The Human Race Theatre Company will present its fourth annual Stephen Schwartz Musical Theatre Scholarship finals Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St.
Ten students, the largest group of collegiate and high school finalists to participate thus far, will compete for $3,500 in scholarships named in honor of the prolific Tony nominated and Oscar winning composer of such works as “Godspell,” “Pippin,” “The Prince of Egypt” and “Wicked.” This year’s contenders are:
- Blaine Boyd, a Wright State University senior
- Mimi Klipstine Dick, an Interlochen Arts Academy senior from West Milton
- Joanna Draper, an Oakwood High School senior
- Molly Emerson, a Wright State University senior
- Bradley Farmer, a Springboro High School senior
- Alexandra Finke, a University of Michigan junior from Centerville and co-winner of the inaugural competition in 2008
- Mary Kate O’Neill, a Kettering-Fairmont High School senior
- Jamard Richardson, a University of Oklahoma sophomore from Union
- Jenyth Rosati, a Wright State University junior
- Lucian Smith, a Wright State University senior
Each finalist will perform a Schwartz selection and a show tune from another composer under the music direction of Julie Spangler. The audience will also have the opportunity to cast a collective vote which will be added to the judges’ votes. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra music director Neal Gittleman will host the event, which will not be attended by Schwartz due to his involvement in the New York premiere of his first opera “Seance on a Wet Afternoon.”
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. For tickets or more information, call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit www.humanracetheatre.org.