Blair Llewellyn Memorial Scholarship Awarded

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Front & Centre Stage Productions is pleased to announce that Matthew G. Clark is the recipient of the first annual Blair Llewellyn Memorial Scholarship.

 A 2014 graduate of Mountain Ridge High School, Clark was active in a wide variety of activities including art, band, soccer, tennis, bowling, theatre, and National Honor Society. He is currently a student at Frostburg State University where he is majoring in Theatre/Dance with a 3.98 GPA. This past summer, Clark was cast as Huck Finn in “Big River” and as the Scarecrow in “Wizard of Oz”.

 “Matthew is talented and driven, and he shares many of the same qualities that made Blair such an asset to our theatre community,” announced Kimberli Rowley, Artistic Director for Front & Centre Stage. “He has a very bright future and we are happy to be able to support his goals of a career in theatre and dance.”

 Front and Centre Stage Productions established the Blair Llewellyn Memorial Scholarship this summer to honor the memory and work of the late playwright, author, and Front & Centre Stage board member, Joseph Blair Llewellyn, who passed away on March 25, 2014. Blair was enthusiastic about all forms of art, but had a particular fondness for literary and performing arts. He combined those interests into writing plays that were performed in Allegany County, Maryland. His poetry was published in local literary magazines and he also co-authored a book of short stories with his brother, Mark Llewellyn.

Clark was chosen by a panel of three local artists who knew and worked with Llewellyn.  He was selected based on his academic standing, career goals, and contribution to the performing arts community.

Front & Centre will begin accepting applications for next year’s scholarship in April of 2015.

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