2018 Pinewood Players Scholarship Award
Pinewood Players is happy to announce the recipient of the 2018 Pinewood Players Scholarship. Eden Mau has been awarded the $2000 scholarship for her pursuit of A Bachelor of Music Degree in Musical Theatre. Eden will be attending Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory in Berea, Ohio. She endured a very rigorous application and audition process and ultimately was accepted into the Musical Theatre Programs at a number of prestigious institutions including; Boston Conservatory, Ithica College, Manhattan School of Music, Pennsylvania State University, Elon, University of Utah, Shenandoah University Conservatory, Webster University and Rider University among others. She is a very dedicated and experienced performer whose giftedness in music, drama, and dance made her highly sought after by a number of Fine Arts Programs. Her academic standing, tenacious pursuit of excellence in the performing arts, and unparalleled recommendations reinforced the strength of her application. As one of her fine arts and theatre teachers wrote of her, “She works on her technical skills as a singer, dancer and actor…and stands out as an exceptional young woman of intellect, talent, maturity and character….Having been blessed by working with a number of young people that have gone on to make acting their career, including an Academy Award winning actress and an Emmy Award winning actor, I believe Eden Mau has the tools to become truly great.”
In addition to a the required academic classes and her studies in acting, Eden will be getting extensive training in all areas of voice, sight reading, vocal technique, piano, musical theatre performance and production. Her dance classes include “Ballet Bootcamp” at 7am. She will continue music and vocal lessons and work during her college years to assist with her tuition.
“There has never been a question that I would be pursuing a career in Musical Theatre. This is my Dream! As I make this dream a reality with solid conservatory training, I am grateful that you have chosen me for this scholarship. I will work hard and commit myself 100% to receiving the best training possible.”
Eden is grateful for the legacy the generations before her have gifted her with. Both of her parents, Beth and Gary Mau, are professional actors and have influenced her goals and desire to use her talents. As a child, she accompanied them on the National Tour of “The Phantom Of The Opera”. She fell in love with the arts and found that she shares the passion necessary to develop her talents and make her career as a performer. Her Pinewood grandparents, Alice and Al Mau, continue to be a great inspiration to her as she pursues her dream. They were instrumental in the development of Pinewood Players. Her Grandfather’s stories of starring in “The Fantastics”, long before she was born, are family favorites. Her Pinewood Aunt and Uncle, Melanie and David Westmark, worked behind the scenes and on the stage for 20 years. Singing, acting, directing, set building and stage management seem to be part of her dna.
Eden spent many summers in the cool Munds Park pines with her grandparents. She developed deep roots and a growing appreciation for theatre. She remembers her first Pinewood Players’ performances and has saved the programs, pictures and inspiration she received there. “I think it is so important that Pinewood Players has been able to provide so many wonderful, quality theatre experiences for the community. I remember the excitement of smelling the pines from miles away as we drove north. The time always went by so quickly! I am so grateful for this amazing honor and so appreciate the faith you have shown in me.”
The competition for this year’s scholarship was very tough. We strongly encourage re-applying for the 2019 Scholarship. The Scholarship Committee is grateful for the quality of the applicants, the enthusiasm they have for the future, and the depth of their affection for Munds Park. Having already completed 12 hours of 4.0 college courses while finishing high school and working part time, Eden is positioned to tackle college head on. We wish her well and thank her for the inspiration of her journey. We are happy to honor her as the 5th recipient of a Pinewood Players $2000 Scholarship.
Donations to the Scholarship Program are tax deductible and gratefully accepted at www.pinewoodplayers.com. Thank you for your support of these talented young people.
Nancy Del Duca, Scholarship Committee Chairman