Four County Players Founders’ Scholarship

2016 Winners Announced

Four County Players has selected four young actors and crew members to receive its Founders’ Scholarship. The scholarship, funded by sales of refreshments in the theater’s Bistro and donations, supports the college education of students who have made a contribution to Four County Players either on or off stage.

Cate Wells of Charlottesville, who served on the Four County Players board of directors as its youth representative, will attend Christopher Newport University where she will study musical theater and physics with a minor in leadership studies. She served as assistant director of Honk!, acted in Sparkling Diamonds and Hidden Gems, and Godspell and worked at 4cp summer camps as a counselor.

Jessica Harris of Palmyra will attend the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar. She will study sociology and arts and drama education. She has acted on the 4cp Mainstage in Bye Bye Birdie and Sparkling Diamonds and Hidden Gems and worked as a 4cp Theater Camp counselor.

Lydia Hynes of Gordonsville will attend Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts as a theater performance major. A veteran of the Four County stage, she has worked as a summer Theater Camp counselor and volunteered in many capacities.

Jared Thalwitz of Barboursville will attend the University of Southern California to study acting and political science. Jared has worked as a Theater Intensive and Summer Camp counselor and appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

About the Founders’ Scholarship

The Four County Players Scholarship Program was established by Ralph and Marcelia Hall in the early 1980’s. The Halls wanted to recognize the contributions of the young thespians and technicians who came to share their numerous talents. Many of the recipients of scholarships literally “grew up” in the theater.

For many years Ralph and Marcelia were the managing team of the sale of refreshments at performances. Many of our long-standing patrons will remember the refreshment booth as you came up the stairs to the theater. Performance after performance would find one or both of them at the booth, always smiling and greeting each member of the audience and the cast and crew.

In 2005, the board of directors voted to rename the program “The Four County Players Founder’s Scholarship Program,” in honor of our two late founders, Bill Thomas and Lillian Morse.

It is most appropriate that proceeds from the refreshments are used to fund the Scholarship Program. Additional funding is provided by the generous donations of our patrons.

Download Scholarship Program Application (Microsoft Word Document)


Applicant must have been involved in either a Mainstage or Cellar production or contributed forty hours of service to the theater in the last twelve months.
Applicant may apply to renew the scholarship if he or she is enrolled in a post-secondary institution, is pursuing a major or minor in performing arts, and contributes forty hours of volunteer service to Four County Players in a twelve-month period.

Application Requirements:

  • an official high school or college transcript;
  • two letters of recommendation, one from an active member of the Four County Players and one from an official from school, church, or other extra-curricular organization;
  • a brief (maximum two pages, typed) essay describing intended areas of study at the post-secondary institution and how involvement community theater has affected his or her life and goals;
  • Letter of acceptance from post-secondary institution when available.
  • Applicants for renewal must submit only a letter, application, and a college transcript.

Application materials should be sent to:

Four County Players Scholarship Committee
5256 Governor Barbour St.
Barboursville, VA 22923



Scholarship recipients Jared Thalwitz and Jessica Harris join Elvis on the Mainstage.