Thursday, June 23, 2016

LTA’s Inaugural Scholarship Awards Two “Stars” in the Local Alexandria Theatre Community

The Little Theatre of Alexandria, one of the oldest community theatre companies in the country, has chosen to honor two of it’s junior members with scholarships that will enable them to pursue their future goals in theatre and beyond. LTA believes strongly in supporting the Alexandria community, and with it their young talent. The awards were presented at LTA’s Annual Meeting in June. This is the first year LTA has provided a scholarship opportunity.

The “Actor Award” was presented to Maya Brettell (18), a young home-schooled actor who embodies the spirit of LTA. Her theatre accomplishments – at LTA and at other local theatres – run the gamut of professional, community and regional theatre. In addition to commercial work, Maya has performed in Signature Theatre’s world premiere of “Beaches” as Young Bertie, danced as Louise Bigelow in Baltimore’s version of “Carousel,” was nominated for a WATCH award for her portrayal of “Annie” at KAT, and most recently starred in Washington, D.C.’s renowned Wooly Mammoth theatre, in a production of “The Nether.”

Maya’s started her career at LTA when she was cast as a chorus boy in “Scrooge: The Musical” in 2007. Since that time she has performed at LTA in “Gypsy” as well as spending countless hours backstage assisting with props and wardrobe on more than half a dozen shows. Maya plans to pursue acting at Catholic University, majoring in theatre, in the fall.

The “Techie Award” was presented to Eleana Delaney (18), a recent graduate of Bishop Ireton High School. Eleana performed twice in LTA’s “Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and was an understudy in “Tommy.” She has assisted backstage with props, helped at several LTA parties, and worked in the LTA office for 4 years. She is a classic example of a community volunteer.

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