At East Lynne Theater Company's annual fundraising event in November at Aleathea's Restaurant, Gabrielle Wilson was named the sixth recipient of the Historic Jackson Street Neighborhood Association Scholarship Fund (HJSNA) in the Name of Bob and Toni Green. This fund was started in the fall of 2006 with a generous $5,000.00 donation from HJSNA, in honor of the Greens, who first owned The Puffin on Jackson Street. Bob Green was at one time President of ELTC's Board, and Toni came up with the idea for ELTC's "Tales of the Victorians." They currently live in Kentucky.
The $300.00 Scholarship is slated for those who are pursuing a professional career in theater and are either full-time or part-time residents of Cape May County. This Scholarship has been used to help recipients pay for theater-related classes in and out of the regular school or college environment, and to help make a payment on a college loan, if the degree is in theater. The decision by the Board of Directors to give the award to Gabrielle was based on her work as a production assistant during the summer, doing everything from assisting with the Student Workshop, setting props and costumes for "The Poe Mysteries," and managing the box office.
Currently a junior at Rider University, Gabrielle is majoring in Theater Performance with a minor in Arts Administration. She has performed in many productions including "The Clean House," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Jekyll and Hyde," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Oklahoma," "Grease," "Hello Dolly," and "The Wedding Singer." In 2008 and 2009, Gabrielle was nominated for best leading actress and best supporting actress in Paper Mill Playhouse's Rising Star Program. She is involved in the national theater fraternity Alpha Psi Omega and is a part of the Rider Dance Team and the Arts Administration Association. In 2009, Gabrielle was crowned Miss Pitman, and has been a judge within the Miss America Association.
For information about East Lynne Theater Company's mainstage season, touring shows, and educational outreach, call 609-884-5898 or write to the office at: 121 Fourth Ave., West Cape May, NJ 08204, or go online to www.eastlynnetheater.org.
ELTC's season would not be possible without the support of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism; and the generosity of many patrons.