HAGERSTOWN -- Named for a character in the original "Mission Impossible" TV show, Cinnamon Rowland said she didn't have to come up with a stage name -- her parents gave her one when she was born.
As an elementary school teacher and longtime Potomac Playmakers performer, Rowland, 41, is on "stage" every day.
"I think of teaching as almost performing. You have to be onstage to keep them entertained," Rowland said.
Rowland has taught vocal music at Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts & Technology for 18 years, the first 10 years splitting her time between Emma K. Doub and Winter Street Elementary School.
Her love for live theater is evident in the collection of posters that decorate her classroom, all representing productions she has seen.
Rowland was 10 when she first performed with Potomac Playmakers. She auditioned with her aunt, Ruth Ridenour, who directs many of the productions of the all-volunteer nonprofit performing group and teaches at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.