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Beavertons own honored with parade

Broadway star Shoshana Bean and the Murrayhill

Beaverton's own will be celebrated at the annual Beaverton Celebration Parade this Saturday. Broadway star Shoshana Bean and both Murrayhill Little League baseball teams will star in the event that begins at 10 a.m. and winds through downtown Beaverton.

Beaverton High School grad Shoshana Bean has been selected grand marshal for the 2006 parade. Already known on Broadway for her work in 'Hairspray' and 'Godspell,' she is perhaps best known for her role as Elphaba, the wicked witch of the west, in the hit musical 'Wicked.'

Beginning as the understudy for Tony award-winner Idina Menzel, Bean took over the challenging role full time in 2005. She is appearing in the Portland road show edition of the play through Sept. 17.

The Murrayhill boys team, made up of All-Star 12- and 13-year-olds from the Beaverton area, was the first Oregon contingent to reach the World Series in Williamsport, Pa., since 1958. Their three victories were the first in state history, and the team finished third in the world.

The Murrayhill girls Jr. All-Star softball team went undefeated in regular season play, won the District 4 tournament and went on to take first at the State of Oregon tournament in Clackamas. The team then traveled to Tucson, Ariz., to take first in the Western Regional tournament placing them in the World Series.

'It is always wonderful when we can honor our own,' said Parade Chairwoman Leslie Mundt. 'Both Shoshana Bean and the Murrayhill All-Star teams have risen to the top of extremely competitive and difficult fields, and we have the opportunity to recognize their accomplishments.'