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Maud Whitmore scholarship winners announced at concert

August 30, 2011

A near sellout crowd enjoyed the 35th Maud Whitmore Benefit Concert on Sunday. The Charlottetown Festival company's scholarship fundraiser included a stellar line-up of talent performing everything from comedy to opera.

The concert raises money for scholarships for company members, crew, and staff at the Confederation Centre of the Arts to pursue further training in the arts.

"The Maud Committee received 19 exceptional applications, and the adjudication committee members had to make some really tough decisions. We would like to congratulate all of them and wish them the very best in their future endeavours," said Monique Lafontaine, co-chair of the Maud Whitmore Committee.

This year's winners, announced at the end of the concert, are:

The Glenda Landry Scholarship is for a young aspiring performer. This year's winner is Young Company 2011 member Richard Pellessier-Lush who will use his scholarship to take private singing lessons in order to improve his technique and gain more self-confidence.

This year the Roddy Diamond Scholarship for a focus in technical theatre is being awarded to a dedicated young man who plans to complete his fourth year at Holland College. Upon completion he will have earned his red seal certification in metal fabrication which, in his own words, he will use to further his contribution to the arts here on PEI, his home: Jonathan MacAdam.

The Fen Watkin Scholarship for a focus in music is being awarded to a fine performer and composer who seeks introductory training in the field of audio engineering and home studio recording with an initial goal of producing professional renderings of his own compositions: Kris Truelsen.

The Elizabeth Mawson Scholarship has traditionally been awarded for a focus in voice. However, Liz was the consummate performer and an inspiration. This year the Elizabeth Mawson Scholarship is being presented to an exceptional young performer who intends to embark on a demanding training program to further her studies in all three disciplines, acting, voice and dance: Kristen Pottle.

The Alan Lund Scholarship for a focus in dance is being awarded to another aspiring young performer who intends to add ballet and Broadway to his already busy schedule of jazz and step classes at the Island Dance Academy. As he told us in his application, ballet is the basis of all dances and Broadway will be fun. We are honoured to present this award to: Elijah Smith.

The first of the three remaining Maud Whitmore scholarships was awarded to an outstanding young woman who intends to further her acting studies with a focus on Shakespeare. As she said in her interview, "Shakespeare is to acting like ballet is to dance": Stephanie West.

The second recipient is the summer visual arts instructor here at the Schurman Family Studio. As part of her BFA program at Mount Allison University she intends to study art at four major art museums in New York City: Jessica Palmer.

And finally the third was awarded to a member of the Young Company who seeks to continue her training in preparation to attend McGill University for classical voice performance: Rylee Currie.


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