From an Edmonds Driftwood Players news release.
Edmonds Driftwood Players proudly announces the four 2017 scholarship winners from the June Martin Fund, and one recipient of the Ralph Eaton Fund (technical theater). The Board of Directors approved each $500 award on April 24, 2017.
Alegra Batara is a senior at Shorecrest High School where she excels both academically and theatrically. She plans to obtain her BFA in musical theater. Her theater passion was ignited when cast in "Annie" with Driftwood Theater, and continued for four seasons. She aims to be an activist for Asian-Americans and other people of color not well represented in the arts.
"I first met Alegra as a very talented 11 year old... Through hard work perseverance and intellect, ...her talent has grown in breadth and depth. She exemplifies the best in what a young actor should be. She encourages and empowers her cast mates. She truly is the 'rising tide raising all of the ships'," Mark Press, Music Director Edmonds Driftwood Players and MCT.
Andrew Kim is a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School who plans to double major in chemical engineering and cello in college. An outstanding instrumentalist, he participates All State and All NW Orchestra, and is Principal Cellist of both the Cascade Youth Symphony and Edmonds-Woodway Philharmonic Orchestra. His strong academic record includes full International Baccalaureate throughout high school.
"Andrew is well respected in the theater and musical communities. He exemplifies the best qualities of a pit player and musician. He has played along professional musicians who continually marvel at his talent." Mark Press, Music Director EDP and MCT.
Lawrence McDonnell is a senior at Blanchet High School. He participates on the Improv Team, and in Jazz Band. He starred as "Scrooge" and "Mr. Banks" to name a few. He lettered four times in drama and once in football. He won the piano price at the Ellensburg Music Festival.
"Lawrence is an outstanding leader and mentor. He has shown great dedication and great talent and growth... He has kept up with tough competition [at BHS]. He is motivated and hardworking and demonstrations healthy maturity to be the best he can be," Maureen Mershon, Drama Direction, Blanchet High School.
Griffin Price attends Shoreline Community College. His passion for music and theater was ignited in high school where he starred in several productions at Wade James Theater. Well rounded in theater, music and academics, he received an Honorable Mention for Best Actor at 5th Avenue Theater, played in Concert Band, and earned a Certificate of Academic Achievement in high school.
"Griffin arrived early to every rehearsal. He maintained a sense of humor and good spirit through the long hours... He could connect and engage, while still being a leader and example. Whether with peers or adults, he showed maturity beyond his years," Morgan Heetbrink, Teacher, Snohomish High School.
Rebecca Strom is a senior at Henry Jackson High School in Mill Creek and plans to enter Cornish College for the Arts this fall. She served as President of the school's Theater Society and captain of the Improv Team. She starred "Macbeth" and "Into the Woods" at Jackson High School. She also maintained a high GPA and was on the honor roll.
"Growing up, I've always had a pencil in my hand and a sketchbook under my pillow," she wrote in her application. "My childhood was full of imagination."
"Rebecca is an exceptional student. In drama and theater, she is disciplined and takes direction well, and always delivers an exemplary product. She is a multi-talented artist," Brian Marshall, Drama Instructor, Henry Jackson High School.
About Edmonds Driftwood Players
Edmonds Driftwood Players is a volunteer-based, 501(c)3 non-profit community theater. We have been entertaining and educating our community since 1958, making us one of the oldest continually operating community theaters in Washington State. Our mission is to "foster excellence in live theater for the enrichment of our community and the benefit of future generations."
We offer a full schedule of Main Stage productions, alternative stage productions including a Spotlight on New or Local Playwrights, staged readings and a full complement of education classes, camps and productions for students of all ages!