Each year, the MTW Footlighters award scholarships to local high school students. Since the program’s inception over $60,000 in scholarships have been awarded to deserving students. Many of our awarded students have attended premiere musical theatre programs across the country. The scholarship is open to high school students in the local area.
Jan Ritschel Scholarship – In memory of one of Southern California’s preeminent voice teachers and musical directors.
Ken and Dottie Reiner Scholarship – In honor of the founders of MTW’s Reiner Staged Reading Series and two true musical theatre aficionados.
John Bisom Scholarship – In memory of one of the kindest, most loving souls in Southern California musical theatre. NEEDS TO INCLUDE ACTOR, AND MTW PERFORMER
Don Knabe Scholarship – In honor of the great arts supporter and his time serving the community on the LA County Board of Supervisors.
Garman Family Scholarship – In honor of the parents of Musical Theatre West’s Executive Director, Paul Garman.
Dr. Frances Grover Scholarship – In memory of this exceptional woman and legendary philanthropist of the Arts in Long Beach.
Don Temple Family Scholarship – In honor of the self-made man and philanthropist.
Dramatic Allied Arts Guild Scholarship – To promote and advance the study of the dramatic fine arts and allied arts in the city of Long Beach, California.
Zachary Fogel Garman Family Scholarship
Zach is in the 12th grade at La Habra High School and I’ve been in fourteen high school productions, playing roles such as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd, and Leo Frank in Parade. he is involved in the high school AP heritage program, National Honors Society and Varsity football captain. Next year. Zach will be attending Claremont McKenna College and playing football.
Samantha Gault Footlighters Scholarship
Samantha was seen as Heather McNamara in Heathers: The Musical (TopHat 8 Rep), Rona Lisa Peretti in Spelling Bee (OCSA) and was in the original cast of Looking Back at U.S. (workshop/POWPAC). Samantha has studied under Judith Fredricks (Opera NY) and works with special effects makeup volunteering for Access California. She is the leader of the Wild Things Performance Troupe at OCSA working to bring the arts to the community.
Mercy Thornton Footlighters Scholarship
Mercy is part of the AP Heritage Program at La Habra High School. In her free time, she loves loves eating at new places with friends and dancing Zumba with her mom. Her favorite roles include; Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Lucille in Parade, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical: the Musical. She would like to thank her family for their endless support.
McKenna Wells Dr. Frances Grover Scholarship
McKenna 17, is a senior in the Musical Theatre Conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts where she trains in acting, singing and dance. Roles include: Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Peter Pan in Peter Pan, Marty in Grease. Awards include: Macy’s Best Comedienne, Macy’s Best Actress Finalist, National Youth Arts Best Supporting Actress, South Bay’s Got Talent Judge’s Choice Award and Professional School for the Arts Dance Scholarship.
Maegan Hood Don Knabe Scholarship
Maegan is currently a senior at Redondo Union High School. She is extremely honored to be chosen for a Footlighters scholarship. She was recently seen as Polly Baker in the RUHS production of Crazy For You. Her past roles include Campbell (Bring It On), Elle Woods (Legally Blonde), Amy (Fugue), Trix the Aviatrix (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Marcy Park (Spelling Bee). Maegan is a songwriter, pianist and loves to figure skate.
Lucas Grenda Footlighters Scholarship
Lucas is a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and was recently seen as JD in Heathers: The Musical. He has been performing on stage for seven years and was seen in Cabaret, Harvey, The Laramie Project and The Music Man where he won a best supporting actor Jerry Herman award for his role as Marcellus Washburn. He will be attending the University of Michigan next year and work toward a BFA in Acting.
Kailee Kakazu Ken & Dottie Reiner Scholarship
Kailee is a senior at Palos Verdes High School and loves to perform. She has been in many productions including; Kiss Me, Kate (Lilli Vanessi), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Pippin (Fastrada), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts) and Into the Woods (The Witch). She is also a member of her high school’s Comedy Sportz team.She is looking forward to attending college for a BFA in Musical Theatre and is grateful for the opportunities she’s had and is excited for the future!
Emma Kremmer Footlighters Scholarship
Emma is a Senior at Fullerton Union HS and is an active member on her school’s thespian board, co-president of
their Vocal Ensemble and president of the school’s Tri-M chapter. Emma has been involved in theatre both on stage and behind the scenes; costume designing for FUHS’s production of Secret in the Wings and starring as Ella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Emma hopes to attend USC or Chapman.
Cassidy Love Footlighters Scholarship
Cassidy’s passion for performing has grown ever since her third birthday. She has appeared on many stages throughout Orange County and her favorite roles include Inga in Young Frankenstein, Jean in Brigadoon, a Silly Girl in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. This summer she is headed to Scotland to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the Academy for the Performing Arts.
Allison Bossart Jan Ritschel Scholarship
Allison is a Junior at the HB Academy for the Performing Arts, where she majors in Musical Theatre and minors in Dance. Her recent roles include Young Frankenstein (Inga), Brigadoon (Fiona), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Jekyll and Hyde (Emma) and The Producers (Ulla). Allison is thrilled to be attending CCM Musical Theatre summer intensive in June and will travel to Scotland with her APA classmates to perform Cabaret at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Aidan Flaherty Dramatic Allied Arts Guild Scholarship
Aiden is a senior at St. John Bosco HS where he participates in theatre, ASB and Campus Ministry. Aidan has participated in theatre since he was 13. Favorites roles include; West Side Story (Baby John), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson) and Into the Woods (Baker). Aidan plans to attend LMU, furthering his education as an English major with a minor in screenwriting/film.
Abby Mohaddes Don Temple Family Scholarship
Abby is a senior at Palos Verdes High School and is currently a captain of the ComedySportz team, president of the Thespian Club, and a reporter for Live from 205 News. Past credits include Kiss Me, Kate (Hattie), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), Pippin (Leading Player) and Joseph…Dreamcoat (Zebulon). Abby enjoys watching movies and making short films and music videos. She looks forward to pursuing theatre and film in college.