash of Grove City. His band director is Robert McNutt.

The Bands of America Honor Band is a 300-piece national ensemble with winds, percussion and a flag and dance team. George N. Parks, director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, will direct the band.

Charlie Cash, who plays alto saxophone, will spend a week in Southern California, where he will have rehearsals, performances at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest and Disneyland, special activities and a featured appearance in the world-famous parade.

The Tournament of Roses Parade will kick off at 8 a.m. on New Year's Day.

The 2009 band is only the second BOA national marching honor band. The first appeared in the 2005 Rose Parade.

Little Theatre Off Broadway's production of the Frederick Knott suspense play "Wait Until Dark" will open on Friday, Jan. 9, at 8 p.m.

Dan Stanton is directing the local staging of the 1966 Broadway hit, which starred Lee Remick and Robert Duvall. The play was made into a film starring Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna. It tells the story of a blind Greenwich Village housewife who becomes the target of three men seeking heroin that has been hidden inside a doll. The cast features Julie Whitmer as the blind Susy Hendrix, Donnie Lockwood as Harry Roat, Jon Cullison as Mike Talman, Jim Perine as Sgt. Carlino, Sydney Friend as Gloria, Cash Kimmerle and Sam Hendrix, Mark E. Narens as policeman one and Lawrence Hanke as policeman two. Ashley Urness is the stand-in for the role of Susy, while the stand-in for the part of Gloria is Jenny Schwartz.

Rosemary Cullison is serving as stage manager. Other members of the crew are technical director James C. Daniels, assistant stage manager Emily Williams, costume design by Kate Charlesworth-Miller, production assistant Staci Kelts, light board operator Jai Furling, sound board operator Jay Rittberger and rehearsal assistant Barb Weesner.

Other performance dates and times will be 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10; 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11; 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16; 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17; 3 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 18; 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23; 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24; 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25; 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30; and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Jan. 31. Tickets are $10; or $8 for students and senior citizens.

Visit the troupe's Web site at ltob.org or call 875-3919.

Seven area students participated last month in an academic competition among four Ohio schools in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

Students in grades 5-8 represented Beautiful Savior Lutheran School of Grove City, St. Paul's Lutheran School of Columbus, Beautiful Savior Lutheran School of Cincinnati and Trinity Lutheran School of Jenera in Hancock County.

Grove City students Hannah Gabriel, Michaela Hicks, Rebecca Lehman and Marcia Talcott won the math team competition. Kendall Mason joined Hicks, Lehman and Talcott in the forensics competition which included public address, serious poetry, humorous poetry and story-telling. Spelling bee participants from Grove City were Rebecca Lehman, Jon Tollefson and Sam Westra.

Rebecca Lehman earned top individual honors in math, humorous poetry and spelling, according to her mother, Suzanne Lehman.