Edmonds Driftwood Players awards $10,500 in scholarships

5 Driftwood jPegEdmonds Driftwood Players announced Monday that it has awarded $3,500 scholarships to three theater students. Funding for the 2016 scholarship program was provided through the Hazel Miller Foundation and Julie Adams, who is a longtime Edmonds Driftwood Players donor and volunteer.

The winners are:

Mariah Lotz, a Dean’s List student with a 4.0 GPA. Lotz will be entering her sophomore year at Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University in New Jersey. She is working toward a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BM in Music Direction. This is the second scholarship that Edmonds Driftwood Players has awarded Mariah.

“Mariah’s talent as a singer/actor/musician is outstanding!” said Carolann Page, adjunct professor of voice at Rider University, “She is compelling and distinctive. She is not afraid to make bold choices and is always challenging herself. Mariah has a creative mind that she shares enthusiastically whether singing, acting or at the piano.”

Amanda Petrowski, a 2016 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School who plans to attend Biola University in Southern California starting in fall 2016. Amanda has been very active in musical theatre both in school and in the community.

“Amanda assumed many roles and responsibilities in the Mountlake Terrace High School Theatre Program that included lead roles, ensemble, set construction and leadership in the drama club,” said Mountlake Terrae High School drama teacher Jeannie L. Brzovic. “Amanda is very well respected by teachers and students alike as she has a surprising ability to succeed at her every endeavor…Theatre and Musical Theatre programs…theatre workshops…community theatre. She thrives on activities that are challenging. She produces quality work and is able to do so without any one of her responsibilities suffering.”

Isabelle Smith, a 2016 graduate of Edmonds Heights who also attended the Running Start Program at Edmonds Community College and Seattle Central Community College, where she earned 15 credits of American Sign Language. Smith will be attending the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, where she will be majoring in music and “participating in as many productions as possible!”

Shileah Corey, Edmonds Heights’ theatre and vocal music director, noted “Isabelle has been in my theatre/music program for six years and has been an assistant in many classes, helping with younger children as well as working in technical theatre as a stage hand and Stage Manager. She has received many honors while in the theatre program…has also been a part of the technical team with Rising Start project at 5th Avenue Theatre, working with professional mentors.”

Presentation of awards will be held Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. in the Wade James Theater lobby.

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