Thalian Association Community Theatre (TACT), North Carolina’s oldest community theatre, is proud to announce that Bradley Barefoot is the recipient of the $2650 Donn Ansell Scholarship and Peyton Furtado will receive the $500 Pat Hingle Scholarship. The two scholarships are administered annually by Thalian Association Community Theatre and awarded to a deserving high school senior who has proven to be a serious student of the theatre with plans to further their theatrical education following graduation. Applicants must have been active with the community theatre association as performers, actors or technicians.
Bradley is the son of Deborah and Blake Barefoot of Wilmington. He saw TACT’s Youth Theatre production of You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Werewolf in 2006 and has been onstage ever since, participating in over fifty productions. He has become a well known member of our theater community, performing with four different companies in 2015. Bradley is a member of the John T. Hoggard Voyagers and has sung with the North Carolina High School Honor Chorus for an astonishing four years. A senior at John T. Hoggard High School, Zachary plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying vocal performance and public relations with plans to pursue a career in musical theatre.
Peyton is the daughter of Kim and Brian Furtado of Wilmington. She began her acting career at the tender age of five in TACT’s Youth Theatre Don’t Say No to the USO and appeared onstage with Pat Hingle in the UNCW Players production of Our Town. Peyton was last seen onstage as Maria in TACT’s Youth Theatre production West Side Story, winner of the 2016 StarNews Media Wilmington Theatre Award for Best Children’s’ Theater Production. She is a senior at Coastal Christian High School, a member of the Honors Show Choir and president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study theatre and musical theatre.
The Pat Hingle Scholarship was established in 2008 in honor of the renowned actor of stage and screen who once called Wilmington home. A long time veteran of stage, film and television, Mr. Hingle was best known in recent years for his role as Commissioner Gordon in four Batman movies. The Donn Ansell Scholarship was established in 2013 by his family to honor Donn’s many achievements in local theater, radio and television, his service to the Wilmington community and his proud history with Thalian Association Community Theatre as its first Managing Director. The scholarship will be funded through the generous contributions of the Ansell family and friends.
The scholarship awards will be presented to Ms. Furtado and Mr. Barefoot at the Thalian Awards on July 28th at Ironclad Brewery. Susan Habas, Executive Director of Thalian Association Community Theatre will make the Pat Hingle scholarship presentation and Rhonda Bellamy, Executive Director of The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County will present the Donn Ansell scholarship award.
Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall, four productions at the Red Barn Studio and professionally manages the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children age seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature. For more information, go to www.thalian.org.