Community leaders who made extraordinary efforts in contributing to the welfare of central Ohioans were honored by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission at the State of the Region Luncheon on April 20 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Gahanna City Councilwoman Karen Angelou was recognized with the William H. Anderson Excellence in Public Service Award.

The award recognizes a current or past board member who exemplifies outstanding leadership, a vision for the community and the region, and commitment to MORPC.

William H. Anderson, a longtime MORPC board member, was the epitome of a civic volunteer who is remembered for his zeal with which he championed the MORPC's mission and goals, the MORPC said.

Angelou was first elected to Gahanna City Council in 1981 and has served for 22 years.

She has been a member of MORPC's board since 2012. She served on the Executive Committee in 2014 and has been a member of the Executive Search Committee, the Boundaries Task Force and served as Chair on the Nominations Committee in 2017.

Columbus Academy
sets spring musical

Columbus Academy Student Theatre will present "The Drowsy Chaperone" in the school's Schoedinger Theatre at 7:30 p.m. April 28-29.

"For the first time, our musical was selected by a student committee," said English teacher Stefan Farrenkopf, who is directing the show. "I didn't know the show that well, actually, but it is a lot of fun - really hilarious and over-the-top - but also with a lot of heart."

"The Drowsy Chaperone" is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s.

The story is about a middle-aged, asocial musical theater fan who plays the record of his favorite musical, the fictional 1928 hit "The Drowsy Chaperone."

The show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story and actors.

Playing the lead roles are junior Anna Shuff of Westerville, senior Emma Cordray of Worthington, and sophomores Kyle Channel of Powell and Aylah Mendenhall of Gahanna.

In addition to a large ensemble and crew, the musical also features the talents of senior Damian Dorrance-Steiner of Columbus, sophomore Mira Bhasin of Dublin, junior Jack Reifeis of Gahanna, junior Ben Ross of Bexley, senior Maggie McCann of New Albany, sophomore Peter DiMaggio of Powell, senior Kami Tibbles of Canal Winchester, and freshmen Donovan Simpson of Gahanna and Michael Hoffman of New Albany.

Tickets cost $7 and will be available at the door prior to both night's performances. Columbus Academy is a PreK-12 coed independent school at 4300 Cherry Bottom Road in Gahanna.