Jul 3, 2013 6:36 PM by MELISSA CANONE
The Acadia Players, your community theater, gives back with numerous scholarships for the 2012-2013 year. Over $3,200 was awarded to seniors from various high schools in Acadia Parish.
Scholarships were awarded to these seniors for their time, talent and dedication over the past years to the Acadia Players: Aaron Bertrand - CHS, Zaner Cluse - CHS, Julian Devillier - N.D., Hailey Johnson - RHS, Ben Stringfellow - N.D. and Ashley Wright - N.D.
Samantha Ronkartz was recipient the $500 Occi Gall Koon Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Jay and Laurie Suire, established to honor the memory of Occi Gall Koon, a former actress with the Acadia Players and a former educator in Acadia and Jeff Davis parishes.
Acadia Players has entertained audiences with performances such as: "The Foreigner", "Steel Magnolias", "Grease", "Miracle on 34th St.", "A Christmas Story" and "Cinderella". Proceeds earned through the performances supply funds for future performances, set design, costumes and most importantly provides an outlet for the community to participate in theater and the continuing education of Acadiana area high school graduates with scholarships to pursue their dreams.
The Acadia Players each year award up to four (possibly more through approval of the Board) scholarships of up to $500 to graduating seniors of Acadia Parish Schools, private and parochial, who are either majoring in a performing art or who through their formative school years have shown a love for the performing arts by their participation and involvement in a performing art. Scholarships are mailed in February to all Guidance Counselors in Acadia Parish and applications must be returned by April 1.
The Acadia Players was founded in 1979 as a Section 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation. The Board of Directors wanted to introduce Community Theater to our local communities. First named The Acadia Arts Council, the Acadia Players has introduced classic plays and musicals as well as new productions. The Acadia Players is a family oriented theater group that strives to include everyone who wishes to become involved in the performances.