FDLCT Memorial Scholarship

Each year, Fond du Lac Community Theatre (FDLCT) offers a Memorial Scholarship to students who qualify and meet the criteria. The FDLCT Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of the dedicated men and women who shared their time and talents in FDLCT productions and within the organization. This scholarship acknowledges and supports youth involved in our theatrical productions who plan to continue studying the arts.

Applicants need to be high school seniors or students currently enrolled in higher education. Students must have been involved in at least two Fond du Lac Community Theatre productions and will be asked to list any type of involvement in these productions including but not limited to; performer/stage, musician, technician, and crew. The scholarship is offered in the amount of $1000.00 (an increase from $500) and will be awarded July 16th at the FDLCT Annual Board meeting.

All applications need to be submitted by May 10th, 2024. Further information can be obtained by emailing Nancy Irizarry-Beachy at

How to Apply

Simply fill out our online application! Alternatively, you may print out our paper application and mail it to us according to the instructions on the second page.

Previous Recipients

2023: Marianna Leventhal

2022: Nora Otte

2021: Bailey Hambrick

2020: Katherine Behlke

Katherine attended Fond du Lac High School and was active in the music and theatre program participating in Marching Band, Color Guard, Jazz Band, and the school plays and musicals. Katherine has been involved with Fond du Lac Community Theatre for approximately nine years. She has worked behind the scenes on stage crews for Harvey, Beauty and the Beast, and Give My Regards to Broadway – and acted on stage in supporting roles and as part of the ensemble of shows including I Remember Mama, The Prisoner of Zenda, Peter Pan, and Sweeney Todd. Katherine plans to attend UW-Milwaukee for a Mechanical Engineering major and Physics minor. Katherine is the daughter of Ron & Rhea Behlke of Fond du Lac.

2019: Parker Hambrick

Parker’s theater experience and involvement goes back to 2013, including roles such as “Winkie” in Wizard of Oz, A Farquaad Guard in Shrek, and a supporting role in Man of La Mancha. Parker has also assisted and participated in the Rienzi Walk, FDLCT Appreciation Night, has been on stage crew and has had assisting roles in Aladdin Jr, Steel Magnolias, Peter Pan Jr, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Beauty and the Beast. As part of his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Community Project, Parker helped plan and build two dressing rooms at the Fond du Lac Community Theatre building.

2018: Olivia Rose Wall

Olivia graduated from Fond du Lac High School. Some of her most notable roles with FDLCT have been “Teen Fiona” in Shrek the Musical, and “Antonia” in Man of La Mancha. Olivia was also involved in Fond du High School’s theatre performances and musical ensembles as well as South Shore Chorale and Wempner’s School of Dance. Olivia is pursuing a BFA in Acting and a Marketing degree at UW-Milwaukee. Her dream is to manage her own theater company one day while performing as well.

2017: Grant Petik

Grant is a recent graduate from Fond du Lac High School. As a student there, he performed in many theatre productions with lead roles such as: “Bert” in Mary Poppins, “Ken Gorman” in Rumors, and the lead role of “Tevye” in Fiddler on the Roof. He had his first role with FDLCT as “Sancho” in Man of La Mancha. Grant was also very active in the FDL High School Band program. Grant now studies engineering at UW-Madison and performs in various musical and theatrical groups there.

2016: Gavin Hambrick

After Gavin graduated from Fond du Lac High School, he left to do missionary work for two years for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, after which he plans to attend Brigham Young University. Gavin’s Fond du Lac Community Theatre work includes performing in Shrek, The Wizard of Oz, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Seussical and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. When not on the stage he has helped with concessions, ushered, painted and cleaned at the firehouse building, and participated in the Rienzi Historical Walks.

2015: Todd Petrie

Todd is a graduate from St. Mary’s Springs. He was President of the Art Club and the National Honor Society. He was also involved in school drama performances, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Music Liturgy at his church. FDLCT highlights include “Winthrop” in The Music Man, “Jack Sprat” in The Mother Goose Network and “Jonas” in The Giver. Todd is now attending Cornell University for Architecture and Design. “I am absolutely certain that I will continue singing and dancing for a long while to come.”

2015: Katie Matysik

After graduating from FDL High School, Katie attended Moraine Park Technical College and went on to work at Agnesian Health Care. Katie was actively involved in band and chorus in high school. Her involvement with FDLCT include the children’s theatre productions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan, Mother Goose is on the Loose, and The Mother Goose Network. She was also part of the ensemble in The Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof. Katie shares, “My grandma showed me how fun theatre could be. I will always have great memories of being part of the FDLCT shows.”

2015: Mack Shaffer

Mack’s involvement with FDLCT includes ensemble in Fiddler on the Roof, Cinderella, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – and the role of “Tom Snout” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Having completed his general ed studies at UW-FDL, Mack went on to graduate from UW-Milwaukee with a film major. “I love both film and theatre and plan to incorporate both in my professional life. It was FDLCT that introduced me to how wonderful and fulfilling theatre can be.”

2015: Diana Priest

Diana has been involved in a variety of roles – from acting onstage in A Christmas Story to participating as an actor in The Rienzi Cemetery Walks and assisting with hair and makeup for eight different FDLCT productions. Diana graduated from Marian University and plans to earn a Master’s degree in Museum Studies. “Being part of FDLCT has been an enriching experience. I’ve met so many wonderful and fun people and look forward to many more years of involvement with this organization!”

2014: Mitchell Riley

Mitchell performed in FDLCT productions such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Music Man. During his younger years, he was in Mother Goose is on the Loose and A Christmas Story. In High School, Mitchell was very active in sports playing both tennis and soccer. He also assisted at a church nursery. After graduating from Fond du Lac High School, Mitchell earned a degree in Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

2013: Hannah Holzmann

Hannah has been involved in Fond du Lac Community Theatre by both performing and working on technical aspects of productions such as sets and costumes. She performed on stage in several shows including The Wizard of Oz as “Dorothy.” Hannah graduated from Saint Mary’s Springs and currently studies at UW Oshkosh while continuing to perform and volunteer for FDLCT.

2012: Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips graduated from FDL High School. He performed with FDLCT in many shows including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Death of a Salesman. Sam also worked as lighting designer and technician for a number of FDLCT productions. Sam studied at the University of Chicago, where he was the Lighting Director for various independent film projects and produced his own short film. He now works as a lighting designer in California.

2012: Blair Moon

Blair Moon graduated from Laconia High School and went on to attend St. Norbert College. She has performed in multiple dance teams and often brings her dancing talents to FDL Community Theatre productions. She also has enjoyed helping with costumes and construction for a number of shows. Blair continues to perform in and assist with FDLCT performances to this day!