Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  Attention all high school graduating seniors! 

The Pentacle Theatre’s Education Committee is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the Bill and Phyllis Cross Pentacle Theatre Scholarships for pursuit of higher education and the arts.  Three scholarships are available to qualifying high school seniors:

  •  The Jo Dodge Performing Arts Theater Scholarship
  • The Tony Zandol Technical Arts Theater Scholarship
  • The Tom Ulmer Theater Service Scholarship

In order to qualify, high school seniors must be graduating in Spring of 2015 and plan to attend college in Fall of 2015, whether a community college or 4-year institution.  Applicants will be asked to demonstrate their experience with theater education as well as other theater involvement, including service at Pentacle Theater.  Additionally, applicants will need to report on their academic and professional goals and any special considerations of financial need. Lastly, applicants will also be asked to submit a personal statement describing the impact of theater in their lives and their contributions to the arts.  For complete qualifying information, please refer to the application.

Applications are available starting May 1, 2015.  Download the application, pick one up from a local drama teacher or contact the Education Committee Chair, Robert Salberg at 971-208-2799.

Scholarship applications are due June 5, 2015, and recipients will be notified by June 30, 2015.

The fund, established in the memory of Bill and Phyllis Cross, honors these two individuals who were awarded Pentacle’s highest honor of Lifetime Membership. While at Pentacle Theatre and during Phyllis’ career as a high school drama teacher, the Crosses served as mentors and role models, inspiring those around them in performing and technical theater arts.

Jo Dodge, also a Pentacle Lifetime Member, has acted and directed in numerous Pentacle productions as well as taught an acting workshop at the theater through Chemeketa Community College since 1981 and has shared her love of theater with hundreds of Pentacle volunteers for 25 years.

The technical arts scholarship is awarded in honor of Tony Zandol, Pentacle’s resident designer and professional production director. In addition to his work with Pentacle Theatre, Tony has worked with Children’s Educational Theatre.

The late Tom Ulmer was a tireless creator and educator of theatrical arts at Pentacle Theatre, Children’s Educational Theatre and in his career with the Salem-Keizer School District.  Pentacle honors his memory by awarding scholarship funds to a student who gives extraordinary time and effort to be involved in theater in spite of the odds.