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SSCP 2018 Cheri Adams Theater Scholarship Awarded

Shoestring Community Players has been proudly serving the Columbia County theater community since 1982. We are honored to announce that we were able to award two Senior students scholarships this year.  The cream of the crop, these students intend to major in the theater arts  at an accredited 2 or 4-year college, university, or conservatory of their choice.

SSSCP President Brian Vaerwyck presented the Cheri Adams Theater Arts Scholarship to  recipients from  both St. Helens High School and Scappoose High School.   This year’s recipients are-from St.Helens High School  Miss Jennifer Fournier and from Scappoose High School – Miss Kristina Barnes. Each recipient received a scholarship worth $750.00.

Kristina Barnes has a long history in theater beginning with the 2010  Mazzola Children’s Theater production of The Princess and the Pea.  Most recently she had a lead role in the Scappoose Drama Club production of The Diary of Anne Frank. She has experience in a variety of theater related roles including acting, chorus, crew and House Manager. After graduation Kristina will plans on attending Western Oregon University in the fall of 2018 majoring in Theater Arts.

Jennifer Fournier has actively participated in theater since 2014.  In a letter of recommendation from Eric Stearns Director of Choirs for St. Helens School District, Eric is quoted as saying, “Jenny lives, eats, breathes theater.”  Jennifer has taken on a variety of roles within theater including acting, crew lights Stage Manger and even Director.  After graduation Jennifer plans on attending George Fox University with a major in Technical Theater.

The scholarship is funded by a portion of the proceeds from the Shoestring Community Players performances, including the annual summer musical, seasonal productions, and by the generous donations from patrons of the arts for the specific purpose of the scholarship.  You may donate and learn more about Shoestring Community Players scholarships at www.SSCPmusicals.com

We would like to thank all the students that applied for the opportunity for this scholarship grant and SSCP wishes to encourage students to participate in their local theater program and community theater. Bravo to the class of 2018, and well done!

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.  

Next Week: Audition Dates Set for SSCP Radio Play “The 39 Steps”

Auditions for the first SSCP Radio Play of 2018 are coming up quickly. The play is “The 39 Steps”, a famous Alfred Hitchcock originally Directed movie adapted into a radio play by Joe Landry .
Performance dates are May, 17, 18, and 19  at the High School Loowitt Room.
We will need 3-5 men, 2-4 women, and possible commercial actors depending upon cast size.     We are in need of actors who can do British accents from upper middle class, to cockney.  One Scottish accent.  Most of the actors will be playing multiple roles, just like the original radio performances in England.  So, voice characterizations are a must. Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday April 10th, and Thursday April 12th at Bertucci’s, 6:30pm until approx. 8:30pm.  There will also be the need for commercial actors 2-3, and jingle singers, 2-3.  All actors must be able to perform with a British Accent, either cockney style or middle to upper British class.  One Scottish accent.
Players must be able to be at rehearsals, scheduled May 9,10th at Loowitt room of St Helens High School, and Tech Rehearsals May 16, 17th, and 18th same place.  Start time is 6:30PM for rehearsals, except Wednesday May 18th, which will be 6:00pm.  Performances will be on May 17th, 18th and 19th at 7:00pm .There may be an additional rehearsal or two scheduled before May 9th, for read throughs at Bertucci’s.  Actors will show up for Performances at 6:00pm.
Please contact Keith Marks if any questions.Rehearsals will be a couple of days the week before, not finalized yet, and then during (hell week) tech rehearsals on May 14, 15, 16 at 6:30 PM. Players must be able to attend all rehearsals and of course all performances.  Trying to shorten the weeks of rehearsals as much as possible.  But, that will also depend upon you, the actors and your hard work.  Keith Marks will be directing.  Please contact him if you have any questions.
Contact info:
 R.Keith Marks
Special Projects Coordinator
Shoestring Community Players
keith@sscpmusicals.com
503-505-0589