Deadline for 2023 scholarships is February 28
The Don Friedemann Memorial Scholarship
The Hartford Players, Ltd. theatrical organization exists not only to bring the best in theatre to our community, but also to promote the arts of the future through scholarships. Each spring, we award two scholarships to worthy students who will be pursuing post-secondary degrees in the arts.
Library Science and Music
Elizabeth is a sophomore studying Piano Performance and English at UW Milwaukee. She hopes to pursue a career as a music librarian and plans to pursue a graduate degree in library science and music. She studies piano with Prof. Elena Abend and has participated in masterclasses with Eli Kalman and Michael Mizrahi in the past year. In addition to participating in the Peck School of the Arts, she is also active in the Honors College and at her church. She currently works at the Golda Meir library during the school year, and at the Jack Russell Memorial Library in Hartford during the summer. Outside of music, she enjoys reading of all kinds, especially fantasy books.
Colette Poree is a senior from Slinger High School, and has been involved in the arts since the age of three. From painting, to choir, to dance & musical theatre—Colette shares her love for the arts with all who will listen! Colette works avidly to help out in her community, as well as within her school to promote the arts. Colette’s favorite lead role was her most recent, as “Lily” in SHS’s production of “Anastasia”! In the fall, Colette will be attending Carroll University to major in Art Therapy, and participate in Carroll’s musical theatre program.
Tia is a senior at HUHS, and plans to attend The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in Film. Tia has provided numerous hours of volunteer work within the Hartford Community. Her work includes running lights and sound for choir concerts, student-directing the high school plays and Musicals, and technical work with the Hartford Players and the Erin Alumni Musical. Tia is an incredibly creative student, and recently filmed, edited, and directed a 30-minute short film. In addition to her love for theatre and film, Tia has been involved with the high school math club and was an ambassador for the French school exchange program.
Richard is a sophomore at Xavier University, majoring in Music Education. Richard has been involved with the Hartford Players, both onstage and off, since he was in elementary school. He has acted on stage and volunteered his time and expertise in sound and lighting design for numerous HP Productions. He was awarded the Footlights Award for Outstanding Sound Design (non-professional category) for Hartford Players 2018 production of “Guys and Dolls.” He attended Marquette University High School and received the “Excellence in Vocal Music” award in 2019 This past year, he has co-founded the Xavier University Barbershop Club, sings, plays, and mixes sound/lights for Sunday Liturgy, and is also treasurer of the XU Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association.
HUHS Foundation Scholarship Endowed by the Hartford Players
Connor Martin, HUHS class of 2022, will be attending Viterbo University to pursue a BFA in Music Theatre. His love for performing started when he was five years old cast as a munchkin in Hartford Player’s 2009 production of The Wizard of Oz. Other past favorite credits include Lees-McRae Summer Theatre in North Carolina (OLIVER, Oliver Twist), The Fireside Theatre (THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Ensemble; MARY POPPINS, Michael Banks; PETER PAN, John Darling), The Palace Theater in the Dells (MARY POPPINS, Michael Banks), Capital City Theatre (GYPSY, Newsboy), and Hartford Union High School (SHREK, Lord Farquaad) in which he won a Jerry Award, Outstanding Lead Performance. Throughout his time at HUHS, he was actively involved with Student Council, Best Buddies, H-Club, FBLA, Forensics (2021 State Champion), Musical, NHS, and Cross Country. In the summer Connor tours with Kids From Wisconsin as a Principal Singer/Dancer
Irene is a Senior at HUHS. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and major in Music Education. She participates in several extracurricular activities, including being a varsity swimmer for 4 years, and team captain for 2 She has gone to State all 4 years and placed in the top 10 of all high school swimmers each year. Irene has been a Color Guard member for 4 years (Captain for 2), and is a first chair oboist in the Symphonic Band. She is a Concert Choir member and has performed in the fall musicals and spring plays. She sang with the State Honors Choir twice, and at the UWM Vocal Arts Festival.
Thank you again and again for your financial support over the last four years, but also for the emotional support you have given me since my very first Hartford Players Show…
Dear Hartford Players, I would like to thank you so much for awarding me the Don Friedemann Scholarship. I greatly appreciate that you chose me and enjoyed my advertising campaign. If you need any help …please call. Thank you!
This semester was definitely a challenge, but I managed to stay on top and maintain my 4.0. I am pretty proud to say I’ve accomplished that with 2 jobs, 15 credits, extra curricular activities (Habitat for Humanity), two majors, and a minor. As I am proceeding onward in my education, my passion for the arts seems to grow. I am excited for what the future holds. Again, thank you for your generous donation to my education, I truly appreciate it, and would not be where I am without your contribution. Thank You!