In the early morning hours of July 4, 2016, Mother Nature put on a fabulous fireworks show — one that was not scheduled on any local “Events” calendar — complete with torrential downpours. But to no one’s dismay, she was gracious enough to take her impressive display elsewhere, just in time for the start of the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade — one of Dallas’ largest and most popular Fourth of July gatherings. Parade marshals and vendors breathed a collective sigh of relief as the last raindrops fell, then frantically began setting up for the post-parade festivities in Goar Park. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate was among those relieved vendors. Their 20+ year tradition of serving the people of the Park Cities through the annual Lemonade Stand would indeed continue!
Though the skies never cleared, the lingering cloud cover helped keep things cool. As did the nearly 2,000 cups of lemonade Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents handed out. The popular go-to thirst-quencher did a brisk business from parade-goers throughout the morning.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents had more to celebrate than just the season when they gathered Thursday night at Arlington Hall at Lee Park for the firm’s annual holiday party.
To the delight of everyone present, firm founder Dave Perry-Miller made an announcement about the closing of a $15-million dollar property in Highland Park just a few hours earlier.
“This was the most expensive sale to take place in Highland Park this year,” Perry-Miller said. “Not only did our firm list the exceptional property, but just as importantly, we brought the buyer. Jarrad Barnes of Gullotto + Barnes Group represented the seller and Lance Hancock represented the buyer.”
Also in recent Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate news, he reminded the group that another $10-million-plus property in Highland Park, home to a professional golfer, was sold by Kelly Hosch and Shelly Bailey to a buyer represented by Gianna Cerullo. In an increasingly competitive residential market, these transactions are a testament to the results-oriented approach the firm’s agents put into practice every day.
“Both of the buyers are local buyers, long-term Park Cities families with deep ties to the city,” Perry-Miller said. “What these sales demonstrate is, that while national and international exposure is important, it is having the right firm and agents represent you that creates a sale. Our firm has dominated the upper-end Park Cities market with 100% of the $10-million+ transactions so far this year, according to MLS statistics.”
As Q4 2015 winds down, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate stands poised to dominate market share in all the areas where they do business – Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lakewood/Lake Highlands, Uptown/Oak Lawn/Oak Cliff and North Dallas.
“I could not be more thrilled about the way we’re closing out 2015, nor more pleased to work with the caliber of people who make this kind of ongoing success possible,” Perry-Miller said. “I don’t see it as a grand finale for the year, but rather a launch pad for 2016.”
When Mark Hancock enrolls at McCulloch Intermediate School next month, he’ll be able to write a blockbuster “how I spent my vacation” essay. The fifth-grader can honestly say he scaled walls and played with weapons this summer.
“He’s kind of like the eyes and ears of everything,” Mark says of his character, “and even though he’s just a regular 10-year-old, he can go to the barricade, get shot, wield a club, and roam the streets.”
Mark is following in the footsteps of his father, Dave Perry-Miller associate Lance Hancock, who pounded the boards as a student at Highland Park High School and SMU. He even secured a few paid acting gigs with the Dallas Children’s Theater and the Pocket Sandwich Theatre.
“I would have loved, at one point in my life, to do nothing but musical theater,” Lance says, “but I don’t know if I ever thought seriously about going for that.”
Nowadays, Lance and his wife, Belinda, are seriously thinking that Mark may decide to go for that. The role of Gavroche is his third with the Dallas Theater Center; he also played Tiny Tim in consecutive productions of A Christmas Carol.
Of course, Mark’s parents can’t help but be a little biased about his talents. But they’re not the only ones who see a bright future ahead of him. Jacqueline Porter, director of the Dallas Conservatory, says Mark “unquestionably” will be a professional actor if he so chooses.
“He’s already a true ‘triple threat’ — he sings, dances and act equally well — with a very natural and appealing stage presence, not unlike his idol, Gene Kelly,” Porter says.
The Hancocks say Mark showed an interest in musicals when he was still in a highchair. He would be captivated by Judy Garland singing in The Wizard of Oz, staring at her at in a way that suggested he was studying her performance. Later, while watching the 2004 film adaptation of Phantom of the Opera, he memorized the songs performed by Gerard Butler in the title role.
“It became kind of who he was, working through musical scores and living them out in all his playtime,” Lance says. “If we had him on a soccer field or something, because we introduced him to everything, we could tell he wasn’t there. We could tell he was ‘on stage,’ performing.”
So the Hancocks signed Mark up for summer camps at the Dallas Theater Center, which led to his first audition for Tiny Tim. They also enrolled him in the Dallas Conservatory, an affiliate of Park Cities Dance, where he takes classes year-round.
“It’s like he’s in two different schools,” Belinda says. “There’s traditional school during the day, and then there’s the conservatory after school in the evenings and on weekends.”
All of that hard work is already paying off. In a review of Les Misérables that appeared in last week’s edition of Katy Trail Weekly, critic Shari Goldstein Stern wrote that Mark took over two scenes “with acting prowess beyond his years.”
Mark is resting up this week, because he shares the role of Gavroche with Spencer Sloan. But he’ll back on stage next Tuesday, and after that, who knows?
“These days, to work on Broadway, one literally needs to do it all,” Porter says. “Mark’s training at the Dallas Conservatory includes ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and acrobatics, as well as singing, stage acting, and TV/film acting — all taught by working professionals. It will be as natural as can be for him to follow his training all the way to New York and L.A. one day.”