Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

The opening number from Shawnee Mission East's production of "Seussical the Musical."
The opening number from Shawnee Mission East’s production of “Seussical the Musical.”

SM East’s “Seussical” nominated for best overall production Blue Star, Shawnee Mission productions earn more than a dozen nominations. Shawnee Mission high schools’ 2017-18 musical productions have garnered more than a dozen nominations for this year’s Blue Star Awards, which honor the best of Kansas City-area high school musical theatre. Among the nominees in the top categories are: Outstanding Overall Production, Shawnee Mission East, Seussical; Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Alex Teeple as Lucy Van Pelt, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role, Shawnee Mission South, Zach Greer as Jean Valjean, Les Miserables School Edition. You can find a full list of the Shawnee Mission productions’ nominees here.

Police warn about rash of thefts in northeast Johnson County. Fairway Police Chief Mike Fleming on Monday issued a warning to residents that surrounding cities — though not Fairway — had recently reported an increase in the number of car thefts. Fleming said the vehicles were being broken into in the night while parked in residential driveways. “In addition to items taken such as change, cell phones, CD’s, and laptop computers a few of the cars were stolen as well,” Fleming wrote. “In one recent case the garage door opener was used to enter the home while the resident was asleep. Please remember to lock your cars and keep garage doors closed.  Valuables and garage door openers should be kept out of plain sight if they must be left in the vehicle.”

Rep. Jerry Stogsdill recovering after heart attack Saturday. First-year Rep. Jerry Stogsdill of Prairie Village suffered a heart attack on Saturday that put him in the hospital and kept him away from House business Monday. Stogsdill said he hoped to be released from the hospital Monday afternoon.

Mission Hills mom Judith Deedy among those featured in Guardian story on Kansas tax cuts. The Guardian, out of the United Kingdom, had a lengthy piece Monday examining the effects of the 2012 tax cuts in Kansas in light President Donald Trump’s stated plans to enact a similar program at the national level. Judith Deedy, the Mission Hills mother of three who helped found the group Game On for Kansas Schools, was quoted in the piece. “During the recession I got it that budgets were being cut, but when we came out of recession, it just kept on happening,” Deedy said of school budgets. “We are seeing cuts year after year that add up to an entire academic career.” [‘We are a cautionary tale’: Kansas feels the pain of massive Trump-style tax cuts — The Guardian]