The 2024 Marian Springs Memorial Scholarship Dinner, sponsored by the Calhoun Players, was held at the Cameron Community Club Cafeteria Building on May 30. In a small presentation attended by family members of the recipients and the Calhoun Players Board, Mary Jo Springs and Peggy Hirth congratulated the five recipients, all of whom graduated from high school this year. They are Leanna Broadway, Emerson Jones, Jermall Kinley, Claire Rickenbaker, and Ellie Sonne.

Shown from left are Jermall Kinley, Emerson Jones, Mary Jo Springs, Claire Rickenbaker, Ellie Sonne. Not pictured is Leanna Broadway. Springs,…

Board Member Mary Jo Springs then explained the origin of the memorial and its importance to the organization. The purpose is to congratulate graduating seniors who have been active at the Calhoun Players or the Performing Arts Youth Theater either on stage or behind the scenes, and who have made a lasting contribution in supporting and promoting local arts.

Through this outlet, they have entertained many and have been offered a freedom of expression that has, hopefully, transpired from the stage into their personal lives.

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The Performing Arts Youth Theater offers a five-week summer theater camp for ages 3-18, teaching acting, singing, and dancing, concluding with performances of Disney’s “Aladdin, Jr.”

The Marian Springs Memorial Scholarship was endowed by the Calhoun Players in 1987 as a memorial to Marian Springs, the late daughter of Bill and Mary Jo Springs. Because of Marian, two estranged couples met, which eventually brought to fruition a dream of a local theater group in Calhoun County, which is in its 44th season.

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