Peninsula Players Theater Awards Scholarships for Local Students
The Peninsula Players Theater has announced its recipients of the 2021 Peninsula Players Theater Fellowship. The theater and its board of directors created this annual award to promote the career development and arts education of Door County high school graduates in the performing arts.
Eligible applicants should plan to enroll as a full-time student with a major or minor in arts management, music (performance or education) or theater (theater, theater, technology and theatrical design). A $ 500 scholarship was offered to one student from each of Door County’s five high schools for a total of $ 2,500.
“The arts are an essential part of a student’s overall education as well as lifelong personal development,” said Brian Kelsey, CEO of Peninsula Players. “It is with great pride that we recognize and encourage the development of careers in the performing arts.”
The 2021 fellows are Isabella Dippel of Sturgeon Bay High School; Lexie Henkel, from Gibraltar High School; and Brady Tooley of Southern Door High School. Each student has demonstrated a high level of participation and creativity in the arts, including theater, music or choir, during their academic career. There were no applicants for the Sevastopol Scholarship and Washington Island High Schools in 2021.
Dippel’s extensive performing arts curriculum vitae includes participating in the various exciting choirs, groups and audiences of Sturgeon Bay High School in supporting and leading roles in the school’s annual musical. His experience does not end with extracurricular activities. Dippel has participated in an extensive artistic program and training in musical theater, singing lessons and dance lessons. Through her efforts, she has won many accolades and has continued to find time to give back to her community through hundreds of hours of volunteer work.
Henkel also has an impressive high school tenure filled with performing arts activities. These include piano, dance and flute lessons, a choir, participation in LEAP (The Human Kindness Project) and Gibraltar theater productions. Henkel’s passion lies in music. She plans to attend Lawrence University at Appleton and pursue a dual major in vocal and physical performance. Henkel looks forward to continuing to raise awareness in the community through Lawrence’s Music for All program and to experience cultural immersion by studying abroad.
Tooley found his calling at Southern Door High School when many new performing arts opportunities appeared to him. His participation in musicals, forensics, madrigal and school choir fueled his passion for the stage. Tooley’s hard work and dedication culminated in her performance in the All-State Mixed and Jazz Choirs, and acceptance into Kids From Wisconsin, a renowned youth group. Tooley plans to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Theater at Columbia College in Chicago.