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  • Matthew Lucente and Ella Green received CTA’s 2017 scholarships.
    Matthew Lucente and Ella Green received CTA’s 2017 scholarships.

CTA Awards Scholarships To Two Local Youth Performers

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August 8, 2017

Children’s Theatre of Annapolis recently awarded scholarships to two teens who plan to pursue a career in the arts. Since 1988, CTA has chosen dedicated seniors to receive the Miriam Wolfe scholarships, and in 2017, Matthew Lucente of Arnold and Ella Green of Severna Park were selected.

Matthew Lucente, the $1,500 scholarship recipient, is a 2017 graduate of Annapolis High School, where he participated in the Performing and Visual Arts Theatre Magnet Program (PVA). Throughout his four years of studies in the performing arts, Lucente gained extensive experience in all aspects of theater, including acting, directing, producing and designing. Lucente has performed in seven shows at CTA (most recently as a Wickersham brother in “Seussical”), and he has performed in many shows and theatrical pieces presented by the PVA program. Lucente will attend Anne Arundel Community College, where he will major in education with a minor in theater arts.

The second recipient, Ella Green, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. She is a 2017 graduate of Severn School and has diligently studied voice, dance and performance throughout central Maryland and Washington, D.C., for the past six years. Green has performed in seven of CTA’s main stage productions (most recently as Winifred Banks in “Mary Poppins”) and spent two years with Second Stage, the teen musical theater traveling troupe, while participating in other productions throughout the community. As a well-rounded performer, she has also worked as technical team member for two of CTA’s main stage productions. Green will attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she will study musical theater.

The scholarship is named for CTA alumna Miriam Wolfe, who died in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Wolfe’s mother, Rosemary Mild, often participates in the scholarship selection process and gives the winners an autographed copy of her book “Miriam’s World – and Mine.” The scholarship is supported by concession sales at CTA events throughout the year. CTA grants two scholarships, $1,500 and $1,000, to two CTA kids who have participated and given back to the organization.

For more information about CTA, including its upcoming productions of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Madagascar Jr.,” visit www.childrenstheatreofannapolis.org.

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