LAURA BETH KUHNS
MAY 14, 1987 - JUNE 5, 2013
Laura was a bright and talented young woman who loved the theater. She performed at SUMC Summer Theatre for about a decade and those summers were among her happiest memories. She played a variety of roles from the “flying” Fruma Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof to lead roles such as Kim MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie and Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress. She loved the camaraderie among the cast and crew and most importantly she loved sharing the gospel with the community. In an excerpt from her college applications Laura wrote, “This spiritual organization has invaluably influenced my personal and spiritual growth. Summer Theatre taught me perseverance and teamwork and helped shape my personality.” Although Laura passed away prematurely from pneumonia, her memory lives on by helping Summer Theatre students. The Laura Kuhns Memorial Endowment Fund was established to help support Summer Theatre’s ministry. So future generations can continue to enjoy this unique opportunity to make friends, gain confidence, grow spiritually, and experience the joy of spreading God’s word.
LAURA KUHNS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPSummer Theatre is offering an academic scholarship to a student who is active in Summer Theatre and who graduated from high school during the current year or finished first year at a post high school academic institution. The scholarship will be funded annually by the Laura Kuhns Endowment Fund at SUMC in memory of Laura Kuhns, a Summer Theatre alumni. The $500 scholarship will be given for continued academic studies. It will be announced at the closing event of Summer Theatre in mid-August.
Any student interested in this scholarship should return the application to Janice Bosley. The deadline is July 15.
LAURA KUHNS MEMORIAL INTERNSHIPSummer Theatre is offering a paid internship to a deserving college student who chooses to work on the production staff. The internship will be funded annually by the Laura Kuhns Endowment Fund at SUMC in memory of Laura Kuhns, a Summer Theatre alumni. The intern will be given $500 for their efforts on the production staff. The intern can work in any area of the production staff including assistant directing, stage manager, stage crew manager, lighting, sound, costume, makeup/hair, set art/construction, and props.
Any college student interested in this internship should return the application to Janice Bosley. The deadline is April 15.
Contact Janice / Send Application
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS2014: Lane Wisnom
2015: Grace Nale
2016: Maggie Kaliszak
INTERNSHIP RECIPIENTS2014: Beth Holle
2015: Scott Kaliszak
2016: Ethan Paules
2017: Maggie Kaliszak