FLINT TWP. — Four Carman- Ainsworth students who appeared in a theater production last month of “The Marvelous Wonderettes’’ sang and accepted accolades from the Board of Education at a recent meeting. They are Rolecia Looney, Paige Conway, Aris Campbell and Michaela Nogaj.
Looney, Conway and Campbell are seniors who also announced higher education scholarships they were awarded in December at the State Thespian Conference at Michigan State University, sponsored by the Michigan Education Theater Association.
Delynne Miller, director of theater, took about 15 students to the conference which is attended by about 30 colleges from throughout the state.
Looney, who was awarded a $2000 per year scholarship to Sienna Heights University in Adrian, also was a winner of the State Thespian Scholarship, the association’s highest award, Miller said.
Campbell was awarded a halftuition scholarship to Wayne State University in Detroit and Conway was tabbed for a Summer Intensive Program offered by the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Miller said that all four young women are among about 60 in the cast of the upcoming musical “Hairspray,’’ which will run March 16- 20 in the school auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. weekdays and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $8 each and now on sale at www.showtix4u.com.
Miller said the economy has taken a toll on attendance this year. The selfsustaining theater program depends on the income earned from its three to four productions staged each year, she said.
“I am really proud of the program we have here,’’ Miller said. “I’m really proud of the students. All their hard work shows in the final product. I wish more people would take the time and energy to come out (to the shows) — Rhonda S. Sanders