Pinewood Players Award 2017 Scholarships
By Penny Petersen
Pinewood Players is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 PWP Scholarship competition. Sophia Drapeau and Kirsten Ryder will each receive an award of $2,000 toward college expenses.
The purpose of the program is to assist students who have a close connection to Munds Park and attend college in a field connected to the arts (theatre, music, dance, performing arts education and technical theatre.) Former participants in the PWP drama camps are urged to apply. Candidates are required to have theatre or other performing arts area as their declared major or minor.
Sophia Drapeau, granddaughter of Nancy and Bart Del Duca, graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix with a GPA of 4.3. Her goal is to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting. She will be attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts this fall. Sophia is a past participant in the PWP Drama Camp where she performed in Perfect Pirates, Annie, and 101 Dalmations (Cruella.)
Counting high school plays and those in the valley, Sophia has more than 40 productions to her credit including, Anything Goes, The Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado About Nothing, Harvey, Into The Woods, Curious Savage, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In addition to PWP, she’s performed with Valley Youth Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare, Phoenix Theatre, and has done commercials. She is also proficient in dance.
Sophia served as Student Body President at St. Mary’s, is a member of the National Honor Society, and has several Best Actress awards.
“I am so grateful to Pinewood Players for introducing me to theatre,” said Sophia. “I credit my love for acting entirely to Pinewood Players.”
Kirsten Ryder is the granddaughter of Lynn and Lou Rouyer and the daughter of Debbie Ryder who has been a director of past Kidz Kamp productions. She graduated from Jefferson Preparatory High School in Glendale with a GPA of 4.0. She will be attending NAU and studying Early Childhood Education with a minor in Theatre Arts. She is a past participant in the PWP Drama Camp and served as a counselor for the camp for three years.
Kirsten began acting at age three. Some of the productions she has appeared in include School House Rock, Alice in Wonderland (Alice), Footloose, and Once on This Island. She regularly sang the National Anthem at sporting events and is well known for her singing voice.
Kirsten served as Student Body President, is a member of the National Honor Society, and received Actress of the Year awards both her junior and senior years. She was also selected as Student of the Month and was team captain of the Regional Volleyball All-star Team.
“I can’t imagine a future without being involved on a stage or behind the scenes of a production,” said Kirsten. “I see how much the theatre has helped to build my confidence and given me the ability to present myself to others in a more polished manner.”
Criteria used to select recipients included the following: Experience in High School theatre and community productions, academic performance, extra-curricular activities, selection of a major or minor in performing arts, honors received in the arts, an essay regarding how the scholarship will be utilized, and letters of recommendation.
Serving on the selection committee were Rich Dahl (chair), Cheryl Parker, Dee Spain, Penny Petersen and Frank Hess.
A fund raising event is being planned for later in the summer. All funds raised will benefit the PWP Scholarship Program.