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Maya Brettell of South County High School and Marley McKay of Herndon High School are treading the boards in Adventure Theatre MTC’s production of “Big, The Musical,” based on the 1988 hit movie “Big,” produced by Twentieth Century Fox.

The play tells the story of teen Josh Baskin, who wishes he were “big.” When he wakes up one morning as a 30-year-old, he discovers there's more to being an adult than he bargained for, and he learns we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time.

Brettell, McKay and three other young actors will join stars Gregory Maheu, Broadway’s Kate Fisher and four-time Helen Hayes Award nominee Janine Gulisano on stage. The show is directed by Michael J. Bobbitt, producing artistic director at Adventure Theatre MTC, and was adapted for Theatres for Young Audiences by Jeff Frank of 1st Stage.

“After a long and extensive search, we found five of the most talented kids in the D.C. region,” Bobbitt said, noting he’s thrilled that young people in the audience will get to see their peers on stage. “What a great way to inspire!”

Performances, which run from Sept. 21 to Oct. 28, take place at Adventure Theatre MTC in Maryland’s historic Glen Echo Park.

ODB uses grant to track finance clinic success

A grant for $6,000 from The Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area to Our Daily Bread of Fairfax will allow the nonprofit to augment its staff.

Derived from proceeds of the association's 19th annual golf tournament held in Reston in May, the grant will fund a part-time staff person to track the progress of participants in Our Daily Bread’s monthly free financial clinic over the next year.

"There's no way to accurately demonstrate the tremendous success of our financial clinic without a dedicated part-time staffer following up," said Lisa Whetzel, executive director of Our Daily Bread.

"Thanks to the generosity of the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area, we no longer have to fund the position out of operating expenses,” she added. “We can now use the money for other pressing needs, including food distribution to the hungry."

"Since February 2011, we've collaborated with Our Daily Bread and other area nonprofit associations to provide free financial counseling sessions by our members to low- and moderate-income adults in the Fairfax County," said Marguerita Cheng, president of the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area.

Volunteer financial planners provide a one-time, 45-minute session to help clients in Fairfax County examine their immediate financial situation and create a course of action. Our Daily Bread follows up with the client 90 days later to track the client's progress.

So far, 20 financial planners have volunteered 267 hours to counsel 85 adults.

According to statistics generated by the program, upwards of 75 percent of clients are taking positive steps toward improving their financial picture 90 days after participating in the clinic.

Governor announces board appointments

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has appointed the following residents to state boards and commissions:

ź Board of Historic Resources: Terri Hauser of Alexandria

ź Board of Visitors to Mount Vernon: Aaron Leibowitz of Alexandria, principal at Targeted Creative Communications

ź Veterans Services Foundation: James Schenck of McLean, president of Prudential PenFed Realty

ź Family and Children’s Trust Fund: Kevin Keane of Burke, senior vice president for Policy and Public Affairs with the American Beverage Association

ź George Mason University Board of Visitors: John Jacquemin of McLean, president and CEO of Mooring Financial Corp.

Three chosen for history scholarships

The National Heritage Scholarship has awarded $5,000 to graduates of three Northern Virginia high schools: Chantilly’s Josh Oswalt, Oakton’s Garrett Allen and Westfield’s Hayley Anderson.

All three students are attending the University of Virginia this fall.

At Chantilly, Oswalt was the school’s nominee to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Program sponsored by the University of Virginia. He attended The George Washington University Student Leadership Program, was co-captain of the "It's Academic" team and was Secretary-General of Chantilly's Model U.N. team.

At Oakton, Allen was a member of the National Honor Society and the Debate Team and was business manager for the school newspaper. He also assisted in the campaign of Del. Jim LeMunyon.

At Westfield, Anderson was a member of the National Honor Society and the History Honor Society. She was a Girl Scout Ambassador and interned for state Sen. David Marsden.

The scholarship, funded by The Dansey Foundation in Chantilly, is designed to reward excellence in U.S. history and government. The foundation’s mission is to educate and encourage the next generation to understand the operation of government and the history of that government in order to keep the republic vibrant.

The deadline to apply for 2013 scholarships is Jan. 31. For details, visit

Mentors needed in Reston

The Reston-Herndon Branch of the American Association of University Women has openings for volunteer mentors and tutors to work with girls in grades three to six in its after-school program.

Volunteers will work Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Forest Edge Elementary School, 1501 Becontree Lane, Reston, beginning Sept. 25.

A Fairfax County Public Schools background check is required. Call Mary at 703-860-1071.